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Friday, 07 November 2014 09:43

‘Jock’ Esplin Remembered

Over 30 anglers turned out at Wellsfield Trout Fishery for a recent memorial event to remember John “Jock” Esplin, a regular at the Stirlingshire venue, and, as many will remember, the original inventor and tyer of the now famous Ally McCoist lure, which has proved itself to be a fish catcher at many fisheries.
The event was a five-hour competition, with a four-fish limit, and all the anglers had to start the day fishing with an original “Ally” on until the first fish was caught, after which the anglers could continue with whatever pattern they liked.
The famous fly worked it’s magic again, as the first fish was caught within three minutes of the start, and rather than switch flies, most of the competitors continued to fish with the same lure for the rest of the day, as a fitting tribute to Jock.
All the entrants bagged their limit before lunch, which was kindly provided by the fishery, and during the break many stories were exchanged about Jock and his fishing exploits.
There were plenty of prizes donated for the event, which were used for “the heaviest overall catch” and “the first fish”, plus the free raffle.
Everyone agreed that the weather and the fishing helped to make it a fantastic day, and a very fitting tribute to a very well known and liked angler, who will be sadly missed.  
At the end of the day it was decided that Jock’s memorial competition should be an annual event.

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