The last two hours of the final had proved once again to be the turning point for many competitors who managed to capitalise on the willingness of the trout to feed and the total trout caught by the 60 finalists was 301 for 660lbs 12.5ozs. The competition was fished on partial catch and release basis with the the first three fish being retained and an allowance of 2lbs awarded for each returned fish. The heaviest fish to be brought to the scales weighed 3lbs 10.1ozs and was caught by Gilmerton FFC angler Greg McLaren.
This was never going to be an easy final and out of the 60 anglers there were 3 previous National Champions; 5 Brown Bowl winners and 38 internationalists.
Top rod and the 2016 Scottish National Champion was Jimmy McBride (top photo) of The Heriot AC with 11 fish for 22lbs 6.1ozs. Jimmy's boat partner, Paul Sharp of Leven Fly Casters, took the last qualifying place in 20th position with 6 fish for 12lbs 11.4ozs
third placed Paul Garner
receiving his Ridgeline Pintail Jacket
from Nigel Winkle of sponsors Ridgeline UK
Neil Anderson of Monikie AC was second with 10 fish for 22lbs 3.7ozs. Neil also qualified for the Scottish team at the 2015 National final and is in the team heading to Wales later in September for the Autumn International.