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2013 final and semis

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121st Scottish National Trout Fly Fishing Championship

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Final and Semi Finals


Everyone was keeping a close eye on the weather forecast ahead of the National Final with gales forecast to sweep the country over the weekend but we were fortunate and the stormy conditions held back until after the final and swept through before the Autumn International practice days started. As it turned out it was mainly bright with light winds and a good competition was anticipated.

Nigel Winkle of sponsors Ridgeline UK was on hand to present the prizes and before the result of the final was announced he presented the winners of each of the semi-finals with a Ridgeline smock coat. In addition to providing the coats Ridgeline had also provided their Razorback jackets to the heat winners and for the final the winner received the Ridgeline Smock Coat along with a Bib and Brace. The runner-up received the Ridgeline Mallard Jacket and the third placed received a Ridgeline Bag. After presenting the prizes Nigel informed us that Ridgeline UK would sponsor the Championship again in 2014.

The SANACC Committee wish to thank Ridgeline UK for sponsoring the Championship and the staff at the fisheries for their help throughout the heats, semi-finals and final. The Committee also wish to thank Stewart Marshall who piped off the competitors; Wendy Mitchell for doing the buffet; Ian and Eleanor Campbell for recording the result; and the boatmen for giving their time.

The Championship final was a close run affair and with four competitors known to have 12 or more trout the top places could not be called until all had weighed-in. Twenty one competitors went to the scales with over 15lb of fish and the announcement of the top 18 that would form the 2014 international teams was eagerly awaited. The competition was on a partial catch and release basis with the first three trout being retained and 2lb awarded for each trout returned.

The 2013 Scottish National Champion with 14 fish for 31lb 3.2oz was announced as Kevin McCabe of Change FF AC who narrowly beat Richard McHattie of Aberdeen & District AA who had 13 trout for 28lb 15.4oz. Brian Kennedy of Glasgow Post Office FFC was third with 12 trout for 24lb 13.2oz and Alan Brock of Crieff AC was fourth with 12 trout for 24lb 7.2oz.

Mark Stephen of Stewarton AC caught the heaviest fish that went to the scales at 6lb 9.4oz.

The best boatman was Douglas Scott who received a bottle of malt.

Kevin McCabe receiving the
Championship trophy from
Nigel Winkle of sponsors
Ridgeline UK

photo: 2nd placed
Richard McHattie

photo: 3rd placed
Brian Kennedy

photo: prize for heaviest fish
Mark Stephen

photo: best boatman
Douglas Scott

semi-final winners: Nigel Winkle (Ridgeline UK), Ewan Clark, Ken Oliver, Rab Maxwell, Scott Miller, Brian Mackenzie, Paul Garner

Semi-Final Lintrathen - 18th June

The semi finals started at Lintrathen on Tuesday 18th June and gone were the cold wet windy days of the prelims and instead we had a warm sultry June day. It was overcast for most of the day and while it wasn't a day for fishing in shirt sleeves we are definitely going in the right direction. The breeze varied from light to non existent and conditions were close to perfect. As so often happens the trout were not aware that this was their ideal conditions and most competitors found them to be very elusive.

However Rab Maxwell of Clatto & Stratheden AC had done his homework and knew what was required to tempt them. At the off he headed down behind the island and remained there for the rest of the day. His fab and three diawl bachs were attached to a floating line and this method had him catching steadily throughout the session and he took 9 trout. This was more than good enough to win him the Ridgeline Smock Coat as the top rod and he was 4 fish clear of the second placed competitor. His boat partner, Ronnie Turnbull of Bank of Scotland East AC , also qualified as one of the top 10 with his four trout.

In second place with 5 trout was Richard McHattie of Aberdeen and Distict AA. Richard had 5 fish which were taken with a cat booby, candy booby and two diawl backs fished on a midge tip and a floating line at the Rhododendron Shore.

The third spot went to Wullie Simpson of Rothes Oak AC with 4 fish. Wullie started of with a DI3 sweep and finished with a ghost tip to which he had attached a cat booby and a blob.

There were 32 competitors in this semi and the top 10 go through to the final. The semi-finals continue tomorrow when we move to to Carron.

photo: Wullie Simpson, Rab Maxwell and Richard McHattie

Semi-Final No 2
Carron 19th June

There 40 competitors in the second semi-final which was held on Carron on 19th June. The top 13 qualified for the final. Conditions were mixed today with the temperature remaining higher than it has been. There was a mix of cloud and sun and the wind started of as a moderate westerly but by 5pm it was pretty strong. Like many waters at the moment the fish were prooving pretty elusive but the top rods still managed to put together good bags.

The top rod was Paul Garner of Alba Orvis FF with 6 trout for for 8lb 14.5oz. Paul had come close to winning the Ridgeline Soft Shell jacket in his heat where he finished third but things went his way today when his bag of three retained fish included two rainbows that were each capped at 2lbs. His catch today earned him a Ridgeline Smock Coat courtesy of sponsor Ridgeline Uk. Paul stuck to Burnhouse Bay and Bin Bay where he fished buzzers on a floating line.

In second place was Ian Skilling of Grizzle Cats who had 7 fish for 8lb 14oz. Ian spent his day in Puddock Bay and Carron Bay where he fished buzzers on a midge tip line.

