The 127th Scottish National Flyfishing Championships were held on the lake on Saturday the 14th of September.
The weather forecast didn’t look too good but thankfully the worst of the wind and rain did not come until the anglers were off the water.
66 anglers set out at 9.30am with a good spread of boats over the water. A westerly wind prevailed throughout the match with occasional rain.
Once the boats came in at 5.30pm it was clear that there were a number of good catches.
The 2019 National Champion is Allan McLachlan representing Costa Ecosse. Allan landed 23 fish for a total weight of 49lbs 10.4ozs, (3 fish weighed and additional returned fish awarded 2lbs).
In second place was the defending champion, Derek Pozzi of Thalassa AC. Derek landed 22 fish for a total of 48lbs 10.9ozs.
3rd place went to Martin McCafferty of Future FF. He had 20 fish for 42lbs 12.1ozs.
The other qualifiers for the 2020 loch style teams were:
Scott Aitken – Tartan Tyers
Calum Crosbie – Alba Orvis
Ben Robertson – Phoenix AC
Peter Batchelor – Harrow AC
Sean McCaffrey – Shetland AA
Gregor Fleming – Bridge of Weir Loch AC
Ronnie Gilbert – Menteith Ospreys
Peter Auchterlonie – Menteith Ospreys
Davy Ezzi – Black Loch AC
Toby Bracey – Dounreay FFA
Ally Middlemass – Blairadam AC
Brian McKenzie – Neilston FF
Gil Farid – Central Belters
Greig Davie – Thalassa AC
Jock Kettles – SANACC
Best of luck in the 2020 competitions guys.
The heaviest fish was a rainbow of 4lbs 11.7ozs landed by Richard McHattie of Ormiston AC.
The prize winners were awarded clothing from sponsors Ridgeline UK.
The 66 anglers landed a total of 704 fish for an actual total weight of 2020lbs . The rod average was 10.66.
This coming week at the lake is fully booked due to anglers practising for the International which takes on Friday.