Think positive, not doom and gloom,Excellent to see this. A great way to address the 'cant get a job without experience, cant get experience without a job' dilemma.
I just hope there will be jobs for them in the long term. If things continue in the current direction, rod numbers decline and prices fall in response to catch rates I cant see there being many full time ghillies being appointed in 5 years time across Scotland.
The biggest problem I find with fishing on the whole is everyone looks to the bigger rivers a a guide as what to expect, the dee is not having the best of starts and the helmsdale is up to 3 so far which is down on last year but is ahead of other years up to this time in the past,I so so hope I'm wrong Noodles. I really do. It would be devastating to see Scottish salmon fishing decline they way I've suggested it might. The jobs, the tradition, the culture. The initiative is welcome as I said. But, why is it needed? Perhaps because people aren't as they have in the past been so keen to enter the profession. It's uncertain and insecure in the current environment.
If you were setting out on a working life would you consider a career on Scottish rivers just now? I'd be very cautious to be sure. Have you seen the number of rods available still for the early spring. Can you imagine it will be any better next Feb. after this year's start? If you were an estate would you be thinking about appointing a FT ghillie for Feb 2016 if you had a vacancy to fill? Some of them have hardly had a rod to work with this season as yet. It may become untenable as a business proposition. Of the for rods I fished with in feb none of them are returning for their week next year and we were the only rods on the beats all week. The only rods in the hotel.
I do hope it's only a Feb thing but just for now I think I'd be looking for a new job elsewhere.