Top Rod Brian Foreman

Bullen Cup win  for Kirkwall to open the new season

After last week’s false start with the competition cancelled on Swannay, the new competition fly fishing season was opened on Harray, where 31 anglers fished for the Bullen Cup. It was good to see some new faces, as well as all the new kit on show, boats, engines, rods etc. They helped some anglers do well, but not all.
Conditions were against the anglers from the start with bright sunshine, a chilly NW breeze and algae still present in the loch, all together making a difficult day for many.
The north end of the loch was a popular starting for most anglers, mostly looking for sheltered water and midge hatches. Scarataing, Josey’s ,Bankhead, Merkister Bay, and Decca Bay all had boats on station for the 11am kick off. It turned out to be one of those days where you wondered where on earth everybody else was, as there were little movement around the loch, with everyone tucked into wee corners, or it was probably that I was in competely the wrong end of the loch!
While some anglers found the sport very slow, there are always the ones who find them, and in this case it was Brian Forman, with a cracking basket of 8 fish for 7lb 5ozs, boat partner Leslie Miller also put a a good bag together with 7 fish for 6lb1oz. They were separated by Norman Irvine, last years league winner, who also had 8 fish for 6lb 4ozs, showing his intention from the start, to defend his title. John Munson, Andrew Morgan and Jim Harcus also scored, with Jim weighing in the heaviest fish, a cracker at 1lb 11ozs. It being the Bullen Cup, the Kirkwall v Stromness thing, average baskets were worked out and were as follows:- Kirkwall had 13 fishing and they averaged 2lb 14ozs, while Stromness had 19 fishing, averaging 2lb 7 3/4ozs, so Kirkwall victorious, and Brian Forman wins the Bullen Cup.
Top areas were The Horseshoe, Tenston Shore, Merkister and Decca Bays and Josey’s. Tactics were similar for all the top anglers, fishing sheltered areas, over shallows and drop offs. Brian Forman’s best fly was his own “Little Blackie”, I was half expecting him to say a Stoats Tail considering his new career, but he maybe hasn’t trapped one yet. Other successful flies included Hutch’s Pennel, Peter Ross, small Hedgehogs and some on black dries, imitating the black beetles that are everywhere at the moment.
Next weekend sees the cancelled Swannay competition being rearranged on Sunday, same time.

 Ken Kennedy









Lb oz


FOREMAN B 8 7 Lb. 05¼ oz 16
IRVINE N 8 6 Lb. 04¾ oz 15
MILLER LESLIE 7 6 Lb. 01 oz 14
MUNSON J 7 6 Lb. 00¼ oz 13
MORGAN A 5 4 Lb. 13¼ oz 12
HARCUS J 5 4 Lb. 10 oz 11
WOOD S 6 4 Lb. 06¼ oz 10
MACLEOD K 5 4 Lb. 05½ oz 9
BROWN G 4 4 Lb. 04½ oz 8
HUTCHEON I 5 3 Lb. 14¼ oz 7
THOMAS BRIAN 4 3 Lb. 09½ oz 6
MUIR T 5 3 Lb. 08¾ oz 5
MCCONNACHIE S 4 3 Lb. 08½ oz 4
ADAM K 3 3 Lb. 04 oz 3
STANGER S 4 2 Lb. 15¾ oz 2
GILLESPIE J 3 2 Lb. 10 oz 1
RUSSELL M 3 2 Lb. 06 oz 1
SUTHERLAND C 3 1 Lb. 14 oz 1
LESLIE S 2 1 Lb. 06¼ oz 1
TAYLOR P 1 1 Lb. 06¼ oz 1
LEASK J 2 1 Lb. 04½ oz 1
KENNEDY K 2 1 Lb. 03½ oz 1
MCCONNACHIE A 1 1 Lb. 03 oz 1
CRAIGIE A 1 0 Lb. 10¾ oz 1
SMITH W 1 0 Lb. 10¼ oz 1
SINCLAIR B 1 0 Lb. 09¾ oz 1
MILLER HAMISH 1 0 Lb. 08½ oz 1
ADAMS J 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0
CHALMERS N 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0
GRANT J 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0
MOAR D 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0
FRITH M 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0