Trout & Salmon May 2021

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2 minutos
editor 's welcome

THE OTHER DAY I SNUCK OUT FOR A PEEK AT my local reservoir. While it’s only a few minutes from home I usually save the suspense until opening day, simply because in March the trout rarely show themselves. Staring into a vast expanse of lifeless water doesn’t build anticipation, does it? But these are exceptional times, so there I stood at Tim Appleton’s on the limit of Rutland’s North Arm, sheltering from a vicious westerly under a lone sycamore tree. Anyone who fishes a water, still or running, with an east to west aspect will understand my frustration. A strong westerly wind on Rutland Water is restricting, the waves pushing into the adjacent banks. I’m sure you share my love-hate relationship with wind (of the meteorological variety). Of all the elements,…

1 minutos
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5 minutos
first cast

GOVERNMENT DRAGS ITS FEET Fish Legal, the Angling Trust and its partner WWF are taking the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Environment Agency (EA) back to court for their alleged failure to comply with a 2015 court order to tackle agricultural pollution in rivers and lakes. The EA is expected to produce Diffuse Water Pollution Plans (DWPPs) every six years, which set out what actions it will take to reduce the pollution. The 2015 case was originally brought because Defra had failed to use “water protection zones”, the only effective measure to combat pollution. It was settled on the basis of a promise the EA would do the right investigations and produce DWPP reports “as soon as reasonably practicable”. Six years later, only four of the 37 sites…

4 minutos

RETURNED TO THE FINDHORN Leslie Tyson was delighted after landing the first fresh fish of the season from the Altyre Estate beat on the River Findhorn. The 19lb fish came from Palamore Island Pool on a one-inch Monkey tube-fly. It measured 36½ inches in length and the spots on the gill covers identify the hen fish as a multi-spawner — apparently, quite common on the river in early spring. Leslie had hooked another fish of a similar size 30 minutes earlier, which unfortunately came off just as he was about to beach it after an epic 15-minute battle. COQUET’S FIRST The first salmon of the season from the River Coquet fell to Gordon Black from Hadston, Northumberland. The 13lb 6oz springer took a Garry Dog fly at the White Post above Warkworth. Normally, Gordon would…

7 minutos
back to nature

NEVER IN MY LIFE HAD I gone so long without walking beside the Eden. More than seven months had passed. Would my favourite pools be how I remembered them? Would the fly life have survived the winter floods? Where would I find the trout? After all that’s happened, last May, when we were finally released from the first lockdown, seems a distant memory. But this year I’m sure I’ll feel the same pent-up excitement and trepidation as I did then. One of the remarkable aspects of last year’s lockdown was how people in all corners of life observed nature. With little road traffic and air travel, the natural world filled the void with vivid blue skies and birdsong. Everyone, it seemed, got a little closer to wildlife. When I arrived at the riverbank…

4 minutos
a life on the river

“While he’s a leading authority on all things salmon fishing, he’s proved himself to be no domestic goddess” ADAPTING TO CHANGE IS something that fishers do naturally. We’re constantly having to alter our strategy to match conditions, which I suppose has put us at a slight advantage when coping with some of the problems caused by the pandemic. Usually by now, I’d like to be able to tell you about being busy with guided and introductory days. It’s odd driving past the beats and hotels and seeing so many empty at a time when Speyside should be starting to buzz. Although restrictions still keep guests away, there have been rich pickings for those of us fortunate to live close enough to the river. It’s been a novelty to be fishing for pleasure…