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To some, brown trout fishing on the Isle of Islay is almost as famous as its whisky. An abundance of lochs provide fantastic sport throughout the summer months. Anglers come from far and wide to sample just a little of what this beautiful island has to offer, and maybe enjoy a dram or two....
 
Port Ellen Angling Club is based on The Oa peninsula on the South coast of the Isle of Islay. The club waters consist of five brown trout lochs of varying sizes. The club has members from across Islay and further a field. There is a regular schedule of competitions and outings throughout the season. Membership is open to people of all ages and levels of experience. Day permits are available for non-members including visitors to the Island. There are boats available on two of the lochs. ( click on contacts for more information.)

In 2013, the club celebrated its 40th anniversary.... here is a brief history. 

How It All Began...

 On the 4th of April 1973 at the Dower House hotel a group of 15 local fishermen got together to discuss a proposition made to them by J. Montgomery

Mr Montgomery was being inundated with requests from locals and visitors asking if they could go and fish on Loch Kinnabus, he realised that some sort of organisation was required. He desired a club be formed and that they should oversee bookings and permits and deal with all enquires regarding Loch Kinnabus and the lochs at Glenastle.

The 15 fisherman gathered over a dram to decide how best to go about this. They decided that a committee should be formed and tasks delegated to individual people.

At this meeting the first ever council was proposed and agreed
...

President  :-  J Montgomery

Chairman
  :-  Charles Davidson.

Secretery & Treasurer  :-  Hugh Campbell

That night, 41 years ago, Port Ellen Angling Club was born............


Fast Forward 30 years...

In 2003, Islay was privileged to host the 'European fly fishing Championships' with teams descending on the island from all over Great Britian and mainland Europe. Four lochs on Islay were to be used as venues with Loch Kinnabus being one of them. Among others, committee members from Port Ellen Angling Club were instrumental in organising this event and helped make it a resounding success.....

so much so that...

In 2009 the Club would once again be called upon to help organise the largest fishing tournament ever to be held in Scotland. This time the 'Commonwealth fly fishing Championships'
(see archives ) were coming to Islay. Loch Kinnabus was again used as a venue with many quality trout being landed and returned.

 
From its humble beginnings the  Club has had many highs, seen many changes and welcomed many new faces. The passion for fishing in beautiful surroundings and the craic enjoyed by the founder members will undoubtedly last for at least another 40 years.

To all those who have contributed over the years.. Slainte 

 

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