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West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - instructions for making a bag net, page 2

This document contains the instructions for making a bag net for salmon fishing. James Banks, owner of the sea salmon fishing lease in Portree, regularly ordered supplies from the Montrose Rope and Sail Company and these instructions for making nets would have been sent out with an order. Although the instructions, "cast on and knit", read somewhat like a pattern for knitting a garment, nets were made using a needle or shuttle with the twine or rope wound around. The instructions refer to the size of the rope or twine to be used, often changing within the one pattern. This page of instructions has been well used, with alterations noted on the page. All the fishermen would be skilled in the vital work of making and mending nets.


West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd
In 1944 James Banks & Sons, Perth bought the sea salmon fishing lease for the Kilmuir Estates, Skye from A Powrie & Co, and formed the West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd to operate the lease. The company continued until 1962 when it was sold to Kenneth Matheson, Portree.

When Banks and Sons took over the lease there were fishing stations at Lealt, Rigg (Borreraig), Staffin, Portree, Camustianavaig, Balmeanach and Brochel Castle (on Raasay). In 1956, Balmeanach and Camustianavaig merged to become the Braes station, with three men employed, while the others usually had four-man crews. The company employed about 28 men each year with jobs being offered to the same men each season before new workers were hired.

The season began late April/early May and ran through to the end of August. Several men were also employed during the winter months to take ice down from the dam at Sluggans for storage at the ice house at Portree harbour. Each crew member would receive a contract with information on wages, proposed bonus scheme and work hours and were provided with oilskins and rubber boots.

The catch was divided into salmon, grilse and trout, with grilse numbers being the highest. The total annual catch was approximately 3000 fish in the late 1940s and early 1950s. A record high of nearly 10,000 fish were caught in 1957.


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West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - instructions for making a bag net, page 2

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David Banks: West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd (documents)

This document contains the instructions for making a bag net for salmon fishing. James Banks, owner of the sea salmon fishing lease in Portree, regularly ordered supplies from the Montrose Rope and Sail Company and these instructions for making nets would have been sent out with an order. Although the instructions, "cast on and knit", read somewhat like a pattern for knitting a garment, nets were made using a needle or shuttle with the twine or rope wound around. The instructions refer to the size of the rope or twine to be used, often changing within the one pattern. This page of instructions has been well used, with alterations noted on the page. All the fishermen would be skilled in the vital work of making and mending nets.<br /> <br /> <br /> <b>West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd</b><br /> In 1944 James Banks & Sons, Perth bought the sea salmon fishing lease for the Kilmuir Estates, Skye from A Powrie & Co, and formed the West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd to operate the lease. The company continued until 1962 when it was sold to Kenneth Matheson, Portree. <br /> <br /> When Banks and Sons took over the lease there were fishing stations at Lealt, Rigg (Borreraig), Staffin, Portree, Camustianavaig, Balmeanach and Brochel Castle (on Raasay). In 1956, Balmeanach and Camustianavaig merged to become the Braes station, with three men employed, while the others usually had four-man crews. The company employed about 28 men each year with jobs being offered to the same men each season before new workers were hired. <br /> <br /> The season began late April/early May and ran through to the end of August. Several men were also employed during the winter months to take ice down from the dam at Sluggans for storage at the ice house at Portree harbour. Each crew member would receive a contract with information on wages, proposed bonus scheme and work hours and were provided with oilskins and rubber boots. <br /> <br /> The catch was divided into salmon, grilse and trout, with grilse numbers being the highest. The total annual catch was approximately 3000 fish in the late 1940s and early 1950s. A record high of nearly 10,000 fish were caught in 1957. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com ">Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />