Trout & Salmon November 2018

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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poppers in portugal

I’VE JUST RETURNED FROM THE Algarve. We go most years. Same resort, same beach, same restaurants. Unadventurous, I know, but wherever you stay in the Algarve it’s much the same. Except this year, it was different. Poppy is 20 now and far more interested in her “lead-singer-of-a-band” boyfriend than hanging around with mum and dad, who are no longer cool. Who can blame her? So, we headed for Portugal, leaving Poppy home alone for a full week, having first hidden anything of sentiment in fear of her inevitable house party. Portugal was wonderful. It was 30 deg C and we did everything that couples in their 50s do - slept, read, swam in the sea, ate seafood and drank lots of cheap wine. I also did something I’ve previously resisted. I went fishing. Before the…

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what our contributors are doing this month

ALEX YOUNG As the season draws to a close, Tywi reporter Alex will be spending November and December walking the local streams on the look-out for pollution, as well as clearing fallen trees and branches on the Abergwili beats. He also hopes he’ll have the chance to visit a trout lake with his grandchildren. ANDY HURST Lune reporter Andy has just completed the Great North Run, raising funds to support work undertaken by the Lune Rivers Trust and the Lune Hatchery Group. Over the winter months he’ll be carrying out walkover surveys and redd counts in the beautiful valleys of the upper Lune catchment. SIMON COOPER It would be good to tell you that Simon will have a three-weight rod in his hand but it’s more likely to be an 8lb sledgehammer because winter is…

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wish you were here?

DALSWINTON, RIVER NITH As the sun sinks on a bright December day on the Nith, there’s time for a few more searching casts for grayling. The lower and middle Nith beats, such as Dalswinton, Blackwood, Friars’ Carse and DGAA Carnsalloch, present the best chance of a good fish - a three-pounder is on the cards. Pink Shrimps rarely fail and a Red Buzzer from your reservoir box is worth trying alongside a heavier nymph. Sweetcorn and worms are used by those who prefer to trot. Booking Season From December 1 at Dalswinton. Some Nith beats offer grayling fishing earlier if the salmon season is curtailed. Day-ticket £15. Three miles of single bank; wading is excellent over small gravel. Contact Andy Edgar. Tel: 07469 194 127. Call Andy to check river conditions and availability. Tackle-shop…

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it’s big, but what is it?

THIS THUMPING great fish was caught by Oxfordshire rod Charlie Cordery from the Richie Burn on The Boathouse beat of the River Tweed at 10.30am on September 17. It weighed 12lb and took a two-inch Junction Shrimp copper tube fished on a floating line and super-fast sink-tip. The water was running clear at 1ft 4in. But is it a brown trout or a sea-trout? Boathouse gillie Steve Herdman is convinced it’s a sea-trout. Tweed Foundation trout and grayling biologist Kenny Galt can't be so sure. He suggests that orange spotting on the belly may indicate a spawning sea-trout but other indicators suggest a brown trout. This confusion is common and without a scale sample we'll never know for certain. However, if it's a brownie , weighing 12lb, it could be a record…

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bug of the month

Grousewing sedge Of all the adult caddisflies the Grousewing sedge (Mystacides longicornis) is perhaps the easiest to identify. These small insects have long slender yellowish-brown wings, punctuated by three darker bands which, as its common name suggests, resembles a grouse feather. This caddisfly is found in all types of stillwaters, including lakes and ponds, as well as canals and slow-flowing rivers. The larvae have particularly long hind legs, which they use for crawling in mud and sand on the bed or climbing among submerged vegetation. The Grousewing is one of the brown silverhorn sedges, so called because of their long white antennae, which extend to two and three times the length of their body. They also have distinctive large red eyes, which make them unmistakable as they rest on bankside vegetation. Grousewing larvae create…

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salmon of the river lee

THIS is a seriously good book. Beautifully designed with superb photographs ancient and modern, it tells the story of a Co. Cork river that has been vandalised by the hand of man. Everything and everyone – the electricity board, poachers, netsmen, pollution and disease – have been against it. I had a day on the Lee in, I think, the 1980s and was lucky enough to get a good salmon on a Stoat’s Tail from the pool immediately below Inniscarra dam, but I am too young to have known what the river was like before two hydro-electric dams were built on its course in the 1950s. The old photographs, however, show a mighty river – a “proper” salmon river, in fact – before the dams buggered it up and caused it…