Fishing News Roundup 26

Hello and welcome to another issue of Fishing News Roundup. A quick piece of news from us this week. We’ve decided to open a store with Folksy and have been busy setting up the first batch of products which are now available to buy at The initial product range is our greetings cards. We’ll be adding the vintage posters soon and then the plan is to introduce a series of new designs over the new couple of months. Take a minute to check it out and let us know what you think.

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Here’s this week’s roundup.

The double haul

Hatch Magazine

Pic and Story: John Juracek

I spend a lot of time teaching fly casting, and the double haul frequently arises among students as a topic of discussion and questions. Many of the questions are ones that arise time and again. So, for anglers that might be wondering about the double haul and whether it’s worth incorporating into their fishing, here are some answers. WHAT IS THE DOUBLE HAUL? Read more…

New year, cooler weather, switch tactics for fishing success

The Islander

Tony Niewijk of Anna Maria shows off one of numerous redfish caught Dec. 20 during a morning fishing trip with Capt. Warren Girle. Niewijk used shrimp for bait while working the inshore waters of Sarasota Bay – Story: Capt. Danny Stasny

Those lucky enough to fish around Anna Maria Island over the Christmas holiday can attest that the water temps and warm weather more resembled the springtime bite than winter fishing. And winter officially began Dec. 21. Many anglers using live shiners as bait were catching respectable numbers of snook, redfish and trout. And those using live shrimp as bait enjoyed a variety of inshore species, including pompano, permit, sheepshead and black drum. Read more…

Heathland Garden Village at Lenham will ‘put fishing at risk’ on the Stour

Kent Online

The Stour has stocks of Brown Trout – Story: Alan Smith

The future of fishing in Kent is being put at risk by a proposed garden village in Maidstone. That is the view of Fish Legal, a law firm representing the interests of anglers. The future of fishing in Kent is being put at risk by a proposed garden village in Maidstone. That is the view of Fish Legal, a law firm representing the interests of anglers. Read more…

How to Get Into Fishing

The Leader

Story: Bill Oates

Fishing is one of the oldest hobbies in the world, and we have been doing it for much of recorded human history. This is not unlike some other activities that have also existed for centuries, such as gambling. Playing games for money has evolved through the ages and can now even be done online, you can click here for some more sites that are enjoyed by many players. However, fishing is unrivaled in that it allows one to get closer to nature and appreciate the area around them. Read more…

The Crown actor Jim Murray and Dr Who’s Sarah Parish to open River Deveron salmon season

The Press and Journal

Jim Murray and Sarah Parish – Pic: Deveron – Story: Ellie Milne

The Crown actor Jim Murray and Dr Who’s Sarah Parish will officially open the River Deveron salmon season next month. The River Deveron District Salmon Fishery Board and the Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Charitable Trust have announced an opening ceremony will take place on February 11 at the Turriff Angling Association lodge. And special guests husband and wife Mr Murray and Ms Parish will officially open the season with a dram. Read more…

The Letters of Reverend E C Alston – Part 5 – January, February and October 1972

Fish and Fly

Story: John Bailey

I do not want to spin these out, and the following three letters are not perhaps of the utmost importance. However, there are points of interest that I will try to highlight – if my deciphering skills are up to it – and there are some issues now and later where help and further information might be forthcoming from the readership I hope. Talking of which, thank you for some nice comments on these letters. They will not change angling today, but they do take us back to a calmer age and perhaps reintroduce us to the giants of the recent past. Read more…

Bakkafrost reports Scottish harvest for Q4 down by almost half

Fish Farmer

As expected, output from Bakkafrost’s Scottish operation was well down during the final three months of 2021 – Story: Vince McDonagh

The Faroese fish farmer published its fourth-quarter trading update today which shows a Scottish harvest of 5,100 tonnes, against 9,300 tonnes for the same period in 2020. The company warned a few weeks ago that serious gill health-related problems at its Scottish operation are continuing to generate increased mortality and financial losses into the final quarter of the year. The Faroese salmon farmer also issued a profits warning stating that what it described as “extraordinary mortality” has led to a loss of 174.6m Danish kroner (DKK) – or £20m – during October and November, although the situation is now believed to be improving. Read more…


