Trout & Salmon March 2019

Trout & Salmon magazine has been the voice of fly fishing since 1955. Every issue, the world’s most respected writers and experts in salmon, trout and sea-trout fishing contribute inspirational articles, along with beautiful photography from the world’s finest game-fishing destinations. Learn from expert fishermen who describe the latest tactics and flies that are bringing success. Read our guides on the UK's best game fisheries. See what's being caught with our authoritative record documenting the state of Britain and Ireland’s wild game fisheries. And decide on your latest kit purchase with the best comparison tests in fly fishing.

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pruning and prudence

THREE THINGS. FIRST, I’VE JUST HEARD that my local trout fishery, Rutland Water, has decided to offer early-morning boats on Saturdays throughout June. Boats will leave the pontoon at 5am and return at 11am for an all-inclusive cooked breakfast in the Lodge’s Waterside Café. It’s a great idea. With fly-fishing participation declining it is good to see fisheries reacting to seasonality. If temperatures are anything like they were in June 2018, a dawn start makes sense and I, for one, can’t wait for this rare opportunity to fish from a boat at Rutland in those magical early hours. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if the idea caught on and were adopted elsewhere? Perhaps it already has - let me know. As I write, prices haven’t been finalised, but I’d be surprised…

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what our contributors are doing this month

MALCOLM NEWBOULD The Spey is one of the last salmon rivers to open and Malcolm says anticipation levels are high. He has his usual fishing booked: two days a week at Rothes and Delfur until the middle of March, by when he hopes to have a good indication of how the season's looking. PETER HUNTINGTON Severn reporter Peter’s season began in early February, fishing a floating Devon with a lead and three-way swivel – the closest lure-fishing gets to the fly. Most early Severn salmon are caught this way. In March, he'll be fishing a tube on a skagit on the Wye. RICHARD DONKIN Richard is in the middle of moving house to the Test valley, so he’s been trying local hostelries, renewing acquaintances, building contacts, scouring maps and making long-term plans for life among…

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wish you were here?

MALHAM TARN, YORKSHIRE DALES Beautiful Malham is enclosed to the north and east by stunning limestone escarpments with the high fells beyond. The tarn sits at a height of just over 1,200ft and covers 153 acres in the heart of the Dales National Park. It’s the only upland alkaline lake in the British Isles and one of only eight in Europe. The average depth is 8ft. Dry-flies work well, as do classic wet-flies: try Kate Maclarens, Zulus, Bibios, Dabblers, Muddlers and Bumbles. Deerhair Half-hogs and other sedge patterns are effective fished dry. Known for its big brown trout, the tarn often produces fish of 4lb-5lb. Boats are highly sought in early summer, so it’s advisable to book early. Malham is an internationally recognised wetland habitat and there is no fishing near the bird hide…

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size doesn't matter

THIS 25lb-plus salmon was landed by John MacIsaac from Estuary pool, Glenmoriston Fishery at 1pm on January 21. John won the Malloch Trophy in 2016 for an estimated 38lb-41lb fish caught from the River Spean. Having fished the pool with a fly, John tried an orange-and-black devon minnow made by well-known Highlands fisher, the late John Cathcart, aka Black Shrimp. The same lure, in the same lie, tempted the first fish of the Moriston season three years ago. John said “Size didn’t matter. I’ve been trying for a January fish for 15 years. That’s what makes it special to me. It was perfect. An old-style springer, solid with a hunchback, covered in sea-lice.” The fish was netted by Geoff Allan from Fort Augustus, who had never landed a salmon before.…

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march brown

The March brown (Rhithrogena germanica) is one of the truly iconic mayflies of the British Isles. When I started fly-fishing it was a must-have in the fly-box. Unbeknown to me, the brown trout in Lunan Water on the east coast of Scotland had probably never seen a true March brown let alone risen to one on the surface. Despite its fame, the March brown has suffered from misidentification for centuries. It was probably one of the first flies imitated when Dame Juliana Berners tied her Dun Fly in the 15th century. However, contrary to popular belief, every river does not hold a population. March browns are restricted to a handful of areas – Wales, Northern England, Scotland and the West Country have very localised populations. The misconception that the March brown…

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recycle your fly-lines

We are delighted to report that fly-lines can now be recycled. In March 2018, the Anglers' National Line Recycling Scheme (ANLRS) began recycling unwanted monofilament through a network of tackle-shops, but it was unable to accept fly-lines because of the multiple materials used in their construction. ANLRS has now found a UK recycler that can utilise the fly-lines to make construction boards and similar products. In the future it hopes to strip and reprocess the lines into constituent materials. At present, old fly-lines loiter in sheds or are dumped in landfill, adding to the plastic pollution that blights our environment and which eventually leaks into our waterways. ANLRS volunteer Viv Shears said, “T&S readers can take their fly-lines along to any shop that has an ANLRS bin. Please put fly-lines in a paper bag…