Moray club aims to make Angling open to all

THE ELGIN ANGLING Association is inviting would-be fishermen and women to a free ‘taster session’ on the River Lossie later this month.

Aimed directly at those who have thought about trying out the sport but have not yet learned how to get started, the ‘Sea Trout Night’ on June 16 is designed to provide a few of the answers.

The event from 6pm that evening is open to all ages (although Under-16’s must be accompanied by an adult) with anglers receiving tuition along the banks of the river behind the Moray Leisure Centre.

Expert anglers will be on hand to pass on tips on the most suitable tackle and equipment to use – and to teach the art of casting using fly and bait. For more experienced anglers they can advise on good fishing spots, and the weather and river conditions that give you the best chance of catching a fish.

Tackle and equipment will be provided, but those wishing to take part are asked to wear suitable outdoor clothing.

A club spokesman said: “The River Lossie is known for its sea trout fishing – Fly fishing is encouraged, but bait fishing is allowed, opening up the angling to those who want to learn to fish without having to immediately learn the intricacies of fly fishing.

“Where else can you indulge in the contemplative sport of angling in the middle of a town? Turn a corner in the middle of Elgin and there is a stretch of riverbank members of Elgin Angling Association can fish from- accessible to all ages and most abilities.

“Angling on the Lossie is very affordable and The Elgin Angling Association was set up with the aim to provide salmon and sea trout fishing to the people of Moray at reasonable cost.”

The annual permit for an adult is £60, concessions £35, and for a junior (under 16) is Free. Annual, weekly and day permits are available from The Angling Centre on Moss Street in Elgin.

Sea Trout Night is a FishPal initiative encouraging angling clubs across Scotland to organise an event to get more people to try out the sport of angling, or get some encouragement to get back into the sport.

For more information about the Sea Trout Night, contact the Findhorn Nairn & Lossie Fisheries Trust on 01309 611220 or visit the FishPal website.