Angler hooks largest fly-caught salmon in Scotland for 75 years

Shamus Jennings caught the 50lb fish at Boleside Beat on the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders
Big fish: Shamus Jennings with his 50lb salmon.Boleside Fish Tweed

An angler has hooked the largest fly-caught salmon in Scotland for 75 years.

Shamus Jennings caught the 50lb fish at Boleside Beat on the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders.

The salmon, which measured more than 1.25m and had a girth of more than 80cm, was safely returned to the river after a 45-minute battle to catch it.

Mr Jennings said: "It's taken me almost 40 years to catch a 25-pounder, [which he caught the day before on the same beat] but this is simply incredible."

Fishing from a boat, Shamus hooked the fish in Glenmayne pool using a Boleside shrimp made by head boatman Nigel Fell.

After 35 minutes the fish was eventually brought to the boat.

Mr Jennings said: "This was the first we saw of the fish and we were shocked at the size of its head.

"It took us four attempts to get it in to the net which was pretty tough on the nerves."

Mr Jennings now looks a safe bet to also land the most prestigious angling trophy for salmon fishing in Scotland, The Savills Malloch trophy.

The award is given each year to the angler catching the biggest rod-caught salmon on the fly and safely returned to the river.  

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