Trout & Salmon December 2019

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winter warmers

IT’S THE END OF OCTOBER ANDI’VE woken up to condensation on the bedroom window, the first fog of autumn and a sobering reminder from my wife, “The clocks go back on Sunday!” I moan, put on the porridge and take a shower, saddened by the end of evening forays and rising trout. I leave for work, heading east towards the A1, brown-trout sandwiches on the passenger seat. Then it hits me smack-bang between the wing mirrors — an ethereal view over Burley Reaches along Rutland Water’s north arm, a diffuse emerging sun illuminating the mirrored surface in subtle peaches and greys, the mirror dotted with cocked coots and swans grazing between mackerel-patterned columns of fog. I whisper “Wow!” and suddenly feel alive again. I should stop, take a picture and…

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wish you were here?

RIVER WHARFE, BOLTON ABBEY ESTATE, NORTH YORKSHIRE Views of the Wharfe at Bolton Abbey are spectacular, none more so than at the Strid, where the might of the river is forced through a narrow bedrock gutter lined with ancient sessile oaks. Downstream is some of the best — and often underfished — parts of this popular and famous estate water. There are 4½ miles of fishing in all with wild and stocked trout and significant shoals of grayling. Fish in late April and the backdrop of bluebells is beautiful. Pungent wild garlic fills the air and sheep roam the banks, as well as a few tourists visiting the 12th-century Augustinian monastery, Bolton Priory, and nearby tea rooms — somewhere for a non-fishing partner, wife or husband to while away the hours while…

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circling the drain

This dramatic picture of Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District National Park made national headlines in October amid fears this angler could have been sucked down the “plug hole”. The float-tuber was filmed by a passing dog-walker. The plug hole is one of two on either side of the dam, which are more than 60ft deep and regulate water levels in periods of high rainfall. The reservoir is managed by Severn Trent Water, who said, “We ask that people stay away from the plug hole, as obviously it is dangerous. We will be reminding everyone who uses the water to avoid the plughole area and stay safe.” Float-tubing is a new venture at the reservoir. Tubes can be hired for £10. There’s also a fleet of boats and a Wheelyboat.…

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could billionaire be the saviour of salmon?

Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is funding research into why Atlantic salmon are in “terminal decline” in Iceland. He is supporting a collaboration between Imperial College London and Iceland’s Marine Freshwater and Research Institute. Sir Jim, who led The Sunday Times Rich List in 2018 with an estimated personal fortune of £21 billion, is the chairman of INEOS, the chemicals company. He said, “I am determined to do all I can to help protect this magnificent fish which is getting perilously close to extinction.” He is a keen fly-fisher, who has invested heavily in north-east Iceland, buying vast tracts of land with fishing rights on salmon rivers. He said “Conservation is the sole purpose of my involvement in Iceland. I want to help maintain the salmon population, working closely with the farmers…

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cleaning up the tweed

On Sunday, October 27, more than 300 volunteers from 20 towns and villages across the Scottish Borders helped to clear rubbish from six different rivers on the Tweed system. The Great Borders River Clean collected a whopping 1,850kg of rubbish in just under two hours. The event was organised by keen fly-fisher Tom Rawson, a teacher from Melrose, who was recently named the 2019 River Tweed Champion. The award, in its fourth year, is given by the Tweed Forum in recognition of one who has made an “outstanding commitment to the protection and enhancement of the River Tweed”. Tom’s previous Tweed clean-up, called 7Towns1River, cleared two tonnes of litter. He is planning further events on the Tweed, Tay and Tyne, saying, “Plastic pollution is a global issue. We are the cause. It…

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buy honey, help fish

Speyside’s Gordon Castle Scotland website is raising funds for The Atlantic Salmon Trust’s Missing Salmon Project by donating ten per cent of the price of the goods it sells to fly-fishers. The website sells luxury food, drink and beauty products. With Christmas near, how about a bottle of raspberry gin, garlic oatcakes or a pot of runny honey? To ensure a donation is made to The Missing Salmon Project, which is funding research into salmon migration at sea, shoppers should use the code GCSALMON at the online check-out at…