Menteith and Leven big international event

Menteith and Leven hook up for big international event THE Lake of Menteith and Loch Leven are to play the role of co-hosts for the Anglian Water/Fulling Mill angling international 2005.

Heats will be held from June 24 through to July 1 with both venues holding finals to whittle the field down and leave two sets of teams. The qualifying sides will then go forward to represent Scotland in the grand final, a practice day for which will be held on October 3 with the match held over the following two days (October 4-5) at Rutland Water.

This is a boat only fly-fishing competition consisting of six anglers per team. Fished under international rules, winning teams will receive cash and tackle prizes at each stage of the competition.

Only 25 teams will make the grand final where the winning squad will lift a team trophy as well as a handsome cheque for £1500. Each winning angler will be presented with a winner’s medal and the runners up will pick up a cheque for £1000 plus medals and prizes, with third receiving £500. There will also be an Overseas Team trophy and Water Aid trophy for the biggest fish.

There are still one or two places available and entries can be obtained by contacting Fulling Mill direct or the relevant fisheries competing. Contact can be made on 01293 778600 or 01780 686441; www.rutlandwaater.net or e-mail: fishing@anglianwater.co.uk.

• THE following obituary has been received from Eddie Fullerton, President of Lintrathen Angling Club in respect of committee member Bill Pattie who died suddenly on Sunday, May 17.

Bill, who retired earlier this year aged 65, underwent heart surgery in Aberdeen early last month. Although he appeared to be slowly on the road to recovery, post-operative complications resulted in his untimely death.

Bill was a long-standing member of Lintrathen A/C and was responsible for the catch returns for the Lintrathen & Backwater Reservoirs. He had supported both the club championship and open pairs competitions over many years.

It is fair to say that Bill Pattie was probably one of the best anglers never to represent his country. Bill’s wit and humour endeared him to all and he will be missed on both a personal and professional level. The funeral was held in Dundee.
STUART FRASER

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