In third place was Robbie Mather of Monikie AC who had 7 fish for 7lb 15.5oz. Robbie took his fish in Puddock Bay on diawl bachs and snatchers on a floating line.

The next semi-final is at Leven on Fridat 21st June.


Robbie mather, Paul Garner and Ian Skilling

Loch Leven 21st June

The weather for the semi was cloudy with a blustery wind, all the boats were in the north buoy and north Quaich areas of the loch.

1st was Ewan Clark of Starthtyrum AC who fished a floating line with buzzers using a mixed retrieve to catch 18 fish. In 2nd place with 12 fish was his boat partner Mick Thomson of Dalry Garnock AC who replicated the method and in 3rd place was Allan Smith of Kinross AC with 7 fish. Allan used a buzzer tip slow retrieve and buzzers to catch his fish, he was fishing just off the north Quaich.

Ewan received a Ridgeline Smock Coat, courtesy of sponsors Ridgeline UK, who are providing a coat for the winner of each of the semi-finals

Allan, Ewan and Mick

Semi-Final No 4 - Carron 24th June

With twenty nine competitors in the fourth semi at Carron on 24th June the top 9 qualified for the final.

Scott Miller of Stanley & District AC earned his first Senior Scottish Cap last month when he was in the Gold Medal Team at Bewl and today at Carron he put himself in the running for a cap in 2014 by qualifying for this years' National final. Scott won the Ridgeline Smock Coat provided by sponsors Ridgeline UK for being the top rod in the Carron sem-final when his 7 trout were just heavy enough to pip Alex McEwan of Rainbow Warriors who had 6 fish. Alex, who was the National Champion in 2007, is also through to the final. In third place with 7 fish was Greg Donnelly of Craufurdland FF.

Scott stuck to fishing hoppers on a floating line in Puddock Bay, Lone Tree Bay and Burnhouse Bay. Alex was also in Puddock Bay where he took his fish on a cat fished on a DI3. Greg was in Burnhouse Bay and took his fish on buzzers and dries.

photo: Greg, Scott and Alex

Semi-Final No 5
Lake of Menteith - 2nd July 2013

The prelim and the semi-final stages of the National Trout Fly Fishing Championship are nearing completion with semi-final No 5 on the Lake of Menteith on 2nd July taking us a step closer to the final. Forty six competitors contested this heat and with four heat winners and sixteen internationalists in the field it was always going to be hard to get one of the 15 places available from this semi to go through to the final.

The weather forecast was not particularly good and although there was a fairly constant drizzle throughout the day the big winds did not materialise. The fish were up for most of the day and were being taken in most areas of the Lake. The best fish of the day was taken by Campbell Morgan of Strathleven FF and went to the scales at 6lb 9oz. Dries were the order of the day.

The Championship sponsors, Ridgeline UK, have provided a Ridgeline Smock Coat for the winner of each semi-final and the winner of this semi was Brian Mackenzie of Rowbank AC. Brian had 9 trout for 18lb 12.4oz which he took on dries at Shear Point. Brian tried various parts of the Lake throughout the day but kept going back to Shear Point.

In second place was Shane Kelly of Hawick AC with 8 trout for 18lb. Shane took 7 of his fish on dries at The Gap and had one on a booby at Church Bay. In third place, and also from the Borders, was Mick Tait of Kelso AC who had 6 trout for 13lb 14.2oz. Mick took all his fish on dries at The Heronry and The Plantation.

photo: Shane, Brian and Mick

We are back at the Lake of Menteith of Friday 5th July for the last of the semis.

Semi-Final No 6 - Lake of Menteith - 5th July

The semi-finals concluded on Friday 5th July at the Lake of Menteith when 26 anglers battled for one of the eight places in the National Final. Conditions were not as forecast and the competitors were faced with a stiff westerly wind and overcast skies.

In addition to earning a place in the final the top rod was also set to receive a Ridgeline Smock coat courtesy of Championship sponsors Ridgleine UK.

As the boats arrived back at 5.30pm there were reports of plenty of good bags and it was clear that a double figure bag would be needed to get through to the final. There were a couple of larger fish taken to the scales with one of over 6lb being caught by Orkney angler John Munson. The larger fish were capped at 4lbs. The 26 competitors caught 261 fish.

Ken Oliver of Inverclyde FF was top rod with 17 trout for 35lb 7.8oz. Ken took his fish on boobies and diawl bachs fished on a midge tip line at The Plantation, Rookery and Shear Point.

In second place was Jim Adams of the Royal British Legion, Kirkwall with 15 trout for 30lb 13oz. Jim took his fish on a tequila blob, tequila fab and candy booby on a slow glass line at Cages Bay and Shear Point.

In third place was David McAllister of Port Glasgow AC with 13 trout for 29lb 10.8oz. David took his fish on diawl bachs and a candy booby on a midge tip line at The Plantation and the east side of Inchmahome.

Congratulations to all the anglers who fought their way through the heats and sem-finals to earn a place in the National Final.

The 2013 International Loch teams wish to thank everyone who bought raffle tickets for the Spring and Autumn fly boxes which were won by Kenny McClymont of Ardrossan Eglinton and Jim Coyne of Carron Valley Fishery.

David, Ken and Jim

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