Looking downstream on the River Cree
Looking upstream on the River Bladnoch
Felling of commercial forestry in Galloway Forest Park
Looking upstream on the River Luce
North American Signal Crayfish
The sandy beach at Loch Grannoch
Belted Galloway Cattle, or 'Belties'
Fly fishing on the River Cree
A small upland burn
The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet
A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn
A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee
29 adults and 9 juniors took part in our annual Kirkcowan Fishing Competition last weekend. Spread across a total of 13 beats on the Bladnoch and Tarf, the anglers fished from 08.30 until around 17:00 before returning to the Craighlaw Arms in Kirkcowan for prize giving.
Conditions on the main river on Saturday were not particularly great for salmon angling but a nice grilse of 5.5 lbs was caught and released to win ‘Best Fish’ for Paul Ryman at Dalreagle. A second adult prize was awarded to Dougie Bark who caught 6 pike on the Bladnoch upstream of the A75 bridge. In the adult category ‘Best Bag’ – Scott McHarg won with 6 brown trout (including three over 10 inches in length) at Killiemore. In the junior competition, ‘1st Junior’ was awarded to Thomas Scott for his nice 12 inch trout from Craighlaw, 2nd went to Fraser McKie for an 11 lb pike from High and Low Barness and 3rd went to Connor Wright for 3 brownies and 2 perch from Craighlaw.
The day was a great success and would not have been possible without the generous donations received from many local businesses, fishing proprietors and supporters of the GFT. Thank you to Paul Greasley, Colin Richardson, Dick Scott and Sharpes of Aberdeen for providing adult and junior prizes and Jonny Haley and Sir Michael Wigan for stocking up the tombola and £5 board. The GFT especially wish to thank Tina and her assistants at the Craighlaw Arms who host the event, arrange sponsorship from Belhaven Best and supply the buffet at prize giving. Altogether, entry fees, tombola and the £5 board raised £542 for the Galloway Fisheries Trust. This money will help fund the very necessary and varied work that the Galloway Fisheries Trust has been carrying out across local rivers since 1989, for the benefit of all fish species.
GFT wish to thank the many local businesses who supported this event:
Galloway Angling Centre
Kirkcowan Post Office
Wigtown Post Office
Co-op Wigtown and Newton Stewart
Black Horse Hotel
Scads Superstore Wigtown