2014 Borderlines projects.
Borderlines continued its long term engagement programme with hard to reach young people in Wigton based at Wigton Youth Station the project has over the last 4 years provided weekly sessions throughout the year, building both knowledge and anticipation towards regular monthly and school holiday fishing trips providing the ‘hook’ that will take young people away from negative behaviour. In March the project had a Royal visitor his royal highness the Duke of Gloucester. The Duke as well as looking at photographs and tackle made by the youngsters, talked to participants and even took part in a casting competition.
During February and March the children at Greystoke School took part in a series of four classroom sessions and two field trips that took them from the water cycle to both fly and bait fishing on the lakes at Greystoke Castle.
In April as part of the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust’s Fishing for the Future project Borderlines worked closely with NCFT staff to provide an introduction to basic fishing skills including fly and bait casting for over 100 people on a lovely sunny day in Dock Park, Dumfries.
In May and June we ran a series of Angling History sessions in Closeburn, Loreburn, Heathall, Kirkbean, Loch Rutton Sanqhuar and Kelloholm Primary Schools as well as Dumfries High School, Maxwelltown High School, Sanqhuar and Wallace Hall Academy’s.
A great day out with plenty of action!
Taking them through 40,000 years of angling history from bone hooks to carbon fibre as well as introducing young people to casting techniques before taking them fishing on the river Nith, Drum Loch, Slatehouse Loch and Loch Rutton.
Then in June following a successful £3000 grant application to the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust, Martyn Hart High Sherrif of Cumbria and his wife Tess attended the Wigton Youth Station Fishing Club Presentation at the Youth Station in Wigton.
The club holds a June presentation and a Christmas presentation to celebrate the achievements of the young people and thanks to the generosity of local tackle dealers and individual anglers who donate items of unwanted fishing tackle we are able to give the youngsters prizes. Martin awarded the prizes on the evening, following Martins visit Borderlines were fortunate enough to receive £2126.25 for the Wigton Project from the High Sherriff’s Crimebeat Fund which together with funding from the Quarry Hill Grassroots Grants scheme also managed by Cumbria Community Foundation and the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust we are able to continue the programme of weekly sessions and monthly and school holiday angling trips for the next year. Following summer fishing trips to Crofton Lake courtesy of the Carlisle and District Coarse Angling Club each Thursday evening youngsters at the Youth Station are now preparing tackle, practising casting and discussing tactics with Borderlines instructors in preparation for some winter grayling fishing trips to the river Eden at Warwick Hall.
Also in July working with the River Eden and District Angling Association, Appleby Angling, Kirkby Stephen Angling Association and Penrith Angling we ran the REDFA Junior Anglers day on the banks of the river Eden at Holme Farm, Appleby.
27 young anglers from the Eden Valley had a great day out, many where accompanied by their parents who also shared an interest in fishing.
Youngsters rotated around four activities during the day learning about water craft and entomology, roll and overhead casting and river fly fishing. John Norris of Penrith backed the event with pre event publicity and additional funding.
Burgh by Sands Brownies took part in a pond dipping session with Borderlines in June.
This summer Borderlines had a presence at 2 local shows.
Lowther Country Show.
Lowther Show and the Galloway Country Fair informing the general public about their work in the local community.
Galloway Country Fair, prize giving for the junior section.
We also continued working with Carleton Hill Fishery running Introduction to coarse angling day’s at the fishery during August.
As part of the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust’s Fishing for the Future project; a project that aims to raise awareness of local fisheries by using the life cycle of Atlantic salmon to demonstrate the connectivity between the freshwater and marine environments and how the sustainable harvesting of fish, from recreational angling and commercial fisheries, is important to the rural economy and health of local communities. The project is multi-faceted which delivers a series of structured sessions that target 30 groups of all ages and one-off events. The structured sessions are specifically for groups are made up of participants from primary and secondary schools, Young Person’s Support Service and the Youth Justice Service and other interested participants. Today Borderlines worked closely with NCFT staff to provide a Family Fishing and Education day providing an introduction to basic fishing skills including fly and bait casting for youngsters and families day in Dock Park, Dumfries.
There were casting lessons for beginners, casting clinics for more experience anglers, mini casting competitions, fun games for youngsters and an insight into the aquatic life of the river Nith for all those taking part.
River Eden Warwick Hall 30th October.
The river Eden at Warwick Hall was the venue for a turnout of eight today to try their hand at grayling fishing, for most of the group it would be their very first time.
All carried their own tackle down to the river along with Tracey and Angela.
The young people from the Wigton Youth Station about to tackle up.
The river was swollen and carrying some debris and colour, not easy conditions, but never impossible.
Hopefully the first of many future fishing trips in the making.
With the mild weather at around 18 oC it did not feel very Autumnal.
Nevertheless all the preparation during those Thursday evening sessions at the Youth Station paid off and grayling were caught with fish to 1lb 8oz being landed on maggot and swim feeder tactics.
One or two nice out of season brown trout were also landed and carefully returned.
A very big thank you for the use of the water at Warwick Hall today courtesy of Nick Mariner who has been a great supporter over the years to Borderlines.
Family Fishing Day on the Nith.
22nd November 2014
A fishing day on the River Nith near Nunholm was recently held to provide young people with the opportunity to learn how to fish, improve their casting and try their luck at catching a fish. Borderlines staff; Chris Bowman, Glyn Freeman and Clive Mitchelhill gave expert tuition to participants wanting to try their hand at different types of fishing and were assisted by Roger Smith, a local angler from Dalbeattie.
The day started with a talk about safety when out fishing, including remembering to put a stick in the ground so that you can tell if the river starts to rise. Due to a heavy spell of rain the night before the river was still rising and it was interesting to see that by the end of the day our stick had disappeared from view. Chris, Clive and Glyn then spoke about the fish species that would be targeted that day (grayling and salmon) and about the different flies and baits that would be used. Debbie from the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust then carried out a kick sampling demonstration to find some of the bugs and beasties that are imitated when fly fishing.
Everyone then got to try their hand at fishing using fly and bait rods and a good number of fish were landed. No monsters were caught but we had a couple of brown trout and a nice sea trout, lots of salmon parr and a couple of juvenile grayling. This provided great opportunities to practice landing and unhooking fish, all of which were returned to swim another day. By the end of the day everyone’s casting had improved and hopefully there will be a few more young anglers fishing the Nith next year.
A big thank you to everyone that made the day a success, including Andy Brown from D&G Council for helping to organise the day and for permission to fish, the guys from Borderlines and Roger Smith for the tuition and the local anglers who kindly allowed us to take over a stretch of the river on the second last Saturday of the fishing season.
The Nith Catchment Fishery Trust will be running more fishing days next year as part of the Fishing for the Future project. If you are interested in taking part in these free events, join our mailing list by emailing [email protected] All of our events are also publicised on our Facebook page and at www.river-nith.com.
This project is being part financed by Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund 2012-13 programme and the Holywood Trust.