A 60-year-old fishing enthusiast has broken a UK record – and is now off to the global championships.
Stewart Ross, from Trentham, took up fly casting last year after watching the 2018 World Championships in Cumbria.
The Douglas Macmillan worker has been a salmon fisher for 30 years, but decided to try the different techniques.
Now he has gone on to win five medals in his most recent competition.
Stewart said: “I was on my way back home from a holiday and decided to call in to watch super casters compete for the world title in Cumbria.
“I thought it looked great and fancied a go myself. I entered some qualifying events and entered the over-60s competition, which took place in October.”
Fly casting is similar to fly fishing, but involves using plastic weights or hookless flies.
Stewart took part in the UK Fly Casting Sport Veteran Men’s Championships at Port Haverigg, Cumbria, from October 18 to 20.
He took home a gold medal, alongside two silvers, two bronze, the overall senior title and a new UK record.
He added: “The highlight of the competition was achieving gold in 15’ spey casting distance, where I set a new UK veteran men’s record with a distance of 80 metres.
“That was the event I really wanted to win. I used a double handed salmon fly fishing technique – there is a real art to it and it’s very addictve.”
Now, just 12 months after taking up the sport, Stewart is training for the World Championships in Sweden next October.
He said: “I had a few fly casting lessons and train with friends, but I’m really looking forward to the World Championships.
“I’ll be heading over to Sweden where I will compete against around 30 other countries.”
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