Trout & Salmon March 2021

Trout & Salmon magazine has been the voice of fly fishing since 1955. Every issue, the world’s most respected writers and experts in salmon, trout and sea-trout fishing contribute inspirational articles, along with beautiful photography from the world’s finest game-fishing destinations. Learn from expert fishermen who describe the latest tactics and flies that are bringing success. Read our guides on the UK's best game fisheries. See what's being caught with our authoritative record documenting the state of Britain and Ireland’s wild game fisheries. And decide on your latest kit purchase with the best comparison tests in fly fishing.

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editor's letter

IF YOU HAD SAID LAST MARCH THAT WE’D BE IN another lockdown a year later, facing an even worse strain of Covid, no one would have believed you. Yet here we are. But in these dire times something positive has emerged. Many people have a new appreciation for the countryside and an increasing number have dusted-down tackle in their sheds and taken it to the riverbank. The mental and physical benefits of the sport are now more widely recognised and anglers, old and new, have found it an escape from the confines of home. In England, the Angling Trust has done a marvellous job lobbying government on our behalf, fighting for our continued participation and raising the profile of the sport. It must be congratulated. I’m delighted it is now…

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first cast

HOW YOUR MONEY’S SPENT The Environment Agency’s annual report, just published, explains how it spends rod-licence income in England. The figures cover the largely pre-pandemic period up to March 31. Rod-licence income was £20, 898, 322, and with additional government funding, the EA spent more than £26 million on fisheries projects. These included 58 fish passes and improving 320 miles of river habitat. The EA’s major partner is the Angling Trust, which it paid £1.15 million to develop angling and increase participation through coaching, forums and predator control advice, part of a four-year contract until 2023. It also spent £112, 820 on habitat work undertaken with the Wild Trout Trust, and £53,500 on the Riverfly Partnership. The EA’s bailiffs, supported by the Angling Trust’s Voluntary Bailiff Service, checked more than 61,000 licences leading…

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FISHING FAMILY Ten-year-old Finlay Wilson, from Surrey, holds his first self-caught trout, taken from the Lower Mill beat of the upper River Test. Finlay, with dad Chris (left) and grandfather Frazer, was fishing as part of Frazer’s birthday celebrations. The sport runs strongly in the Wilson family: Frazer was taught to fish by his father at the Arundell Arms hotel, and he in turn taught Chris, so Finlay is keen to follow in their footsteps. After learning the basics last season with AAPGAI instructor Gilly Bate, he returned to the river and was soon playing a good Test brownie that took a well-presented dry-fly. WHO’S THE DADDY? Ray Langshaw, a registered nurse from Wiltshire, caught this impressive 14lb 12oz rainbow trout before lockdown from Hampshire’s Rockbourne Trout Fishery. It was the largest fish…

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brownies among the bracken

CUMBRIA’S RICH VARIETY OF trouty waters range from tiny mountain streams you can stride across to vast lakes that span several miles and plunge hundreds of metres. Visitors are often drawn to the grandeur of Crummock Water, Buttermere and Ullswater, which offer superb fishing in rugged surroundings, yet nestling in the hills are smaller waters that teem with wild trout. West of Coniston and within the Lake District National Park on Torver Common is Throng Moss. While technically a reservoir, it feels more like a natural tarn because its dam is virtually obscured in a corner and spans all of 20ft. Little is known about Throng Moss, even an internet search failed to deliver a fact. Why the dam was created and when is anyone’s guess. One thing’s for sure: wild trout…

3 minutos
a life on the river

“When it comes together, and it leads to a ‘hit’, you feel like an Amazonian warrior” NOW THAT 2020 IS BEHIND US I’d like to reflect on a few things I’ve learned that I’ll be taking with me into the new season. First up, Euro nymphing. I finally started using the 10ft 3wt rod I bought the year before. I used it throughout the summer in Yorkshire, Germany, Slovenia and Austria and caught some magnificent fish, including barbel, brown trout, chub, grayling, brook trout and rainbow trout. Some would argue that it is the most effective method to catch fish. I’ve even heard people call it “the hoover” method, which I’m not the least bit surprised about. I’ve also got to grips with the “bow-and-arrow” cast, using large predator flies. I’ve tried…