The Ladies Association was formed in 1990 by Ian Wilson and the late Kevin Burns. The initial team was made up of 6 Ladies from St Serfs angling club and 6 Ladies from the Montana Ladies angling club. The same year, the Ladies came under the auspices of SANA, who is the governing body for the sport of game fishing in Scotland. This was necessary to allow the Ladies to compete in International events.
The following year in 1991, the Scottish Ladies Championship was organised and the event was held on Loch Leven. It was the qualifiers from this match who went forward to fish at Rutland and came back with the first of many Gold Medals.
The group picture below was taken at Llyn Brenig in Wales in 1990, where the Scottish Ladies first took part in a friendly competition. The event saw competitors from Wales, England and Scotland, but it was not until the following year that Ireland joined the competition.
The Ladies have 2 major competitions which are used to select the Ladies International Team. Anglers must compete in both heats and the aggregate scores determine the Team.
The first heat in the Championship is generally held in July, at Carron Valley Reservoir. It iis situated high in the Campsie Fells and is one of the most scenic trout fisheries in Scotland.
The second heat in the Championship and also the Ladies National competition is normally around the beginning of September. Several fisheries have played host to this event in the past, but in recent years the Ladies National has favoured the Lake of Menteith.
Ladies ClubsSt SERFS Ladies Fly Fishing Club - This club was established in 1986 and has proved to be a very successful club. Based on the East coast of Scotland, the Ladies fish many varied venues. New members are always given a warm welcome and beginners are encouraged to take up the sport.
If you would like further information regarding the club, the Secretary Gail Grimmond, who can be contacted on 01382 779 973 or email: firstname.lastname@example.orgINVICTA Ladies Fly Fishing Club - This is a long established club, which has been running very successfully since 1966. The Ladies fish at venues mainly in the West coast of Scotland.
If you would like further information regarding the club, the Secretary, Catriona Reid, can be contacted through SANA Admin Office.
Taken from the Courier - 27/07/91 - Tight lines for the ladies. A Kinross ladies angling club this week became the first ever all woman team to take part in the Benson & Hedges Fly Fishing Championship. St Serfs Ladies angling club based in Kinross, competed in the regional finals on Thursday at Loch Leven. Between them they took 3 fish including a trout which weighed in at just an ounce under 3lbs, but finished in 6th place.
The picture shows the team with captain Silvia Todd at the front and behind her Helen Philp, Rita Wilson, Janis Hall, Nikki Coull & Valerie Parkin.