Trout & Salmon May 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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cause for optimism

SHOULD I MENTION THE SALMON that have been caught? I don’t want to tempt fate. But given last year’s terrible season, surely you can forgive my excitement. Quite a few springers have been landed; big ones among them. You can see them in Gallery on p14. They appear to be in excellent fettle with little sign of poor feeding. I was at Glasgow Angling Centre’s Open Weekend in March where I sensed a sea-change in the mood of salmon-fishers. A new season always brings hope but never more so this year. Phone messages, pictures and stories of springers were circulating. Fish from the lower and middle Tweed, Naver, Moriston, Tay and the Welsh Wye, to name a few. Rumour of a 30lb-plus fish on the latter, lost when it leapt. The…

1 minutos
wish you were here?

FOCHABERS ANGLING ASSOCIATION, RIVER SPEY One of the best-kept secrets on the Spey, Fochabers AA water is fished by a knowing group of rods attracted by fine fly water and reasonable prices. Only four miles from the sea, it extends for 1.3 miles on both banks, from Quarry pool to the tail of Braehead. Pools vary in size but there will usually be a run or glide in ply at high or low water, making it very accommodating fishing. Spring salmon average 8lb-9lb, but bigger fish are always possible. Grilse run in June and July with sea-trout numbers increasing from late April onwards. Tickets are limited to four per day and visitors often comment that it is like fishing a private beat. Booking Season February 11-August 10. Day-tickets Prices start at £25 per day in February/March, rising each…

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stars read salar novel

The audiobook of Salar the Salmon by Henry Williamson has been launched with the support of an all-star line-up of actors and comedians including Hugh Bonneville, Paul Whitehouse, Bob Mortimer, Sarah Parish, Iain Glen and Robson Green. Recorded last year and narrated by actor Jim Murray, Salar tells the story of a salmon’s journey from the sea up a Devon river to spawn. It was written in 1935. Jim, star of Primeval and Age Before Beauty, aims to raise awareness of the research and conservation work undertaken by the Atlantic Salmon Trust. He hopes an audiobook will make Salar’s story “more accessible to a new audience in 2019 – The International Year of the Salmon”. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the AST. In a video to be…

1 minutos
more than a mouthful

This bright fish was caught by Crieff angler Malcolm Andersen on the East Haugh beat of the River Tummel in late February. The long Vision 110 lure belongs to Malcolm, but whose is the plug? Malcolm said, “The take and fight were completely normal. It wasn’t until it came to the surface, close in, that I saw the orange colour hanging out of its mouth. I’ve seen other flies in fish, but never another lure.” A plug of this type is not a normal salmon lure and it was attached to light nylon. Malcolm wonders whether it might have been fished by a perch angler in Perth harbour. Did it belong to you? Please let us know. Malcolm removed all the hooks with forceps and the fish swam away strongly.…

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fish farming: the movie

Artifishal, the much-anticipated exposé of the salmon-farming industry, premieres in London on April 25. The documentary caused controversy when well-known Swedish angler Mikael Frödin was fined – and faced jail – for trespassing at a fish farm while filming in Norway. The makers of Artifishal, which is funded by outdoor clothing firm Patagonia, say it “explores the high cost – ecological, financial and cultural – of our mistaken belief that engineered solutions can make up for habitat destruction”. The film traces the impact of fish hatcheries and “the extraordinary amount of public money wasted on an industry that hinders wild fish recovery, pollutes our rivers and contributes to the problem it claims to solve”. The film will be launched at Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN on Thursday, April 25 with a…

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cast in wood

Pictured is master furniture-maker Angus Ross and his beautiful Spey Bench. Its design evokes the flowing River Spey, the angle of a fly-rod and the loops of line formed during spey-casting. The bench has been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London and was made in Angus’s Aberfeldy workshop with olive ash from woodland beside the River Tay. Ash is the best wood for the process of steam-bending that was used to create the bench’s unique curves. Angus has previously made benches called Forth and Tay and is interested in “dynamic flowing lines and the interface between a person and a piece of furniture.” He says, “When nestled on this bench the interface is keenly felt. It is also a lovely place to savour a glass of whisky.” Angus is no longer a fly-fisher, although…