The Game Fishing Section is mainly about Fly Fishing for trout from both river and lake bank
as well as boats in what is known as Loch Style, but not exclusively (see Salmon fishing). A
variety of events consisting of both competitive matches and coaching days are held
annually ranging from Grass Root level right up to Inter-Service and Combined Service
(UKAF) levels with some members competing for International selection. However, events
are mostly friendly in nature, held both midweek and weekends with the aim of having a
good day on the water around Home Port areas and further afield whilst improving skills
The Game Section runs approximately six matches against other clubs and Associations such as the Police each year between April and October with Inter/Combined Services for the more experienced anglers being the culmination of the Angling Year. In addition, we currently participate in a six match league against other clubs.
These are held at the major big water venues such as Lake of Menteith, Rutland and Grafham Water or Chew Valley and Farmoor Reservoirs, with regular monthly events held on smaller waters run by the Faslane and Portsmouth groups. River fishing e.g. on the Clyde, Tees and chalk streams is also pursued by some members with taster Salmon Fishing sessions run in Scotland.
Kit can be loaned from major establishment PT departments, although most members have spare kit (lots of!…it’s the occupational hazard of fishing, never enough rods and reels and
flies…) to loan to beginners. For most trout fishing a 9-10 ft rod weighted 6-7 is ideal with matching reels and fly lines. A Floating and Slow sink line are usually the minimum required with a long handled net and a drogue for when afloat (many fisheries provide these) and will cover most eventualities.
The Association has access to generous discounts from several tackle manufacturers but many of the bigger tackle shops offer great package deals and a beginner can easily kit themselves out with good basic tackle for c-£100 once they feel fly fishing is for them. Salmon Fishing requires double handed rods in the 12-15ft range and line weights of 9-11 depending on the size of the river. Spinning rods 9-11 ft are also useful with fixed spool reels capable of casting a lure up to 30 grams on the big salmon rivers such
as the Tay.
Game Secretary: Simon Lewis
Game Team Captain: Robert Allan