February 19th, Wigton Youth Station at Warwick Hall.

The unsettled weather is causing river levels to fluctuate making fishing at times difficult. When the water had been steady for a day or two the sport with grayling was very good.

Borderlines held a day at Warwick Hall last week for the Wigton Youth Station.

Wigton Youth Station 19.02.15. 007Although the water was pushing on the Eden with the river Irthing coming in big and brown just downstream, there were over twenty grayling caught along with some decent brown trout.

Wigton Youth Station 19.02.15. 003There were ten attendees, some for their first time fishing.

Wigton Youth Station 19.02.15. 002A great day despite the river conditions!

Many thanks to Warwick Hall for their generous hospitality!

10th March Greystoke school.

Borderlines schools programme got under way in February at Greystoke School where all 40 pupils began a journey taking them from the water cycle to angling in a series of six sessions.

gs1The morning group.

After learning about plants and invertebrates in the classroom, today children from the school had the opportunity to explore the stream feeding the lakes at Greystoke Castle thanks to owner Neville Howard.

gs5As well as measuring the flow, learning about erosion, deposition, the stream and its load, youngsters also examined otter spraints, took kick samples and explored the streams invertebrate population.

gs6The Afternoon group.

gs4Collecting and recording specimens.

DSC07872Kick sampling and the class even made a song about stone flies.

gs2The weather held up nicely and a good day was had by all.

gs3A very healthy stream!

April 21st, Greystoke school.

Greystoke School has now completed a series of four classroom sessions and two field trips that took them from the water cycle to trout fishing on the lakes at Greystoke Castle.

Greystoke2Greystoke is such a lovely venue to hold these events.

Greystoke School 21.04.15. 001A health and safety session is very competently performed by one of the pupils before the start of the day.

Greystoke School 21.04.15. 002There were some fly casting accuracy competitions.

GreystokeSome good casting going on too!

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERACoarse fishing sessions on the lake, great weather, nice people and a very nice and worthwhile day out.


Langlands School.

Over the last few weeks Borderlines have been working very closely with the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust introducing young people to angling by delivering Angling History and casting sessions in schools and fishing sessions on both lochs and the river Nith itself as part of the trust’s “The  Fishing  for the  Future  project”.

Fly Fishing with Chris1A two  year  project  to  introduce  young  people  to  fishing and  the  aquatic  environment. Thus raising  awareness  of  aquatic  environment, giving young people a better understanding of freshwater and  marine  environments  and  of  commercial  and  recreational  fisheries. As well as raising such  issues such  as  sustainability, angling tourism and economic impacts and teaching youngsters how to fish with rod and line.

Fly Fishing with Chris (2)The project is been delivered to 14 schools and one scout group in the Nith catchment.

Cargenbridge Lincluden.

1234St Teressa’s Primary School.

St Teressas 18.05.15 002St Teressas 18.05.15 003Brownhall Primary School.

Brownhall Primary School 19.05.15 002

Maxwell town High School.

Wigton YS and Maxwelltown High School 20.05.15 005

Wigton YS and Maxwelltown High School 20.05.15 007

Sanqhuar Primary School.

Sanqhuar Primary School 21.05.15 006

Sanqhuar Primary School 21.05.15 001

Wallace Hall Academy.

Wallace Hall Academy 22.05.15 002Fish on!

Thornhill Scouts.

Thornhill Scouts 23.05.15 001Thornhill Scouts 23.05.15 002Thornhill Scouts 23.05.15 00391087654321Borderlines 25.05.15. (Drum Loch) 001Debbie Park from the River Nith Trust awarding a cheque to the winner toward the science department for best fish picture.

Borderlines 26.05.15. (Sanquhar Academy) 011Sanquhar academy.

Borderlines 26.05.15. (Sanquhar Academy) 002Preparing the group.

DSC04186Health and safety.

Borderlines 26.05.15. (Sanquhar Academy) 006Some casting practise.

DSC04281Some fishing.

Kelloholm Primary School June 1st.

001River Nith.

