March/April 2017

Unseasonal mild weather towards the end of March saw Orkney’s trout lochs coming on with a bang. Harray in particular produced small numbers of midge feeding fish from the more popular wading areas such as Brodgar, Kirk Bay and Stoneyhill. Stenness also produced mixed bags of brown trout and sea trout, with popular fly patterns including Doobry Muddler, Flashing Willie and Ibis and Orange. Skaill is always a popular venue early doors, with anglers hoping for one of the specimen fish that are occasionally caught there. It’s always a matter of  getting conditions right, and Kirkwall angler Colin Sutherland certainly did so with a fine basket of four fish for nearly 16 lb with best fish tipping the scales at 5 lb 4 oz. Kenny Adam also took a nice 3 lb 8 oz Skaill brownie, and Sean Brough had a fine 2 lb 8 oz fish off Boardhouse.

As is often the case, April saw a return to near winter weather, with strong winds and heavy rain putting a close on early sport. Orkney’s sea trout fishery is seldom affected by such weather though, and sport in the sea continued, with the usual run of maiden fish in the 1 lb to 4 lb range.

By the end of April, boats will start to accumulate on all the main Orkney lochs, and anglers will be out in force for the Association’s first outing on Swannay on Sunday 30th April.