Edinburgh Flytye Tackle shop owner Jimmy McBride of Heriot AC, is the 124th Scottish National Fly Fishing Champion.
In the Final on Saturday Jimmy coaxed 11 trout into his net and with his weighed-in three fish making 6lbs 6.1oz he finised 2.4oz ahead of 2nd placed Neil Anderson of Monikie AC with 10 fish. Paul Garner was unlucky to finish in 3rd place with 11 fish but one of his 3 retained fish was small.
Jimmy who has one just about everything in Scottish Angling, apart from the National Championships has 5 caps, gaining his first cap in 1994 just before he gave up angling competitions from 95 to 2003. Jimmy was sharing a boat with Paul Sharp of Leven Fly Dressers who caught 6.
Although Jimmy is taking part in the current Police International at the Lake he was quite happy to give us an insight into his winning ways. He knows as well as anyone I guess that his talent is not one that can be conveyed in a few sentences in a fishery report! He got his first five on the Road Shore then moved to the Butts but met with little success as it was too bright and then to the Heronry. His top tip was, “to know when the fish come on in the different areas as each hatch in each bay tends to occur according to a pattern”. His fish were taken on a variety of flies, as he was trying to find out what they wanted but found no one fly better than any other.
Also qualifying to fish for Scotland were Gerry Rattray in 4th place followed by, Scott Reith, Andrew Glasgow, Ronnie Gilbert, Kevin McCabe, Ray Anderson, Sean McCaffrey, Rab Maxwell, Alan Hill, Derek Purves, Kevin Neri, Alan Porteous, Dave Carr, Ally Middlemas, James Gardiner, Andrew Kennedy and Paul Sharp. In all the 60 anglers netted 301 fish giving a catch average of just over 5 fish per rod. The mean weight of the weighed in fish was 2lbs 5.6oz. Thanks to the sponsors Ridgeline Clothing.
On Saturday 1965 champion David Buist dropped in is pictured above with the revered trophy. The picture on right is of him and his father who was champion 60 years ago in 1956.