Trout & Salmon January 2021

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editor's letter

I’M PICTURING BOXING DAY — WOOD-BURNER on, feet up, glass in hand and my favourite Quality Street with the nut in it. I’ve yet to find a use for its vivid purple wrapper — a thorax shellback on a grayling nymph, maybe? Purple seems all the rage. Despite wanting to share Christmas with my parents, they are a vulnerable age, and with the vaccine so close, we’ll be playing safe, saving our reunion for Easter and a cottage with trout fishing in the Cheviots. This means I may have some festive time on my hands. Hopefully, my feet will soon be thawing out after an afternoon’s grayling fishing. There aren’t many in these parts, finding them is a challenge I ponder every winter, but if lockdown has taught me anything, it’s…

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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 in a newsagents, your favourite magazine is 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 superb one-off subscription offers. 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 appreciate your support and readership during this period of uncertainty.…

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first cast

CHAR THRIVE AFTER POLLUTION BATTLE Arctic char are making a significant recovery in Llyn Padarn in North Wales. In October, 7,500 fish were released into the lake by Natural Resources Wales. The 12cm juveniles were grown from eggs taken from fish in the spawning tributary Afon y Bala in December 2019. Padarn’s rare char population was at the centre of a decades-long dispute between local fishing club, the Seiont, Gwyrfai and Llyfni Fishing Society (SGLFS), utility Welsh Water and Natural Resources Wales. Welsh Water’s sewage works was blamed for causing algal blooms that threatened the char’s survival, as well as that of salmon and sea-trout. Eventually, remedial work costing about £6.5 million was undertaken and water quality has since improved. With echo-soundings now revealing the presence of large shoals in the lake, SGLFS,…

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FRONTLINE FISHER Registered nurse Rachel Leyshon, from Middlesbrough, was trying for a salmon on the Blue Lion beat of the River Ure when this 4lb-plus wild brown trout took her Black Frances fly. “I was fishing close to the beat’s salmon hatchery when the trout took. At first I thought it was a salmon but soon realised something wasn’t quite right. It was a shock to see such a large trout,” she said. Rachel, who works at James Cook University Hospital, only started fishing this year to improve her mental health following the first lockdown. After an unlucky start she has successfully landed two salmon, a 3lb grilse from the River Tay and a 7lb fish from the Annan. “I met T&S fishery reporter Phil Ellis of yorkshiresalmonguide and he took…

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a cast back in time

THIS YEAR — 2020 — MARKED the Altnaharra Hotel’s 200th anniversary. A drover’s inn existed on the site in the 17th Century but the hotel in its current form is thought to have opened in 1820. No matter the exact date, it is a special place with a rich fishing history, two things which invariably go together in my book. And in this day and age, when such fine fishing hotels are few and far between, it deserves to be cherished. For three centuries, anglers have made the long journey to Altnaharra to chase silver on Hope, undoubtedly one of Scotland’s finest sea-trout lochs, and Loch Naver, on whose western shore the hotel sits. Nearby are the River Naver, still one of the country’s best salmon rivers, and the River Borgie…

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the altnaharra hotel

FINLAY WILSON is an experienced guide and instructor who runs the Dawyck Estate beat on the upper Tweed. The Altnaharra came under new management when Alan Berwick and Cami Cozma took over the reins in 2019. They are committed to providing the perfect mix of traditional style and relaxed comfort. A warm welcome, good-quality food and first-class service are guaranteed. There are plenty of seated areas for relaxing with drinks, including a fine reading room where catch records and old fishing logs can be pored over. Specimen trout, sea-trout and salmon in glass cases interspersed with great old photos add to the allure. The rod and games room at the back of the hotel has heaps of space for drying equipment and has racks of spare dapping rods. There are 14 en-suite…