A very happy New Year to all our sponsors, funders, schools and all our youth and helpers for 2016!
Greystoke school had their first session today learning about water, plants and inverts.
This will be followed by a couple of field trips in April and a coarse fishing day soon.
The first of the field trips with Greystoke school with years 1-2 and 3-6.
A very good dipping session with vast amounts of invert life found!
It was fun too!
The weather stayed fair despite the awful forecast given for the planned day at Greystoke Castle. This session with the school was a part of a series of days building up to a trip to a fishery in June. One group in the morning and a younger group in the afternoon.
The groups were split into two, one half fishing on the lake and the other half having some fun learning to fly cast on the grass and with a little competition thrown in.
There was some pretty good fly casting going on with everyone helping each other to get the best performance.
More than half the group were hitting the targets eight times out of ten after a little practice!
Start them young!
Eden Lacy was also the venue for Penrith Angling Association’s junior anglers day on Saturday with 24 young anglers aged 7 to 18; the majority new to the sport keen to improve their skills. They were looked after on the day by PAA members and instructors from Borderlines. Following introductions and a safety talk youngsters were split into four groups and rotated around four different activities during the day.
These included entomology, knots and leaders, casting and casting competition and fishing on the river. Paddy Davis aged 12 won the casting competition; his prize a half day session with Eden Angler Geoff Johnston. Second, third and fourth places all winning £20 vouchers were Luka Labram aged 9, Watson Byas aged 12 and Olivia Errington aged 11. Congratulations to Victor Gubbins at Eden Lacy and to Penrith AA for organising the day.
There was more half term fishing fun on Tuesday when young anglers from the Wigton Youth Station Fishing Club visited Crofton Lake for a friendly competition organised by Borderlines.
Everyone taking part caught fish with David Nicholson and Declan Harrison battling it out fish for fish on adjacent pegs. Both anglers had caught 26 fish when in the dying seconds of the match David hooked a pound plus rudd/bream hybrid and had to play it carefully on his light tackle and 4 metre whip.
The Borderlines match officials distracted by all this excitement failed to blow the final whistle on time and Declan took full advantage adding another 4 small fish.
After a stewards enquiry it was decided that David and Declan tied for first place. In third place was Kirsty Graham with 16 fish. A big thank you to CADCAC for allowing them to use the lake.
On Tuesday 27 youngsters from Greystoke School joined Borderlines instructors at Whins Pond for a spot of coarse fishing; the final session of a series of seven sessions, that has seen the children take part in four classroom based learning about water, plants, freshwater invertebrates and fish, the history of angling and its contribution to the local economy as well as three field trips dipping for invertebrates, trout fishing and coarse fishing.
As well as seeing perch caught the youngsters also caught eels at Whins Pond. A big thank you to Mrs. Siddle at Whins Pond for allowing the session to take place. I have also heard that the day after the Whins Pond trip a mum had been in school laughing as her daughter had arrived home with a pocket full of maggots from the fishing trip; she wanted to feed her goldfish! I’m glad Mum had a sense of humour.
Galloway Country Fair at Drumlanrig Castle, 19th, 20th August
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.