What a great day we had at this years FishPal Junior Malloch Trophy which was once again held at the beautiful Fishponds Beat on the River Tay.
I always look forward to this day when all the winners and their parents meet on FishPonds beat. The young anglers are in the expert hands of both Scott Mackenzie and Iain Kirk who give up their valuable time to support the competition and share their expert knowledge with the winners.
The junior trophy is a much more flexible affair than it’s senior counterpart The Malloch Trophy in so far as you can catch your salmon by any method. The fish must be returned safely to continue its journey. When we created the junior competition we wanted to have more than one winner and a day that would be memorable to the young anglers. What could be more memorable then a day with World Spey Casting Champion Scott Mackenzie and Iain kirk head of Scone Palace Fishing.
The day was introduced by Iain Kirk, head ghillie on FishPonds. Iain talked about the double bank beat including pools, all of which looked extremely fishy after the recent rainfall. He then explained why they needed to wear life vests, hats and gasses. After a few questions from the floor everyone was kitted out and raring to go fishing.
Fishponds has so much good water the young winners were spoilt for choice. Scott took two young anglers in the boat to fish the opposite bank, whilst Iain headed for the Craig’s Pool with Tom who expertly fished the fly under Iain’s careful guidance. Craig’s Pool has a lovely new Croy and certainty looked like it was going to surrender a fish.
It wasn’t long before young Edward fishing with Scott Mackenzie was into a fish, it duly took off down stream at a rate of noughts. He managed to get it under control before ran again, unfortunately this time the fly came out much to everyones disappointment.
Our youngest winner Annabel started with a spinning rod and boy could she cast it, reaching the centre of the Tay, covering every section of the pool expertly. Debbie fishing with Scott started with the fly then changed to the spinner, again with expert precision she cast out into middle of the river. The precision of casting by these two young ladies I was sure they would be into a fish, but alas the fish were not in a taking mood.
Just before lunch Edward was into another fish. This time his bar of silver made it to the net. Great to be off and running. Hopes were high of more fish to follow in the afternoon.
After a lovely lunch prepared by Chef Xen and his team at Scone Palace the young anglers were told where they would be fishing from the bank and boat in the afternoon.
Both Scott and Iain were impressed by this years winners who expertly cast both double handed and spinning rods with a tough upstream wind to contend with.
Fish were showing all over the pools and everyones spirits were high but the fish were just not playing ball!!
The day finished at 4pm with a prize giving which included a framed winners certificate; £50 FishPal Gift Voucher; A box of flies and fishing hat from Malcolm & Karen Anderson of Caledonia Fly Company.
So in a summary a fun day had by everyone. The winners enjoyed a memorable day with industry experts who simply couldn’t do enough for them.
I believe we have some cracking entries already for the 2018 competition. If you know of a young angler who has caught and released a salmon this year then please contact us. We need a photograph and story. The closing date for entries is 31st November 2018.
The winners will join us for a fabulous days fishing in 2019.
Thank you to the Junior Malloch sponsors Scott Mackenzie of Mackenzie DTX, Iain Kirk of FishPonds Beat Scone Palace Estate, Malcolm and Karen Anderson of Caledonia Fly Company and FishPal.