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 What I judged to have been a relatively quiet affair was anything, but obviously it was a case of cabin fever, and the prospect of catching a good sized fish from the recent stocking that our Secretary told us about in a recent email. Car parking was at a premium.

          The craic as usual, was excellent both before, and more so at the weigh-in afterwards.

Even with a few regulars not being able to be there, bank space was limited and we were fortunate to have an east to south east breeze which gave good access to most of the loch for everyone. However, the weather didn’t allow the most of us to catch some of these cracking fish due mist rolling in and getting decidingly chilly as the night went on.

However, one member had a really good night finding the right spot, and netting two of his fish before many anglers had their flies in the water. Early on, fish were not even showing on the surface when it was calm, an indicator of what was to follow. After that, only another three members bent their rods into fish.

As to the weigh-in, Alan Pett was the outstanding winner with his three fish (one a blue) coming in at 6lb 4ozs followed by John McKnight with two for 3lb 1oz. Pip Dunford and Ernie Millard were the only other member to weigh-in.

 Alan Pett also recorded the heaviest fish, a rainbow at 2lb 3ozs with his blue only two ounces less. A superb basket of fish for which we have to thank our stocking suppliers at Forgue for their quality fish.

 Further success also came to Alan earlier in the week with the most stunning of wild brown trout, coming off Loch Eye and weighing at 4 1/2lb. On both of these outings Alan was accompanied by his pal Willie Sutherland, who although appreciative of Alan’s success, was (apart from his bluster) quite miffed at being shown how to land notable fish. Hence, the reason for the good craic afterwards.

Grateful thanks to all those who turned up and especially those who committed themselves to paying for the next two nights up front.

 Michael Banks

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