Trout & Salmon July 2020

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editor’s letter

EVERY YEAR, WITHOUT FAIL, A BLACKBIRD nests on the shelves in my wood store. She’s normally fraught, wary of Charlie, my terrier. I’ve been stuck at home and have followed her every move. She laid four eggs in spring and I’ve watched her picking them up in her beak and turning them like sausages on a grill. I didn’t know they did that. Does the size of a bird’s egg correspond with the size of its beak? The eggs hatched in the first week of May and since then I have watched the scrawny chicks with their oversized beaks grow, while mum and dad fetched food. They never stopped and when Charlie wasn’t about I was able to stand quite close to the nest. Mum would arrive, beaks would pop up…

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can’t buy a print copy? download our digital edition

In the event of it being difficult to buy a print copy of Trout & Salmon over the coming weeks, we are doing our best to ensure that your favourite magazine will still be available on digital platforms. So, if you can’t find us in stores, or if you’re stuck inside, please consider: • Downloading our Trout & Salmon app from the iOS or Android app stores. We have some superb one-off subscription offers with discounts of up to 50%. You can also purchase single-copy issues if you wish. If you’re a Kindle Fire user, you can download our magazines from Amazon Newsstand. • If you are a print subscriber and we cannot deliver issues to you owing to the Covid-19 situation, please visit: where clear updates will be given. We…

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first cast

ANGLERS AGAINST COVID-19 One of the most remarkable stories in the angling community during the past two months has been the money raised to buy equipment for hospital staff and patients, and care home workers, by Antrim rod Willy Darragh (pictured left). Like the National Lottery, Willy has raffled numbers from 1 to 59 on his Facebook page for a chance to win donated prizes that have included fishing tackle and days on prime beats, but also items as diverse as picnic tables, steak and haircuts. Draws take place on Facebook on Wednesday and Saturday evenings immediately after the National Lottery result. As we went to press, more than £40,000 had been raised. Willy has formed a committee to decide how and where the money is spent and is advised by hospital ward…

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EFFORT EQUALS REWARD After 40 years of trying, George Nicholson from Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, can finally claim the honour of having caught the first spring salmon of the season on the River Coquet. George has fished the first day and beyond whenever possible since 1976. He landed this year’s first fish on March 14 when a 17lb 4oz salmon took his 18g Yellow Toby near the White Posts on the tidal section of the river. “It was a gleaming fish and we carefully returned it,” said a very pleased George. He is now waiting for the official presentation from the Duke of Northumberland when better times allow. FOLLOWING IN FAMILY FOOTSTEPS Charlie Dora (15) from Edinburgh is a third-generation fly-fisherman and T&S reader. Here he is keeping up family traditions with a…

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night of the bustard

IN THE 1990S, WHEN I REGULARLY fished the Dales rivers, I became almost convinced that in summer, some of the biggest trout hunted at night. That hunch was further prompted by forays into Scotland for sea-trout, when occasionally I’d get a surprise while fishing the night fly in the form of a big brown trout. Back in the Dales, sporadic efforts in the small hours resulted in trout that were sometimes sharp-toothed, big-headed, ugly creatures — fish-eaters. Autopsies typically showed minnows and bullheads. I caught nothing extraordinary but those brown trout I caught after dark were usually of a larger average size than anything I caught in the daytime. “Sporadic efforts in the small hours resulted in trout that were sometimes big-headed, ugly creatures” Our Northern ancestors — Pritt, Cadman, and on…

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PERMITS Do check that night fishing is allowed. Clubs and associations may be, for good reason, reluctant to allow visitors on to riverbanks at night. On the Eden at Appleby, night fishing is not only allowed but encouraged in the summer months. The Tufton Arms (tuftonarmshotel. is a splendid base and some beats are within easy walking distance of the hotel. Fishing between the stone bridge and the Bailey bridge in Appleby — about a mile of good water — is free to those residing in the town (this includes hotel residents), while the hotel also offers permits at special rates for over eight miles of excellent Appleby AA fishing ( TACKLE AND TACTICS Take a wading staff and a head torch with an extra fleece and a flask. If possible, work…