2016 Champion of Champions
7th October 2016 - Lake of Menteith
The weather was kind to the competitors in the final of the 2016 Champion of Champions with a light to brisk easterly wind throughout the day. It was mainly overcast and stayed dry with the sun breaking through for a couple of hours in the afternoon. This was another hard final which included four recent champions in the line-up (Shane Kelly - 2014; John Buchanan - 2013; Ray Anderson - 2012 and Gregor Fleming - 2009) a recent National Champion (Ronnie Glass - 2011) along with three recent Brown Bowl winners (Alan Steven - 2016; Ray Anderson - 2013 and John Buchanan - 2012) and two Silver Salver winners (Allan Smith 2015 and Ronnie Glass - 2012).
There were 52 anglers in the final and between them they caught 355 fish for 764lbs 14.9ozs. The match was fished on a partial catch and release basis with the first two trout being retained and an allowance of 2lb given for each returned fish. Heavy fish were capped at 4lbs. Quite a few large fish were taken to the scales notably 7lbs 13.9ozs (Gregor Fleming); 7lbs 4.9ozs (Alex Moriarty); 6lbs 15.7ozs (Wullie Cowan); 5lbs 14.8ozs (Alan Steven); 5lbs 7.1oz (David Moore); 5lbs 6.2ozs (Michael Ward); 5lbs 1oz (Mark Stephen); 4lbs 8 ozs (Frank Ross); 4lbs 5.7ozs (Neil Anderson) and 4lbs 1 oz (Bill Ramage).
We wish to thank our sponsors Snowbee who provided a Snowbee Prestige Rod to the winner; a Snowbee reel for the second and a Snowbee line for the third. Fly Tying Scotland provided a multi pack of fritz to the top three and a pack of fritz to all competitors; the Loch Lomond Group provided a bottle of Loch Lomond Signature whisky to each of the top three; Glencairn Crystal provided crystal ware for the winners and Keir Hardie Joinery provided the fly measures that were used throughout the competition.