Colin Sutherland, Ken Kennedy (top rod) and Norman Irvine

A field of 18 anglers fished the National Qualifier last Sunday the 21st , in what is the first step on the road to representing Scotland in next years home internationals. Light winds and clear blue skies were the forecast which proved to be correct until about midday, when the SE breeze strengthened into a good blow.
Harray had been fishing well when there were light winds, which encouraged midge hatches, this  in turn switched the trout right on the feed, but as soon as the wind increases, the fish can prove very difficult to tempt. Finding feeding trout  was the key, and many anglers finished there day without having found many, while others had fared well. The boats were well spread out all day from Kirk Bay in the south end to Scarataing and Decca in the north and at times you would be forgiven for thinking you the only boat fishing with no others in sight.
It was very close for first position with 4 anglers on 11 fish, but ultimately it was Ken Kennedy who took top spot with his total bag weight of 8lb 7 1/4ozs, closely followed by boat partner for the day,  Norman Irvine whose total was 8lb 4ozs, Colin Sutherland with 7lb 15ozs and Kenny McLeod with 7lb 10ozs. The other qualifiers were Leslie Miller, Ian Hutcheon, Andrew Morgan, Malcolm Russell and Frank Watt.
Ken and Norman fished just round the corner from the site in Bochan where they found feeding fish in very shallow water right at the start, with Ken netting his first two fish with his first couple of casts before Norman proceeded to catch the next 6 in a row by 1130 fishing midge hogs and snatchers. They then changed to pulling when the wind increased with DI3 and mini lures, especially Erlends Cat did very well. For Colin Sutherland it was a floating line and small flies, especially Rogan’s Midge and for Kenny McLeod it was a fast glass and Lures with Viva his top pattern in the very shallow water in Nistaben.
Andrew Morgan organised the heat on SANACC’s behalf and the officials on the day were Brian Forman and Fanta.
All the very best to all the qualifiers in their semi finals at the Lake of Menteith.

Brodgar League 2017

1. Monday 1st May  Swannay.  Thomson Cup for heaviest basket. Dowell Quaich for heaviest
fish. 12 noon - 6pm. Weigh-in 6pm - 6.45pm at Site Hut. Cancelled due to weather

Resceduled for Saturday 24th June

2. Saturday 13th May  Hundland for the Taffy Allan Trophy. 12 noon - 5pm.
Weigh-in 5pm - 5.45pm at Site Hut. Cancelled due to only five anglers entering

Resceduled for Sunday 28th May

3. Saturday 3rd June  Harray for the Pomona Cup. 12 noon - 6pm.
Weigh-in 6pm - 7pm at the Pomona Inn. (11 inch limit).

4. Sunday 11th June  Boardhouse for the Barony Cup. 12 noon - 6pm.
Weigh-in 6pm - 6.45pm at the Barony Hotel.

5. Friday 16th June  Harray for the Wm Shearer Plate. 6.30pm – 10.30pm.
Weigh-in 10.30pm – 11.15 pm at the Site Hut (11 inch limit).

6. Sunday 2nd July  Boardhouse for the Nick – Nick Trophy. 12 noon - 6pm.
Weigh-in 6pm - 6.45pm at the Site Hut.

7. Sunday 16th July  Swannay for the Miller Cup. 2pm - 8pm.
Weigh-in 8pm - 8.45pm at the Site Hut.

8. Saturday 29th July  Harray for the Clydesdale Bank Cup. 11.00am - 5pm.
Weigh-in 5pm - 5.45pm at the Site Hut (11 inch limit).

9. Saturday 19th August  Any Loch for the Loganair Cup. 11am - 5pm.
Weigh-in 5pm - 6pm at the Harray Site Hut. (10 inch limit all lochs other than Harray where an 11 inch limit will apply)

Cancelled Competitions - In the event of any Brodgar League competition having to be cancelled the next available date below shall apply. Sunday 28th May; Saturday 24th June; Saturday 22nd July; Sunday 27th August.



On Saturday 22nd July , the re-scheduled( regularly used word in Brodgar League this season ) took place on Swannay from 2pm – 8pm. Unfortunately only 8 fishers ventured out on a bright day with a moderately fresh East South Easterly breeze  which remained constant in direction and speed for most of the competition. Before the start a couple of boats started drift into the Lochside shore and rest went over to Dale drifting over past the Island. Throughout the day all boats were moving around regularly, obviously locating and catching fish difficult. Whoever stated that Swanney fishes better late afternoon and early evening must be living on Fantasy Island ! During the long unsuccessful periods several of the cultured, frustrated terminologies were coming to fruition , like “ Exciting as a fart in a space suit”, Spent a better night in bed with a hot water bottle “ and “ It’s enough to make a boy scout p - sh on his fire and go home”. Six hours is a long time when not catching many fish so most were glad when 8pm came . However at the weigh in as stated there were no huge baskets of fish or heavy fish, a very dour Swanney day, but Ewan Flett had a fish at 1lb 6 ozs, Kenny Chalmers at 1lb 81/2 ozs but heavies fish went to Stewart Flett @ 1lb 11 ozs. Basket wise , in 3rd place was davie Summers with 6 for 4lbs 13 ozs, in 2nd was Dunc Cameron with 8 for 5lbs 11ozs and winner of Miller Cup was Jack Leslie with 9 for 6lbs 4 ½ ozs.
After the weigh in, Jack the winner jokingly said to Dunc we should have next years competition on Swanney again to which he replied ” No think it should be on Hundland” to which they were met with several expletive phrases from the other boys telling them where they could go and what would be the best way of reaching their destination.
The boys were so frustrated that the competition finished at 8pm, the boats were all in, tied up or on trailers, the weigh in done and boys leaving by 8.30pm, ceremonially waving and shouting “ Goodbye Swanney see you in May 2018.”
Next competition( 2nd last of season ) is Saturday 29th July on Harray 11am – 5pm.


Competition 7 - Miller Cup







Lb oz


LESLIE J 9 6 Lb. 04½ oz 10
CAMERON D 8 5 Lb. 11 oz 9
SUMMERS D 6 4 Lb. 13 oz 8
FLETT E 6 4 Lb. 03 oz 7
FLETT S 4 3 Lb. 06½ oz 6
BARNETT A 5 3 Lb. 05 oz 5
CHALMERS K 3 3 Lb. 04 oz 4
MILLER P 2 1 Lb. 12½ oz 3
BROUGH A 2 0 Lb. 15 oz 2