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Hugh Campbell Memorial Trophy

‎16 rods Took part in the Hugh Campbell Memorial at Glenastle lochs which considering the

weather was a great turnout,everybody had a fish or two and the first winner of the new trophy

donated by Elaine Campbell ,hope she gets better soon, was won by Kevin Morrison with Willie

Leask second and Donny Holyoake in third. Donny MacNicol had the heaviest fish on the day.

well done lads.

Coillabus Quaich 16/6/12

The Coillbus Quaich was attended by 16 anglers, a great turnout when you consider the weather of rain, good breeze and cold temperatures for the time of year.

The top rod for the day was Kevin Morrison, 2nd was Dod Dunbar, 3rd Donny Hollyoake and
4th Willie Leask. Firstly it's good to see Kevin back in the events, secondly this event also doubles
as the qualifying for the Scottich Club Championships at the Lake of Menteith for 2013 and the
top 4 rods win those places. This year however Willie is unable to commit to next years competition at Menteith so his place will be filled by Colin Tocher who was in 5th place.

A Report from Brian Turner

Firstly we went to Glen Astle for a few hours and Keith, Jimmy and myself fished
upper whilst Charles had a cast on lower.Keith had 5, Jimmy had 3 and I had 4.
Charles had a better few hours on lower Glen Astle catching 14. So 26 in total up
to 12oz.

We then went to Kinnabus and I had 3, Keith 5, Jimmy 9 and Charles 5.
So on Kinnabus we had 22 with most on the 8 to 12 oz bracket with a one up to 1lb.
At the School Loch we took 18 in total (Jimmy - 8, Charles - 5 and myself - 5)
mostly up to 8oz with a few bigger but nothing touching 12oz.
I was the only one from the party to walk over to the Ghillie Loch and I had a great
time were the fish were rising better than the other lochs. I had 14 in the hour or so
I spent there at the end of the day. Nothing big though
Most of Islay was in sunshine but we did have a mixture of mist and sun in the
morning and then bright sunshine all afternoon.
Our best flies were Blue Zulu, Black CDC, Black Hopper and Black Shipmans.
So total for the day was 80 fish all returned and an enjoyable day on the Port Ellen
Angling Club Lochs.

thanks for the report Brian

Club Championship event No1

The 1st Club Championship event of 2012 was well attended on a day of mixed weather.
Jim McDougal was winner on the day, Donny Holyoake was runner-up with Stuart Campbell 3rd.
Heaviest fish on the day was hooked by Neil Carmichael.

pictures courtesy of G.Rainey, thanks Graham

Treasurer Iain Laurie presents winner J.McDougal

Opening day 2012

2012 opened well for the anglers that made it to Glenastle on the 15th.
Last season I had the lochs to myself on what was a glorious day but the rain must have been more appealing to the 3 others that ventured out this year and it turned out to be very worthwhile!

I started fishing at the near side of the 2nd loch, inactive at first but after about 15min I got a tug, then some splashes and turns before hooking a nice coloured trout about 6oz on a green bodied PTN.

Having seen some others arrive I went back to the 1st loch to say hello, by the time I met up Jim McDougal had 1 fish and David Taylor had 2, a good day already!

I moved along to the near shore and started casting at the start of the left side. Casting back toward the shore in the calm water I seen a fair ripple following my flies then a nice trout just over 3/4lb took my green Daiwl Bach and gave a good tussle before being landed and returned strong.

Another small fish followed soon after and sadly it was time I had to leave as I watched Donny Holyoake starting to catch fish too.
It really was a great day with fish rising freely and regularly, the wee bit rain couldn't spoil it and it will beat many a days fishing in the season ahead!

Tight lines.



The competition took place on Saturday 1st October and was well attended on a nice day, although the fish still not appearing keen to come out. Some fish were caught though, and Jim McDougal ran out as eventual winner of this annual pegged event.

Runner-up was Donny Holyoake who also had the heaviest fish, 3rd placed was Gavin Campbell. Best Junior was Andrew Mitchell. Thanks to Laphroaig Distillery for all the great prizes donated on the day, a really good selection for the lucky winners

The winds were light which made most if not all sections very fishable, we all had a very calm 2nd section between 2pm - 3pm when the wind all but dissapeared. Section 4 (White) was probably the best section on the day going by tales during a dram and good craic at the end of the day. Also good to see Richard and Robert at another event this year, becoming almost full time now.

