Top Rod Kenny Macloeod

It was a completely different format for the Walter Leask Cup, fished on Boardhouse last Sunday, with a draw for fishing partners for the day. This proved to be pretty easy to organise, and made for an enjoyable day for all, with a chance to learn from the angler at the other end of the boat.
It was on the windy side of breezy for the 10am start, but instead of seeking shelter round the edges, just about the whole fleet set up on drifts out in the middle of the south end off the Pumphouse. Fish had obviously been found there in practise, and indeed, many rods were bent into fish quickly. Usually the first drift in open water is the best of the day, with the fish put down once the boats chew it up motoring back upwind, and thus was the case. Boats soon spread out in search of alternatives.
The wind was dropping nicely by midday, and the sparse olive hatch looked like coming on stronger, but the sun broke through and the wind increased again knocking that on the head. Later on the cloud returned improving things again and many anglers reported a late flurry of activity.
There were a few contenders, but top basket of the day was weighed in by a delighted Kenny McLeod who managed 12 fish for 8lb 2ozs, good angling considering there were plenty that struggled. Runner up was Norman Irvine who continues his top form with 8 fish for 7lb 1oz, which included the heaviest fish of the day, going 2lb 11ozs, and it was as bonny a trout as I’ve seen for a long time. On any other day, John Leask’s fish of 2lb 5ozs would have been there, but not today. Others who excelled included Sandy McConnachie with 10 for 6lb 11ozs, Jim Harcus with 12 for 6lb 10ozs and John Leask with 7 for 6lb 5ozs.
All the sport to be had was top of the water with your fly line of choice, from a floater to a Fast Glass, no deeper. Hogs and muddlers were the flies, with Madeira Orange getting a big mention, Claret and Olive also worked as did the White/Peach muddler. The only departure from these was Kenny McLeod who proved you should never rule out the old traditionals, taking most of his winning basket with a ginked up Loch Ordie!
So, all in all, the drawing for partners was probably deemed a success, with no dissenting voices, and looks to be carried forward for another season. As for Boardhouse Loch, it is the only loch I know that can either throw fish out at you, or have you throwing all your toys out of the pram because you can’t even get a pull, it’s a nightmare.
There’s only 3 competitions left now, and for many, it’s still all to play for as far as team places go. Next is the last evening competition and it’s back to Harray for what may be the last time this season.









Lb oz


MACLEOD K 12 8 Lb. 02¾ oz 16
IRVINE N 8 7 Lb. 01½ oz 15
MCCONNACHIE S 10 6 Lb. 11 oz 14
HARCUS J 12 6 Lb. 10½ oz 13
LEASK J 7 6 Lb. 05 oz 12
CRAIGIE A 7 5 Lb. 07¾ oz 11
SUTHERLAND C 8 5 Lb. 06¾ oz 10
MILLER RAYMOND 7 5 Lb. 06¾ oz 9
ADAMSON G 9 4 Lb. 15 oz 8
HUTCHEON I 6 4 Lb. 03½ oz 7
RENDALL M 7 4 Lb. 03 oz 6
ADAM K 6 3 Lb. 15½ oz 5
MORGAN A 5 3 Lb. 08¾ oz 4
KENNEDY K 4 3 Lb. 08¼ oz 3
LESLIE S 4 3 Lb. 08 oz 2
GRANT J 5 3 Lb. 04¾ oz 1
MUNSON J 4 3 Lb. 01½ oz 1
BROWN G 4 2 Lb. 12½ oz 1
CHALMERS N 4 2 Lb. 07 oz 1
THOMAS BRIAN 3 2 Lb. 02½ oz 1
BYERS R 3 1 Lb. 14½ oz 1
MILLER HAMISH 3 1 Lb. 13¾ oz 1
STANGER S 2 1 Lb. 12 oz 1
ADAMS J 3 1 Lb. 09½ oz 1
SINCLAIR B 2 1 Lb. 00¼ oz 1
ROSS L 2 0 Lb. 14¾ oz 1
HUNTER A 1 0 Lb. 13¾ oz 1
MACPAIL I 1 0 Lb. 11¾ oz 1
WOOD S 1 0 Lb. 07 oz 1
MCCONNACHIE A 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0
MAGREGOR D 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0