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IT IS our luck to live in a ‘Land of Plenty’ when it comes to fishing and I presume that many of you have not really thought about what is available on our doorstep.

The would be salmon anglers among us are sometimes put off by stories of over £100 per day to fish for the king of all fish, but it does not have to be like that. Yes there are beats on our rivers which are that good and they are worth every penny but people like Brechin Angling Club can provide a whole seasons Salmon/Seatrout and trout angling for less than that, yes a whole season for less than £100 and on some very good beats.

The best way to access salmon fishing is through the Fishesks website where a vast array of angling is available at all sorts of cost. You can also access river levels/temperatures and recent catches so you can judge just the right time and place to be.

Brechin A.C. members application forms are available from the Club secretary Stuart Robertson on 01356 623713. It is a friendly club and new members can enjoy assistance and tuition from many very experienced fishermen and fisherwomen. Junior members are particularly welcome and at present a few are reaching the heights of International status.

When it comes to trout angling, well where do I start?

Brechin A.C. has an excellent fishery at Loch Saugh in the Glen Of Drumtochty where boats are available free to members. Day tickets from Newsplus in Brechin, The Shoppie in Fettercairn and the Post Office in Edzell.

Also on our doorstep is Rescobie Loch, near Forfar, which is now gaining the status of a national treasure with trout, both brown, Blue and Rainbow often reaching double figures, so don’t get caught out, have decent tackle or you may lose your casts.

Further out in the entrance to Glen Isla lies the Lintrathen Reservior which is another high grade fishery with boats and motors to hire. The loch is generously stocked with Rainbow trout and there are also some very good wild browns. Also in the loch are thousands of perch, a fish looked down on by trout anglers but a valuable stock that I do not feel is exploited as such.

This is but a mere scratch at the facilities in our area but I am sure there is enough to keep you employed for the summer.

Tight Lines, Bill Balfour