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Take a Walk Off The Wild Side

"Fishing’s all about enjoyment for me, I love roaming the wild uplands, crawling through the overgrown river banks chasing rising fish, just as much as I love drifting in a boat or bobbing along in my float tube."


The beautiful Kellas Fishery.
The beautiful Kellas Fishery.
Easy on the eye: Kellas Fishery.
Easy on the eye: Kellas Fishery.
Pretty Rainbow On Dries.
Pretty Rainbow On Dries.

They say a change is as good as a rest which proved true when I was asked to help with the River Spey Anglers Association’s Youth Days at Moray’s beautiful Mill of Kellas Fishery recently.

The change was instead of battling through the undergrowth of our magnificent rivers and streams over vegetation hidden holes and rocks, through tumbling uneven rivers and battling fly devouring trees and bushes, I for once opted for the well maintained banks of a cracking wee fishery.

The idea is to help introduce fly fishing to the younger generation and I have to say the River Spey Anglers are doing a grand job, not only with a rolling programme that covers both salmon fishing on the Spey and trout fishing currently on Kellas Fishery (although there is plans to expand this to running water as well utilising yours truly), but also in terms of popularity. The recent events at Kellas attracted over twenty six young anglers each time which I feel is an excellent achievement and great way forward.

Hard fighting.

The fishing was kind also which helped keep smiles on all the faces, especially when I introduced a few of them to the visual delights of fishing dries, although timing was a bit of an issue adding to the anticipation and general excitement.

Mill of Kellas is a great wee place to spend a few hours when the call of the wild has taken its toll on the weary back and legs, but a ‘piscatorial fix’ is still in order. Yup it’s a managed stocked fishery and yup I am a self-confessed ‘Wild Troot Nut’, but a change is really a good thing and we can too often become blinkered and focussed on the same things all the time.

Fishing’s all about enjoyment for me, I love roaming the wild uplands, crawling through the overgrown river banks chasing rising fish, just as much as I love drifting in a boat or bobbing along in my float tube, so a wee spell ‘taking the easy option’ simply means approaching a different aspect of our sport and adapting accordingly.

Sparkling in the sun.

The enjoyment on the faces of all those younger generation proved that fishing can really be for all, and if they don’t stick at it, then perhaps it’s something they remember enjoying and return again at a later date.  Let’s face it you can simply pick this sport up anytime you fancy, especially nowadays as the ‘Close Season’ is a thing of the past, all you need do now is simply change your target species.

That said, as nice as it was I was also in my element when I opted to chase wild fish on the hallowed waters of a certain Loch Leven directly after this and had a great time hunting out fish on this enigmatic of all wild trout venues.  Happily successfully too with my boat partner Archie Ferguson landing a belting four pound twelve ounce fish, with me having to settle for one a mere three pounds four.  That’s fishing for you: you are never sure what will come next.

Allan's 'wee troot'.

Archie's rod bender.

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