Lochlane and Laggan season opens
AROUND 70 anglers gathered at the Lochlane and Laggan fishing hut on the Earn on Saturday to officially declare that stretch of the water open for the new season.
Fisheries manager John Young welcomed the large party, piped in by Andrew Tainsh, before chairman of the Lochlane and Laggan beats David Milburn officially declared the season open by offering up a dram to the flowing waters.
John then presented Gavin Harrower of Lechkin Fencing with the Lochlane and Laggan Trophy.
The award is presented annually in recognition of those doing their bit for conservation in the area.
The clubs youngest member 11 year-old Jamie Carruth was invited to make the first cast.
First fish caught was a 10lb springer. Hugh Elvidge landed the fish early earning him a Lochlane and Laggan jersey.
Following their mornings fishing anglers enjoyed lunch in the marquee by the fishing hut.
Afterwards, John Young said: There was a great turnout. 11 kelts (fish that have spawned) and one springer were caught.
Being an optimist, I think the new season looks promising as long as we dont get as much rain as last year. Generally things are on the up and thats partly down to the hard work of the River Earn Improvement Association.