I know small stocked fisheries are not everyone’s idea of fun with some anglers really only driven by the pursuit of wild fish however a recent trip to Loch Insch fishery close to Aberdeen re-emphasised the major contribution these facilities provide to the angling community, let me explain. I had arranged to meet up with friends from all over Scotland along with my fellow FNF Falcons team mates at Loch Insch fishery. The idea was to have a social weekend at this relatively new still water venue which is quickly growing an excellent reputation for itself.
On arrival our party were met by the fishery manager David James Murray and shown the lay out of the three still waters that go to make up Loch Insch fishery. Each of the pools looked as inviting as the other with manicured managed banks and nice clear aerated water. After some advice from the fishery manager the group split up into various corners of the fishery to try their luck. I opted to go to the far corner and on route every angler I passed enjoyed a quick exchange of pleasantries instantly making me feel at home at this new venue. Over the course of the weekend this intimacy continued on various fronts creating what can only be described as a community atmosphere. Everyone was willing to help each other with some tactics thrown in with a laugh and a joke.
The help at the fishery didn’t end there though, LOOP Tackle represented by Gordon Sim, Alastair Peake and William Peake were on hand providing casting lessons to old and young alike, I maybe should have spent more time with them developing my casting however there were fish to catch.
It was great to see so many walks of life and varying levels of ability enjoying themselves and catching fish. I noted how the fishery manager and LOOP team were paying particular attention to the large amount of youths who were lapping up the friendly advice and I’ve got to say putting it into practice with some cracking fish landed. Loch Insch and similar venues offer a great platform for these young anglers to hone skills before venturing to larger and possibly more daunting fishing challenges. It also allows people nursing ailments to get their fishing fix, for example I spoke to an elderly gentleman who was happy to be out fishing a FNF Chewing Gum Worm under an indicator/bung as his shoulder gave him pain when casting. He could flick the indicator out and wait for it to go down and tight.
All in all these well managed facilities offer a safe, accessible, exciting and friendly fishery for everyone to enjoy.