FishPal Malloch Trophy at the Scottish Game Fair

The highlight of last week was to be officially announced as the new sponsor of the now FishPal Malloch Trophy at the  Scottish Game Fair in Scone.
A super day in Scone, catching up with many well known faces from the world of country sports. I never seemed to walk too far before bumping into someone  from the world of fishing. The show was excellent and a date already in the diary for next year! FishPal Malloch TrophyThe ceremony to present Shamus Jennings with the 2013 Savills Malloch Trophy was a well attended affair. Nigel Fell, head boatman on Boleside where the mammoth fish was caught was also in attendance picking up his prize too. After John Wood from the Tay Foundation made his speech it was the turn of Savills to formally announce that FishPal would now be the official sponsor of the Malloch Trophy and a huge thank you to all for your kind words of support. The ceremony concluded with a humorous speech from Shamus who took great delight in recalling the day of the capture – a day where he also had already landed a fish of 25lb to his own rod! As Shamus so rightly put it, “a day that he will never forget the rest of his life” and admitted to having told the story of the day on many an occasion since! Our monthly FishPal newsletter will be out this week and you can read more about the FishPal Malloch Trophy and some plans we have to help make sure we bring the trophy to life. So how was the fishing last week? Well the near drought like conditions continued and rivers were at summer levels or below pretty much all over the country. On the Tweed, a decent 44 salmon and 25 sea trout were reported which given the bright, warm conditions was not bad at all. The tip of the week being to make sure if you can to be on the river early and late and leave pools untouched through the day where possible – always check with your ghillie/boatman to make sure that he is happy to let you have access to these “out of hours” times. The Tay have had a pretty tough week  of it with water levels so low some pools were really unfishable. 33 salmon and only 8 sea trout caught for the week and everyone is desperately awaiting a decent run of fish. Middle and upper beats were particularly difficult,  although I’m hearing of fish running the Ericht and Isla so I would hope that a few fish are recorded in there week ahead. This weeks forecast says there may well be a bit of rain about and let’s hope this triggers things  on the Tay! Great to see some decent catches on Gordon Castle last week on the Spey who have reported some 37 salmon caught on their beats. Graham Ritchie, a regular Spey fisherman, had a great couple of days and no doubt already hoping to repeat his Spey Fish of the Month prize ! Elsewhere on the Spey, fish were reported running even with the river so low but were difficult to catch. I hope the early signs of fish being caught lower down and a forecast of rain might just mean that this week fishes well. Floating lines and small flies all the way I am reliably informed! The Dee managed 49 salmon and 55 sea trout again in near ‘drought-like’ conditions. Those who were lucky enough to hook into a fish were typically fishing at either the start or end of the day to give themselves a fighting chance. River Lochy Like all rivers right now the hope of forecasted rain for this week should be enough to liven things up a bit – all things crossed that this is the case! The west coast fishing seems to be really getting under way with the Hebrides managing some 25 salmon and a cracking 110 sea trout! We really are getting into prime time here and if you can manage to get yourself out there, I am sure you will be rewarded well! Anther river catching fish and some significant ones too is the River Lochy. The quality of the fish from photographs that have been sent in from the Lochy have been absolutely superb.  Lovely photograph attached of a 20lb caught Jonathan Ireland. Lets hope we all see a bit of rain this week and freshen things up overall, we could sure do with it! Tight lines everyone Mark Cockburn

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