The Orkney weather put a spanner in the works this weekend as this competition was supposed to be fished on Saturday. So, a day later, and Sunday was much more like it weather wise, the northerly wind had dropped enough to make it safe to fish, and the loch had not been jumbled up too much, with Lochside and Tormiston, the very bottom of the wind, the only area coloured up.

Fly Fisherman Of The Year 2019

In complete contrast to last week, all boats headed north, basically looking for cleaner water and fish on the take, but they were initially difficult to pinpoint, with most of the boats having started at Biggings/Nistaben, quickly moving off to other areas. Merkister Bay had a good few boats on station, but again, the concentration of boats soon spread far and wide. There was an equal number of anglers fishing the skerries as were fishing the open water, and it turned out to be a similar result, with the top anglers all fishing sinking lines over open water.
In fact, it was pretty much a repeat of last week at the weigh in, with Ken Kennedy winning the Alan Findlay Cup with 13 fish for 10lb 11ozs, a tremendous basket in difficult conditions. Others who also cracked the case included, Malcolm Russell with 12 for 9lb 10ozs, Thorfinn Muir, with 11 fish for 9lb 1 1/4ozs and Sandy McConnachie with 9 fish for 9lb 1oz. Heaviest fish of the day went to Kenny Mc Leod with a bonny trout which went 1lb 13ozs. Ken, Malcolm, Thorfinn and Sandy all fished the Airflo DI7 Sweep line, and at the business end, Erlends Cat, Merky Hulk, Boris and the like did most damage.
There was great deliberation and verification of results to follow the weigh in, as league positions counted for places in Intercounty and Airflo Anglian Water International teams. Following sterling work from Alan Craigie, Norman Irvine and Ian Hutcheon, the final placing were announced. Top of the league, and Fisherman of the Year was Ken Kennedy on 127 points, in a close second was Sandy McConnachie on 121, with Thorfinn Muir in a very creditable third place on 110 points. Ian Hutcheon 102, Andrew Morgan 101, and John Munson 96, make up the Intercounty team. The team going to Menteith for the Airflo Anglian Water qualifier is Malcolm Russell 95, Norman Irvine 94, Jim Harcus 92, Brian Forman 75, George Brown 66, and Neil Chalmers 63. First reserve is Alan  McConnachie on 62, a great effort in his first full competition season, and definitely one to watch out for in the future.
A big thank you to Alan Craigie and Norman Irvine for all the weigh in duties over the season, and the boys who have checked and measured all the fish, much appreciated.
The competition year in Orkney concludes next weekend with the “Final Fling” on Harray, always an eagerly anticipated event, with many sponsors providing special prizes, tight lines!





Any Loch



Lb oz


KENNEDY K 13 10 Lb. 11¾ oz 16
RUSSELL M 12 9 Lb. 10½ oz 15
MUIR T 11 9 Lb. 01¼ oz 14
MCCONNACHIE S 9 9 Lb. 01 oz 13
MORGAN A 9 8 Lb. 06½ oz 12
LEASK J 9 7 Lb. 12½ oz 11
MACLEOD K 7 6 Lb. 04¾ oz 10
THOMPSON BRIAN 6 6 Lb. 02½ oz 9
HARCUS M 6 5 Lb. 13 oz 8
MILLER LESLIE 7 5 Lb. 11½ oz 7
MILLER HAMISH 5 4 Lb. 15½ oz 6
BALLANTINE G 5 4 Lb. 15 oz 5
MUNSON J 6 4 Lb. 14¾ oz 4
HARCUS J 5 4 Lb. 11¾ oz 3
CHALMERS N 5 4 Lb. 04½ oz 2
LESLIE S 4 4 Lb. 00 oz 1
GRANT J 4 3 Lb. 15¼ oz 1
CRAIGIE A 4 3 Lb. 11¼ oz 1
THOMAS BRIAN 5 3 Lb. 09¾ oz 1
ADAM K 4 3 Lb. 06 oz 1
HUTCHEON I 3 3 Lb. 04¾ oz 1
SUTHERLAND C 4 3 Lb. 02½ oz 1
MCCONNACHIE A 3 2 Lb. 08½ oz 1
STANGER S 2 1 Lb. 12¾ oz 1
WOOD S 2 1 Lb. 06¾ oz 1
IRVINE N 1 0 Lb. 15¾ oz 1
BROWN G 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0