Nigel Duncan brings you the latest fly fishing news from the Lothians.
FUND RAISING SUCCESS
The Scottish ladies fly fishing team hosted a successful fund-raiser at Bangour Fishery near Livingston with around 30 anglers taking part. The ladies host the Home International at Lake of Menteith next year and will be running other fund-raising events during the winter. Two Bangour Fly Fishing Club members finished in the first three after the Scottish Ladies Fly Fishing team fund-raiser on their home water. Alex Britton landed eight fish to take the win with Bobby Watson of Addiewell third with six fish. And Steve Whitehead from Mayfield split them with seven fish. Britton from Bellshill also won the fastest fish caught on the day. The 2lb 8oz rainbow was hooked six minutes into the seven-hour event at the popular West Lothian water. And the total bag landed by the 56-year-old, who switched between intermediate and floating lines, also included an 8lb 5oz rainbow with bloodworm and an orange, yellow and white lure proving the most successful.
Anglers moved to different pegs at 45-minute intervals and Alex said the water was not easy to fish on the day, particularly in the shallows. The fish proved easier to find at depth in the area near the dam wall at the reservoir built to provide water for the then hospital. The event raised a sizeable sum to help the ladies host the Home Internationals at Lake of Menteith next year. The actual event is on May 28 but teams will train on the water for three days before.
Scotland last won the event in 2016 and the current team has been selected following two qualifiers held in July at Carron and this month at Lake of Menteith. Liz McLellan, one of the organisers of the day at Bangour, said she was delighted with the turn-out and confirmed that a similar event will be held in the New Year. The win, she added, blew early on but the weather moderated in the afternoon with the prize-giving taking place in glorious sunshine.
A total of 26 anglers attended including the owners of two Scottish fisheries, Drumtassie in West Lothian and Newhouse near Motherwell. And the field also included the top two women in the recent Scottish ladies championship, newly-crowned champion Jean Ferguson from Dalmellington in Ayrshire and Dione Roberts from Edinburgh. Dione was pipped by 5cm for the one title she has yet to collect and another Scottish international, Sandra McTear from New Cumnock, also took part.
RESPECTABLE FINISH FOR LOTHIANS DUO
Mike Connet and Jock Kettles finished 12th in the Scierra Pairs final at Grafham Water in England and Edinburgh-based Mike said: “It was a respectable result.”
The fourth Donald MacDonald Memorial Day fly competition is at Lawfield Trout Fishery, Houston Road, Kilmacolm, PA13 4NY on Saturday, 26 October from 10am to 5pm. Lunch is 1pm to 2pm and entry is £30. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and the top prizes are Scierra SRX competition rods and reels.
GOOD SPORT AT BOWDEN SPRINGS
There has been some excellent sport recently at Bowden Springs with the best fish a 4.5lb brown trout caught by an English holidaymaker and a friend who landed 34 rainbows their three-day visit.
Tom Wright (Falkirk) kept three rainbows and one blue for 12lb 8oz, all on an orange Blob.
MORTON BRING IN TWO-HOUR TICKET
Morton Fishings boss John Mackay has confirmed a new two hour ticket on his 23-acre water near Livingston.
A two hour bank permit is £10 for catch and release and £15 for a kill ticket (one fish) while a two-hour boat ticket for one angler is £15 for catch and release and £19 for a kill ticket (one fish).
A child (under-16) fishes free with a paying adult from Monday to Friday catch and release only and OAP concession tickets apply on Tuesday and Wednesday.