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 / Hunting & Fishing
Trout & Salmon

Trout & Salmon

February 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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13 Issues


4 min.
the right to be heard

TAY GILLIE ROBERT WHITE HAS launched a parliamentary petition on behalf of The Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association’s (SGA) Fishing Group, demanding an all-inclusive consultation on the future of stocking on Scotland’s salmon rivers. “The SGA Fishing Group is not necessarily pro-stocking,” says Robert. “There are a mix of views on the subject. But we believe the proper process is a full consultation.” There is a feeling among anglers that Marine Scotland’s view (they don’t favour stocking) will become government policy through the back door, with officials discussing their position at river board meetings but without formally consulting gillies, riparian owners, hatchery investors and employees. With salmon runs worryingly fragile, angling participation — and optimism — is at its lowest level since UDN and many fishermen feel ignored. Taking hatcheries — as a tool…

1 min.
trout & salmon

EDITORIAL Editor Andrew Flitcroft Managing editor Richard Baker Staff writer Rob Hardy Editorial assistant Samantha Toombs Art editor Philippa Swanborough Art director Hakan Simsek Fishing Reports editor Milton Lindsay Photographer Jacques Portal ADVERTISING Commercial director Donna Harris 01733 395 028 Commercial manager Jonathan Taylor 01733 395 036 Telesales executive Lucy Curtis 01733 366 384 Telesales executive Ellie Moore 01733 366 472 MARKETING Marketing manager Susan Rogers Direct marketing manager Julie Spires Head of newstrade marketing Leon Benoiton Newstrade marketing manager Karen Caruso PRODUCTION Advertising production Danica Pembroke 01733 468 878 Print production Andrew Stafford Printed by William Gibbons & Sons Ltd Distributed by Frontline H. BAUER PUBLISHING Editor-in-chief Steve Fitzpatrick Managing director Oswin Grady Editorial director June Smith-Sheppard Digital director Charlie Calton-Watson Magazine finance director Lisa Hayden Group finance director Sarah Vickery Chief executive officer Rob Munro-Hall…

9 min.
wish you were here?

RED SCAR WOOD POOL, ELSTON BEAT, RIVER RIBBLE Perfect summer water at Red Scar, one of the best salmon casts on the Elston beat. The stretch is controlled jointly by Wigan District AA and St Helens AA, who provide 3½ miles of single-bank fishing to season-ticket holders. The pool is best fished in spring and summer with a floating or intermediate line, using flies from 1in tubes up to size 12 doubles, depending on water conditions. The Tun Brook, meeting the Ribble in the top right of the picture, has created a sandbar over the years. Running fish can be seen leaping it as they enter the pool a few hours after high tide, which really gets the pulse racing. Information and tickets Season Salmon: February 1-October 31. Seasons tickets £37 a year. Available…

1 min.
dates for your diary

JANuAry 23 Orvis saltwater fly-fishing talk with Neville Broad Orvis Regent Street (6pm) FEBruAry 8-9 British Fly Fair International 2020 Staffordshire County Showground bffi.co.uk MArCH 6-8 Glasgow Angling Centre Spring Open Weekend The Point Retail Park, Saracen Street fishingmegastore.com MArCH 20-29 Wild Trout Trust Spring Auction To offer a “lot”, contact Bruno Vincent: bvincent@wildtrout.org wildtrout.org MAy 16-17 Sportfish Show Sportfish Game Fishing Centre, Reading sportfish.co.uk SALMON SEASONS, rIvEr By rIvEr Scotland fms.scot/fishing-seasons/ England and Wales gov.uk (search: national rod fishing byelaws) Ireland fishinginireland.info (view salmon angling regulations tab)…

1 min.
number of the month 11,000

That’s how many common alder trees will be planted by the (Aberdeenshire) Dee District Salmon Fishery Board on tributaries of the upper river this winter. Funded by Cairngorm National Park Authority, the trees will create bankside shade, reducing the risk of high water temperatures caused by climate change and providing a better habitat for juvenile fish. The board also says the alders will increase nutrients (leaf litter and invertebrates) in the river, stabilise banks to reduce erosion and therefore improve water quality, connect habitats and assist flood management.…

1 min.
care for your catch

Releasing a salmon quickly and preserving the memory with a photograph can be tricky. Follow these guidelines to make sure your fish has the best chance of survival. Before fishing a pool, identify where you can land the fish safely. Somewhere without sharp rocks or grit, which can harm the fish’s protective mucous and scales. Play and land fish quickly to avoid exhausting them. Using a net is preferable and keep the fish in the water at all times. Do not drag it up the bank. Use a net with fish-friendly knotless small mesh. Never lift the fish by its tail or gills. Ensure your hands are wet. Use long-nosed forceps to remove the hook quickly and minimise contact with the fish. If a fish is deeply hooked, near its…