Top Rod Ken Kennedy

Last Thursday saw a reduced field of 24 anglers compete on Harray for the Ferryloupers Trophy, the annual locals v the rest affair. There was a steady, light, SE breeze with cloud cover for the 6.30 pm start, and the bush telegraph suggested that Harray was fishing well, so a good nights sport was anticipated.
Boats set off from the site for the start and it was immediately evident that fish had been found on the preceding nights in some unusual areas. Half a dozen boats headed straight to Tormiston, while others fished way out off the Point of Neds and Bochan. The Sword and Nistaben also proved popular starting points, but all over deep water. The increase in water temperature and Caenis hatching had obviously pulled fish out of the shallows to gorge on this smallest of flies which hatch in biblical proportions at times. The wind never really dropped enough to allow a hatch to develop, but this probably helped sport with fish obviously feeding hard on the nymph at depth.
Best basket on the night, by a good margin was weighed in by Ken Kennedy, 17 fish for 12lb 13 ozs, with James Bews in second place with 13 for 9lb, and Kevin Muir in third with 11 for 8lb 6ozs. Heaviest fish on the night was weighed in by Maurice Rendall, going 1lb 3ozs. The Ferryloupers Trophy is awarded to the top angler in the side with the best aggregate weight per angler. With the Orcadians having 17 anglers weighing in 88lb 5ozs averaging 5lb 3ozs, and the 7 Ferryloopers weighing in 40lbs 2 1/2ozs averaging 5lb 11 3/4ozs,the Trophy was duly awarded to Ken Kennedy.

Successful tactics on the night we're sinking lines and mini lures for the huge majority, with only Norman Irvine and John Leask bucking the trend and successfully fishing Hedgehogs on floating lines. DI5 and 7 in Sweep and straight models were the lines, with Merky Maid, MerkyHulk, Cod N Chips and Erlends Cat the terminal tackle.

It's fair to say that Harray has at last switched on, with many anglers on the night enjoying tremendous sport, all it took was the wind to move out of the East and warm up a bit, normal service has been resumed on this magnificent loch.
It's a busy week coming up with many Orkney fly fishermen off competing in National Semi Finals, tight lines to all involved and watch this space. Locally, it's Swannay next, so who knows what to expect, but it could be good if it mirrors the angling else where in Orkney at the moment.


Ken's variant Cod and Chips and Merky Maid








Lb oz


KENNEDY K 12.1325 #REF! 16
BEWS J 13 9 Lb. 00½ oz 15
MUIR KEVIN 11 8 Lb. 06½ oz 14
MUIR THORFINN 11 8 Lb. 06¼ oz 13
LESLIE S 12 8 Lb. 05½ oz 12
CHALMERS N 11 8 Lb. 04¾ oz 11
WOOD S 11 7 Lb. 02¼ oz 10
ADAMS J 8 6 Lb. 14½ oz 9
MORGAN A 9 6 Lb. 11½ oz 8
IRVINE N 9 6 Lb. 06½ oz 7
LEASK J 8 5 Lb. 14½ oz 6
MCCONNACHIE S 7 4 Lb. 14¼ oz 5
ADAM K 6 4 Lb. 06¼ oz 4
MACLEOD K 6 3 Lb. 13½ oz 3
MILLER RAYMOND 6 3 Lb. 11½ oz 2
MILLER H 5 3 Lb. 03½ oz 1
THOMPSON BRIAN 4 3 Lb. 01½ oz 1
GRANT J 4 3 Lb. 00½ oz 1
RENDALL M 3 2 Lb. 65 oz 1
CRAIGIE A 4 2 Lb. 14 oz 1
THOMSON BILLY 3 2 Lb. 09 oz 1
MUNSON J 3 2 Lb. 06½ oz 1
HARCUS JIM 3 2 Lb. 04½ oz 1
SUTHERLAND C 2 1 Lb. 06 oz 1