Billy Thomson makes it two in a row

Back to back wins for Billy Thomson

The OTFA fly fishing competitions just seem to becoming ever more popular as an amazing 35 anglers set sail on Boardhouse last Tuesday night, competing for the WS Sinclair Cup. It was fishing in your shirt sleeves for a change as Orkney basked in the sunshine on what had been the warmest day of the year so far, although it definitely had a detrimental effect on the angling prospects.
With a southerly breeze accompanying the cloudless sky, many anglers chose to start the night at the head of the wind, lined up along the Tufta shore towards the burn mouth and the Knowe, with the rest dotted about the loch. Most reports indicated that fish were difficult to find initially and that things only started to happen once the sun had dropped in the sky and the wind eased, around 9pm. There were a lot of boats cruising about doing short drifts here and there in an attempt to locate feeding fish, but in truth it was one of these nights when if you were fishing on the shore, you thought you should be out in the open water, and if you were out in the wide blue yonder, you felt you should be in the shallows, that's how Boardhouse can blow your mind at times, but, there are always the anglers who make the right moves at the right time and put a basket of fish together.
For the second week in a row it was Billy Thomson who showed us all how it's done by netting a very creditable 9 fish for 6lb 14ozs,  to lift the WS Sinclair Cup, albeit by the slimmest of margins as Jim Harcus had also been busy, putting 9 in the boat for 2 ounces less at 6lb 12ozs. Others who would have been very pleased with their nights efforts included John Munson with 5 for 5lb 6ozs, which included the best fish of the night, and there were a few contenders, a stoatir at 2lb 3ozs, James Bews with 7 for 5lb 6ozs and Sandy McConnachie with 6 for 5lb 1oz.
The debrief following the weigh in revealed that location was everything, with a few anglers benefitting from a brief Caenis hatch which had the trout in that area up and feeding hard and taking well. Others were left wondering what they had to do to get the better of Boardhouse, with out doubt Orkney’s most enigmatic loch. Well, the good news is that we all get another chance to crack the case next Sunday, a full day shift at that!
Billy and Harky found success with Hedgehogs, predominately in orange with peach and burnt orange also quoted, Billy has very sportingly given up his flies for the OTFA website, a generous gesture considering they are so successful at the moment for him.

Billy Thomson's winning cast of flies









Lb oz


THOMSON BILLY 9 6 Lb. 14 oz 16
HARCUS JIM 9 6 Lb. 12 oz 15
MUNSON J 5 5 Lb. 06½ oz 14
BEWS J 7 5 Lb. 06 oz 13
MCCONNACHIE S 6 5 Lb. 01¾ oz 12
MORGAN A 5 4 Lb. 12¼ oz 11
HUTCHEON I 5 4 Lb. 11¼ oz 10
KENNEDY K 5 4 Lb. 10¾ oz 9
MUIR THORFINN 6 4 Lb. 10 oz 8
LEASK J 4 4 Lb. 07¼ oz 7
THOMAS B 4 3 Lb. 08¾ oz 6
STANGER S 4 3 Lb. 08½ oz 5
CHALMERS N 4 3 Lb. 07 oz 4
ADAMS J 4 3 Lb. 04½ oz 3
PHILLIPE 4 3 Lb. 04¼ oz 2
THOMPSON BRIAN 4 3 Lb. 04 oz 1
MILLER RAYMOND 4 3 Lb. 01¼ oz 1
MUIR KEVIN 5 2 Lb. 13½ oz 1
SUTHERLAND C 2 2 Lb. 10 oz 1
BYERS R 3 2 Lb. 08½ oz 1
IRVINE N 3 2 Lb. 07½ oz 1
WALKER S 4 2 Lb. 05 oz 1
MILLER H 3 2 Lb. 03¼ oz 1
FOREMAN B 3 2 Lb. 03 oz 1
MOAR D 2 1 Lb. 08¾ oz 1
RENDALL M 3 1 Lb. 08¼ oz 1
RUSSELL M 2 1 Lb. 06½ oz 1
MILLER LESLIE 2 1 Lb. 05¾ oz 1
MACLEOD K 2 1 Lb. 01¼ oz 1
ADAM K 1 0 Lb. 14¾ oz 1
CRAIGIE A 1 0 Lb. 13¾ oz 1
GRANT J 1 0 Lb. 10½ oz 1
HARCUS MICK 1 0 Lb. 06½ oz 1
LESLIE S 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0
WOOD S 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0