Although Saturday’s downpour affected attendances that day the Galloway Country Fair at Drumlanrig Castle was well attended on Sunday, Carlisle based not for profit company Borderlines shared a tent the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust and the River Annan Trust and as well as display’s of each organisations work in the area both Trusts provided a closer look at the inverterbrate and fish life found in each catchment as well as fly tying displays.
Borderlines were also running Trout Accuracy fly Casting competitions sponsored by Anderson Strathern who generously provided a £600 prize fund for the winners. Borderlines AAPGAI instructors Clive Mitchelhill, Glyn Freeman and Derek Kelly were joined by German instructor Bert Schaaf in providing fly casting demonstrations and casting clinics on both Saturday and Sunday.
On Sunday Borderlines Instructors were joined by three times World Spey Casting Champion Gordon Armstrong in providing casting demonstrations.
Young anglers also enjoyed free “Have-a-go Fishing” sessions with some help from Buccleuch Estates ghillies.
In the Anderson Strathern individual fly casting accuracy competition Daniel Scobie repeated his performance at last year’s show by winning Saturday’s competition and the prize of £100 worth of John Norris of Penrith gift vouchers with a score of 34 points.
The second prize of £50 worth of John Norris gift vouchers went to William Sloan with 20 points. In Saturday’s Family Fly Casting Competition the Scobie family returned to successfully defend their title to win 1st prize of £100 worth of John Norris gift vouchers with 18 points. The McGill family taking 2nd prize of with 6 points. On Sunday there was high drama in the individual competition with last year’s winner Kenneth Anannd tying with Roger Smith, both anglers scoring 35 points.
This meant that the competition went to a cast off with Kenneth eventually scoring 41 points to take first place and Roger scoring 36 to take second. Lukas Koder on holiday from Germany with his parents won the junior competition. Sunday’s family competition saw the Williams seniors battling it out with the Williams juniors; the juniors eventually winning with 15 points to the Williams seniors score of 6.