Top Rod Ian Hutcheon

After what appeared to be a prolonged break, the competitions resumed with the penultimate event, the Smithfield Shield, fished from 10am to 4pm last Sunday. There were a few notable absentees which took the numbers down to 25 anglers on the day, slightly below normal. Conditions were acceptable, with full cloud cover and a good wind, albeit a tad blustery at times. There was a good spread of boats at the off, with the Barony and Crook shore seemingly most popular. There was a bit of concern about water quality, with a brown algae evident, but in the end, it did not affect the fishing or the fish on the day.
For the first time in many a year, deep water drifts with a fast sinking line and mini lures proved a popular tactic on the day, although many anglers still preferred to ply their trade along the shoreline. There had been whispers of daddy long legs about on the loch, which always stirs the fish up, but the knack of sunshine probably put paid to that.
So, which tactic would prove most successful on the day? The fact of the matter was that the loch fished very well all over, with some cracking fish weighed in. Top rod on the day with an outstanding basket of 14 fish for 10lb 11ozs was Ian Hutcheon, winning the Smithfield Shield. Heaviest fish on a day amongst numerous quality fish, was a topper at 2lb 6ozs netted by Norman Irvine. Others who scored well included Raymond Miller, runner up with 8 fish for 9lb, Sandy McConnachie with 11 for 7lb 3ozs, Kenny McLeod with 6 for 6lb 11ozs and Jim Harcus with 9 for 5lb 11ozs.
Hutch and Sandy had 25 fish in the boat between them, astonishing for many other anglers to comprehend, but its typical of Boardhouse. When you are in the right place doing the right thing, the fishing will be good, make all the wrong decisions, and you would wonder if there any trout in the loch! They fished fast sinking lines and mini lures along the Crook shore to the Knowe, while other successful anglersfished the same drift but close in with floating lines and Hedgehogs. Stanger Skerries were good for Raymond Miller, fishing a slime line and mini lures, while Kenny McLeod fished on to the Tufta shore. Flies mentioned in the aftermath included, Merky Hulk, Incredible Hulk, Black Cat, Black and silver muddler and the like.
It's hard to believe, but next week sees the end to another fly fishing competition season, but there are still many places to be resolved. Norman Irvine and Sandy McConnachie are scrapping it out for top spot right up to the end, and there are possibly 2 positions up for grabs in the Inter County team with possibly 4 places to be resolved in the Anglian Airflo Menteith team, and with it being the famous “Any Loch” next week, there will be many important decisions to be made, I hope you get it right whatever you decide, tight lines.










Lb oz


HUTCHEON I 14 10 Lb. 11¾ oz 16
MILLER RAYMOND 8 9 Lb. 00¾ oz 15
MCCONNACHIE S 11 7 Lb. 03¼ oz 14
MACLEOD K 6 6 Lb. 11½ oz 13
HARCUS JIM 9 5 Lb. 11¼ oz 12
IRVINE N 4 5 Lb. 01¼ oz 11
MILLER LESLIE 4 4 Lb. 09 oz 10
ADAM K 7 4 Lb. 03 oz 9
LESLIE S 5 3 Lb. 14 oz 8
THOMAS B 6 3 Lb. 08½ oz 7
WOOD S 5 3 Lb. 06¾ oz 6
RUSSELL M 5 3 Lb. 04 oz 5
MORGAN A 4 3 Lb. 00¼ oz 4
CRAIGIE A 5 2 Lb. 12 oz 3
SUTHERLAND C 2 2 Lb. 04 oz 2
GRANT J 4 2 Lb. 03½ oz 1
MUNSON J 2 1 Lb. 45¼ oz 1
KENNEDY K 3 1 Lb. 09¼ oz 1
MCCONNACHIE ALAN 2 1 Lb. 09¼ oz 1
LEASK J 3 1 Lb. 04½ oz 1
MILLER H 1 0 Lb. 15½ oz 1
MOAR D 2 0 Lb. 15 oz 1
FOREMAN B 1 0 Lb. 12 oz 1
RENDALL M 1 0 Lb. 08¾ oz 1
CHALMERS N 1 0 Lb. 06¾ oz 1