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Iain Earle

Team Manager

I have been involved in Competition Fly Fishing for the past 30 years, either competing in, coaching/managing Teams or organising the Competitions.  My main focus, although I do still compete, is the continued promotion of the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships  and ensuring  Scotland’s  continued involvement. 

I am immensely proud of Commonwealth Fly Fishing Scotland and the success we have achieved over the years while promoting young and promising anglers in to the Team at every Championship.

On behalf of Scotland I would like to wish Alan and his Team of organisers all the very best of luck for the 2018 Championship in Northern Ireland

Robert Irvine

Captain/Angler

I was a relative late starter to fishing at the age of 15 when a group of us at school decided that the new cool fad was trout fishing. This was with trotted worms or Mepps spinners in my local Rivers Irvine and Annick, which contained a mix of stocked and wild brown trout.

 

It wasn’t until I had completed my studies in Quantity Surveying that I turned my attentions to competition fishing. This began with my local Dreghorn Angling Club, where I became the first angler in its’ 30-year history to win the Dunlop Cup with the fly, whilst competing against bait fishers and spinners in the first few weeks of the season. This success was replicated a few seasons later with me becoming Club Champion, all achieved with the fly.

 

Local club success allowed me to enter National competitions and in 2000 I had my first taste of International competing at the Home International Rivers Championship on the Welsh Dee.

 

Rivers are my passion, whether that be watching my dry fly like a hawk for that emerging nose or nymphing with a 3-weight rod in the fast stuff. The Tummel, the Tay and the Clyde are amongst my favourite rivers to fish and both Loch Leven and Lake of Menteith are amongst my favourite still waters.

 

I have been a part of Scotland International teams on 10 occasions with 4 of these at Commonwealth championships. My highlights are being in 3 Gold winning Scottish Teams, the most notable in New Zealand in 2008 and a very hard-fought Team Silver in Canada in 2016. From 8th place with a session to go, to second was a good feeling!

Michael Low

Angler

I started fishing at the age of around 10. Like most fly fisherman this started with a light spinning rod and a tub of worms! After enviously watching fly fisherman catch more fish in a day than I did in a year I knew I needed to teach myself...so I did. 

River fishing progressed to bank loch Fishing and banks progressed to boats before entering the world of competitions which ironically started on boats and eventually progressed to rivers. 

I enjoy all aspects of fishing and am equally at home on Stillwater as I am running water. Recent commonwealth campaigns have proved successful with 3 medals out of 4 attempts. 

Having never fished in Ireland I relish the opportunity to try out some of the best water hay the country has to offer. 

David Chalmers

Angler

I have been fishing for nearly all of my life, landed my first fish at the age of 8 whilst fishing with my father on “Loch Leven” where eventually I would spend a lifetime developing my skills and techniques as a loch fisherman. I am equally at home fishing lochs or rivers, fishing regularly on the rivers Tay, Tummel and my local river the Eden. I tie all my own flies, creating new and modifying traditional patterns. 

The fishing rods I use range from 7 ft. 2 weights for tiny dry fly applications to the powerful 11ft 7 weights for sink line fishing much needed in the open lochs of Scotland. I have represented Scotland on 27 occasions.

My best performance has been achieving team bronze in the 2009 World championships along with 4 team golds in the Commonwealth Championships 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014 and achieving the team silver medal in Canada 2016.

John McCallum

Angler

I have fished since the age of 3 fishing the burns with bait around my childhood home in Perthshire.

 

I joined my local club at the age of 11 starting competition angling shortly afterwards. Since then I have represented Scotland 22 times at World, Commonwealth, European and Home International level.

 

From 2006 it has been a particular honour to be a part of the Commonwealth family, meeting old friends and making new ones. I live on the Isle of Islay where I operate a fly fishing guide service.

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Brad Chalmers

Angler

Bradley Chalmers has been fishing from the early age of 8, brought up on the River Tay in Scotland. He has lived for fishing throughout his life working in tackle shops and running fisheries. He travels up and down the country competing in Loch style fly fishing competitions, represented Scotland at international and European level since he was 15 years old, winning Gold medals along the way. 

When he isn't chasing medals, he fly fishes for everything that swims, be it 1lb grayling on the smallests of streams, 20lb surface feeding carp, big toothy critters in the Highland Lochs of Scotland or specimen sized wild brown trout on the Mighty Loch Leven.

Ian Jones

Reserve Angler

Ian enjoys all types of fishing from the flats and coastal shores of Boca Paila, Mexico to the wilds and remoteness of Market Loch on the Isle of Jura.

 

Ian has been fortunate enough to represent Scotland in a number of national and international fly fishing championships with varying levels of team success.

 

He enjoys the competition scene and most of all the opportunity of meeting and catching up with fellow anglers from around the world. 

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