The first outing of the season will be to Harelaw Dam on Saturday 16th March. Outing details will be discussed at a club meeting in the Eglinton this Tuesday 12th March at 7.30 pm.
Congratulations to Robert Irvine who came third in the Scottish Rivers Final on the River Tummel. Robert has once again qualified for the Scottish Rivers team. Craig Osborne and Hugh Skeoch also fished the final but did not make the top five this time.
Craig Osborne will be part of the Scottish Team on Bewl next season after coming eigth in the National Final at Mentieth recenly. Craig's eight fish came on Snatchers in the Kate's Brae area.
2012 Internationl angler and Club Champion, Craig Osborne
Craig and Hugh Skeoch continued the clubs recent success at national level when both qualified for the European Team to fish in Slovakia next season. Both anglers managed to catch seven fish at the last league outing on the Tummel in very difficult conditions.
The end of season day at Haylie Fishery was a great success with Craig Osborne finally having an off day and letting the rest of the club land a few fish. The get together in the Eglington in Dreghorn afterwards was well attended and enjoyed by all those who were there.
The club hope to travel to Orkney for a fishing holiday next year. Proposed date is the week beginning 27th / 28th April. Names of those interested or for more details contact Craig Osborne.
Stewart Wallace (below) releases a nice specimen from the Lamington water. Stewart will miss the 2012 season with a serious back injury, we all wish him a speedy recovery.
Robin Brazier (below) won the 2012 Winter League at the last outing, the Tweed at Peebles. Only two outings to rivers were possible this season due to terrible weather conditions and Robin caught consistently throughout the winter.
The spell of Arctic weather in January 2011 played havoc with anglers attempts to get out and have a cast for grayling or winter rainbows. Weeks of freezing tempertures resulted in the River Ayr looking more like an Icelandic glacier than an Ayrshire river. These spectacular photographs were taken just upstream of the town near the A77 road bridge.
Dougie Hek was the victor at Linlithgow Loch with the help of this seven pound rainbow. See reports for more.
Colin Hek with the new club record brown trout 5 : 08 from Loch Leven
Although some anglers struggled to find fish at Loch Leven members could see the potential this once great fishery has. Colin Hek broke the club record for a brown trout with a beautiful fish of 5 : 08 and outing winner Scott McDade's bag of five trout for fifteen pounds fourteen ounces the best bag of wild trout that the club has ever seen.
Hugh Skeoch with a big Nith grayling. This fish is nearer four than three pounds and was approximately sixty centimeters and took a Pink Shrimp
Dodgy Photos click here.
Robert Irvine with a fine River Don brownie in the 3 : 00 class. Robert caught this fish with a small, dry Black Gnat under the trees on the far bank. Robert was practicing for the 2006 Scottish Rivers final and took the fish on a day when the temperatures soared to 29 degrees under a cloudless sky.
Hugh Skeoch with the then club record for a brown trout with a fish of 4 : 01 1/2 from the River Tweed at Galashiels. For more details of this outing click on fishery reports.
Wullie Watters with an unusual catch, a signal crayfish from Loch Ken taken during a days pike fishing. Scottish Natural Heritage advise all anglers who come accross signal crayfish to remove them from the water and kill them humanely by placing them on a hard surface and crushing them with a heavy object. Signal crayfish are becoming a serious pest in the U.K. and many species of fish and freshwater wildlife are under serious threat from this predator. If you see any crayfish in Scottish rivers or lochs please contact S.N.H. freshwater advisor on 0141 951 4488 or email at email@example.com with details of where you saw them, when and how many.
Dreghorn angler John Lindsay with a magnificent 4 : 08 brownie from the River Eden in Cumbria. John took this lovely trout on a dry sedge pattern as darkness fell. Tempting this fish was a terrific acheivement as the river was very low and clear following a long dry spell
This Loch Mayberry pike tipped the scales near the 25lb mark a personal best for club member Wullie Watters
Alan Caisley caught this fish of a lifetime from Kilbirnie Loch in Ayrshire. This magnificent pike, estimated at 30lb plus, took an Orange Fritz lure fished on a ten foot Sharpe's Gordon seven weight with a floating line and 9lb co polymer leader and a small wire trace. Mark was fishing at the east end of the loch in the vicinity of the Maich Burn and had waded well out when the fish took in shallow water. After this photo was taken the fish was returned to the loch.
Club member Wullie Watters with a magnificent common carp weighing 35lb from the River Ebro during a recent holiday in Spain.