20 children from Kelloholm Primary school enjoyed a days fly fishing with tuition on the river Nith with the Borderlines team as part of the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust –

Fishing For The Future Project

2Clive giving a health and safety session. After that there were some basic river casts to learn as well as a casting competition with Chris.

4Final preparations.

5Fishing like a pro!

6Some very keen lady anglers of the future enjoying the river.

Holywood School at Drum Loch June 2nd.

We had the great pleasure of 45 children and staff from Holywood School today at Drum Loch. The weather held out although very windy to be able to get everyone casting and fishing along with other activities during the day, there were some impressive performances from the youngsters! Amy from the Nith Catchment Trust did a fantastic job of a nature walk with various groups examining the entomology of the loch while Chris ran a casting competition.

HolywoodClive and Glyn were within the rotation of the groups getting the youngsters fly casting and fishing.

Holywood1Everyone that had a go did a fantastic job and what a well behaved school which was a delight and all credit to the teachers!

Holywood2Happy Faces!

Heathhall Primary School at Drum Loch June 4th.

Today it was the turn of Heathhall Primary School as part of the “Fishing for the Future Project” to join us for a day of fly fishing and other activities. Following a safety talk and introductions, the group of twenty six pupils split into two groups.

One group learned how to fly cast before fishing and the other group learned about the invertebrate life in the loch and how anglers can imitate the various food items eaten by trout with artificial flies. This was then followed by learning to roll cast before taking part in an accuracy competition between the groups.

The weather was very good and there were some impressive performances!

We happened to meet a previous participant from one of our Borderlines day’s who took part some years ago, he informed us that himself and a friend who also took part are now micro-biologist, how cool is that!

World Oceans Day.

It was all happening on the beach at Rockcliffe, Dumfries and Galloway today as part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Ranger Service and National Trust for Scotland’s beach event to celebrate World Oceans Day.

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As well as learning more about the things that live there. Families were making shelters, drawing in the sand, rock pooling, helping geese to fly with the goose catapult, testing the acidity of the sea water and have lots of fun on the beach.

Borderlines were there as part of the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust’s Fishing for the Future project and as well as telling people about this tremendous project that has involved 15 schools and one scout pack this year alone,  we were getting young and old casting and playing our popular flounders game as well as taking people flounder fishing.

Fishing for the Future up to 07.06.15 027In addition to the Rockcliffe event there will were other activities taking place around the coast the same day.  Dumfries and Galloway Environment Resources Centre (DGERC) were leading a Whale and Dolphin Watch from the Mull of Galloway.

World Oceans Day is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. It  is celebrated all around the world with events celebrating the oceans, seas, the life in them and how we can interact with them sustainably. It started after the Earth Summit at Rio and the Dumfries and Galloway Council Ranger Service have been celebrating it here in Dumfries and Galloway ever since. This year, the theme was Healthy oceans, healthy planet, and we’re making a special effort to stop plastic pollution. It is great to think of all those other people having a great time thinking about the seas that connect us all at the same time.


Greystoke School at Whins Pond, June 23rd 2015.

With the weather a little more like summer today, it was the field trip for Greystoke school to Whins pond near langwathby. There were twenty six pupils for the first session who only managed to land one fish despite the numbers fishing, it was not for lack of trying though. It was left up to the younger ones in the afternoon to show how it should be done.

00226 pupils for the morning session all keen and raring to go.

0039 younger pupils for the afternoon session, a little more laid back and just oozing confidence.

004Chris explaining a few of the finer details of plumbing the depth and how to impale maggots.

005Ready for the off.

008Let the fishing begin.

006A nice vista to view while you wait for the float to disappear.

009Sorting the bigger maggots from the rest.

012A nice roach landed and a few that dropped off for these two.

010A fish for the girls.

014A nice perch to end the day, smiling faces, wonderful weather and hopefully a new outdoor pursuit beckons for some!

Eden Valley Young Angler Event, June 27th 2015.

