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Jim Youngman of Berwick has qualified for the Scottish team in next year's internationals
Jim Youngman of Berwick has qualified for the Scottish team in next year's internationals

Berwick angler Jim Youngman is celebrating after securing a place in the Scotland squad for next year’s home countries internationals.

Jim will be representing the Ellem Fishing Club, the oldest trout fishing club in the world, established in 1829.

“It’s a great honour,” he said, “and i think that I’m right in saying I’m the first club member to represent Scotland in nearly 50 years.”

The 2013 season culminated for Jim in the finals of the 121st National Trout Fly Fishing Championship, on the Lake of Menteith, near Stirling.

“The conditions weren’t exactly perfect,” Jim said. “Ideally you want just a gentle breeze. On the day, things were very changeable, one minute it was very flat and sunny, and the next there was a wind. There’s two to a boat, so you have be friends and co-operate. It helps!”

Jim finished the day in 11th place, with the top 18 anglers on the day going through to next year’s internationals. He was one of 60 competitors from clubs all over Scotland.

His combined catch - 17lbs 10oz, from seven fish - was enough to clinch his place.

“I’m really looking forward to it now, and will be through the close season,” he added. “I’ll be spending the winter getting things ready, because there’s always so much tackle to prepare, and a bit of shopping for kit to be done.

“I’ve been given a lot of flies from Ellem members already, because I don’t really go in for doing that myself.

“They’ve been fantastic since they heard. It’s great the way that the club upholds its traditions the way it does.”