Rognvald ‘Ronnie’ Robinson is a well-known face at Harlaw and Threipmuir Reservoirs above Balerno in The Pentland Hills, but the 84-year-old does more than just fish.

He acts as stand-in bailiff, provides detailed reports on daily catch returns which are an enormous help for the board as regards re-stocking plans and also sits as a committee member on Malleny Angling Ltd, the not-for-profit organisation which administers both waters.

Ronnie’s services to the club were celebrated at the annual meeting when the Edinburgh-based angler was awarded the Chairman’s Trophy for an outstanding contribution. 

Meanwhile, Malleny Angling have confirmed their prices for the coming season which starts on April 1.

They are £30 for a full day ticket from 8am which allows an angler to keep three fish. A full day catch and release day permit is £25 when only barbless or debarred hooks are allowed and the evening catch and release permit is £20 is available from 5pm once the longer nights come in.

Season permits are still available for £290 offering seven-days-a-week fishing. Contact for full details. Free permits are available for anglers 17 years and younger to encourage young people into the sport but the young angler must be accompanied by a member, season ticket holder or a day ticket buyer.  

PICTURE: Ronnie Robinson catching at one of his favourite fishing spots at Harlaw.

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