Fishing News Roundup 21

A very good morning to you. Well, it’s Sunday once again and time for this week’s Fishing News Roundup. Just before we dive in, can I remind you that we still have a few of the greetings card packs in stock, so if you’re wondering about which cards to send your fisher friend these would be a great choice.

Here are the details in case you missed them this past couple of weeks. These are special packs of four luxury fishing fly cards (A5 – approx 8″x6″), blank inside so you can add your own message, at £12 per pack (inc shipping). That’s a saving of £6 per pack against normal prices. So don’t delay, click here to go straight to the order page and get yours before they’re gone:) We’ll be rolling out more designs in early 2022. Order your greetings card pack now!

And now, on with the news.

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Here’s this week’s roundup.

Bob Mortimer confirms return of Gone Christmas Fishing – here’s where it’ll be filmed

Teesside Live

Gone Christmas Fishing, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse – Story: Joanne Welford

Teesside favourite Bob Mortimer will return to our telly screens this Christmas for another festive installment of the surprise hit Gone Fishing. The comedian will once again team up with pal Paul Whitehouse for a seasonal episode of the show which has seen them tour the country’s rivers, lakes, and beauty spots to indulge their love of fishing, chat and humour. Read more…

Rusty Angler Offers Insider Tips for Successful Fall Trout Fishing

Digital Journal

As Americans prepare to gather for the holidays, avid anglers give thanks for the ideal conditions that make late fall the perfect time for trout fishing. Because trout need more oxygen than other types of fish, the colder and oxygen-rich fall waters create conditions that are ideal for active and hungry trout. “Fall fly fishing on a late afternoon is one of the most enjoyable times to fish,” said Russell Conner, owner of Rusty Angler, a website that offers fishing tips and techniques. “The waters are not so crowded, and fly fishing for trout is at its peak.” Read more….

Monkeys go fishing to survive harsh Japanese winters

University of Birmingham

Snow monkey (Japanese macaque Macaca fuscata) – Photo by Prof. Alexander Milner

Snow monkeys living in one of the world’s coldest regions survive by ‘going fishing’ – scooping live animals, including brown trout, out of Japanese rivers and eating them to stay alive, a new study reveals. The snow monkey (Japanese macaque Macaca fuscata) is native to the main islands of Japan, except Hokkaido. The most northerly living non-human primate find that snow cover limits the availability of their preferred foods in the Kamikochi area of Chubu Sangaku National Park of the Japanese Alps. Read more…

John Bailey: Exploring angling’s explosive eras

Eastern Daily Press

Andrew J Davis watches great pal Richard Masters test out a rod of his – Credit: John Bailey

I’ve always been riveted by the way the development of angling has not followed an even, steady path but rather been catapulted forward by periods of intense activity. These eruptions of piscatorial knowledge take place when groups of talented anglers come together and combine their talents to propel the sport into whole new realms of understanding. Read more…

Fishing the Tees: Some mysteries are better left unsolved

Teesdale Mercury

SALMON LIMIT: There were reports of salmon being caught as far up the River Tees as High Force – Story: Andrew Wilkinson

AFTER a difficult brown trout season on the Tees, salmon numbers provided a boost for anglers. While the river does not produce the number of salmon and sea trout that it should, there were reports in September and October of fish being caught as far upstream as High Force. That’s the limit of where fish can travel. From early summer, occasional salmon were caught in the lower Tees, as well as the middle reaches around Piercebridge and Gainford, while later in the year reports came in of fish above Middleton. On a personal level, I fished the Tees for salmon on only a couple of occasions, with no joy, though I did catch salmon and sea trout on the Wear. Read more…

Chris Boughton’s angling column: polarisation of specimen carp anglers and match anglers made for a testing time as chairman of Bury St Edmunds Angling Association

Suffolk News

Dennis Vaughan and Nick Bonney (foreground) were among those taking part in platform building at West Stow in May 1991 Picture: Chris Boughton

Our local fisheries are quiet as they usually are in late November and early December as the water temperature drops and anglers’ catch expectations have to be adjusted. The Bury St Edmunds Angling Association fishery at Badwell Ash is still providing reasonable catches for pleasure anglers and the day ticket water at Rattlesden (Kettles) is still fishing well for pleasure anglers, family groups and small club matches. Read more…

