This isn’t intended to be a comprehensive angling guide, just a few pointers for novices and beginners which will hopefully help put a few trout in the net.
Fly identification is important but not something we will consider in detail just now. However, if you’re a river angler you should consider buying “A Pocket Guide To Matching The Hatch” by Peter Lapsley and Cyril Bennett. This is an excellent little book and is available online for around £6. It explains everything in simple language which should help even the most inexperienced angler to make an informed choice of fly rather than a hopeful guess.
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Well that’s the Annual General Meeting done & dusted for another year and here’s an update to keep you, our Membership, up to speed with what is going on within your Association.
There was an extremely disappointing turn-out on the evening – we have somewhere in the region of 70 local members who are all entitled to attend and make their voice heard at the AGM, however only 18 people attended the meeting. Of those, 10 were Committee members, 4 were Life members and only four ordinary Association members were present. This is the only meeting in the year where members of the Association can, and do, question the Committee about how effectively the Association is being run – so you have missed the boat this year if you wanted to have your say. Read more ›
The trout season on the Tweed has long since finished and we are now looking forward to the first of December when the winter grayling season starts.
Grayling fishing has become more and more popular in recent years and is a great reason to get out on the river during the cold winter months. The Tweed holds some fantastic, specimen sized grayling with fish of over 2 pounds – and sometimes even larger – caught regularly.
For the first time, Gala Angling Association are holding a river grayling competition (for local members only) on Saturday 12 December. The competition will run from 10am until 4pm. Entrants should meet at Old Lindean Bridge at 9.45. As all grayling fishing on the Tweed is catch release, entrants will be drawn in pairs and asked to verify each other’s catches. The fishing is fly only – no bait fishing is permitted. Anglers will return to the Bridge for the results – a Cup will be presented to the winner at a later date. To enter, please contact Mike Allan at Border Angling Centre, Galashiels, either by popping in to the shop or by telephone on 01896 751620.
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In memory of the late Tom Hardy, former Chairman of Gala Angling Association, the committee made a £150 donation to the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust – http://www.rowanbolandmemorialtrust.co.uk
The Trust provides junior sports people in the Scottish Borders with assistance to enable them to further their sporting careers, whatever their chosen sport, and was felt to be a fitting tribute to Tom.
Pictured below are (left to right): Kris Mein (RBMT); Alan Simpson (GAA Vice-Chairman); Huntley Wells (GAA Chairman); and Edna Grant (Tom’s relative).
Gala Angling Association will be holding an Open Day on 26 July from 11-3 at Tweedswood on the River Tweed. The day is free to attend and is aimed at youngsters who are keen to learn about fly fishing for trout. However, anyone with an interest in fly fishing or the River Tweed is welcome to attend.
Local anglers will provide help with tackle set up, fly casting and tactics for catching trout on the river. We will also have a biologist from the Tweed Foundation to provide some advice about river fly life.
Bring along your own equipment if you have it but we will have tackle that can be used on the day. Suitable footwear should be worn and, depending on the weather, waterproofs may be required as most of the activity will take place outside. There is no need for waders as much of the river can be fished from the bank at Tweedswood.
Please note that under 16s must be accompanied by an adult on the day. Tweedswood has a well-equipped fishing hut and toilet facilities are available. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide food on the day so please bring along a packed lunch.
Tweedswood can be found just off the A68 at Leaderfoot viaduct on the south side of the river. If you use Google maps, search for ‘Tweedswood Club House’ to find directions.
Please get in touch via the ‘Contact Us’ page if you want any more information.
Hope to see you on the 26th!
Gala Angling Association are hoping to run an Open Day later this year, aimed at young people who may be interested in learning more about the art of fly fishing for Trout.
The Open Day could include sessions on:-
- Casting technique & tactics (Wet & Dry fly) with qualified instructors.
- Rod, Line & Tackle set up.
- Fly Tying.
- River invertebrate (Bug) life with one of the River Tweed Biologists.
- The River Tweed – a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI), and it’s importance to the local economy.
We are keen to find out how much interest there is in an event of this kind. To register your interest, please use the “contact us” page. Leave your details and someone will get back to you with more information. Please note that under 18s who are interested must be accompanied by a parent on the day.
The first month of the season is long gone and we are now well into May. May usually heralds the start of the evening rise which can be the best part of the trout season on the Tweed. Fly life has begun to change with the March Browns beginning to disappear and olive uprights hatching in large numbers. The Iron Blue Duns may also hatch on colder, blustery afternoons and there will still be dark olives around, so dry fly sport is often possible during the day as well as at night. Read more ›
Tickets for the upcoming season are now available from Border Angling Centre in Galashiels. For the next 2 Saturdays (21/3 and 28/3), GAA committee members will be on hand to supply tickets and to answer any questions you may have about the association or the fishing.
Tickets will continue to be on sale from Border Angling Centre throughout the season so don’t worry if you can’t make it down this Saturday or next.
As the trout season approaches it’s always a good idea to give all your kit a quick check to make sure everything is in order before you hit the river. It only takes a few minutes and is well worth the effort.
First check your rod. Examine the blank for cracks, paying particular attention to the joins. Check the joints for grit and sand and if necessary give them a clean. Make sure they fit snugly together and don’t come loose while you’re fishing. Read more ›