Today was the Swanswater annual Day after Boxing Day fly fishing competition, a fun event run to raise funds for the Strathcarron Hospice. The amount raised incorporates, the fees for the competition, the takings from the tea and coffee box, a raffle where prizes are donated by the anglers and supporters, and cash donations. once again well over £1000 was raised for the hospice.

We had some unseasonably mild weather today and unusually in recent times, it didn’t rain and the sun shone for much of the day. There was a bit of a difficult wind at the start but by lunch time it had ebbed away completely and the afternoon was totally still. The competition can often be a tricky one to accumulate much of a score in ( in my experience) usually the first peg or two of the day gives a clue as to a likely winner, if you get a hot peg. While the contenders did get off to good starts today, it was consistency that won out over all, and over 90 fish were caught and returned by the 30 or so entrants. Unusually the boats were used as 4 pegs today which I thought was a great idea as over the day the fish are apt to move out a little and so having the boats gives you a chance to catch from less pressured waters.