UK-Norway trade deal active at last

Fish Farmer

The long-awaited free trade deal between the UK and Norway finally became “live” yesterday, opening the way for Oslo to increase salmon and other seafood exports to the British market. – Story: Vince McDonagh

It is almost six months since the two countries hammered out the basis for a post-Brexit agreement, but it is only now being implemented. Norway’s Trade and Industry Minister Jan Christian Vestre said: “This is good and long awaited news for our companies and our workers. The conditions are now in place for business with one of our most important trading partners.” Read more…

The Letters of Reverend E C Alston – Part 4 – January 14th 1972

Fish and Fly

Story: John Bailey

It seems that we are back to the formality of “Mr Buller” once more, and the handwriting is even more spidery than usual. That does not detract from the contents of the letter which relate to the iconic Endrick pike head of Loch Lomond. For the background to this letter, we have to go back to the events of 1967 on the Loch, as written up in Buller’s book Pike, pages 208/213 and pages 65/69. That was the year that Buller, Richard Walker, Ken Taylor and Pete Thomas mounted their first (I think) pike expedition to Loch Lomond, inspired by the capture of a 47.11 lb pike there in 1945. There are two well-known episodes of note during the trip. Read more…

The Boyd Report

ORCHILL LOCH – (Braco) It has been a quiet week with the truly awful weather and as usual Orchill  gets more wind than most. On Friday, Robert Eddie from Grangemouth, fishing in the freezing cold,  had 7 fish C&R for approximately 25lbs on various lures, Davie Duncan (Slamannan) another hardy fisher had 3 fish for 10lbs 8oz on  a Black Dancer, Dougie Allan (Callander) 2 fish for 6lbs on a Yellow Dancer, Donald Blyth (Doune) 2 fish 7lbs on a  Gold Head Cat and Dougie McLeish from Buchany had a brace weighing 6lbs on a Pink Egg. A Hopkinson from Perth took 3 fish for 9lbs Wickham’s Fancy Dry, Ebon Davidson (Perth) 2 fish 6lbs on a Humungus and Jim Doig from Perth had1 fish for 2lbs 12oz on a Black Lure.

SWANSWATER – (Stirling)   It was a cold week with the first frosts and the first big storm of the winter.  The water temperature dropped from 8oC on Sunday to 4oC on Saturday and looked set to drop even further over the next couple of nights.  Water clarity remains excellent.   As the week went on and the water got colder, the fish were to be found nearer the bottom of the ponds than the top, except for a spell on Friday, when one angler was having success on the Meadow Pond with a dry fly!  Many anglers were reporting having several knocks and bumps but were not able to actually hook into the fish.   Nearly all were taken on lures, including Dancer, Ally McCoist, Egg, Dawson’s Olive, and Woolly Bugger, or Buzzers, with a few nymphs such as Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear and PTN also attracting fish.   On the bait pond, which was very quiet this week, white power bait was the most successful bait.  The Fishery is open from 8.00am to 4.00pm every day except Thursday when we close at 2.30pm.

Amongst those catching fish on the fly ponds this week were Robert Watt 5 for 14lb 8oz, plus 2 C&R, Barry Hamilton and grandson, Kyle,  shared 4 for 13lb, plus 1 C&R, Willie Nyguist 4 for 11lb 8oz including a Gold and 4 for 11lb 4oz, David McMahon 3 for 8lb including a Gold, Robert Smith 2 for 6lb plus a Brown returned and Donald McMurchy 2 for 5lb 12oz. Nan Morrison 2 for 5lb 2oz including a Gold, Jordan Morrison caught and released 6 including 2 Browns, Ian Whitfield caught and released 5 including a big Brown, Frank Barr caught and released 4, Ryan Laird caught and released 4 and Calen McLachlan caught and released 3 including a Gold estimated at 7lb.

On the bait pond there were a few single fish landed but those doing best included Jamie Halkett 3 for 6lb 12oz including a Gold, Maceij Stefaniak 2 for 5lb 4oz, Graeme McCurdie 2 for 4lb 8oz including a Gold and Blair Baxter 3lb 8oz Rainbow.

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