Angler Wayne Longstaff proudly lifts the 33lb fish which saw him presented with the Bemersyde Trophy this month, for the largest fly-caught Atlantic salmon, caught and released, on the River Tweed in 2014.
Mr Longstaff, from North Yorkshire, caught his trophy-winning spring fish in the Cottage Stream pool on the river’s Hendersyde beat last May. His ‘fish of a lifetime’ was superbly shaped, in prime condition and sea-liced.
The salmon was caught on a Hardy Elite rod with a Hardy 2000 reel, a Mach 55 sink-tip fly line and a Pot-Bellied Pig fly. The accuracy of the weigh-net was subsequently verified by keen angler John Taylor of Wylie Butchers in Kelso.