The estate has some exciting news – the winner of the FishPal Malloch Trophy has been announced, and the fish was caught on the South Chesthill Estate! The successful angler is Tom Buchanan from Barrhead in Glasgow for a 35 lb salmon caught on the River Lyon back in April. You can read the full story in our blog post, ‘A Big Salmon’.
Tom commented on the win, “Winning the FishPal Malloch is the best news I have ever had in my entire fishing career. Having been fortunate enough to land a number of large salmon, I knew as soon as it took that this was a big one. It ran me all over the place – my rod was bent double for 20 minutes and I felt very much the underdog. The fish was eventually banked with the wee fly holding on by a thread. The hook was twisted and bent out of all recognition. I measured him with my rod from the fork of his tail. I got him back in to the water quickly and he soon swam off with full power. I had a big lump in my throat”.
At the FishPal Malloch Trophy Committee meeting on December 16th several contenders were considered. Mr Buchanan’s entry, which fulfilled the relevant criteria including best evidence, was endorsed as the winner for 2015. His name will be engraved on the Tay Foundation’s trophy, joining an illustrious list of previous winners which stretches back four decades. He will also receive a replica Malloch Trophy, a Mackenzie DTX rod, a £250 FishPal voucher and a box of salmon flies from Caledonia Fly Company. The trophy will be on display at House of Bruar.
We still have plenty of fishing available in 2016. Day fishing permits on the South Chesthill Estate cost between £15-£40 per rod per day and are available from 15th January until the 15th October. For further information, catch statistics and images, please refer to the Fishing section of the website. If you would like to book a permit, please contact Hamish on keeper[at]southchesthill.com or call 01887 877 233. From March to July, we offer a 50% discount off the price of fishing when taken with our accommodation. This means you can enjoy salmon fishing for up to 10 rods over 32 pools for between £354 – £590 per week, including VAT! If you are interested in booking accommodation too, then please contact Alice on bookings[at]southchesthill.com or 0208 133 6026.