Martin Robson- Little Blackhall & Inchmarlo
Martin Robson took over at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo in the spring and is the Head Ghillie for the beat. Martin hails from Alston, in Cumbria, where he used to fish the South Tyne as a boy. He spent a lot of his time fishing there and developed a deep and lasting love of the countryside. He went onto to study Countryside Management and Gamekeeping at Newton Rigg College in Penrith, for which he received a distinction . The placement element of his course took to the famous Grimersta fishery on the Isle of Lewis. This led to seasonal work as a ghillie on Grimersta and also the wonderful Amhuinnsuidhe on the beautiful Isle of Harris.
Martin has developed his boat skills from his time in the Hebrides and there are two boats on LB&I for guest to use, both as a ferry to fish both banks and also for positioning anglers for the best possible catch of a take. The other thing he brought with him to Deeside is his love of the Blue Elver, a much loved fly on Grimersta where it is fished as a dropper with a small Silver Stoat on the point. Martin loves the way the Elver flutters about and thinks it behaves in a radically different way to a conventional fly. The only drawback has been when two fish take the flies. It rarely ends well!
Martin also like to make sketches of salmon flies and has a few examples of his work on display in the hut.