Simba rods, handmade in Scotland

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Attention to detail and an innate understanding and passion for angling are three factors that make Simba rods stand out in the somewhat overcrowded marketplace. You won’t find any Simba rods for sale in the angling outlets as they are all custom-made to order. The rods are handmade in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland by Fisher Simon Barnes, and are personalised to suit the angler’s requirements. Continue reading →

The Lady Angler of Meikleour

Lady Angler Claire Mercer Nairne of Meikleour

Lady Angler Claire Mercer Nairne of Meikleour

In 1922, Miss Georgina Ballantine was fishing at Caputh on the Tay with her father, a ghillie, when she hooked a 64lb Salmon. She landed the largest Salmon ever caught with a rod and her record still stands to this day. Fishing was once viewed as a male dominated pastime however, over the years women have embraced the sport and put their stamp on it.

One of them is lady angler Claire Mercer Nairne who is a mother of 3 young children, a farmer’s wife and runs Meikleour Fishings in Perthshire. Claire and her husband, Sam, own the Meikleour estate. It was first established as a family business in 1362. Nowadays, the estate is around 4000 acres, 2000 of which are farmed directly and the remaining being forestry and tenancies. Carrots, potatoes and cereals are their main crops. In 2014, they took ownership of the Upper Islamouth and Meikleour stretch of the Tay.

Claire said: “I have a particular love for the river Tay, this is the first thing I see in the morning when I open my window, and a fascination for its iconic salmon.”

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Some of my writing commissions over the years

Linda Mellor montage of writing work.

Linda Mellor’s montage of writing work.