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 BBC Out of Doors prizewinner    
Courtesy of Angling in Tayside, BBC "Out of Doors" radio programme prize winner Deborah Hackett from Doune recently enjoyed her prize of a half day of fly fishing and tuition on the River Tummel under the expert guidance of professional fly fisherman and instructor Ally Gowans.

While this was a first ever experience of fly fishing for Deborah, who is the commentator at The Royal Highland Show, Scottish Countryside Fair and Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials, she is keen not to make it her last!

 The Courier Angling Update 16/06/04 by Ken Bell, Angling Correspondent for the Dundee Courier toptop    
Local Hero Hooks National Title

Well known borders fly fishers Dick Logan and Grant Gibson used all their local knowledge to come first and second in the Glen Garioch Scottish National Rivers Championships held on Saturday on the TWEED and TEVIOT at Kelso.

This event, which effectively determines the Scottish International team for 2005, saw Dick take took no fewer than 30 for the day—14 during the two morning sessions on Teviot and rest on the afternoon Tweed sessions.

This earned him 6 points to lift the national title and be assured of a place in next year’s side.

Grant Gibson showed why he is proving himself one of the best river anglers in the UK by taking 24 fish that earned him 14 points and the second place.

Grant and Dick are members of the current Scottish international squad and commented, “This was a great result for us, especially as we are fishing in the Glen Garioch International River Championships on Saturday on the TUMMEL.

“We will be up against the very best river fishermen from England, Ireland and Wales so this is a tremendous confidence booster for us.’’

Conditions were far from perfect with low water and bright hot overhead conditions but the 20 competitors demonstrated just how deep the quality of talent is in Scottish river fly fishing by taking 171 fish during event—152 grayling and 19 brown trout.

Dry fly, Buzzer and Hoppers on the surface, or orange lures and sparkers down below—taking advantage of the daphnia—are all proving successful at LOCH FITTY.

Perth RASC had 43, 86 lb at GLENSHERUP on Saturday with top rod Ian Birch taking his five fish limit in an hour on a Damsel. He returned another 12 during the day.

At BUTTERSTONE the conditions last week were blustery, causing the fish to be found deeper than over the past weeks.

Earlier in the week buzzers and Kate Mclaren were the choice of fly and then the Damsel and Cats Whisker took over.

The occasional fish at the backend of the week were being taken on various flies like the Pearly Whickham, Muddler, Greenwell Glory and Silver Invicta.

The fish are well spread out and are being caught all over the loch.

There are still large numbers to be found up the top end and down the margins just off the reeds.

Butterstone’s double figure brownies remain unhooked although they are regularly to be seen cruising around the top bay or just off the lilies.

The biggest fish to come off last week at HOLL was a great rainbow of 12lbs that was taken on a Cat’s Whisker by W Goodwin from Glenrothes, while Mr Bratchie (Lochgelly) was also in the big fish stakes with one at 5lbs.

The best flies have been the Hopper and Black Gnat.

At KINGENNIE the water is gin clear at present on the Specimen Pool where last week a couple of big doubles came off.

At ORCHILL LOCH once again there have been plenty of fish moving on the surface where they are keen to take well presented Buzzers, Hare’s Ear, Damsel, Yellow Dancer and small Black & Green Fritz patterns.

 National Fishing Website goes Live toptop    
VisitScotland, the national tourism body for Scotland have recently launched a new website devoted entirely to fishing in Scotland. Visitors to the site will find information about where and when to fish, regulations, advice, current conditions and a host of other useful features to make a fishing holiday to Scotland a truly memorable one. To visit the site please click on this link

 FishTay Website Goes Live toptop    
The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board has just launched its new website to coincide with the start of the 2004 salmon fishing season. The site comprises information on beats on the Tay system, river levels as well as rod availability and a booking system which is backed by a contact centre. This site joins the "family" of Scottish sites which includes Fish Tweed and Fish Dee.

 New Developments at Frandy Fishery in 2004 toptop    
Lower Frandy is a 250 acre upland reservoir nestling in a secluded valley in the picturesque Ochil Hills in Glendevon, Perthshire.

The reservoir is well known for its scenic beauty and wide and varied bird life, including Osprey, Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin and Red Kite. Part of the reservoir’s attraction is its feeling of remoteness although it is still very accessible, being just 45 minutes by road from both Edinburgh and Glasgow, and 20 minutes from both Stirling and Perth. The reservoir is regularly stocked throughout the season with very high quality Rainbows (minimum size of 2lbs), Browns, and Blues, all of which are triploids and complement the indigenous Brown trout population very well.

With a maximum depth of over 100 ft, shallowing off in many heather clad bays to between 2 and 8 ft, the fishing is often very visual with an abundance of terrestrial insects.

For 2004, the fishery is planning to upgrade facilities with the inclusion of a Fishery lodge with toilet facilities. The Lodge will serve hot food, snacks, confectionery and tea and coffee. Also for 2004 the fishery will be outfitted with 10 brand new 15 foot boats for hire.

In 2004 the season will be extended and the fishery will be open from the 1st March to the 31st October.

For further information about this hidden Perthshire jewel click on

 Anglers warned to be wary of handling bats toptop    
Scotland's Anglers have been warned to take care when handling bats that might have taken their trout flies.

The warning, from Scotland's chief medical officer Dr Mac Armstrong and chief veterinary officer Charles Milne, was made in a letter to the Scottish Anglers National Association, the governing for freshwater fishing in Scotland, which represents the vast majority of Scotland's angling clubs.

The move follows the death last year of an Angus bat handler after he was bitten by a Daubenton's bat.

This bat is also known as the water bat because it tends to hunt its insect prey over or near lochs and rivers.

In his letter to SANA, Dr Armstrong wrote,

"I would be grateful if you could alert member clubs and other associated bodies concerning the risk to anglers when bats take flies.

In the autumn of last year, a bat handler died of rabies. He had been in contact with a sick Daubenton's bat, a large species of the mammal that can make a deep incision through human skin if it bites.

We have received a number of accounts from anglers who have been bitten by bats in the recent past.

It is unlikely that most bats carry infection and, again that most bats have teeth of sufficient size to make a deep incision on human skin.

We are currently planning a study which will inform us more accurately about the level of risk from rabies in the bat population.

Until this is availavble, we must ask anglers and others who may be in close contact with bats to take appropriate precautions. We recommend anglers should cut the line rather than attempting to free the animal from the hook. Anyone who is bitten by a bat should seek immediate medical attention".

Information supplied by Ken Bell, Angling Correspondent, The Courier and Advertiser on Tuesday 29 July 2003

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