Thursday, June 11, 2009
Fonz big fan of angling
When I was a wee boy growing up in the Scottish Borders, our view of America mainly came from the television and the movies – or the pictures as we used to call them (and still do!)
I well remember TV series from across the Atlantic like Hawaii Five-O, Kojak, Streets of San Francisco, Casey Jones, Bonanza and the High Chaparral.
One classic, when I was a teenager, was Happy Days with that character that went on to become a cultural icon – The Fonz! So think how thrilled we were recently to discover that the Fonz himself – aka actor Henry Winkler – was actually here in the Borders to do a spot of fishing.
Winkler visited the Borders recently when he took time off a reading tour to enjoy a perfect day fishing on the River Tweed. A big fan of angling, he was delighted to get the chance to spend time at Cardrona and St. Boswell’s, a couple of Scotland’s premier fishing spots right here in the Borders.
The Tweed has a deserved reputation as one of the world’s great salmon fisheries. Since the 17th century, anglers have been sport fishing the river for its famous run of salmon. The Tweed is the second longest river in Scotland at 98 miles long. The Tweed, alongside the River Nith, can boast the longest season of any salmon river in Scotland. The season begins on the 1st of February and runs right through to the 30th of November, with fishing available from Monday through to Saturday.
Scotland’s national tourism organisation, VisitScotland, had selected ten activities for Winkler to experience to make the most of his holiday in Scotland as part of its biggest-ever domestic campaign - A Perfect Day.
A Perfect Day is a £1million credit crunch campaign that encourages UK residents to holiday in Scotland this year. The campaign will reach more than 36 million people across the UK and has been designed to make the most of the current economic climate and encourage those already put off by high exchange rates to stay at home and discover more of what is available on their doorstep.
Winkler told us: “I enjoyed fishing on the River Tweed, one of the world’s greatest salmon rivers. It is a beautiful part of Scotland and it was great to have the chance to get into the countryside and spend some time in the river.”
Sadly, since we were only told of the event after it had happened, we were unable to be on the river in person to hear any of those great catchlines from The Fonz.
Never mind. Here’s hoping the trout and salmon were treated to a few bursts of – coolamundo! Listen up! There’s a meeting in my office right now! And of course, that timeless thumbs-up classic, Aaaayh!!!
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