Trout & Salmon November 2020

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editor's letter

IT’S OCTOBER AND I’M STILL PICKING THE LAST of my tomatoes. It’s been a delicious and bumper crop. The sloe harvest is around the corner (ready after the first frost), nights are drawing in, the woodburner’s in use and I’m reluctantly pulling woollies from the dresser. For the first time in years, and despite all that’s going on, I feel I can look back on a good fishing season. There have been tales of epic catches and a significant uplift in fishing participation. Many more people are reading T&S. I’ve enjoyed it, despite my catches being thin on the ground. Timing and luck have not been on my side. Like everyone else, my travel has been restricted and local fishing has dominated. I caught three rainbow trout last night in the short…

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first cast

STICKING TOGETHER The wider importance of thriving salmon and trout stocks was highlighted recently by the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board’s work to save endangered freshwater pearl mussels. Mussel populations have been badly affected by wildlife crime, habitat degradation and declining water quality. In late summer, the mussels release millions of tiny young (glochidia) into the river (pictured) which attach (or encyst) to the gills of young salmon or trout (without causing harm) and remain there all winter. They drop off in spring and settle in the riverbed where they grow to adulthood. Working with NatureScot, Ness DSFB has been artificially encysting juvenile salmon on the Ness for five years. Glochidia inside female mussels are monitored to predict the time of their release. When ready, the mussels are placed in buckets…

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WEAR ON FIRE This impressive 15lb sea-trout was caught by Ian Reynolds from Bishop Auckland & District AC’s beat one of the River Wear. With the river up 12in and coloured, Ian fished a double-handed rod, intermediate line and Flamethrower variant of his own design, knowing he stood a chance of catching salmon and sea-trout during the day. He said, “It is a stretch where three pools run into each other. By 9.30am I had fished the first and started in the nice, fast water of the second when the line stopped dead. “I played the fish into the shallows quickly, but the water was too fast for me to land the fish, so I rang my friend Chris Gaines. Thankfully, the fish behaved and sat in shallow water with its…

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adventure on rannoch moor

EVEN IN AN AREA OF outstanding natural beauty Loch Laidon shines brightly, spilling across Rannoch Moor for more than five narrow miles and almost spanning the divide between the western and eastern watersheds. It epitomises wild trout fishing on a Scottish loch and to cast a fly here is to step back in time, to be immersed in another world where the only conceivable reaction to your surroundings is one of wonder. “To cast a fly here is to step back in time, to be immersed in another world” At Laidon’s south-western extremities a burn enters, linking it to Loch Ba in Argyll on the approach to Glencoe, while its north-east shoreline is a sandy beach not far from Rannoch Station. You could board the Caledonian Sleeper at London Euston, jump off…

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unique trout of the deeps

In 2018, the Rivers and Lochs Institute at Inverness College (University of Highlands and Islands) found four different “species” of brown trout in Loch Laidon, Perthshire, including one that had never been reported before. What defines a distinct species is sometimes not universally agreed by experts (taxonomists); however, the Laidon study, led by Professor Eric Verspoor, assisted by renowned ferox expert Dr Ron Greer, found four genetically, ecologically and visually distinctive “entities” that have evolved in the loch over the last 10,000 years; ie, species in every sense, awaiting their formal naming. The researchers systematically sampled the loch and used DNA analyses to identify different genetic trout populations. One of the trout species, a Profundal benthivore (pictured below), has not been reported to occur in any other loch in the brown trout’s native…