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Loch Insch fisher smashes records at UK championship


By Kyle Ritchie

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A young angler who works at Loch Insch Fishery won all six events and broke four records at the UK Fly Casting Championships.

Blaine Lyon (18) proved to be unbeatable at the competition, which was held over four days at Port Haverigg Marina Village in Millom, Cumbria.

Lyon is based at the local fishery a few days a week where he provides guiding and casting lessons and works at the Loop Tackle UK equipment shop.

Blaine Lyon was unbeatable at the UK Fly Casting Championships.
Blaine Lyon was unbeatable at the UK Fly Casting Championships.

He said: "The six events I won were trout accuracy, trout distance, sea trout distance, salmon distance, 15 feet 1 Spey and the 18ft Spey.

"The British records I broke were in the 15ft 1 Spey – 119 metres combined, 62.5m right and 56.5m left, which was previously 112.5m.

"In the 18ft Spey I cast 70m right and 65.5m left. This was previously 67m right and 63m left.

"Also in the trout distance I cast 43m and the previous record was 42m.

"I would like to say a massive thanks to Lee Cummings who has taught me everything I know in all the overhead events and for hosting another amazing competition.

"Also I am grateful to my mum and dad for driving me all over the country to compete in all the competitions."

He won all six events and broke four British records at the competition.
He won all six events and broke four British records at the competition.

Lyon is originally from Darvel in East Ayrshire and is a familiar face at the Loch Insch Fishery as he is employed by Twin Peakes and Loop Tackle UK and works in the shop at the fishery.

The rest of the week he is based at Milton of Crathes in Banchory where the Twin Peakes Fly Fishing shop is located. He lives in Lumphanan when working in Aberdeenshire.

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