Club Activities

Activities

2016:

Saturday 30th July 2016. Tuition day at Carbeth Fishery.  This was well attended with a number of people registering interest at our Open Day in Campsie Memorial Hall. Tuition was provided in both fly casting and bait fishing with a number of ‘first trout’ caught by both methods. The club is delighted with the interest shown for this day and would like to thank Donald MacKay, Danny Connor and Stephen O’Brien for their support in making this day a success. We hope to repeat both the Open Day and tuition days in future.

Sunday 12th June 2016.

This was a good day with 30 anglers attending between the 3 clubs. The fishing was not easy with a lot of pressure on the water. Heaviest bag was won by Lawrence Meechan who weighed in 4 fish for 12lbs (brown trout were returned). Many thanks to members for supporting the day.

Crauforland Fishery, Fenwick. This is a friendly competition between Campsie, Busby and Ardrossan Angling Clubs. We need approx. 15 Campsie members to attend in order that the clubs can fully book out the fishery. Please contact Lawrence Meechan on 07986 963031 for enquiries or to register an interest.

Saturday 7th May 2016. Open Day. Venue: Campsie Memorial Hall, Lennoxtown. 1pm – 4.30pm. Please join us for a range of activities and learning covering topics such as local nature, conservation and the history if the River Glazert. Additionally there will be a fly tying demo, free casting tuition and quizzes etc. Free entry and teas/coffees/refreshments available.

Saturday 16th April 2016. Cloybank Fishery, Banknock. Fishing day for members. Please call Lawrence Meechan on 07986 963031 to register. Times and arrangements will be published shortly.

Fly Fishing Competition Team. The club would like to develop a small team of people interested in forming a competition team. This would allow us to develop the knowledge and experience of members and to organise friendly competitions with other clubs. If we can generate enough interest within the club we intend to hold local workshops to develop casting skills and share techniques which will be free of charge. We would like these to be enjoyable social events. Please contact Lawrence Meechan  on 07986 963031 to register your interest.

2016 Open Day. We are arranging an Open Day which will allow people to find out what the club does and also to try fishing. This is an informal and fun day and will include free tuition. Please come along and bring the family. Date/venue to be confirmed.

2015:

Saturday 18th April 2015. Fly fishing tuition being held at Whitefield Pond, Lennoxtown. From 10am to 12.30pm.  

This is free of charge to club members. Beginners through to intermediate casters welcome to attend. Tuition being delivered by Lawrence Meechan (Scottish Game Angling Instructor – Single Handed Fly Casting). This will be a fun and informal session and a great way to meet other club members. To register please call Lawrence on 07986 963031.

Saturday 25th April 2015. Club outing to New Haylie Fishery, near Largs.

This is an excellent fishery with great facilities and cracking fish. Club members wishing to attend please register by calling Lawrence Meechan on 07986 963031.

Coaching: the club would like to hear from anybody who may be interested in gaining a certificate in coaching for angling (UKCC Level 1 or 2) and who would be willing to support the club tuition sessions. Please contact us though the club website or phone Lawrence on the number above.

2014:

A fly casting refresher session is being run on Saturday 19th April 2014 at Whitefield Pond, Lennoxtown. Time – 10am. This is being run for people who have attended previous tuition sessions and wish to brush up on their casting for this season, however any club member is welcome to attend. Session being run by Lawrence Meechan, Scottish Game Angling (SGAIC) Single Handed Instructor. This is no charge for this session and equipment can be provided. Please contact this website if you wish to attend and do not have your own equipment.

2013:

The club is delighted to announce that following the success of our angling seminar in February 2013, that a further event has been arranged for 20th November 2013. This is again be held in Campsie Memorial Hall and we are pleased to welcome back James Litster (World Fly Fishing bronze medallist and 6 times Scottish Internationalist). From 7pm to 10pm.

CAA is currently involved in a number of activities and projects with a view to improving the fishing available and to provide the membership with opportunities to get involved.  Please contact us if you would like more information or would like to be part of any of the following:

River Glazert Improvement

The River Glazert is an improving river helped in part due to the closure of a number of industries which heavily polluted the river in the past. The river is now seeing returns of salmon and sea-trout for the first time in living memory.

It is recognised however that the trout fishing is not as good as in recent times which we believe is due to the habitat for trout being less favourable than in the past. Examples would be that many stretches of the upper river (towards Lennoxtown) are wider and shallower than in the past. The river does retain deeper pool s and runs nearer Milton of Campsie and this is reflected in more and larger trout being resident in the lower reaches.

The association is therefore working on a river improvement plan which we hope will improve the habitat for larger trout and at the same time also better this for wildlife and invertebrates.

Glazert Riverfly Monitoring

The Association was successful during 2012 in obtaining a grant from Awards for All (Scotland) in order to start a riverfly project on the Glazert. Riverflies are an excellent indicator of the health of a river and can also provide an indication of pollution by their absence or reduction in numbers. As anglers we should also be interested to know what trout are feeding on with a view to ‘matching the hatch’.  

This project commenced with a training course delivered by The Riverfly Partnership and members of the club were trained in riverfly identification, kick sampling techniques and recording procedures.

Kick sampling involves stepping into the river with nets and gently disturbing the river bed. This allows dislodged invertebrates to be washed into the nets and then placed in trays on the river bank when identification will take place.

The recording procedure involves categorising the contents of the trays into the following groups:

  • Caddis flies
  • Up-wing Flies (Mayfly, Blue Winged Olives, Olives)
  • Stoneflies
  • Freshwater Shrimps

Early sampling has shown that there is large numbers of all of the above flies except Mayflies (Ephemeridae). This is good news as it suggests that the river water quality is of a reasonable level and that there is plenty feeding for juvenile fish and other mammals.

We look forward to producing a summary of results some time during 2013.

For those who may be interested in matching the hatch the following flies will cover most situations:

  • Hare’s Ear nymph
  • Pheasant Tail nymph
  • Various versions of Czech and Goldhead nymphs
  • Waterhen Bloa, Snipe & Purple, Greenwell’s Glory or Black Spider
  • Klinkhamer
  • CDC Emergers

Sizes of flies should be in 14’s or 16’s.

 

Fly Fishing Tuition

The Association has a Scottish Game Angling (SGAIC) single handed qualified instructor who can provide lessons in fly casting and fly fishing techniques. The lessons are free and all equipment is supplied. Please watch the website for announcements of when these will take place.