Fishing News Roundup 7

Hello and welcome to another edition of Fishing News Roundup. In contrast to last week’s rather sparse offering, this week is awash with fishing news. Before we start can I just add a quick reminder that our “Fish the Tweed” prize draw entry closes at midnight on 31st August (next Tuesday), if you’re already in the hat we wish you the best of luck for the draw on Wednesday. We’ll email everyone with the result and flag it up on the website, Facebook and Instagram. If you know anyone who might be interested in taking part please send them to the prize draw registration page HERE.

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Here’s this week’s roundup.

Mental health group puts focus on angling

Angling Times

A NEW group has been created with the objective of making fishing as accessible as possible to those effected by mental health illnesses. Angling in Mind UK (AIM) is the brainchild of care home worker Wayne Bridger (45) and his girlfriend Jess, a mental health nurse. Created this summer, their plan is to host matches for anglers with mental health issues where they can fish away from the pressures and worries of open and club contests. Read more…

Choking weed kills up to 70 fish at popular Teesside angling spot

Teesside Gazette

Enthusiasts have mucked in to clear a choking weed which has killed up 70 fish at a popular angling spot. Carp at Stillington Pond have died off in high numbers in recent weeks due to a duckweed bloom covering the stretch. Fishermen have worked to try and clear the stretch west of Stockton in recent days in a bid to salvage what’s left of its stock. Read more…

Passion for Barbel… On the Fly (Part 1)

Fish & Fly

On one of the forums recently interest was raised about the practice of catching barbel on the fly, and its feasibility. Well, as many of us know, barbel are a very genuine target for the fly angler and have been for years, especially in Europe, where I first had my own eyes opened. It was a trip to the Czech Republic in 1996 that did it for me! Read more…

Passion for Barbel… On the Fly (Part 2)

Fish & Fly

I had promised more news on my adventure for more barbel on fly, picking up on my trials back in the Nineties, but it’s been a week of conflicting commitments and I’m no further forward. Not quite right! I did receive a selection of Czech barbel flies from my old and valued friend Franta, my guide a quarter of a century ago who first gave me the taste for this quest. Read more…

Red Skin Disease salmon warning issued in Devon and Cornwall

Plymouth Herald

Anglers are urged to be vigilant this summer following reports of salmon with possible RSD in Devon and Cornwall. The Environment Agency has issued a warning to anglers urging them to be vigilant following reports of salmon with Red Skin Disease (RSD). The organisation is asking anglers to report sightings of salmon exhibiting symptoms of RSD, after fish have been seen with signs of the condition in the River Tamar and in some rivers in other parts of England and Wales. Read more…

Zen and the art of fly-fishing in Sweden – a photo essay

The Guardian

Following two anglers into an area of deep forests and swift rivers brings a new appreciation of the mindful appeal of fly-fishing. I first learned about fly-fishing in a story by Truman Capote called Handcarved Coffins. In America’s midwest, Capote’s help is solicited by a small-town sheriff stumped by a string of diabolically ingenious murders in his remote farming community. Read more…

Everything You Need to Know About Fly Fishing in Small Streams

Field & Stream

In the heat of late summer, it’s hard to beat a small stream full of brook trout. If there’s a better way to enjoy fly fishing at its most wondrous than on a small stream, I’ve yet to experience it. There’s something about a thin blue line hidden deep in the woods that invites you to touch fly fishing’s very soul. I consider my beloved small streams to be not so much fishing spots as cathedrals. The water is cold and clean, the air unspoiled, and the resident char wild. Read more…

A grand country house with its own salmon fishing stretch at the price of a London terrace house

Country Life

Set in 10 acres of gorgeous grounds including one-third of a mile of River Nairn, Cantray House is a magnificent neo-Palladian house with six bedrooms. There’s good sea trout and salmon to be had on the one-third of a mile stretch of River Nairn within Cantray House’s almost 10 acres of land. Read more…

Bosworth MP helps raise awareness of illegal fishing & rural crime

In Your Area

The MP for Bosworth has visited Gopsall Fly Fishing Club along with local police to raise awareness of illegal fishing and other types of rural crimes, after he was made aware of an increase in the level of illegal activity there. The Club are based on the River Sence, near Shackerstone, and Dr Luke Evans MP was pleased to be able to visit some of the members on the August 16, along with PC Charles Allen from Leicestershire & Rutland Rural Policing Team. Read more…

Kirkcaldy fishery reported to be closing after decision to lower lake

Fife Today

Raith Lake Fly Fishing in Kirkcaldy is reported to be closing at the end of September after the decision came to lower the lake by half a metre, leaving it unviable to use as a fishery. Bosses took to their Facebook page to report the news to their customers and followers yesterday evening that they have decided to close the fishery. Read more…

