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Trout & Salmon December 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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IN THIS ISSUE

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year of the salmon

TWENTY-NINETEEN HAS BEEN designated the International Year of the Salmon (IYS). The aims of the initiative, a collaboration between the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) and the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC), is to trigger a surge of collective knowledge, participation and evidence in the fight to reverse the decline in salmon stocks. For the uninitiated, I must stress that IYS is concerned with WILD salmon, not farmed. Government ministers have been launching IYS across the Northern Hemisphere in countries including Canada, the USA, Norway and Russia, as well as the EU: Germany, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Scotland, Wales and England. It was announced in Scotland by environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham at the end of October. IYS plans to bring individuals, clubs, NGOs, fishery boards, trusts and everyone who fights for…

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what our contributors are doing this month

FINLAY WILSON Finlay will be busy guiding salmon rods and grayling fishers until November 30, then he'll target specimen grayling on the Tweed, Annan and Clyde throughout the winter. His thoughts are on the next trout season, though, and as well as forays to the Highlands and Islands, he’s planning trips to Bosnia and Slovenia. MATT EASTHAM After a trout season blighted by drought, Matt is looking forward to grayling fishing and is beavering away at his vice, restocking boxes with "heavy metal". He'll be concentrating his efforts on the Scottish Borders in search of larger-than-average specimens while hoping his patched-up waders survive one last winter. JON BEER Jon has a trip planned following the trail of a 16th century geographer, which will lead him grayling fishing on the River Lugg, an article to feature…

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wish you were here?

RIVER WHITEADDER, ABOVE ALLANTON BRIDGE Brooding conditions for an early-season cast on the Berwick and District Angling Association water above Allanton Bridge... The BDAA controls several miles of the Whiteadder, which starts just above Allanton Bridge, near Chirnside, and extends downstream to Canty’s Bridge, below which the Whiteadder meets the Tweed near Berwick-upon-Tweed. As well as salmon, the river has prime brown-trout fishing with streamy runs perfect for the dry-fly and deep holes holding big fish. The river is largely secluded, bordered by woodland and farmland and in places it runs through a steep gorge. The club encourage wild fish - there’s no stocking. All beats are fly only with dry-fly the favourite choice for early season, while nymphs are useful in the deeper runs. Trout average less than 1lb but fish up to 5lb…

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yours, sir, for £21,000

If a vintage-tackle collector hears the name Hardy, they’re interested. If that item has provenance, their ears flap and wallets open. The star lot in Angling Auctions’ autumn sale was an 1892 4¼in brass Hardy Perfect salmon fly-reel – rare enough – but its previous owner was the co-founder of the Alnwick tackle company, William Hardy. No wonder, then, that the price soared far above the saleroom estimate of £7,000-£10,000, selling for a magnificent £21,000. Other big sales, among 650 lots, included salmon flies tied by legendary Scottish dresser Megan Boyd, Victorian author Sir Herbert Maxwell’s personal fly-dressing wallet, handbuilt rods by tackle innovator Richard Walker and, for big-game aficionados, British tunny record-holder Lorenzo Mitchell Henry’s personal reel and accessories. A total sale that topped £315,000 (angling-auctions.co.uk).…

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5 minute interview

Where did you start fishing? I went coarse fishing with friends from school, but nothing serious until I started sea fishing with my friend Kenny Dyson. Kenny also introduced me to fly-fishing and I’ve not looked back. I still go sea fishing and have a small boat moored at Royal Quays in Newcastle. Your first salmon? Neil Fletcher, with whom I played at Leicester Tigers, invited me to the Tweed at Lower North Wark. The river was high and coloured but I was lucky enough to catch a salmon on the spinner. A few months later I had my first on the fly, a 15-pounder from the North Tyne. What's your most memorable day’s fishing? Another trip with Neil to Upper Hendersyde. I’d driven up that morning and didn’t arrive until 9.30am. The gillie said…

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trout champions

Bernard Venables Award: given to those who have given a lifetime of voluntary service to wild trout conservation. Phil Bailey Yorkshire-based Phil is an event organiser, Riverfly monitor, tree and weed planter, woody debris installer and invasive species annihilator. The judges said: “His continued energy, enthusiasm, commitment and sheer hard work to benefit wild trout and grayling populations know no bounds, in what is now his eighth decade.” Contribution to Wild Trout Conservation Award The River Lark Catchment Partnership for the Bell Meadow Project, Suffolk. “The Partnership have done a superb job to ensure wild trout, and the food webs that support them, thrive.” Medium-Scale Habitat Enhancement Scheme The Bristol Avon Rivers Trust for the Wellow and Cam Initiative, Somerset. “After a major pollution incident, the Trust has combined technical monitoring with citizen science to…

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