First recorded Fly Caught Tench 20/5/19

FIRST RECORDED LAKE TENCH CAUGHT ON A FLY by Josh Brush from Shetland/Belfast. We knew there was a population of Tench as we have had visual reports many years back and also a dead tench on the Lake exit grid about 10 years ago. So, it was no surprise when big Josh told us he had caught one – and proved the population is still present. These fish are very strong and this one was fooled by a size 12 pheasant tail nymph.

Some good fishing at the Lake in the last few days in the duller conditions despite lower than usual clarity. There is a lot of practicing for the last heat of the SANACC on Friday, but dries were apparently the top method on Saturday Night in the Scottish Clubs. Top 3 man team Alba Orvis (Calum Crosbie, Stevie Welsh and Gregor Fleming) caught 35 between them. Sandy Bay was also productive today with one angler netting between 35 on grunters and buzzers. Other anglers reported good sport with buzzers and big dries on the washing line on Sunday. Also qualifying were Future FF with 27 fish and Butcher Boy with 22 fish. In total the 30 anglers landed 159 fish. Increasing numbers of May fly are on the water.

Matt Roberts travelled all the way from London to fly fish for pike with guide Stuart Sutherland of FishX. His journey wasn’t wasted. He landed 8 double figure pike fishing a Dyckers and a Di3 line. His biggest (pictured below weighed 18lbs). Good fishing Matt.