Thanks to all that took part in this event in memory of a former member and top man, a really good day to end the 2011 season and with the bonus of good weather too.

tight lines

(pictures courtesy of Tom Dunn)


3rd Club Championship

‎3rd Club Championship results....1st- Jim McDougal, 2nd- Gordon Dunbar, 3rd- Willie Leask and 4th- Donny Holyoake. Heaviest fish caught by Bill Barclay.

Jim McDougal being presented with sponsors bottle of White Horse from Treasurer Iain Laurie after winning the 3rd Club Championship event at Kinnabus.

 Coillabus Quaich

 Donny Holyoake, winner of this seasons Coillabus Quaich, being presented the trophy and sponsors (Diageo) bottle of White Horse which was shared and enjoyed amongst fellow competitors after the event.

Donny had a very impressive catch in the windy conditions, followed in 2nd place by Gavin Campbell, Willie Leask was 3rd and the top 3 will now represent the club in next years Scottish Club Championships on Lake of Menteith. Bill Barclay was 4th but will be unable to travel as a reserve and his place will be taken by Jim McDougal who finished in 5th.

Visiting mainland member Richard McCulloch had the heaviest fish on the day and we also had 2 junior members, Callum McTaggart and Frazer Matthews, so a good all round turnout.


Club Championship No2

The 2nd Club Championship event took place on loch Kinnabus on Saturday 6th of August in an evening of very mixed weather, starting out bright sunshine and ending in heavy rain but thankfully calm throughout.

A total of 16 anglers competed with Willie Leask coming out on top with a healthy bag. Tom Dunn Jnr was runner-up, Jim McDougal 3rd and Dod Dunbar 4th....all very close in weights. The heaviest fish was hooked by Tom Dunn Jnr.
Chairman Jim McDougal presented Willie with the Diageo sponsors bottle of White Horse that was drammed amid good craic and stories of those that got away.
Youngster Frazer Matthews again represented the youngsters well catching a nice trout.
The midges stayed off the loch luckily and were only starting to bite around the hut. Rain put an early end to the night for a few anglers but the hardiest of men stayed out and enjoyed a good nights fishing. The rain was heavy in the middle of the session but faded out toward the end.
Very few fish were seen to be rising at all and those that were taken were on a wide variety of patterns.
tight lines.
Hugh Campbell Memorial Trophy
A lower number than normal contested the Hugh Campbell Memorial Trophy at Loch Glenastle on Saturday 2nd July mainly due to other events on the day.
Those that were in attendance however enjoyed some great weather, although not great for fishing it made it a pleasure to be there.
Bill Barclay came out on top with the heaviest bag, close runner-up was Gavin Campbell and Tam Dunn was in 3rd place. Tam also had the heaviest fish on the day.
Thanks to Mrs Elaine Campbell for coming along to present the trophy on behalf of the family.

Glenastle 15/3/11

As always on opening day I went to Glenastle, never before in weather as good as it was this year, you could be forgiven for thinking this was a summer day! Bright skys, flat calm and the heat of the sun on my back...I cant imagine an opening day being this nice again.

 I set up with the 7# gear and a sink tip line, 2 fly cast of bibio and a home tied fly of diawl back style but blue holo beard rather than the traditional beard. There was a light breeze when I set off down the near side bank of the first loch then it went completely flat!

Now I could see that despite flies all over the place there was nothing moving at all, nothing to be seen. I cast my way up to the second loch without any luck or fish and the same was to be said for lower loch Glenastle. The wee breeze came back but now in my face so I decided to go back and fish the far side bank on the first loch. I was only a few casts into it when there was a wee rise to the right of my cast, i re-cast over the rise and got the good tug I'd been waiting for, a nice coloured brownie about 3/4lb, a great result on day 1.

A further 50 yards down came a second fish, not so full bellied but about the same length. Both fish took the modified diawl back which is always nice on a fly you tied yourself. That was it for the day though, despite the conditions my feet were freezing by 4.45 so I packed up and headed home having had a great first day....again.

