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Ross-shire anglers offer prime time on Coul Fishings beat on River Conon in raffle fundraiser to benefit Missing Salmon Alliance with tickets available at Sports and Model Shop in Dingwall


By Hector MacKenzie

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The setting is stunning.
The setting is stunning.

ANGLERS in Ross-shire and beyond are being offered the chance to hook some prime fishing at the peak of the season while supporting a charity in the process.

John Macaskill, head ghillie on the Coul Fishings beat on the River Conon is looking to repeat the success of a venture last year to boost the coffers of the Missing Salmon Alliance charity.

With kind permission of beat proprietor David Flux, a lottery week gives local anglers the chance of winning fishing during the best week of the season by a raffle ticket.

By splitting the week in half, eight individual winners will receive three days’ fishing on the prime week beginning Monday, July 4.

Mr Macaskill said: “We are extremely grateful to have a proprietor who not only fully supports the river system but the whole community which surrounds it.”

Last year, eight winners landed 15 fish – hooking and losing many more – and helped raise £1620.

The prize is impressive.
The prize is impressive.

Mr Macaskill said: “I hope to raise public awareness and also in turn raise the amount we raise for charity.

“The Missing Salmon Alliance represents a group of organisations who together care deeply about the future of wild Atlantic salmon.

“The MSA brings together leading salmon conservation organisations across the UK – the Atlantic Salmon Trust, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, and the Angling Trust with Fish Legal more recently joined by the Rivers Trust and Fisheries Management Scotland – to fight to reverse the devastating collapse in wild Atlantic salmon around the UK.

“By combining expertise, coordinating activities and advocating effective management solutions we can help wild Atlantic salmon survive and thrive in our rivers and seas for the next generation.”

The Sports and Model Shop in Dingwall have kindly agreed to sell raffle tickets in the shop.


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