John Simpson, a joiner within James Frew’s Modernisation department recently returned from representing Scotland in a Spring International Fly Fishing event.
John, who lives locally in Ardrossan, was joined by 13 anglers who travelled to Ireland to compete against Wales, Ireland & England. The event took place in Lough Mask, a large limestone lough of 22000 acres in area and is one of the best-known brown trout fisheries in the country.
The match was fished on a catch and release basis with all fish being measured and released safely. Scotland successfully caught 20 fish gaining 1090 points; however, Ireland took the title on an incredible 45 fish and an overall score of 2469 points.
James Frew Ltd. provided John with five paid days off to enable him to represent his country.
John said, ‘’I started fly-fishing as a hobby when I was 14 years old, and have enjoyed it ever since. I would like to say a big thank you to James Frew for their continued support and allowing me the days off to compete in the event. Having just qualified for the semi-finals, I am looking forward to competing again for the Scottish National Trout Fly fishing Championship on the 14th of June.’’
Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial "fly" is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or "lure" requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting. Fly fishermen use hand tied flies that resemble natural invertebrates, baitfish, other food organisms, or "lures" to provoke the fish to strike.