Merkister Maid and Cod and Chips win the day on Harray

Top Rod Neil Chalmers

The weather was more autumnal than summer time last Tuesday night, but 33 keen fly fishermen still turned out to fish for the Willie Windwick Cup. A squally south easterly wind, accompanied by some bright sunshine made life decidedly uncomfortable for all, but there were trout to be had in some areas of the loch.
Bochan and out off Neds Islands were the popular drifts initially, but a lack of action soon had these boats bailing out for pastures new. It would be fair to say that those who chose to fish the more sheltered water in the east side of the loch, up at Lochside and Kirk Bay  found feeding fish right away, where others fishing the wilder open water had  to wait for the wind to drop a tad later on in the evening before the fish came on. In a short evening competition, starting in the right area is crucial to success, otherwise your playing catch up all night.
Neil Chalmers was that man, starting at Tormiston and fishing his way down the east side for most of the night, catching steadily, to finish with a cracking basket of 13 fish for 9lb 11ozs, securing the Willie Windwick Cup. Closest to Neil was Billy Thomson, probably the angler on form on Harray this season, with 9 fish for 6lb 5ozs, and third place went to the consistent Norman Irvine with 7 fish for 6lb 2ozs. Best fish on the night was weighed in by Jim Adams going 1lb 7ozs.
Fast sinking lines were the way to go on the night, a big change from what had been , with Harray having been Hedgehog central over the past couple of weeks. DI7 in both conventional and sweep models and DI5 sweep were the lines quoted with without doubt, the fly of the night was the Merkister Maid and the hulk bodied version of the same, with Cod and Chips, White Cat, also noted at the debriefing following the weigh in.
“And then there were two!”. Yes it's hard to believe,  but it's two competitions left, and what an exciting run in we have in prospect. Fisherman of the Year is still up for grabs, with three anglers leading the charge to the line, Norman Irvine, Sandy McConnachie and Stewy Leslie are all in the shake up, couple this with the close standings for the 12 team places, and you have the recipe for some good craic and banter over the coming weeks. Boardhouse is the penultimate fixture a week on Sunday, and we all know how tricky that can be!









Lb oz


CHALMERS N 13 9 Lb. 11 oz 16
THOMSON BILLY 9 6 Lb. 05½ oz 15
IRVINE N 7 6 Lb. 02¼ oz 14
MCCONNACHIE S 9 6 Lb. 00 oz 13
ADAM K 7 5 Lb. 14½ oz 12
THOMPSON BRIAN 6 5 Lb. 08¼ oz 11
MORGAN A 7 4 Lb. 13¾ oz 10
MUNSON J 6 4 Lb. 12¾ oz 9
KENNEDY K 7 4 Lb. 11½ oz 8
WOOD S 7 4 Lb. 11½ oz 8
THOMAS B 7 4 Lb. 09 oz 6
LESLIE S 5 3 Lb. 10¾ oz 5
BEWS J 5 3 Lb. 09¼ oz 4
HUTCHEON I 5 3 Lb. 06¼ oz 3
RUSSELL M 5 3 Lb. 02 oz 2
MACLEOD K 4 3 Lb. 00½ oz 1
HARCUS JIM 4 2 Lb. 15½ oz 1
FOREMAN B 3 2 Lb. 15¼ oz 1
YOUNG K 4 2 Lb. 10¼ oz 1
STANGER S 4 2 Lb. 05¾ oz 1
ADAMS J 2 2 Lb. 01 oz 1
GRANT J 3 1 Lb. 15¾ oz 1
MILLER LESLIE 2 1 Lb. 12½ oz 1
MUIR KEVIN 3 1 Lb. 09 oz 1
BALLANTYNE G 2 1 Lb. 08¾ oz 1
BYERS R 2 1 Lb. 06½ oz 1
MILLER H 2 1 Lb. 05½ oz 1
STANGER W 2 1 Lb. 04½ oz 1
CRAIGIE A 2 1 Lb. 03¾ oz 1
MUIR THORFINN 1 1 Lb. 00¾ oz 1
LEASK J 1 0 Lb. 11½ oz 1
MOAR D 1 0 Lb. 10½ oz 1
SUTHERLAND C 1 0 Lb. 09 oz 1
RENDALL M 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0