Winds of change at Lochter Fishery

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Lochter Lake Fisheries.  Photo: David Porter
Lochter Lake Fisheries. Photo: David Porter

Down the Lochter Road last week, we set our eyes on the Lochter mast in the hope that a bitter northerly wind would change direction to a more favorable southerly or westerly wind to give cold hunters some hope of a thaw, Stuart Patterson wrote.

March, they say, is a month of great discouragement which is so close to spring, but to stay in winter is the last narrow hold though it is the month that ushers in days of equal darkness and light.

The winds changed for a few days over the weekend and many fishermen took advantage of the ice-free lakes to cast a rusty line.

Mike Yeoman had 17 fish using either girls or whistles, R Jenkins caught bloodworms for his 17 fish, Stephen Walker had 16 fish mainly on bumblebees, and Sandy Robb had 15 fish on the girl with the famous blue flash.

Paul Ingram kept his faith in cormorants and Dennis the Menace’s hummingbird set up for 14 fish, Graeme Duthie also had 14 fish on a bubble and bell set up, Gordon Cheyne used chasing bugs to good effect on 12 fish, Ernie Mackay used nymphs from Yeah 12 Fish and Mike Monroe had Nine Fish on a yellow dancer and a girl with a reckless head.

Other flies that worked during the week were the pastor bell, Montana lure, green app bloodworm, kitten whisker and green cormorant, so there’s a “starting ten” for you if you’re wondering what works.

I wish you luck wherever you fish.

Signing for the last time down Lochter Road.

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