We are now only 15 days away from the start of the new season. The guys have been busy repairing boats where necessary and giving them a general tidy up. The loch itself is in very good fettle. It is showing a wee bit of colour due to the high winds stirring up the silt but this will clear away in the fullness of time. I did my usual survey of the cormorants throughout the close season and can report much less predation of trout than usual. For most of the time the scarts seemed to be feeding heavily on the large shoals of young braise (roach). This of course is good for the trout but not so good for the roach.
We expect a good head of over wintered trout to supplement our usual stockings of high quality rainbows which will be going in shortly. Our regular anglers will have their own ideas about how to tackle up for the start but I suspect that along with midge tip lines black patterns will be favourite.
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