Keith named Scotland’s top rod in Bosnia finals

Leitholm's Keith Renton at the European Fly Fishing Championships
Leitholm's Keith Renton at the European Fly Fishing Championships

A Leitholm angler was the star of the Scotland team at the recent World Fly Fishing Championships.

Keith Renton was named Team Scotland’s top rod at the championships, which were held in Bosnia between June 15 and 21.

Renton was named in the five-strong Scottish team back in March, following in the waders of fellow Leitholm man Derek Logan who competed internationally in 2014.

Scotland finished 17th out of the 33 national teams competing, with Spain taking the title and host Bosnia coming third.

Renton was Scotland’s best performer, the Bosnian waters obviously suiting him.

“The water on the Sana river was fantastic,” he said.

“It was absolutely gin clear, and a bit different to the Tweed - we were told to watch out for water snakes, wolves and even bears while we were out there, but I didn’t see any!

“We were out on the water for three days with the competition, but I stayed in the country for two weeks, to see a bit of it.

“We were very happy with finishing in seventeenth,because there were some very good international teams out there.”

A veteran of two European Championships with Scotland, he added that the camaraderie between anglers was a highlight of the event.

“I was talking to one of the South African team, and he asked me where I was from.

“I said, the Kelso-Coldstream area, thinking he probably won’t know it, and he said, ‘Oh, my dad came from Jedburgh’.

“He comes over to see the Common Ridings all the time, so I’ve invited him to come and stay with me this summer.”

Keith was initially slightly surprised to have been called up to the national team, as, in his own words, he had been “more focused” on the 2016 championships, due to be held in Colorado.

That dream is looking like coming ever closer to fruition.

There are just two rounds of qualifying to be held before an announcement will be made on the make-up of the Scottish team for the Colorado competition.