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Galloway Fisheries Trust

Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
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Looking downstream on the River Cree

Brown Trout

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

Murray's Monument

A small upland burn

A stoneloach

The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet

A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn

A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee

Kirkcowan Fishing Competition

26 August 2015

Another good turnout at this year's Kirkcowan Fishing Competition

Another good turnout at this year's Kirkcowan Fishing Competition

Winners clockwise from top left:  Scott McHarg (Best Bag), Paul Ryman (Best Fish), Dougie Bark, Connor Wright (3rd Junior), Thomas Scott (1st Junior) and Fraser McKie (2nd Junior)

Winners clockwise from top left: Scott McHarg (Best Bag), Paul Ryman (Best Fish), Dougie Bark, Connor Wright (3rd Junior), Thomas Scott (1st Junior) and Fraser McKie (2nd Junior)

Jamie Baillie with a 4 lb pike from Torhouskie

Jamie Baillie with a 4 lb pike from Torhouskie

Finlay Rodger with a pike from Barhoise Dam

Finlay Rodger with a pike from Barhoise Dam

1st in the Junior category - Thomas Scott with a 12

1st in the Junior category - Thomas Scott with a 12

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
Sainsburys
Home Hardware
Countryways
Bladnoch Inn
Crown Hotel
Black Horse Hotel
Cunninghams
Boots chemist
Scads Superstore Wigtown


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