Monday, March 19, 2012


Pitlochry Angling Club held its traditional OPEN NIGHT in Scotlands Hotel on Wednesday 7 March. A record attendance of 54 members and visitors enjoyed an excellent evenings entertainment, beginning with the prize giving for the 2011 season. Dave Stewart won the Club Championship in a closely fought competition and club President, Jimmy Ross won most of the trophies as a result of a great catch of large rainbows at Rescobie loch. He also landed the first fly-caught salmon on the club waters. Struan McCartney won the Junior Club Championship. Sincere thanks to Nicola Smail who kindly agreed to hand over the trophies at short notice. There followed an excellent talk by Mark Bowler, the Editor of Fly Tying and Fly Fishing; the very popular fishing magazine, published in Aberfeldy. Members were treated to a travelogue of fly fishing in faraway places with many excellent tips and fishing advice plus beautiful photography in exotic locations. After some refreshments and an exchange of fishy tales, there followed a much anticipated charity fishing auction. Many people had kindly donated rods , reels and other high quality fishing tackle as well as non-fishy prizes for the raffle. Auctioneer, Jimmy Ross, kept the bidding moving along with some cajoling, a few threats but mostly plenty of good humour, with the result that approximately £1750 was raised and divided between Macmillan Cancer Support and the local Pitlochry Scout Group. The club Committee would like to record its sincere thanks to all who contributed in any way, especially our speaker, Mark Bowler, and Auctioneer, Jimmy Ross, without whom the evening would not have been such a resounding success. (RH)