Dublin People

Story: Gary Ibbotson

Inland Fisheries Ireland is encouraging angling clubs in Dublin to apply for funding under its 2022 Sponsorship Programme. Angling clubs, groups and associations in Dublin and all over Ireland are being invited to apply for sponsorship funding before the January 21st deadline and in 2022, the €30,000 fund will have a particular focus on initiatives aimed at beginners and young anglers, as well as events that promote sustainable angling tourism. Read more…

The Boyd Report

SWANSWATER – (Stirling)The final two weeks of 2021 produced some excellent fishing in weather that was, at times, unseasonably mild.  The week before Christmas was cold, overcast and drizzly and not many anglers were out.  From Boxing Day onwards the weather warmed up but also got very wet and windy some days.  The fish were spread out all around the main pond and were to be found at various depths depending on weather conditions.   The water temperature went from 5.5oC down to 4oC and then back up to 7oC.   The usual variety of flies were catching with favourite patterns including Cat’s Whisker, Ally McCoist, Blob, Dancer, Eggs, Cormorant, Damsel, Diawl Bach and Buzzer, with one or two fish also taken on dries when things warmed up a bit.  Power bait was taking most of the fish on the bait pond.

The “Day After” Charity Competition was held on Monday 27th December.   The conditions were excellent and the 19 participants had a good day.   113 fish were caught and released, with almost as many being hooked and lost.  The fish were well spread out around the pond and were caught from every one of the 24 platforms in use.   At the end of the day, the competition was very close and the final result came down to the fact that the winner caught at least one fish on seven out of his eight pegs.  Daniel Shelton finished first with 11 fish for 18 points, first fish landed within 5 minutes of the start, with Malcolm Miller second with 14 fish for 18 points.  Stevie Plank, with 12 fish for 17 points, was third.  A raffle was also held and a total of £600 was raised for Strathcarron Hospice.   Many thanks to all who took part and to those who donated prizes.

The Fishery is open from 8.00am to 4.00pm every day this week apart from Thursday when we close at 2.30pm.   We will then be taking a short break and the Fishery will be closed from Monday 10th January until the beginning of February. Happy New Year and Tight Lines for 2022.

Some of the best bags over the last two weeks included Brett Glencross 2 for 8lb 4oz including 6lb 4oz Rainbow and a Gold, Robert Smith 4 for 11lb 8oz including a Gold, plus 4 C&R, Donald McMurchy 4 for 10lb 12oz including a Gold, plus 3 C&R, Richard Newton 3 for 10lb 14oz including 4lb 10oz Rainbow, Willie Nyguist 3 for 8lb 12oz and Callum McMillan, in two visits, 6 for 17lb, plus 3 C&R. Stuart Cairns 3 for 7lb 8oz including a Gold, David Hamilton 3 for 7lb 8oz, Calen McLachlan 3 for 6lb including 2 Golds from the Meadow Pond, plus 4 C&R, Craig Faller 2 for 6lb 8oz from the Millpond, Eddie McKillop jnr 2 for 6lb 4oz and Logan Gibson caught and released 11. Charles Devine caught and released 10, Robert McColl caught and released 10, Graham Clark caught and released 8, Jordan Baxter caught and released 7, Aaron Kirkwood caught and released 6, Stevie Harper caught and released 5 and Michael White caught and released 5. Chris Bremen caught and released 5, Jamie McGowan caught and released 4, James McGuire caught and released 4, Graham McLuckie caught and released 4, Kimin Smith caught and released 4 and Steven McLuckie caught and released 4.

On the bait pond, where power bait was taking most of the fish those doing well included Graeme McCurdie 2 for 9lb 8oz including 7lb 8oz Gold, Scott Paterson 2 for 4lb 8oz, Jamie Cassells 4 for 15lb including 6lb 12oz Rainbow, John McFadyen 4 for 9lb and Stuart Malcolm 4 for 8lb.

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