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Dounreay fly fishing honour goes to Bracey


By SPP Reporter

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DFFA life member and former chairman Keith Lorimer (back left) was on hand to give out the prizes at the club’s AGM. Pictured with their trophies are (back from second left): Bill Robertson, Ken Macleod, Jan Hughes and Toby Bracey, along with Alec Donald
DFFA life member and former chairman Keith Lorimer (back left) was on hand to give out the prizes at the club’s AGM. Pictured with their trophies are (back from second left): Bill Robertson, Ken Macleod, Jan Hughes and Toby Bracey, along with Alec Donald

DOUNREAY Fly Fishing Association held its AGM and awards presentation at the Brown Trout Hotel in Watten.

The chairman, Bill Baxter, welcomed a good attendance of members with a special welcome for life member and former chairman Keith Lorimer who had travelled from Inverness to present the trophies and awards for the 2011 season.

Results – Calder Bank Competition: Rusty Cup, Jan Hughes; heaviest fish, David Alexander. All Lochs (day): President’s Quaich and heaviest fish, Toby Bracey. Loch Toftingall: Bloody Foreigner Trophy, Bill Robertson; heaviest fish, Rob Hawken. All Lochs (evening): Ian Hanna Cup, Alec Donald; heaviest fish, R. Hawken.

Loch Watten (all night): Hugo Ross Trophy, Alan Porteous; heaviest fish, Tony Chalmers. Loch Watten (evening): KML Trophy, T. Bracey; heaviest fish, Brian Munro. Hill lochs: Iain Hay Trophy, Bill Robertson; heaviest fish, Tony Chalmers. Loch Watten (day): Parry Trophy, T. Bracey; heaviest fish, John Andrews.

Club champion: DFFA Cup, T. Bracey; runner-up, J. Hughes. Senior champion: Gordon Douglas Cup, B. Robertson.

Heaviest fish on bank competition: Grouse Trophy, R. Hawken (1lb 8oz, Loch Toftingall). Heaviest fish in club boat on Loch Watten: Mathieson Trophy, A. Donald (2lb 3.5oz). Heaviest fish in club boat on any loch: Castle Trophy, Ken MacLeod (2lb 14.25oz Loch Calder).

Outwith Caithness, two DFFA fishers – Alan and Kevin Porteous – were members of the Scottish team that won silver medals in the Home International competition on Orkney’s Loch Harray in May.

The brothers finished fifth and sixth in the Scottish team with Kevin’s fifth place giving him an automatic carry-over into the 2012 team.

Kevin also qualified for the final of the 2011 Scottish National Fly Fishing Championship at which he finished in the top half of the 60 finalists with six trout, including the best fish of the day which weighed 4lb 13.4oz. They were supported by Caithness Sports Council for both events.

Committee and officials elected for 2012: President, Ken MacLeod; vice-president, John Briskham; chairman, Bill Baxter; vice chairman, Tony Chalmers; secretary, Bill Robertson; treasurer, Toby Bracey.

Committee: Dave Bond, John Campbell, Ian Cannop, Neil Clyne, David Cormack, Jan Hughes, Denis MacIntosh, Brian Munro, Evan Park, Alan Porteous, Kevin Porteous, George Robertson, Jimmy Sutherland.


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