Sponsored by John Norris of Penrith and three Eden Valley angling clubs, Kirkby Stephen, Penrith and Appleby, REDFA along with Borderlines hosted the Eden Valley young angler event on Holme Farm on Appleby Angling Association water. Twenty six participants turned up on the day with some from the last years event, the weather was just beautiful.

001Introductions and safety talk over the group were divided into four smaller groups which weer rotated throughout the day with everyone having a go at everything.

010An entomology session with Chris was followed by a roll casting session with Geoff, an overhead casting session with Derek and a double Spey casting session with fishing with Glyn.

003Everyone did a remarkable job.

007It was really nice to watch young people who had never cast before actually begin to fish safely and effectively.

004The river was very low due to no rainfall for weeks and with the bright and hot weather it was always going to be difficult to catch fish.

011Everybody had some good fun, some of the parents were getting involved too.

012At the end of the day there were prizes handed out to the best improver from each section. Thank to Mike Ashwin for overall organising of the day, there was a big demand from the participants to do this again and soon!


A group of young people in Wigton recently celebrated their angling achievements at a presentation evening held at Wigton Youth Station.

WigtonYS 02.07.15 005Robert Carruthers winner of the Wigton Youth Station Fishing Club Casting League receiving his prize of a fly rod, reel and flies from Chris Bowman of Borderlines at the Club’s presentation evening.

The project has been running for some 5 years with Carlisle not for profit company Borderlines providing expert angling tuition for the youngsters and Wigton Youth Station providing a home for the fishing club. Over the last year 46 young people between the ages of 11 and 21 have taken part in the project assisted by Cumbria Community Foundation and funded by grants from the High Sheriffs Fund, the Quarry Hill Grassroots Grants and the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust. By introducing these youngsters to structured activity, and informal learning; Borderlines have built anticipation and knowledge using angling as a “hook” these young people have become involved and want to learn more. They have achieved success in angling and with that has come an improvement in their outlook and attitude to everyday life. They have caught fish and gone home feeling good, they realise that they can catch fish and want to learn more, without even realising it they’ve entered a learning experience that if presented formally in a classroom they would have rebelled against. On Wednesday of this week Borderlines assisted the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust during a Family Fishing Day in Dock Park in Dumfries.

Yoth Station and Dock Park 15.07.15 010Derek Kelly instructing for Borderlines, puts a young angler through his paces at the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust Family Fishing Day in Dock Park Dumfries on Wednesday.

Borderlines gave tuition to participants wanting to try their hand at different types of fishing. As well as fly and bait casting there were also activities for younger participants, which included an array of river related colouring in, a mini fishing game as well as Bug Bingo. A staff member from the NCFT was on hand to answer any questions about the river and show interested parties a tray containing hundreds of fresh water invertebrates belonging to the river, which were safely returned to the river at the end of the day. Many people tried their hand at fishing, mums, dads and children included.


On the fishing area there were accuracy casting competitions for adult, junior and family categories, a fly casting clinic for adult and juniors along with fly casting demonstrations by AAPGAI and Borderline members Clive Mitchelhill, Derek Kelly and Glyn Freeman.


The Galloway Country Fair at Drumlanrig Castle was well attended at the weekend, Carlisle based not for profit company Borderlines in partnership with Nith Catchment Fishery Trust were running Trout Accuracy Casting competitions sponsored by Anderson Strathern who provided a £600 prize fund.

Glyn 5Borderlines were also providing casting tuition and raising awareness about their work in the region including the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust’s Fishing for the Future project, delivered to 30 schools and youth groups of all ages, as well as several one off events over the last two years.

Happy Christmas!

Borderlines would like to wish all the directors, schools, staff, associations, REDFA, fisheries, trust, sponsors, helpers, Wigton youth station to name but a few, everyone who was involved with us this year and especially the children, all the very best of health and happiness to you all.

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We have enjoyed every worthwhile day out with the youth and helpers in south-west Scotland and Cumbria very much! We have been around a long time and very much hope to continue long into the future with our projects and getting young people outdoors and into the countryside. Many thanks for your continued support and have a peaceful Christmas!

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