The signs were all bad at the start of last Sunday's fly competition. Water which been churned up and dirty by the wind, which was still strong, and an east wind at that, and bright sunshine, it was going to be hard going for the 26 anglers who set off at 10am.
Being easterly, the choice of shoreline drifts was curtailed a bit, and most boats started along the Tufta shoreline with a few at the Inkbottle and 1 lonely boat in the Barony end. These areas were hard fished all day, as most anglers stuck to the shallow ground in the hope of finding feeding fish. They were proving very difficult to find with  the conditions worsening, as the sun rose in the sky, the wind strengthened, as is often the case. Odd boats tried the deeper water, but it proved fruitless for many. By the time 4 o'clock arrived, many anglers were ready for in, with very little to show for their efforts.

Top Rod Kenny Adam

The weigh in took less time than usual, with most anglers having just one or two fish to weigh in, and four blanks. One angler put in an outstanding performance in the hardest competition seen on Boardhouse for many a day, Kenny Adam’s 7 fish for 6lb 11ozs was a country mile ahead of the rest of the field and a worthy winner of the Walter Leask Cup. He also had the heaviest fish of the day at 1lb 14ozs. Sandy McConnachie came closest with 6 fish for 4lb 8ozs for second place, followed by Malcolm Russell with 3 for 2lb 5ozs, James Bews with 2 for 2lb 5ozs and Ken Kennedy with 2 for 2lb 4ozs.
Kenny fished a Sweep 3 line with a Sooty Dabbler his best fly and mini lures, while Sandy had a good last hour with the DI7 and Doobry Muddler. The only other pattern which seemed to have taken a few was the Merky Hulk.
On a day when there was very little content to fill out a report, it was very considerate of one angler to give a great opportunity to fill the page. Now, you could be forgiven for leaving your jacket, your sandwiches or even your fly box on the shore at the start of the competition, but to set sail half way up the loch with your rod still propped up against the car is unforgivable and worthy of a mention in dispatches. As usual, no names, but this angler is known for his meticulous attention to detail, always makes things add up, and is a good assessor of most situations.
Harray for the evening is the next test, let's hope it's not as brutal as Boardhouse.










Lb oz


ADAM K 7 6 Lb. 11¾ oz 16
MCCONNACHIE S 6 4 Lb. 08¼ oz 15
RUSSELL M 3 2 Lb. 05½ oz 14
BEWS J 2 2 Lb. 05 oz 13
KENNEDY K 2 2 Lb. 04 oz 12
MORGAN A 2 2 Lb. 03¾ oz 11
LESLIE S 3 2 Lb. 03½ oz 10
HARCUS JIM 3 2 Lb. 00 oz 9
IRVINE N 2 1 Lb. 12 oz 8
MILLER LESLIE 3 1 Lb. 10¼ oz 7
CRAIGIE A 2 1 Lb. 08 oz 6
THOMAS B 2 1 Lb. 06¾ oz 5
CHALMERS N 2 1 Lb. 06 oz 4
RENDALL M 2 1 Lb. 03 oz 3
ADAMS J 2 1 Lb. 02 oz 2
BYERS R 1 1 Lb. 02 oz 1
HUTCHEON I 2 1 Lb. 01½ oz 1
PHILLIPE 2 1 Lb. 00 oz 1
MUNSON J 1 0 Lb. 12 oz 1
SUTHERLAND C 1 0 Lb. 11½ oz 1
MACLEOD K 1 0 Lb. 10 oz 1
HARCUS MICK 1 0 Lb. 08¾ oz 1
WOOD S 1 0 Lb. 07½ oz 1
GRANT J 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0
MILLER RAYMOND 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0
WATT B 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0
LEASK J 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0