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My name is Jason Doucette and I was a competitor for Team Canada at the Commonwealth fly fishing championships held on Islay. I just wanted to say how grateful I am for the opportunity to fish your waters and for all the help that was given by many of the club members including yourself. I was amazed how the entire community embraced the event and all who took part. Special thanks to one of your members who allowed me to take him on what might have been a wild goose chase but with a small miracle from the heavens, made my poor showing at the competition forgettable. Christopher Bermingham is a very generous soul who I will soon not forget. He is an incredible ambassador for the the Island and your club. His efforts made it possible to catch and release the Sea Trout I was so excited for prior to my arriving on Islay. Thank you for helping to conserve Wild stocks of Trout and the waters in which they swim. Many thanks and God Bless.

Jason Doucette
from Todd Oishi

On behalf of both Canadian teams, I just wanted to express our sincerest appreciation for all of your efforts and hard work, and for making this year's Commonwealths such a TREMENDOUS success and a great time for everyone involved! Your efforts as well as the hospitality and kindness that was shown to us by the members of the Port Ellen Angling Club and all of the residents of Islay surpassed all of our expectations.
The exceptional lunch/feast that was provided to us courtesy of the wonderful ladies and gentleman at the estate house on Ballygrant was truly a sight to behold, and one of the most thoughtful gestures of kindness that I have ever witnessed. 
Please pass along my message of thanks and appreciation to all that were involved!
Best regards,
Todd Oishi
Captain of Fly Fishing Team Canada 1
P.S. I thought I'd send along a few photos and notes from my journal, which provides some insight on my experiences in Islay...

A full list of results, reports and photos can be viewed here.......http://www.commonwealthflyfishingscotland.com/islay.htm

Team Canada report from Commonwealth Championships

Stalking the wild brown trout of the Isle of Islay, Scotland
 by Todd Oishi
 When I reflect on my time spent fly fishing in Scotland last month, images of single-malt whisky, castles, kilts and bag-pipes instantly comes to mind. Fishing in a part of the world where fly fishing is an important part of their culture and heritage left me somewhat envious of the lifestyle and sense of community that our Scottish counterparts enjoy.
My two week-long adventure, which began in central Scotland and concluded on a small island just off the southwestern coast of Scotland, was truly a trip of a life-time that surpassed all of my expectations. Although the opportunity to revisit Loch Leven (the Mecca of brown trout fishermen throughout the world) was high on my list of "things to do while in Scotland", it was my time spent fishing in the picturesque lochs of the Isle of Islay for wild brown trout that proved to be the greatest challenge and provided some of my fondest memories....…
 The Isle of Islay is a small island (approximately 600 square kilometers in size) that is situated just off the southwestern coast of Scotland, lying only 25 miles north of the northernmost coast of Ireland, which can be seen on a clear day. Islay is a popular tourist destination that is famous for its immense beauty, wildlife viewing and bird watching, and producing world-class whisky (eight active distilleries). The pristine lochs of Islay are blessed with healthy populations of hard-fighting, wild brown trout that attract fly fishers from all over the United Kingdom and Europe to these waters to test their angling skills - and luck. 

