Trout & Salmon April 2021

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editor’s welcome

BRISTOL WATER (BW) IS SEEKING SOMEONE to take on its fishing assets, which include the renowned Chew Valley and Blagdon lakes as well as the Barrow Tanks. T&S spoke to BW’s transformation director Ben Newby, who said, “BW are committed to fishing in the long-term, but we are a small water company, and we are exploring new operating models and the opportunity to find a partner to work with. Ultimately, people closer to operating such businesses can do a better job.” Fishing will continue as normal this season and the Chew hatchery has a full stock of adult and juvenile fish for this and next season. Mr Newby said, “We are in a tender process with a small number of potential long-term partners, all of whom bring significant fishing experience to…

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first cast

RIVER EXPERIMENT The Missing Salmon Alliance (MSA) plans to restore salmon to a West of Scotland river catchment. The idea of adopting a testing ground for best practice has long been discussed by anglers and the MSA aims to apply “a suite of management approaches”. While negotiations are ongoing between interested parties, the catchment’s name has not been disclosed, but it’s hoped an announcement will be made this spring. Mark Bilsby, chief executive of the Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST), said, “It’s a demonstration project. Everyone is so down [about salmon survival] and we want to inspire people, to show what can be done.” Professor Ken Whelan, research director, AST, said, “It is essential we turn theory into practice. By taking a river and deploying these tools to devise and, crucially, deliver,…

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FIRST SALMON OF THE SEASON Scotland’s lockdown travel restrictions meant local rods John Martin and George Lyon were able to grab a day at the sought-after Lower Crathes and West Durris beat to open their Aberdeenshire Dee season on February 1. With snow lying and temperatures at minus 15 deg C, the river was running clear and up 9in on the gauge. At 3pm, John’s 1½in Black-and-yellow Tosh was taken in Mill Pool. “It took off immediately, [taking me] right down to my backing,” said John. “I followed it downstream along the snowy bank, just for it to take off once more. It was very exciting and got my heart pounding”. The fish was as fresh as a sixpence and weighed 8lb. “Importantly, it was returned very lively after a rest…

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a thurso summer

IN JULY LAST YEAR, AS COVID restrictions were easing, I joined my brother Will, Blaine Lyon, and William and Duncan Laird for a week’s fishing on the famous Thurso River. The hotels were beginning to open and the Thurso fishery team was extending a warm welcome to guests after what had seemed like an eternity. I’d not fished the Thurso before, but I’d heard much about it from my friend Ross Macdonald, who is always telling me tales of the unbelievable days he experienced there with his father Kenny. Many of Ross’s flies are inspired by fruitful casts on the north coast of Scotland. Some anglers had told me to expect a slow-flowing river, almost canal-like in places, difficult to read and fish. Frankly, I did not know what to expect and…

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fact file

Anglers visiting the Thurso River often stay at the Ulbster Arms Hotel in Halkirk. The hotel has 55 bedrooms including its modern lodges, which are a great option for groups of anglers wanting to relax in their own space in the evenings. The hotel is often filled with anglers sharing stories about their day’s fishing. BOOKING The fishing is often booked well in advance. Enquiries should be sent to the Ulbster Arms Hotel. Web: Tel: 01847 831 641. MOVING PICTURES View the “River Thurso Film” by TwinPeakes FlyFishing on YouTube. For advice on fishing the river and tackle, contact Alastair and Will. E-mail:…