Sunday, 19 April 2015

Wild Trout Competition tips, rules & timetable!


Photo 01 - Another pair of fine Brownies courtesy of Stevie

Wild Trout competition!

Yes its next Saturday but there is still time to enter. If you fancy trying to outwit the wily Trout resident in the loch now’s your chance. There are great prizes with the first prize being a day’s autumn Salmon fishing on the upper pavilion beat on Tweed during October/November. The winner will also be presented with the Major Sir Neil Westbrook cup to keep for a year.

Included in the £16.00 entry fee is a legendary bacon roll and tea or coffee from the revered Glen Cafe on the banks of the loch o the Lowes. At the weigh in at the Tibbies there will be a post mortem barbeque! It’s a great day out with some admittedly hard going fishing but even on a blank you have had a day out in great company and in spectacular countryside. If you would like to enter, just turn up at the Glen Cafe around 09.15 on Saturday, we are all brothers of the angle and you will be most welcome.

Some hints for our competition next week

I’ve gathered a few tips from our Trout fishing squad to give you a few pointers to try and win in the battle with our formidable head of Brown Trout resident in the loch. At this time of the year start off with a floating or intermediate line with the aim of fishing the first 6 feet from the surface down. Most will choose to fish submerged flies consisting of an attractor (Zulu, Kate McLaren, goldhead) on the point and two traditional flies further up Hares Lug/March Brown or an early season nymph such as the pheasant tail.


The photo above show two fine Brownies caught by Stevie Nimmo (he is now doing two every week!) Very encouraging for next week! Go for a leader length of 9ft or more. Naturally if Trout are seen rising then match the hatch if you can or select an early season fly from your selection such as a March Brown or a spider.


If none of the above stimulates interest then get out the sinking line and try this allowing varying lengths of time before retrieving the line to cover different depths. Fish the margins all around the loch remembering that at some points on the loch you can be in 50ft of water 20 yards from the shore. Have a look at the bathymetrical map on our main website before coming it will give you some early pointers as to where to fish.


Finally immerse yourself in your surroundings and allow the birdsong to relax you and your fly will be presented sweetly. If at the end of the day your tally is nil do not despair, you have spent a day in the most beautiful surroundings that Mother Nature has to offer, trying to outwit our most wily residents and lost, but there will be other days and overall you have won! Happy fishing and tight lines to all!


Oh and remember to have an orange goldhead in your box it has proved to be a game changer in the past!

Photo 02 the loch from the churchyard!
Wild Trout Competition rules.


The flyer above will give you the essential details of the upcoming competition. Competitors should assemble at the Glen Cafe for registration tea coffee and bacon roll. You will be issued with a ticket with two tear off stubs one of which you will give to the cafe and the other to then Tibbie at the post mortem. The timetable is as follows


(1) Registration at Glen Cafe 09.15 -09.55

(2) Fishing 10.00 – 16.00 on St Mary’s loch, weigh in 16.00 – 16.30

(3) Presentation of prizes16.30, barbeque 16.40 onwards.


You may use any legal method by rod and line which will include fly, bait and spinning. Complete rules below.  Fish will be evaluated by weight the highest total weight will be the winner. We would be most grateful if fish being taken could be subject to examination for determination of sex of fish to assist us in research relating to the composition of the Trout population in the lochs. Some scales from every Trout caught will also be beneficial.

Competition Rules

(1) Fishing is to be from bank only but boats will be available for anglers with decreased mobility.

(2) There is to be a bag limit of 4 Trout then catch and release.

(3) No Trout under 8inches may be taken.

(4) Fishing shall be by any legal method using rod (one) and line.

(5) No Trout shall be passed to another angler (Bag sharing).

(6) Pike and Perch to be returned to the loch unharmed.

(7) The organisers may inspect all tackle and fish caught.

Boats will be available for disabled anglers and those with limited mobility in the first instance any remaining boats will be given to other anglers as required. If the need for boats is greater than oats available a straw poll will be the arbiter.

(8) Parking in designated areas only, avoid blocking farm gates and entrances.

(9) Any angler found to be in breach of competition rules shall be disqualified.

(10) Fishing shall commence at 10.00am and finish at 16.00hrs with all catches to be weighed by 16.30hrs at the Tibbie Shiels Inn.

(11) Fishing to be confined to St Mary's Loch only.

You are advised to carry a mobile phone with you.


The first prize has been graciously donated by Major Sir Neil Westbrook the owner of the Upper Pavilion on the River Tweed, the beat is immediately below Boleside and contains the famous pool Carey Weil as fished by Sir Walter Scott. The prize will be a full days fishing to be arranged at a mutually convenient time during the months of October/November 2015. This prize is a huge coup for us as a club and the winner will be guaranteed a once in a lifetime event, with the chance of connecting with some very heavy Salmon during the months when the river is at it’s most productive! In the event your day turns out to be unfishable due to the level of the river, you will be offered another day at a mutually convenient time. If you are unsuccessful in catching a fish we will either give you another autumn day (subject to availability) or a day at the Springer’s the following year.

