Sunday, 19 March 2017

Content anglers and a competition!

Photo 01 - Davie with a picture perfect brownie!

Content anglers and a competition!

You will note the Brownie being displayed by Davie Forsyth is indeed a cracker and more so because it was tempted from the Loch o the Lowes a loch known by our long standing members for its low population of Brown Trout. This is due to the loch being warmer (its very shallow compared to St Mary’s) and it has a much larger growth of weed in a word Mesotrophic! St Mary’s with its much deeper and colder water (Oligotrophic) and much less weed is more suited as a habitat for Brown Trout.

Anyway the Trout caught on the Lowes tend to be very fine Trout and Davie’s is no exception. He landed it after a spectacular take on the surface and it had him touching all sides of the loch. For the lure fishers among you it was caught on a Savage Gear Rat surface lure. Now trying to get a photo from Davie is like trying to squeeze blood out of a stone!

Photo 02 - Stevie Nimmo opens his account!

It’s not that he doesn’t catch many fish for he does and currently holds the heavy Pike at 21lbs 8oz for the current season it rather more a case of quiet contentment devoid of the need to send fish photos all over the internet like some of the new age facebook brigade! Just another of our anglers at one with the lochs and at peace with his sport! Well done that man!

Photo 02 - Stevie added another!

Wild Trout Competition!

We are pleased to confirm the details for our annual competition in pursuit of our wily population of Brown Trout.
The competition will take place on St Mary’s Loch on Saturday the 8th of April 2017. The competition will take place between the hours of 10.00 until 16.00hrs. There will be a warm up session as usual being held at The Glen Cafe which will run from 09.00 until 10.00hrs where bacon rolls and coffee will be served.

The weigh in will take place at the Tibbie Shiels Inn between 16.00 and 16.30hrs followed by our usual barbeque cooked up by Alastair. The cost is being held at £16.00 per entry and the competition is open to members and visitors. Its always a great day with much banter so come along and join in you will be most welcome!

Photo 04 - The best bit - Davie returns his prize safely!

Competition Rules

(1) There is to be a bag limit of 4 Trout then catch and release.

(2) No Trout under 8 inches may be taken.

(3) Fishing will be fly only using rod (one) and line.

(4) No Trout shall be passed to another angler (Bag sharing).

(5) Pike and Perch to be returned to the loch unharmed.

(6) The organisers may inspect all tackle and fish caught.

Boats will be available for disabled anglers and those with limited mobility in the first instance any remaining boats will be given to other anglers as required. If the need for boats is greater than boats available a straw poll will be the arbiter.

(7) Parking in designated areas only, please avoid blocking farm gates and entrances.

(8) Any angler found to be in breach of competition rules shall be disqualified.

(9) Fishing shall commence at 10.00am and finish at 16.00hrs with all catches to be weighed in by 16.30hrs at the Tibbie Shiels Inn.

(10) Fishing to be confined to St Mary's Loch only.

You are advised to carry a mobile phone with you in case of difficulty. A ferry boat will be available from 09.30hrs for anglers wishing to fish the far side of the loch.


Lowes boat!


Work has progressed much more quickly this week with the super strong structures to hold the oar pins now completed. There is a great deal of rigidity now present along her sides.  Davie Wilson stepped in and saved us countless hours and cut the ply to replace the rotted rear seat which we then fibre glassed. The paint we have chosen is a dark green with the bottom part being painted with car under seal rubberised paint. So we are nearly there!

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