We held our Introduction to Salmon Fishing Day at Invery /Tilquhillie on Saturday, in conjunction with Banchory River Festival. Ten aspiring anglers enjoyed a fun day of angling instruction under the expert guidance of Dee ghillies: Karl Revel, Invery/Tilquhillie; Al Peake, Dinnet; Will Peake, Aboyne Castle; Craig McDonald, Waterside and Ferrar and Graeme Simpson, Birse. We had tremendous support from our friends at the Orvis store in Banchory, who once again provided the rods, reels and waders for the participants.
Will Peake got things going with an overview of the tackle, describing the rod, reel and lines to be used. He then went on to demonstrate some casting basic, before the group were matched with an instructor for lessons which covered the basic roll cast, double spey, snake roll and circle C. After a well earned coffee break, the guys started to make real progress withe their casting. Tilquhillie owners, Shona and Gordon Mutch, put on a lovely BBQ and we then spent the afternoon fishing on the beat. Dee Board member Stuart Fleming, who is always enthusiastic about encouraging new people into the sport, popped by to lend a hand. We were delighted to hear one of the guys land a 7lb fish in Pantoch late in the afternoon. Unfortunately, we didnt get a photo; nonetheless, we were over the moon!
We hope the guys have been inspired to do more fishing and we look forward to welcoming them back.
A big thank you to everyone who participated and an even bigger thank you to the beat owners at Invery/Tilquhillie for their continued support.
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Aboyne Castle ghillie Will Peake, discusses rods and lines
Casting lessons underway!