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Good catches continue to be recorded at Lochter Fishery


By Kyle Ritchie

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At Lochter Fishery this past week there was a saying that was bandied about that “All things seem possible in May.”

Certainly on the fishing front it was very much full of possibilities as far as catches were concerned.

Things seamlessly carried on from the week before with lots of top of the water action to be seen and had.

If anglers picked the right fly at the right time of the day then they were guaranteed constant attention being given to it by the feeding fish.

This led to another week with plenty of anglers in the more than 20 catch rate range.

Rab Bell, up for a short break from Dumfries, was one such lucky angler on both his visits when he used small hoppers, CDCs and one yellow owl.

Others in this category were Dante Dupitas on emergers and dry flies; Ernie Mackay on dries; Alan Paterson on dries; Fred McAlly on CDCs, Gogs Mackay on small lures and fabs; Simon Ruddiman on mainly buzzers; Russell Jenkins on dries and buzzers as were Mike Skene, Stuart Howie and Michael McDonald.

Stuart Crockett, John Brown and Jim Adie were all in the high teens using small nymphs and dry flies and Richard Parley worked either a klinkhammer and apps bloodworm to net 16 fish. Two of them were from the fishery's home grown stock of 12lb and 11lb fish, which gave him a terrific struggle.

Neil Garden used size 16 klinkhammer and it got him 15 fish to the net; Paul Reid had 14 on either a grey wulff dry fly or red snatcher; Bill Bain had 12 fish on lures and Craig Bennett had 11 fish on black crunchers and green adult buzzers.

There have been very encouraging reports about how good the fishing has been in the evenings, with the fishery open until dusk or 10pm.


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