Nigel Duncan of Nigel Duncan Media brings the latest fly fishing news from the Lothians.
Musselburgh and District Angling Association (MDAA) have appealed for volunteers to help monitor river fly on the River Esk. River fly life can ultimately tell how healthy the river is and MDAA chairman Chris Halliday revealed that committee members have already met the Forth Rivers Trust (FRT). He added: “We are looking for anyone who thinks they would be interested in helping. “Obviously, the more (volunteers) we have and the more we do the more accurate the information will be.”
Opening Day On The River Clyde
Meanwhile, the River Clyde will see the salmon season opening ceremony at The Popinjay Hotel, Rosebank, at 9am on Saturday, February 16th. It is a free-to-attend event and a charity raffle, fly tying demos and children’s casting competition will be held. Hardy will showcase their latest tackle and professional casting instructors will be there to help beginner’s and seasoned fly anglers with tips.
Rock Ramp For The Calder?
Elsewhere, after adapting two weirs on the River Almond at Kirkton and Howden, City of Edinburgh Council, Forth Rivers Trust, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Environment Protection Association are focusing on mid Calder Weir. A rock ramp to allow migrating species to swim upstream to high-quality habitat in the upper catchment is planned. Consultation events are on Saturday, 9th February (10am to 4pm) at Mid Calder Community Centre and Tuesday, 12th February (1pm to 8pm) at East Calder Partnership Centre.
West Lothian Fly Tying
West Lothian Angling Association hosted their first fly monthly tying event of the year in Mid Calder Community Centre on Monday, February 4th (7.30pm).
Members and non-members are invited and materials are provided at the sessions at the same venue on the first Monday of every month.