Alba Orvis Flyfishers
Lexus International Final Winning Team 2011
James Gardiner is a Multi-Capped Scottish International Fly Fisherman of renowned quality. As a tackle consultant James's expertise is highly sought and he is delighted to advise beginners through to experts on the finer details of the sport. An exceptionally knowledgeable angler in any discipline, James is as happy in the river as he is bobbing around on a Stillwater or wading the flats in search of bonefish. Married to the lovely Joy, who shares his passion for angling and has also fished for Scotland, they regularly spend their week-ends afloat at Mentieth with the dogs enjoying 'friendly' competition. A very modest man, James has won many events over the years including the SANA Open and Fishtec Top Individual, to name but a couple. Not only did he win the Fishtec Top Individual Prize over the 2 days of competition, he was also Top Rod both Days - a truly remarkable achievement considering the quality of the field. To have an angler like James in your team is absolutely essential, as he has the innate ability of inspiring the team, no matter what the conditions. Away from fishing James is a highly accomplished artist and has a superb portfolio ranging from abstract to original. The latest addition to the Gardiner Clan is a wee grandson who gives James & Joy a great deal of pride and pleasure.
Paul Garner is again a Scottish International Angler of renowned quality and has represented his country 3 times is succession. Paul is the only founder member of the Alba Team remaining and to his credit has fished in every major International Final that Alba has entered. His mantlepiece is littered with sliver and bronze medals but he has always kept a special area aside for the gold which we won in 2011. Paul’s occupation is a Radio Engineer and thankfully his company pick up his monthly mobile phone bill! When not at work, he is either on the banks of his beloved Teith, or assisting Quint and Douglas at the Lake of Menteith, Scotland’s premier Rainbow Trout Fishery. Paul knows every Trout by name and can regularly be found feeding and chatting with his ‘Pets’ Paul is a naturally gifted angler and enjoys the pursuit of Salmon as much as that of Trout.. He is now a tenant on the' World Famous' Kinermony beat of the Spey and has landed a fish so far on every trip. He is married to the delightful Claire and is a very lucky man. Another 'Top Bloke' Paul, in addition to his proven angling ability, adds that extra bit of dry humour to the team and lets face it, as a follower of Scottish Football, he has to have a great sense of humour!
David Bonnington is a very genuine guy and is well known and highly respected on the Competitive Fly Fishing scene. He is a very consistent angler and has had a great run in Scotlands premier team event - The Scottish Club Championships. He has led his 3-man team to victory on 2 occasions as well as other top 3 finishes. Davie has also proved his versatility by winning the Loch Leven championship in 2002, a fantastic achievement. Last year, Davie set a new record at the Lake of Menteith, catching 25 trout in the Scottish Final of the Lexus International. A truly remarkable catch considering that the lake was slowly recovering from a very traumatic period and hadn't been fishing well at all. Davie, a joiner by trade, runs the very busy and succesful family business in Edinburgh. He is a devoted family man and enjoys nothing less than teaching them all how to tie creepers whilst he looks on from the distance in admiration, a glass of claret in hand! In the winter Davie packs away the rods and dusts off the gun. With a keen eye and an ever sharper wit, he certainly holds his own in the field as on the river or loch. A regular Spey visitor and excellent Spey caster, Davie is simply lost without a rod in his hands.
My passion is competitive trout fishing, and I have been competing, mainly in England, since 1988. Over the years, I have represented the RAF at every level and have 10 Inter-Services caps. Additionally, I have won every RAF competition at least once, including the coveted Inter-Services Individual Top Rod. I have also had notable success on the civilian circuit, fishing in 12 International finals of major competitions, where I have finished in the top 10 individuals on 8 occasions. 2003 was quite a year and I was most fortunate to win the RAF Championships, Partridge Invitational at Bewl Water in Kent, followed quickly by the Top Individual Rod over 2 days in the 2003 Today’s Fisherman European Open International Final. Apart from my first Scottish cap, this has been my greatest individual highlight so far, as the majority of the 150 Anglers competing had represented their country at some stage. Our gold medal winning performance of 2011 has to be my most memorable match to date and I firmly believe that in the Orvis Alba Flyfishers, we have a team capable of great things. 6 Scottish International Anglers with a passion for Competitive Game Angling, where most importantly, friendship, trust and mutual respect come well above any personal agenda. Our experience and friendship linked with a desire to win is a perfect balance and we look forward with eager anticipation to the season ahead.
Having fished from a very early age, Calum Crosbie began competition fly fishing with the Newton Stewart and District angling association club outings. He became firmly hooked and was club champion for 7 years. Calum first qualified for the Scottish National Fly-Fishing Lochstyle Team in 2000. He qualified from the final at Loch Leven and had the company of fellow Alba team mate James Gardner as his boat partner. James also qualified and a great friendship began. Since then, Calum has amassed 8 Loch Style Caps and was Scottish team Captain at Rutland Water in 2007. Calum then qualified through the world eliminators in 2008 and was part of a very successful Scottish World Team, with the added bonus of representing your country at the highest stage on home soil. The team finished in 3rd place and were duly presented with their Bronze medals - Scotland’s best result to date! Additionally, Calum finished in a highly creditable 5th place individually - A truly fantastic achievement. As a means of becoming a more all round angler, Calum took up competitive river angling in 2008 and qualified to fish in Scottish Rivers Team 2011 in Ireland. On a roll, he competed in the European Fly Fishing championships in Bosnia in 2010, where the Scottish team finished 10th overall. Although the team didn’t perform particularly well, on an individual basis, Calum returned as top individual from the UK, again great consistency at the highest level. With the onset of winter, the vast majority of anglers tidy away their tackle in preparation for the next season. Not so Calum – away goes the Trout tackle and out comes the Graying gear. I think it’s fair to say that Calum is a fishing fanatic, however first and foremost, a great family man and hopefully one day in the near future his son Rory, already an accomplished anglers will emulate his father’s success. Callum is no stranger to the Alba team, having previously fished for us in our Lexus bronze medal winning team in 2009. His addition to the team on a permanent basis can only be of benefit and we are all looking forward to renewed friendships and continued success, both on and off the water.
Gregor Fleming began fishing at the very young age of three, using a hand-line and some bait off Irvine pier. His greatest ambition was to learn how to fly fish and hopefully one of these days it will become a reality!Joking aside, Gregor developed his natural ability and began to fish competitively at the age of 16. At 19 he came a very credible 3rd in the Trout Masters Final of 2000 at Grafham Water. He followed this, showing a growing maturity and consistency amongst a large number of Scottish Internationalists, with a 3rd place in Gleninckie Boat League of 2004 run at the Lake of Menteith. In the National final of 2005, held at Loch Leven, Gregor qualified to fish for the Scottish Loch Style team and fished his International match in Ireland at Loch Lein, along with fellow Alba team members Paul and James. More recently, Gregor won The Champions of Champions final at the Lake of Menteith in 2009. Gregor has been a great addition to the Orvis Alba Flyfishers and has shown a real passion and commitment to the team.
Lexus International Final 2009
John Horsey, Jock Royan, Ronnie Glass, Davie Bonnington, John Marshall, Calum Crosbie, Paul Garner, James Gardiner