At the AGM of the West Lancashire Masonic Clay Pigeon Shooting Society last year it was agreed to sponsor a days fly fishing with the Masonic Salmon and Trout Fishing Association for a party of disabled children from Sandside school in Ulverston.
The day couldn’t come soon enough for the 43 children invited to go on the trip to the Tarnside fishery Lupton, Nr Carnforth. Each of the children were assigned an instructor to teach them how to cast and for the lucky ones how to land their catch!
Chelsea Peacock said: “Recce and my instructor was a lovely gentleman who explained the instructions very well and very clearly.
I learned a lot of things, like how to fly fish and how to reel the fish in. In the afternoon we all went up to a big tent were there was a burger van, after the burgers we then continued fishing.
While I was fishing I managed to catch a fish and reel it in, the fish was 50cm.”
Chelsea continued: “Overall I enjoyed everything including: the fishing, helpers, the officials and the tarn, there wasn’t anything that I didn’t enjoy.
At the end of the day we had a presentation where we all got medals, certificates and three of us got trophies, we then had our pictures taken.
If there was another chance to go again then I would defiantly want to go.”
Henry Braithwaite said: “We were paired up with different fishermen, I was paired with Liam.
We went down to the shore and Liam got his rod and line ready.
We then cast our rod and a few tries later we caught our first fish. During the day we managed to catch six rainbow trout, the first one we caught was 54 cm.
At lunch Liam and I had hot dogs. I enjoyed working with Liam through the day. After we caught the fish we released them back into the water.”
David Hatton said: “After we arrived at the tarn to do some fishing I was paired with Alan who taught me how to pull the line back on the rod,
Alan and I had a good chat about a lot of things. We almost caught a fish but we lost one fish each.
The first fish I lost was called ‘Splashy’ and the second fish that Alan lost was called ‘Norman’.
We tried to get the third fish called ‘Tiger’ but we ran out of time because it was time for the presentation.
I had a very good time at Tarnhouse Tarn fishing and we were singing ‘Always look on the bright side of life.”
Curtis Pemberton said: “After we arrived at Tarnhouse Lake on the school bus we got sorted with our fishing instructors and got our fishing gear ready at the lake.
The gentleman I was with was really helpful and I even learnt how to fish for the first time.
I really enjoyed fishing because I got to catch fish with a fishing rod and it made me happy every time I caught one!”
What a trip it was, with many fish on the bank and burgers in the belly it was time for the presentation of trophy’s.
Everyone received a prize and certificate presented by Bill Bewley APrGM for the Province of Cumberland and Westmorland.
Bill said: “Congratulations to all the volunteer casters and to all society members, but most of all to the West Lancs Masonic ‘Claybusters’ whose financial assistance made the day possible for so many children.”