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
Galloway Fisheries Trust held their annual Kirkcowan Fishing Competition on Saturday 18th August. Thirty adults and five junior anglers joined the competition this year. Most anglers were regulars to the competition but a handful of new faces were welcomed from as far afield as Lockerbie. Some rainfall during the night would help freshen up the river and it was hoped a few salmon would be among catches.
As the day progressed, the fine drizzle lifted and it was a pleasant afternoon. Back at the pub for five o’clock a quick review of catches revealed only one migratory fish (excluding eels) had been caught - a sea trout - by Alun Campbell on Killiemore water. Two salmon were landed on Clugston during the day, sadly on beats out with the competition. Alun also caught a brown trout and pike and was the overall winner of the competition, taking home the Chubby Reeves Cup and a bottle of Bladnoch Single Malt. Trout, pike and perch made up the majority of the days catches with Alan Whiteside securing ‘Best Bag’ for 15 perch up to 2lb in weight from Barhoise Dam. The largest fish recorded on the day was a 13lb pike captured at Dalreagle by Abbie Ribbens to win Junior 1st Prize, the Peter Greasley Cup and a £50 fishing shop voucher donated by Kirkcowan Angling Club. 2nd prize in the adult competition was awarded to Martin Cluckie who took home a bottle of Hills and Harbour Gin for nine brown trout caught on the lower Tarf. Third prize went to Owen Fleck for the second largest fish of the day – an 8lb pike from Dalreagle. In the junior category, regular winner Connor Wright took Best Bag and the Bill James Shield for 25 perch and a pike caught upon Shennanton. 3rd place junior angler was Jack Rudd and 4th, Brooke Black.
The day was a great success and would not have been possible without the many kind donations made by local businesses who input prizes for use in the tombola (please visit the Galloway Fisheries Trust website ‘news’ section for a list of sponsors). Many thanks to proprietors of the Craighlaw Arms – the McBains - who hosted the event and put on a free buffet following the prize giving; to Belhavan Best; to Kirkcowan Angling Club, Colin Richardson and Jonny Haley for sponsoring the junior awards; to Sharpe’s of Aberdeen for providing a fantastic trout fly rod as winning prize in the £5 board – won by Lesley Drysdale; and finally, to the Bladnoch District Salmon Fishery Board proprietors for donating use of their beats free of charge and in particular, to Sir Michael Wigan, Dick Scott and Andrew Gladstone for also donating many prizes.
In total, £610 was raised 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.