11th September 2018

On Wednesday 1st August, David Cruickshank (SIII) won his first U18 Scotland cap, representing his country in the Youth Fly Fishing International which was held at Draycote Water near Rugby. A total of 56 Anglers took part representing the 4 home nations in teams of 14. Each angler was drawn to fish in a boat with an angler from one of the other countries. David, one of the youngest competitors at the event, was drawn against one of the Welsh top rods, Medi Treharne, who is the current Welsh Bank Fishing Champion. The winners were decided based on total weight of fish caught during the 7-hour fishing session. David beat his boat partner and Scotland won the overall event narrowly ahead of England, Wales and Ireland. The winning margin was one of the smallest of all times being under 3lbs, which equates to less than two fish. David was personally recognised at the event. Out of all the anglers, he landed the heaviest fish winning him the Ian Jones Memorial Trophy on top of his Gold Medal. This meant he also landed the heaviest fish for team Scotland winning the Stirling Council Trophy as well. 

As well as the above David has now qualified for the Scottish Youth International Fly Fishing Team for 2019. This will mean that David will win his second U18 International cap next year, when he will be only 15.

David finished in 6th place in the first leg of the Scottish National Championship which was held at Lake of Menteith on 18th August. The second leg was on Sunday 9th September at Carron Valley and following this, David remained in the top ten meaning he qualified for the 14 strong team for next year.

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