Trout & Salmon November 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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slapped on the wrist

IN DECEMBER 2016 A MAJOR POLLUTION incident killed thousands of salmon, sea-trout and brown trout on the upper reaches of the River Teifi, one of the most important game-fisheries in Wales. Since then, local anglers, clubs, guides and angling-reliant businesses have suffered greatly. In the aftermath of what was one of the worst pollutions since the industrial revolution, Dr Stephen Marsh-Smith, chief executive of Afonydd Cymru, the umbrella body for Rivers Trusts in Wales, said “Wales is fast becoming the agri-pollution capital of Europe.” Natural Resources Wales (NRW) investigated the incident and pledged to “work with our partners and do all we can to restore the river as quickly as possible”. It is almost three years since this devastation and NRW has just announced that it will not be prosecuting Pencefn Feeds…

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wish you were here?

RIVER TAR, COUNTY TIPPERARY This beautiful river in the south of Ireland is surprisingly like a chalkstream. It’s a limestone tributary of the Suir with extensive beds of ranunculus swaying between crystal-clear channels. It offers excellent sight-fishing with a dry-fly for wild brown trout during the summer months. The fish are plentiful but picky. The river has prolific hatches of upwings and sedges on warm evenings. Klinkhamers, Balloon Caddis and PTNs are favourite patterns. Access and wading are easy. A short three-weight rod and a floating line are all you need for a tranquil wade up this hidden gem. Tickets and facilities Season: March 17-September 30. Day ticket: £30. Clonanav Fly Fishing tackle-shop has access to several miles of the river. Tel: 00 353 52 6136 765. Web:…

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red-belly on the spey

Glasgow angler Paul Devlin had a surprise on the Spey in mid-September when he caught a rare 2½lb char. The fish was landed four miles upstream of Loch Insh near Newtonmore. “At first, I thought it was a trout,” said Paul, owner of Glasgow Angling Centre, “and then a cock salmon in its winter jacket. I only thought of a char when I decided it couldn’t be anything else.” He was fishing with a Copper John nymph on a long leader and floating line in a fast run above a deep pool of flood debris. Paul said, “It’s funny what excites fishermen. I’ve caught fish in odd places, 5lb trout from quarries, but this was unusual.” Brian Shaw, biologist at the Spey Fishery Board, explained that Loch Insh char are one of few Scottish…

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a cut above

One of the River Tweed’s finest beats, Upper North Wark on the lower river, has a new hut — but it wasn’t bought at B&Q. Nestled at the bottom of a 100ft cliff, the swish two-storey structure needed the expertise of an architect and skilful crane drivers. The result is larch-clad with a balcony perched above a winter boat store and views across the lovely Millstream pool. The upper floor is above the height of the previous hut's roof and should escape the biggest floods. It’s insulated and equipped with a stove, solar electricity and a toilet. The beat’s new owner, Jonathan Hufford, employs two full-time boatman: the well-known head gillie Martin Ritchie and third-generation Tweed boatman Richard Farr — great service for visiting anglers and welcome at a time when gillies elsewhere…

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number of the month 178,611…

…and counting. That’s how many people have signed a petition addressed to the governments of Iceland, Norway, Scotland and Ireland calling for “a halt to the devastation of wild fish caused by open net salmon farms”. The extraordinarily successful petition “Stop Europe’s Dirty Fish Farms” was set up by Patagonia in support of its hard-hitting film Artifishal, a documentary that exposes the threat posed by aquaculture. The film has been screened throughout Europe where Patagonia says audiences have been “overwhelmingly younger, environmentally active … and non fishing”. Patagonia says the film’s total reach on social media was 12 million people. The petition was presented by Patagonia and Salmon & Trout Conservation to the Scottish Parliament in September.…

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5 minute interview

Where did you start fishing? I caught my first two fish — pike — at Hogganfield Loch near Glasgow, aged three, with a cheap spinning rod and silver mackerel spinner. My grandfather stayed near there and used to walk me round the loch every weekend. I caught my first salmon from the Tay when I was five. When did you become a gillie? In school holidays I assisted my late mentor Willie “The Ghillie” Laird at Newtyle on the Tay from 1975 to 1980. Willie was Newtyle gillie for 50 years. I landed my first fish for a guest in 1976, from the neck of Cottar pool with a rope tailer that shouldn’t really have stuck on a wee 6lb fish. I became head gillie at Newtyle in 2002. What’s the best advice you’d…