Trout & Salmon September 2021

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editor’s welcome

I’M PACKING FOR A LONG-OVERDUE FAMILY holiday in Northumberland. The cottage was originally booked for Easter 2020 as a gift for my father’s 80th. The first lockdown put paid to that. Lockdown two put paid to Easter 2021’s attempt and my mother’s 80th. But here we are, finally, able to share precious time together. Thankfully we’re all safe, fully-vaccinated and at the stage when decisions about who will take what are being made. Mum’s on breakfasts, sister Flo’s on brunches and Sarah and I are on suppers. It’s the first time we’ve “properly” holidayed together since our children were born 20-odd years ago. We’ll have great fun as always — fishing is to play a part — once we’ve accepted our individual and quirky ways in a confined space. We lead…

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first cast

GONG FOR RIVER CHAMPION Arlin Rickard, founder of the pioneering environmental charity The Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT) in 1994 and chief executive of the ensuing Rivers Trust for 15 years, has been awarded an OBE. Rickard, alongside poet Ted Hughes (pictured above) and other anglers, sought charitable status for WRT in the early 1990s, emphasising the need for an ecosystem approach to managing rivers, combining science with “on-the-ground delivery”. He later worked with Ian Gregg, owner of high street bakers Greggs, who was instrumental in the formation of what is now called The Rivers Trust, an organisation of 60 UK and Ireland charities “dedicated to protecting river environments for the benefit of people and wildlife.” It employs more than 400 staff. Mark Lloyd, head of The Rivers Trust, paid tribute, “Everyone lucky enough…

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paradise island

Jonathan Chesworth, from Wandsworth, London, made the long trip north to catch this stunning wild brown trout from an Orkney loch. A headteacher, he used half-term to finally fulfil a dream that had been four years in the planning. After some ferry issues he managed four days’ fishing, catching eight trout that averaged an amazing 6lb, topped by this 8lb leviathan. Jonathan said, “It was hard fishing, battling rough weather, but it was definitely worth it. Two friends and I caught 15 fish with almost every one beating our previous personal bests.” The team found a drop-off in clear water 30m-40m into the loch and waded out to target the area with floating lines and black, gold and green Humungous patterns with Palmers on the droppers as attractor flies. “The…

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GET THE PARTY STARTED Rory Parker has been determined to catch a salmon since his older brother was featured in T&S with his first fish in June 2017. Rory lost a fish two years ago, which only made him more determined to bank this fish, a 13-pounder caught on an Alistair fly from Beat Four of the River Helmsdale. On day one of his trip, Rory, aged 12, joined his brother, grandparents and fellow rod Adam Twidell on the bottom beat with gillie Jean Bain, while his parents fished the beat above. Fishing Dempster’s, the third pool of the morning, Rory was soon into the first fish of the week, successfully landing it to the delight of the whole party. His father Tom said, “He was a worthy winner of the ‘Sportsman of…

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heavyweight from the tay

Gillie Ally Scott is pictured holding what could be the biggest salmon caught on fly in Scotland so far this year. The fish weighed 28lb and was taken from the Islamouth beat of the River Tay by local angler Arnot McWhinnie. Arnot takes up the story. “It was my first day’s fishing this year, so I decided not to overtax myself and opted to fish my lightweight 13ft Loomis rod. The river was very low, so I used a 5ft sinking tip, 12lb cast and a size 12 Cascade. Midway through the afternoon in Donnets pool, I got a searing take, which resulted in a beautiful silver fish of 16lb.” Arnot and Ally, having seen running salmon, decided they’d be better targeted from the left bank, so Ally got on the oars…