The brown trout of Islay are wild fish that generally average between eight to twelve inches in length, with the island's larger trout inhabiting the lochs where the stickleback are found in their greatest numbers (the primary food source of the larger trout). Retention of fish that are caught is a way of life for the local anglers, and is strongly encouraged by the local angling authorities, as the lochs have an over-abundance of naturally reproducing trout, whose growth rates are stunted as
a result of over-population and competition for food.
 Bank angling is an enjoyable and popular method for angling on the lochs, as boat access is quite limited due to the size and remoteness of many of these waters. Although many of Islay's lochs are situated right alongside the roadways, some of the more productive lochs lie tucked away behind the rolling hills that are dotted with sheep and cattle, as well as the occasional deer.
Accessing these lochs often requires fairly strenuous hikes over open grasslands and through peat bogs. The majority of these lochs are situated on private lands, with access controlled by the estates that have ownership or title to the surrounding properties. Day permits are issued by the estate offices, but are only provided to a limited number of anglers in order to ensure a quality angling experience.
Although accessing some of the more remote lochs
required a fair amount of effort, they often possessed larger populations of scrappy, little brown trout that were comparable in size to those found in the more easily accessed waters. The colouration and markings of these trout were absolutely stunning and always a welcomed sight for this weary traveler.  
The solitude and serenity that was experienced when fishing the remote lochs always made the journey well worth the effort - regardless of how much effort that was involved. In these special and sacred places the distant past and present day embrace one another, as remnants of ancient civilizations stand silently, serving as a timeless testimony of the triumphs and hardships that they endured. 
The gentle sloping hills and dense peat that surrounds the lochs often concealed a series of small streams, which are commonly referred to as "burns" by the Scots. The burns provide an ideal spawning area and nursery for immature brown trout and stickleback. During heavy downpours the flow rates of the burns increase, which attracts both the stickleback and trout to areas where the burns deposit fresh water and nutrients into the lochs.
The importance of fishing the burns had been stressed to us by local fly fishers who were always willing to help ensure that we had a quality experience while fishing their waters. We followed their recommendations on locations and patterns, and targeted the burns, which we found to be especially productive when working the surrounding waters with short casts from the bank, or while wading deeply and casting our flies tight against the banks. To our surprise we often encountered brown trout foraging for food in water that was so shallow that it was barely able to cover their backs.
The brown trout seemed to be drawn to the structure of weed beds and the rocky shorelines, where they feed upon aquatic and terrestrial insects that became dislodged or washed into the deeper water as a result of the pounding waves and undertow that is created. At times, the dark colouration of the larger lochs masked what lay beneath their surface, which made locating structure and fish quite challenging - while in comparison - the shallow nature of the smaller lochs and their gentle sloping shoals made the task of locating trout a fairly simple process.
Finding the fish was always the greatest challenge, but once they were located, a floating, MidgeTip or intermediate-sinking line was basically all that was required to effectively cover the water, as the trout were typically found in shallower water or in slightly deeper water with their attention focused on the water's surface.
We were told that if the trout refused a slower presentation that using extremely fast retrieves often entices the browns to strike, as they are extremely aggressive by nature, and tend to be very opportunistic in this environment. This theory was confirmed time after time, as the trout after trout intercepted my flies while they were pulled through the water at speeds that seemed far too fast for a conventional presentation. Armed with this new revelation (and a few cans of Red Bull) our angling success-rate increased dramatically.
We quickly discouvered that Islay's brown trout were very light-sensitive creatures that rose freely during low-light conditions  and while the clouds blocked the sun, but dropped to slightly greater depths as soon as the rays of the sun caressed the water. During sunny and flat-calm conditions we prospected for trout in deeper water with faster sinking lines, while using Snatchers, Sedge Hogs, Kate McKlarens, Clan Chiefs and several other traditional mini-lures.
Exploring the potential of  "local" patterns always fascinates me whenever I travel to fish the waters of a foreign country. The experimentation often provides an assortment of new fly patterns, tactics and techniques to add to my fly fishing arsenal. The true thrill and satisfaction comes when I successfully deceive trout in my favourite stillwaters here in British Columbia - with a pattern that originated from the bin of a fly shop halfway around the world. This is an event that never ceases to amaze me.
As our trip drew nearer to its conclusion, we learned the hard way that not all rental vehicles are intended for travel in the more remote areas. They also seem to lack the necessary clearance to successfully navigate the island's secondary roadways that possess rocks that have developed an obvious liking for oil pans...
I suppose that one of the most memorable trout that fell for the charms of my fly was a feisty, wee brownie in Loch Finlaggan that accepted my offering on my final cast of the trip (fifteen seconds left in my session). It took the fly hard and fought admirably. I savoured every second of the battle and its eventual release, as I knew in my heart that this would be my last encounter with Islay's remarkably beautiful, little brown trout.
Stalking Islay's wild brown trout while standing within the shadows of ancient ruins, and traversing pathways that were once traveled by the island's earliest settlers - and perhaps even Vikings - left me humbled and in a constant state of wonder. Catching a fish or two somewhere along the journey gradually became less important and was purely a bonus....…


















































































































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