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Trout & Salmon April 2020

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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2 min.
editor’s letter

I’M NOT USUALLY SPARING WHEN I POUR from a bottle of whisky but when Stuart Martin stood next to me on the Penny Brig and emptied an entire bottle of 12-year-old Aberlour into the River Spey, I felt a pang of regret, even though I knew it was the right thing to do. It was 9am on February 11 and we were taking part in the traditional blessing of the Spey’s opening day. Stuart was performing his duty because he’d caught a 24lb opening-day springer at Arndilly last year. I’d been invited to address an assembly of anglers who, in truth, were champing at the bit to go fishing up and down that glorious valley. It was an honour for me, made more fitting by the biting wind, flurries of snow…

4 min.
first cast

PLANTING THE FUTURE More than 60 miles of woodland are to be planted beside the rivers Ribble (above), Lune and Wyre in Lancashire. The half a million trees will form wildlife corridors and create a better habitat for trout and salmon. Lancashire is one of the least wooded areas in the UK and the Woodland Connect project also aims to fight climate change by removing 100,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. Planting riverside trees helps trout and salmon by slowing water drainage, preventing the flooding that damages redds. It also reduces soil erosion and river sedimentation, which prevent fish from forming redds — and it cools water to create a survivable habitat for fish fry and their food. The ten-year £5 million project will be funded by public and private…

6 min.
gallery

UP FROM THE DEPTHS Mark Newton landed this superb 6lb 12oz beauty in the last few hours of last season, January 31, on Rutland Water. He was fishing with fellow Rutland regular Peter de Kremer at Fantasy Island in the main basin when the fish took a Popper Minkie. “It hit the fly hard, from depth,” said Mark, who had two more offers that failed to connect. The fish was quickly returned because Rutland brownies are out of season after the end of October. Peter also tempted fish, 6¼lb and 5lb, on the Popper, which ignored the Hare’s Ears on his droppers. “They obviously wanted something significant to draw them up from the depths,” he said. The UK’s leading stocked brown trout fishery opens for the new season on March 13.…

6 min.
trout above the rock-fall

I’VE LONG BEEN INTRIGUED BY THE small woodlands scattered high on moorland in Devon and Cornwall. These gatherings of wizened trees seem a shadow of their lowland counterparts; as if a lack of nutrients and hostile conditions have stripped something fundamental from what is required for a wood to be a wood. The ground perpetuates this impression, thrusting large boulders and bedrock up between the trees; a reminder from the inorganic that the organic in this environment is merely a smear across the surface of an impossibly large mass of granite or basalt. Rivers cut a path through these outliers; an inorganic intrusion through the underlying rock mass of the moor. Within the rivers live the species that we anglers hold dear. I’ve spent many happy days fishing the likes of…

1 min.
factfile

BOOK THE BEAT Toby fished the South Penquite beat on the De Lank, part of the Westcountry Rivers Trust fishing passport scheme. The beat can be booked using the Trust’s new app — Fish Pass. It provides information about all the beats, enables anglers to buy tokens for fishing and book beats. Download it through the app store on your phone. The passport scheme is also online at westcountryangling.com or call 01579 372 140. WHERE AND WHEN The South Penquite beat (No.40 in the Fish Pass scheme) is 1,400m of left-bank fishing; catch-and-release only. Season: May 1-September 30. GEAR AND FLIES The river requires technical, small-stream fishing skills. The water is gin clear, so approach softly and make careful casts. A short rod, 7ft-8½ft, 1wt-3wt, is ideal with a decent leader tapering to a 3lb-4lb…

3 min.
a life on the river

IT’S ALWAYS A DELIGHT TO SEE THE first snowdrops breaking through frosty blades of grass. After a few days of fishing in the wind, rain and chill, I welcome those first flowers on the riverbank. A sign that spring is starting to bloom. Fishing through winter can be rewarding if you persevere, and often that reward is a beautiful grayling, once an underrated fish and now regarded as a prized catch. One of my most memorable days was with Beni Albertini, a guide at the Northern Fishing School on the Swinton Estate. We had an exciting time in one of our favourite spots on the River Burn where the grayling were sipping minuscule midges off the top. Lady Luck and persistence provided me with one memorable, shimmering fish to a size…