Ghillie Sean Stanton discussing fishing tackle with the eager students
Following an approach from Daniel Jansson from the Älvdalens Utbildningscentrum AB in Sweden we are delighted to report Ballogie Estates are hosting two young trainees Mattias and Tim, who arrived on Mon 20thFebruary. I initially met Daniel last october on Deeside to discuss the project and we thought it was a super initiative to try and support. With so many visitors coming to fish the River Dee from Scandinavia it's no surprise that our reputation as a top destination for global salmon anglers would have caught the attention of people like Daniel.
Ghillies Ian Fraser and Sean Stanton listen to the young students
Daniel commented “As part of their education at Älvdalens Education Center they are obliged, or rather have the privilege, to do 15 weeks of work experience related to their chosen course, which in this case is Sport Fishing and Tourism. Since Scotland is a beautiful country and famous for its salmon fishing we were hoping to start some sort of relationship with someone in Scotland that manages salmon fishing. As it turned out, Ballogie Estate was interested and we have now started a business relationship which we hope will last for a long time. The people at Ballogie Estate will show our students what it’s like to work at an estate and especially as a Ghillie. In return our students can assist in whatever jobs which need to be done on the estate.The address to our website is: http://alvdalen.com .”
Ghillie Sean Stanton explaining the migration routes the salmon take upriver
They will be working with Sean Stanton and Ian Fraser. During their 8 weeks they will learn all aspects of the work undertaken by our renowned River Dee Ghillies to help them achieve a vocational qualification as fishing guides in their own country.