Trout & Salmon January 2020

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joining forces

ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONCERNS OF the fishermen with whom I discuss salmon issues is the fragmented structure of the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who are charged with protecting our fish. On a local level these groups are effective, but when it comes to conserving Atlantic salmon and tackling the international crisis the species faces, there is a need for the NGOs to unite if we are to fight our corner and change policy. And that’s exactly what’s going to happen following the launch of The Missing Salmon Alliance (MSA) on November 26 at Fishmongers’ Hall, London. This collaboration includes The Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST), Salmon & Trout Conservation, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Angling Trust and Fish Legal. While the groups will not merge, their partnership will pool expertise,…

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wish you were here?

LOCH LOMOND On the last Saturday of October, Loch Lomond anglers who berth their boats at Balmaha meet for a traditional “drum-up” on Inchlonaig island. A steak roll with mushrooms and onions, followed by a couple of drams, goes down a treat. The following day, most of the boats are taken off for the winter. While salmon are caught on the troll from spring onwards, it is Lomond’s sea-trout that occupy the minds of many local fly-fishers. August and September are prime months when the fishing is concentrated around the southern end. Drifts around islands such as Inchlonaig, Inchmurrin, Inchmoan and the Endrick Bank — where the River Endrick enters the loch — are favourites, using floating and intermediate lines and teams of traditional and modern wet-flies. Patterns such as the Clan…

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stone me

People give their name to trees and park benches — why not a river? The Wye and Usk Foundation (WUF) is offering to place an engraved stone in the rivers Usk or Wye with your name on it — or perhaps that of someone you love. Choose a name or message with four (£25) or 20 letters (£100). Stones will be removed from the river, sand-blasted by a stonemason and then returned in one of six locations. You may wish your stone to be placed near a beat you know or at the top of the river where it may be washed downstream over time. Stones will be placed four times a year, starting in February 2020. WUF will send you a letter of confirmation, a photo of your stone being placed, and a map…

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nice one, harry!

It was groundhog day on the Tweed in October when 14-year-old Harry Gotzheim landed an incredible brace of salmon. Harry was the winner of the 2018 Junior Bemersyde Trophy for catching a 13lb and 20lb fish at Traquair on October 23. In 2019 he repeated the feat. His father Adrian said, “Harry lost an 8lb silver fish on Wednesday morning, but managed to land an 18lb fish at 4pm and a 22lb fish at 4:20pm — on the same day and beat that he caught his winning fish last year.” Watching Harry were five anglers who hadn’t caught a fish in two years. Adrian said, “We were asking Harry what fly to use, what leader and what depth — and he only turned 15 in November.”…

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money burning a hole?

For the same price as a modest new car you could buy this creel and become the most fashionable rod on the river. Made to order by French luxury fashion house Hermès from wicker with a calfskin lid and a wool strap, the asking price is a smidge over £9,000. It’s part of a set that includes an 8ft cane rod with leather handle, and a sycamore and leather fly-box supplied with 23 flies. All in, about £16,500. Hermes’s bespoke department makes unique objects for its discerning clients, everything from boxing gloves to skateboards and canoes.…

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billionaire’s million salmon

Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is part-funding a major salmon egg planting scheme in the rivers of north-east Iceland. The project is led by Strengur Angling Club with guidance from Iceland’s Marine and Freshwater Research Institute. The first planting took place in late October and it is hoped the programme will eventually seed around one million eggs from native fish each year in the higher reaches of rivers that salmon have been unable to reach in the past. Sir Jim and Strengur are also building salmon ladders that will “open up new habitat and food resources to improve growth and survival rates in the critical early stages of the [salmon’s] life cycle.” The project aims to be “environmentally sound” and maintain Iceland’s status as a world-class fishing destination as well as benefiting the…