The Scottish heat of the AWAI was held on the Lake of Menteith on Thursday 6th June, with 10 teams participating and 3 to qualify for the International final on Rutland Water in October.
OTFA Stromness were represented by Malcolm Russell, Colin Sutherland, Jim Adams, Ken Kennedy, Kenny McLeod and Neil Chalmers, who put in two days good practice, with plenty of fish caught, areas found, flies tied and tactics worked out for match day.

Ken Kennedy, Neil Chalmers, Jim Adams, Kenny Macleod, Malcolm Russell and Colin Sutherland

The weather on the day played a big part in the final outcome with the wind coming and going, and changing in direction constantly, switching some areas off and others producing fish where there had been none. Local knowledge in these situations are key to success, and it was to show in the final result.
The top three qualifiers were Lintrathen Flyfishers, AlbaOrvis, and Change Flyfishers AC, with OTFA finishing in 8th position. On the day, the fish switched on to the Mayfly which had been hatching in particular areas, with dry fly the way to catch them. OTFA did not come away empty handed, with Malcolm Russell taking the prize for the heaviest fish of the day, winning an Airflo rod for his efforts. All in all, a bit of a learning curve for the team, but valuable experience gained as always. Mention must be made if the fishery, with Menteith full of top quality, hard fighting rainbows, providing awesome sport.

Airflo spring invitational competition 2019 18/19th. May

Success in the Anglian  Airflo International final in 2018 secured the team of 6 an invite to this prestigious spring competition, fished over two days on Rutland Water on the 18th and 19th of May. Being an addition to the normal competition calendar for the OTFA boys, the trip was funded entirely by themselves, hoping to enjoy the fabulous fishing available at Rutland early in the season.
The weather for the duration was mixed, with a couple of days of bright sunshine hampering sport. The match days were blessed with good fishing conditions and there were plenty of fish caught, and it was a great experience for the team, and although finishing down the leaderboard, everyone agreed that they would definitely return if the offer ever came round again.
It was a very close run thing for top spot, but FNF Nymphomaniacs won the day, just beating Change Fly fishers in to second, and Team Costa in to third. Craig Barr was top individual over the two days.
Congratulations and thanks must go to Gareth Jones of Airflo, Rutland Water and their staff, and to all those competing, in what was a well run, friendly match fished in the right spirit.