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DRIVEN GROUSE SHOOTING 2012
Despite the unseasonably wet April, prospects are still looking good for a repeat of last year’s bumper grouse season. The good stocks left after last year, combined with the mildest winter for three years has resulted in very healthy grouse numbers, and it is now fingers crossed for good breeding conditions over the next two months.
Moor owners are already looking forward to an excellent season, and if you haven’t already booked your grouse shooting for this year, Scotland should be top on the list.
We have a range of grouse shooting still to offer including the very exciting Dorback, where we are offering teams of 8 to 10 guns , 50 brace days @ £7250 plus Vat per day .
We have also early season 150 plus VAT days at Glenogil and Leadhills, as well as opportunities for single guns or smaller groups to join a team at £1,150 per gun, in a line of 8 guns, expectation 50 brace (no overage payable) to include Cancellation Insurance and lunch.
For further details visit our GROUSE SHOOTING PAGE
THE YEMEN EFFECT
The recent big screen release of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has boosted enquiries for salmon fishing. The film, starring Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor, is based on the acclaimed novel by Paul Torday.
For those wishing to experience salmon fishing in Scotland, we have a wide range of options available for beginners or experts alike.
Not quite Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – this is the Cornhill beat of the river Carron in Sutherland
Downie Park & Cortachy beat on the Middle South Esk in Angus 1 x 16lb fish caught from the Sawmill Dam.
Caught by Andrew Dobbie - one of 3 fish caught on the same day.
The rivers in the North are now well under way, and the relatively mild winter should have encouraged fish to run hard into the middle and upper beats.
The Brora got off to a good start with a 7.5 pounder to Ewan Pryde (head bailiff John Bray’s son in law), from the Ford pool on 11 Feb fishing from the North bank, followed by a further three fish the following week of 18, 12 and 20 pounds, the 12 pounder caught by Donald Cameron from the Upper river.
Ewan Pryde’s fish and the first springer from the Brora this year.
The Carron also got going with a 9 pounder to Allan Donaldson from the March Pool at Cornhill on 10 Feb.
Bywell on the river Tyne has also started well with a number of springers in the first couple of weeks, including a 13 pounder on 7 Feb caught by John Meade from the Broomhaugh Pool.
Application form for 2012 Savills Malloch Trophy
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News release from the Savills Malloch Trophy Committee:
2011 winner of Scotland’s most prestigious angling award, the greatest honour in British gamefishing
Sam Valentine (right) and Dougie Smith, gillie at Dalswinton on the Nith, (left) with the 34.5 lb salmon from the River Nith, which was carefully returned to the water.
The Chairman of the Tay Foundation, owners of the Savills Malloch Trophy – for the largest salmon caught on the fly and safely returned during the year in Scottish waters – is delighted to announce that this year’s winner is Sam Valentine for a fish of 34.5 lb landed on the River Nith.
Mr Valentine commented on being told of the decision of the Savills Malloch Trophy Committee on December 12th: “In 27 years of fly-fishing it has always been my ambition to catch a salmon of over 20 lb. In November this ambition was well and truly achieved! I saw something huge breaking the surface of the water. It appeared almost like the back of a seal. Two casts later my line just stopped. At first the fish seemed unaware that it was hooked. Then it took off and I had an epic battle of 45 minutes before eventually we were able to land it. After quickly weighing it, we returned it to the water and with a flash of the tail it swam off very strongly”.
Mr Valentine’s magnificent salmon was caught on the Dalswinton beat of the Nith on November 16 and weighed in a weigh-net, before being carefully released back into the river. To be eligible for the trophy a fish must be caught on a fly in a sportsmanlike manner and be returned unharmed in accordance with best catch and release practice.
At the Savills Malloch Trophy Committee meeting on December 12th nine possible contenders, the great majority in excess of 30 lb, landed by both male and female anglers in a wide range of rivers between the north Highlands and the Solway, were considered. Mr Valentine’s entry, which fulfilled the relevant criteria including best evidence and careful handling, was after lengthy consideration endorsed as the winner for 2011. His name will be engraved on the Tay Foundation’s trophy, joining an illustrious list of previous winners which stretches back four decades.
Savills Director Roddy Willis said: “As sponsors of the Savills Malloch trophy we are delighted to see it head south to the River Nith. It exemplifies that one does not have to fish one of the Big Four Scottish rivers to be in with a chance of winning this trophy and indeed of catching a leviathan salmon”.
The Committee also agreed to make a special award to 14 year old Frank Cotton, who landed and released a fine 28.5 lb spring salmon in the Tweed at Sprouston in May. Robert Rattray, of CKD Galbraith and Secretary of the Savills Malloch Trophy for the Tay Foundation, commented: “Frank’s tremendous achievement should be a real inspiration for all young salmon fishers. In his youth he has caught the fish of a lifetime! Furthermore the fact that he returned the fish sends out a highly positive conservation message”.
The encouraging number of large salmon entered for this year’s Savills Malloch Trophy is consistent with a remarkable, unprecedented in recent decades, increase in 2011 in the numbers of larger salmon – fish that have remained at sea for three or even four years. On some rivers fish in the teens of pounds dominated catches in May and June and throughout the season heavier fish have been unusually common with plenty in the 20 lb to 30 lb class and several in the 30 lb to 40 lb class.
Issued on behalf of the Secretary of Savills Malloch Trophy for the Tay Foundation.