To remind you of your halcyon day you will be presented with the Major Sir Neil Westbrook Challenge Cup which is a high quality trophy standing 12 inches tall and electroplated with pure 24 carat Gold (the photo does not do it justice)! The cup is yours to keep for one year. We will have it engraved with your name as a permanent reminder of what we are sure will be a superb day!!

The second prize is a fly box brimming with a great selection of professionally tied flies specially selected for use on St Mary’s loch. No more cursing because you don’t have a wide enough range of flies.

The third prize is a bottle of your choice at the Tibbie Shiels Inn situated at the head of St Mary's loch.

So there you have it in a nutshell, a super days fishing, good food and the chance of some great prizes!


It happens every year we get a few oddballs who phone up looking for a boat and engine to aid their efforts on the loch then fail to turn up! It’s not really very bright in fact you have to be some kind of weirdo to even contemplate such behaviour! Our loch keeper has a busy life without such distractions so he does not need the extra hassle these calls involve!

If you have made an initial enquiry then please let us know as soon as you can if you for whatever reason cannot make it to the loch. For this reason anglers are reminded that a £10.00 deposit will be required on provisionally booking a boat with engine. Naturally if we find out your identity when engaging in these Muppet like practices you will be barred from fishing on our lochs! Genuine anglers have nothing to fear!


The wider world in my view!

The latest polls!

The latest in the series of polls by Tory pollster Lord Ashcroft has turned up a few gems here in Scotland that will please the SNP depress the puppets and Labour and the Tories since they are predicted to be wiped out a fact to which they resigned themselves to a good while back. There is a slim chance for the Tories to get back to the magnificent total of one seat and unfortunately that is in our area! Yes the Tories lead by one point over the puppets who are two points ahead of the SNP.

 Its good and bad news, it would be utterly dreadful if we were lumbered with the only Scottish Tory MP John Lamont in fact it’s unthinkable! The reality however is that the seat previously held by Puppet Moore is open to any of the three contenders. It now falls on the people of the Borders to place their votes appropriately and see Calum Kerr appointed to the position of MP in our area!

What is clear is that Puppet Moore is leaving! It is essential that the Tories are kept out and Puppet Moore cannot be of any help in this task! People who have the intention of voting for Puppet Moore urgently need to consider voting tactically to keep the Tories out by voting for the SNP! Imagine the shame of having the only Tory MP in Scotland as our representative! It’s akin to alienating ourselves from the rest of Scotland assuming the status of a leper colony.

It won’t take much to clinch it for the SNP and then we could hold our heads high. In summary the reign of Puppet Moore is finished, he like other puppets must be punished for aiding a vile Tory government intent on dismantling our state sector! The race is between the Tories and the SNP.  All SNP voters need to convert one other to vote for a future instead of the mundane dogma of the Tories which is only succeeding in dismantling our public services! Nicola Sturgeon is correct there is no need for harsh austerity there is another more sensible way to right our financial situation caused by Tory bankers! As the Americans and the Japanese have done by investing sensibly carrying out capital projects and growing our economy! For Scotland the future could be brighter but only if we return an SNP landslide!


No show Snooty!

Another election debate this week and it was the same old story in that Nicola Sturgeon wiped the floor with all comers! She was the only one that seemed to make any sense and at the same time managed to put across the fact that there is hope for the disadvantaged in the UK. The clear winner in a debate that saw Lord Snooty and Puppet Clegg exposed for the weak fools and failed politicians that they clearly are!

Of course the Tories are saying that Lord Snooty could not attend because of the agreement reached by the media companies. It’s worth remembering that Lord Snooty was the main complainer throughout the procedure to arrive at an acceptable scenario for Lord Snooty! How the bunglers at Tory HQ must be kicking themselves for missing a great opportunity to promote themselves because in their absence Sturgeon and Milliband took the honours! At last the polls have moved showing Labour taking a 2 point lead it’s looking good!

With the puppets being absent also this was a great opportunity to hear real politics and new ideas! The irrelevance of the puppets is now clear to all! Taking a poll of the debates one thing stands out in that Nicola Sturgeon stands head and shoulders above the rest which is just fabulous news! Undoubtedly Milliband has improved his rating upping them from dreadful to poor! Lord Snooty for all his machinations ends up the poorer, having his policies derided by all and more often than not shown up as a fool!

Farage continues the downward slide which from an electoral point of view is disappointing as this means less of a challenge to the Tories! His policies now exposed, UKIP are universally seen as the racial bigots that they are! A good week for anyone not falling into the UKIP Tory or Puppet camps! It’s looking good for the people of Scotland!

A great success!

I remember recording here my astonishment when Lord Snooty marked down his intervention in Libya as a great success! Yes getting rid of Colonel Gadaffi  he pronounced stability and peace would now become the norm! The reality is however vastly different. Hundreds of thousands deposed and made homeless, the system of law displaced by the Kalashnikov. Rowing factions fight all comers on a daily basis and ordinary people comb the streets in search of food so that their children may survive! There are many words that could be used to describe the western intervention in Libya; success I think would not make it on to that list! We cannot withstand any more successes' like Libya! 



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