Angler's new book praises Banknock fishing spot after bumper catch

A leading angler sings the praises of a Banknock fishing spot in a new book – after admitting he almost sneaked away from it.

By Jonathon Reilly
Wednesday, 18th November 2020, 4:45 pm

Mike Kernan was won over after a bumper catch on his first visit to Cloybank fishery.

The angling writer and novelist tells of becoming a fan of the trout venue in his new book Fishing In The Sun, a collection of quirky, thought-provoking and often hilarious tales about the gentle art.

He said: “When I first arrived at Cloybank, I was taken aback by how small the fishery was and decided I wasn’t going to hang about very long.

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Cloybank fishery, Banknock. Contributed.

“But then I gave myself a shake and thought, there’s water and there’s trout to be caught – and I ended up having a brilliant time.

“It’s such a relaxing place in a pleasant setting. The trout are of as good a quality as you’ll find anywhere.

“It’s a terrific place to spend a day and when you’ve got a hard-fighting trout on your line, it doesn’t matter what size the water is that you’re fishing.”

Retired newspaper executive Mike (63) is a writer and university tutor based in the west of Scotland.

He added: “The big fishing venues like Carron Valley and Lake of Menteith quite rightly get most of the attention in fly-fishing circles.

“When I was writing the fishing book, I decided to include some of the lesser-known places that made a big impression and Cloybank was among those that leapt into my head.”

Fishing In The Sun is available from Amazon.

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