Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland World Fly Fishing Championship News.

Picture by J Ross fro Pitlochrie.
Polish Angler Artur Trzaskos in action on the Benchil beat below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

World Fly Fishing Championships: Scotland slump to ninth after nightmare day

Jun 10 2009 Arnot McWhinnie

HOSTS Scotland collapsed yesterday as they slumped to ninth place on the scoreboard at the World Fly Fishing Championships.

Three of the five-man home squad blanked as they tumbled five places from fourth spot on the scoreboard.

Jim Litster, of Kilmaurs, and Newton Stewart's Calum Crosbie saved the day for the hosts with two and one fish respectively from the Lake of Menteith and Carron Valley Reservoir.

However, Donald Forbes blanked on the River Tay at Stanley despite wading deep into the fastflowing rock river, Davie Chalmers from Glenrothes did the same on Loch Awe where fishing was made difficult with a flat calm and Eaglesham's Simon Cocker was one of many anglers who failed to get a fish on Loch Leven.

Crosbie's position on the scoreboard for the individual championships slumped from seventh on Monday to 14th yesterday.

Slump Ian Barr of England, who had a tremendous catch of five fish from the River Tay yesterday jumped from sixth position on Monday to pole position yesterday.

Frenchman Christophe Idre is second and Cameron Anderson of South Africa is third.

France are top of the leaderboard in the individual championships followed by England and the Czech Republic.

Despite the slump yesterday from his charges yesterday, Scotland team manager George Mackenzie was anything but despondent.

He said: "Anything can happen. The forecast is for a change in the weather which could be helpful to us and each angler will be fishing his favourite venue.

"With strong rods being comfortable in the venues they have drawn - Loch Leven is Davie Chalmers' home water, Donald Forbes always does well on Loch Awe, and Simon Cocker is on the Tay - we have a good chance of climbing up the rankings again."

Twenty seven nations from as far apart as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, USA, Canada and Japan, along with countries from all over Europe, are competing in the Championships which are the Olympics of angling.

It is the first time the event, for which the Daily Record is one of the main sponsors, has been held in Scotland.
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