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nday, 18 April 2010

Tartan and Tapwater Trout!

In the true spirit of angling camaraderie we this week feature a couple of flyers for two e books authored by well known angling writer Drew Jamieson "The Tartan Trout" and "Trout from the Tapwaters". Drew has been kind enough to sponsor 3 copies of the Tartan Trout and a copy of Trout from the Tapwaters as an additional set of prizes for our Wild Trout Competition.

These friendly gestures among anglers seen since the days of old Izaak, are what makes us all "brothers of the angle"! It's not just about catching fish but savouring the complete menu available to the thinking angler; this is what we must inculcate into our newer less experienced anglers.

The two books are an exceptional and satisfying read, and if you want to read further on the subject of angling then there is much to commend here. The lochs are mentioned in the Tartan Trout, and Talla and Megget in the Trout from the Tapwaters, so scour the flyers below and if you are hooked by what you read as you surely will be, send off the required remittance and enjoy!

Drew, from the club, we thank you for your generosity and for providing us with some excellent reading! Hope to see you at the lochs soon!


Scotland's Trout Fishing Heritage

THE TARTAN TROUT? No, this is not a new species adding to Scotland's biodiversity, but a celebration of Scotland's trout fisheries and the people who look after them.

At its core is Scotland's iconic wild brown trout. Add to that, a dash of the hills, mountains, rivers and lochs in which it is found, plus a good slug of the people and characters who fish for, and manage, them. Finish off with the great history and tradition of Scottish trout fishing and the literary heritage left behind by those who wrote about it - with just enough science to keep it honest - and you have "THE TARTAN TROUT"!

This is a unique e-Book in PDF format, available as CD or download. It traces the story of Scottish trout fisheries - from the founding fathers - Stewart, Stoddart, Lamond - to the future challenges of global climate change.

The scene is set with "Living in Interesting Times" - a brief review of current changes to the legislation and management of Scottish trout fisheries. This is contrasted with where it all started - "Scotland's Angling Heritage". We are introduced to "Scotland's Wild Trout" and "Some Classic Trout Waters" - from Tweed to Orkney. There are plenty of facts in the sections on "Managing the Trout Fisheries", but the largest section of the book is dedicated to "Special Places, Special People" - a tribute to some of our most interesting fisheries and to the volunteers of angling clubs and associations who give their time and expertise to create and manage them. The book finishes with a brief glance towards some of the issues of the future.

Drew Jamieson, one-time Honorary Secretary of the Scottish Anglers' National Association (SANA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Fisheries Management, has spent his life enjoying, managing and promoting Scotland's trout and salmon fisheries. This book is based on his numerous articles published in the angling press over 40 years - brought up to date in a logical and organised format.

This is not a "How to" book. It is neither about "How to Catch Trout", nor "Where to Find Trout". This is rather a celebration of Scotland's trout, the places you fish for them and the people who look after them. Enjoy!

PRICE: £15


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Drew Jamieson, one-time Honorary Secretary of the Scottish Anglers' National Association (SANA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Fisheries Management, has spent his life enjoying, managing and promoting Scotland's trout and salmon fisheries. This companion volume to "THE TARTAN TROUT" expands on the trout fisheries in Scotland's water supply reservoirs, which form a valuable, but not very well-known, resource.

Although Scotland's reservoir trout fisheries do not enjoy such household names as the big English waters of Blagdon, Chew, Grafham and Rutland, they nevertheless make a huge contribution to the provision of trout fishing accessible to the urban and industrial Central Belt of Scotland.

At the last count, there were some 850 stillwaters in Scotland used to supply water. Of those, some 383 provided water for the public supply and a further 467 provided compensation flows or river regulation. Some of the sources, like Loch Katrine and Loch Lomond are huge natural lochs, which have been adapted to supply water. Others are small local reservoirs, now used for "put and take" fisheries. But others are medium to large stillwaters, built in the hills around the Central Belt of Scotland, and easily accessible to the urban populations of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee.

There is much history and romance associated with these reservoirs and the wild landscapes in which they were constructed:

 Loch Turret - And The Water Of Life

 Wild Talla - Trout Among The Covenanters

 Carron Valley – Jewel Of Central Scotland

 Gladhouse – The Heart Of Midlothian

 Megget - Land Of Merlin

 Harperrig - Helping The Wild Trout

Over the years quite a lot of scientific information and management data has been accumulated which will be of interest to a wider audience.

PDF eBook:

60 A4 pages / 13000 words / 16 images / 38 charts

PDF available by email or on CD: £10

For more details, contact:

Drew Jamieson, "Angler's Companions",

5 Cramond Glebe Road, Edinburgh, EH4 6NP

We are to feature in Fly fishing and Fly tying magazine next month at the invite of well known author and journalist Bruce Sandison, this is on top of our feature in Trout and Salmon magazine and the News of the World so keep an eye out you never know where we will appear next!

New Life!

Wagtails were noticed collecting feathers for their nests today and we spotted the Osprey on the way home yesterday perched on the top of a telegraph pole surveying his hunting ground.(St Mary's Loch). The Pike spawning continues again this week with fish thrashing around on the surface at the top of the Lowes.

Our projects

The progress with the Arctic Charr project continues the dates now further defined to the end of June. We are also progressing with our project with The Wild Trout Trust. The dates on which the survey will take place will be made known soon.

Wild Trout Competition

Competitors will be notified soon of their numbers and the arrangements for fishing. Just as an appetiser, one of our members contacted with seven Trout on Saturday in good condition ranging from 8oz to one and a half pounds.

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