Tuesday the 30th of May and 26 anglers assembled at the Stenness site to fish their only competition on this enigmatic loch. Conditions were good if a bit cool, but the NE wind opened up the loch for many drifts, a feature which found anglers in many unfamiliar corners.

Top Rod Jimmy Grant

Redland and the Dogger Bank were full of boats jostling for position at the start, which was probably why it didn't fish until much later on in the night when things were a bit quieter. The Crow down to the Hotel was also busy all night.
It normally only takes a couple of fish or one good one to take the spoils on Stenness, but it was a very pleasing site at the weigh in to see so many anglers with fish. Jimmy Grant was the angler on the money, taking 4 fish for 3lb 11ozs, securing the Peter Miller Memorial Trophy. Jim Harcus ran him very close with a late flurry in the last ten minutes of the competition where he first landed a fish of about 1lb ,and while he was still celebrating the fact, hooked into, and landed the best fish of the night, a cracking sea trout of 2lb 3ozs giving him the runner up position. Other good efforts included Brian Forman’s 4 for 2lb 13ozs, John Leask reaching the heady heights of 5 fish for 2lb 8ozs, and Stewart Wood with 3 for 2lb 4ozs.
Intermediate lines were most popular and the usual fly patterns for Stenness prevailed, Soldier Palmer, Stenness Stinger, and the likes.
Hopefully, this weigh in, the best by far in many a year, gives some signs that the stocking of most of the catchment  burns with fry for the last number of years is having the desired effect. More worrying is the ever increasing number of seals present, I kid you not, on my way to Harray yesterday at the Brig, I saw 3 seals trying to scrabble up on the same rock!
Harray beckons on Sunday, hopefully conditions there are improved and the fish are on the feed.











Lb oz


GRANT J 4 3 Lb. 11 oz 16
HARCUS JIM 2 3 Lb. 07 oz 15
FOREMAN B 4 2 Lb. 13½ oz 14
LEASK J 5 2 Lb. 08¼ oz 13
WOOD S 3 2 Lb. 04 oz 12
IRVINE N 3 1 Lb. 13¼ oz 11
LESLIE S 3 1 Lb. 11 oz 10
MILLER RAYMOND 2 1 Lb. 09 oz 9
RENDALL M 2 1 Lb. 06¼ oz 8
MCCONNACHIE S 1 1 Lb. 04 oz 7
BEWS J 2 1 Lb. 02¼ oz 6
CHALMERS N 1 1 Lb. 01¼ oz 5
HUTCHEON I 1 1 Lb. 00¼ oz 4
THOMSON BILLY 1 0 Lb. 15¼ oz 3
KENNEDY K 2 0 Lb. 13½ oz 2
MACLEOD K 1 0 Lb. 08 oz 1
MUIR KEVIN 1 0 Lb. 07¼ oz 1
MILLER LESLIE 1 0 Lb. 06 oz 1
MOAR D 1 0 Lb. 06 oz 1
MORGAN A 1 0 Lb. 05¾ oz 1
ADAM K 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0
CRAIGIE A 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0
HARCUS MICK 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0
MILLER H 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0
SUTHERLAND C 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0
YOUNG K 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0