The Scottish Youth U18 Fly Fishing team finished second in the 2019 Home International which was held on the 31st July at Lake of Menteith.
The 14 strong team were competing against their counterparts from England, Ireland and Wales in the annual even which dates back to 1986.
Photo: David Cruickshank
Scotland had won the event for the last 3 years and it was their turn to host. The boys and girls, aged from 13-17 set off at 9:45am and returned to the boathouse at 5pm for the count & weigh in. All fishing took place on boats on the 800 acre water with each angler drawn against a competitor from another country. The winners being decided on total weigh of fish caught.
Local interest came in the form of David Cruickshank, 15 who lives in Lochwinnoch. David was winning his 2nd International cap and landed fish weighing nearly 10lbs.
At the final count, Ireland won the Gold medals weighing in an impressive total of 177lbs & 2.6oz. Scotland were second on 152lbs, 7.2oz, Wales 3rd on 123lbs, 15.5oz and England were narrowly 4th on 121lbs, 13.3 oz. Top basket went to Chris Fehilly from Ireland with 31lbs, 7.8oz and top Scottish Rod was Captain Greg Picken with 24lbs, 10.8oz. Heaviest fish went to Ireland’s Connor Mooney at 4lbs, 3.1oz narrowly ahead of Scotland’s Brad Gair with 4lbs, 2.6oz.
Scottish qualification for the event in Ireland next year will take place during August & September at Lake of Menteith and Carron Valley. Entry is open to boys and girls aged 13-17 and an entry form can be found and be found on the home page of the Scottish Anglers National Association website:- http://www.sana.org.uk.
Thanks go out to all the anglers, coaches, parents and sponsors who make the event possible each year.
Photo: Team Scotland