Caps for two local anglers

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Brechin gained not one but two new international caps when two of the three representatives of Brechin Angling Club gained the ultimate award at the finals of the Fly Fishing Championship at the Lake of Mentieth which was fished over two days.

Martin Runcie and Jack Hamilton easily made their places and truly bad luck saw Michael Craig unable to land the fish he contacted. However, I am sure that another year will see him come through.

Martin is 15 and has been fishing with the club for about six years.

He comes from a fishing family, being the son of Ian who was club president for many years and now serves as treasurer.

Martin only really started serious competition angling two years ago and, having shared a boat with him earlier in the year ,his success comes as no surprise to me.

Jack only joined the club two years ago and serious competition is relatively new to him but it is true to say he is a dedicated young angler who will, I am sure, go on to greater things.

They go on now to intensive training beginning with a weekend of instruction and team building in January leading to them fishing for Scotland in July on a famous Irish Lough.

This will entail spending a whole week there acclimatising and practising fishing over truly wild fish on huge waters.

This is a truly daunting task but I am sure they will listen, learn and do their very best for the flag.

Jock Craig, club president and current senior internationalist, was full of praise for all three boys and we talked all the way home on Sunday evening of what an honour these boys have brought to our city.

Ian Runcie was prancing around the hall where the results were announced and I can truly say that there was the biggest grin ever to cross his face when Martin’s name was called out.

As for me I can say that this was the proudest day of my over 50 years as a member of Brechin Angling Club and, for a club from a very small town to have three such talented youngsters, surely serves very well for the future.

The people of Brechin I hope will give every encouragement to the boys who bring to the town a much-needed boost and not a little publicity.

I do hope this will encourage lots more youngsters to join the angling club where they will get all the encouragement and assistance that it is possible to get.

Tightlines, by Bill Balfour.