I WAS lucky enough to speak to people from the Scottish Youth and The Countryside Education Trust and the Bridge of Weir Angling Club this week.
Both organisations are organising free angling days to get youngsters involved in the sport, providing qualified casting instruction and conservation education as well as laying on snacks and refreshments.
These events and others like them are vital to help keep the interest in the sport in Scotland with all the competition for kids’ attention as well as parents’ time and money.
I grew up being able to head outdoors in all weathers and, at my local club, there are a few junior anglers and members’ kids coming through to keep up the traditions.
I learned a lot from magazines and observation but could certainly have benefited from some proper instruction to get me started. It might have saved a lot of frustrating hours getting a line out and undoing fankles. The Bridge of Weir Club junior fly casting day is Saturday, May 25, 2pm to 4pm at Quarriers Village in Bridge of Weir, PA11 3FD, across from the football pitches.
They are providing casting tuition by John Milne who is an SGAIC qualified professional fly casting instructor. They’ll be running a casting competition at the end for different age groups to show off the skills they’ve learned with fishing outfits and lots of other prizes as well as food and refreshments on site.
As part of the Year of the Salmon on June 9, 10am to 3pm the SYCET are holding their introduction to Salmon and Trout fly fishing on the River Tay at the Meikleour Beat, downstream of Dunkeld (PH1 4QW), courtesy of Claire Mercer-Nairne.
Run in conjunction with BASC they’ll be covering an introduction to the conservation of Salmon and the management of a fishing beat, river safety as well as getting the kids out bug hunting, a bit of fly tying and then putting the flies to good use on the river for trout. Both organisations are providing all equipment and instructors, so all you need to do is register and get along there with the little ones.
- Bridge of Weir Junior Casting Day May 25, contact johnblair0222@ gmail.com
- SYCET Introduction to Salmon Trout Fishing contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01350 723226.
Fish of the Week
This week’s winner is Kyle Smith from Paisley with this double- figure bream. Kyle had heard there were three or four very large bream in his new carp syndicate in East Renfrewshire. But after sitting behind motionless carp rods, he changed tack and targeted bream. After a short figh,t he landed a bin lid of a bream that gains him £150 of Daiwa Tackle.
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