Linlithgow Loch hope to reopen after ‘worst algae problem in living memory’ while Raith Lake forced into shock closure

Edinburgh News

Bosses at Linlithgow Loch are keeping their fingers crossed that the green algae problem which has forced the closure of the fishery for four weeks will recede enough to start fishing again on Monday. An inspection will be held over the weekend but it is understood to be the longest summer closure of the popular fishery in living memory. Read more…

Tributes paid to Fermanagh musician Barney Lawn after Lough Erne tragedy

The Irish News

A MAN who lost his life in Lough Erne on Friday has been named locally as Barney Lawn. A well-known musician, trade unionist and fisherman in Co Fermanagh, Mr Lawn fell from a jetty at Carrickreagh near Enniskillen in the early hours of Friday. Read more…

Councillor floats idea of devolving some fisheries control to Shetland

Shetland News

Pic. Ivan Reid

A LOCAL councillor believes it is worth exploring the idea of Shetland gaining control of its fisheries out to the 12-mile limit. Duncan Anderson, who represents the North Isles, pointed to the Scottish Islands Act which gives scope for local authorities to request more powers or functions. The Scottish Government has the responsibility for managing inshore fishing out to the 12-mile limit. Read more…

Tweed Forum charity given sizeable donation

Peeblesshire News

A BORDERS environmental charity has received a £4,572 donation to help protect the Atlantic salmon habitat on the River Tweed. Tweed Forum was given the cash from online booking agent FishPal. Anglers can choose to donate to charities when using the service. The donation will be spent on planting trees in key riverside locations, to help provide vital shade for the salmon population. Read more…

Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing returns and heads to North Uist

The Scotsman

As Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing returns to BBC Two, Danielle de Wolfe learns more about the therapeutic nature of angling from the comic duo. When comedians Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse pick up their rods and descend on the British countryside to film their acclaimed angling show Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, the concept of solitude well and truly goes out of the window. Read more…

Observations and determinations about fly selection

The River Reporter

A Rusty Spinner, Pale Evening Spinner, and Pheasant Tail, Parachute Nymph—patterns that work when others do not. RR photo by Tony Bonavist

As most of you know, if you have followed this column since its inception, I’ve a been a big fan of the Rusty Spinner dry fly. In fact, I wrote a column about the fly for the June 15 edition of the River Reporter. For years, as evening approached and spinner falls began, I immediately attached a Rusty Spinner to my tippet. It was my go-to pattern for late evening fishing, and I had excellent results as I used it over the years. I became so confident in the Rusty Spinner that once I found a steadily feeding trout, I would rise it. The fly seldom let me down. Read more…

The Boyd Report

ORCHILL LOCH – (Braco) The heat we had this week changed things a bit so the early autumn mornings were best for catching fish before the sun got too hot.  Del Preston from Alloa kept  2 fish for 7lbs and 9 c/r on  Buzzers, John Speedie (Cumbernauld0 2 fish for 8 lbs and 6 c/r on a Black Dancer,  William Brandon (Dunblane) 2 fish for 6lbs 4oz on  Buzzers,  Billy & Roy Skinner (Stirling) shared  4 fish for 11lbs on a Black & Green Cat and Tom Hislop from used a Hot Head Damsel to take a brace weighing 8lbs 4oz. Mark Brownrigg from Callander had 2 fish for 6lbs on an Ally McCoist, D Gourlay (Greenloaning) had 1 fish for 4lbs on an Ally McCoist, John Score (Alloa) 3 fish for 8lbs 8oz on an Okey Dokey and Brian Zabereski from Fallin kept  3 fish on a c/r ticket. 

SWANSWATER – (Stirling) It was a warm week at Swanswater, with the sun coming out in the late mornings most days and the afternoons being particularly hot and muggy.  What little breeze there was came from the east but didn’t cool things down much.   The water temperature rose by 1.5oC and water clarity remains good.   In the mornings the fish were to be seen moving on or just below the surface, but they went deeper when the sun broke through and were mostly to be found around 4 to 5 feet down.   The area from the dam to the big tree was the most productive, with the boats also doing well.   As the autumn approaches, the Brown trout seem to have wakened up a little, and several featured in the catch returns, most of which were returned to fight another day.   Best tactic this week was a slow retrieve with favourite fly patterns being a few lures such as Ally McCoist and Woolly Bugger, nymphs including Cormorant, Buzzer, Damsel and Bloodworm, some wet flies – Kate McLaren and Bibio, and, particularly on the Meadow Pond, dries including Sedges, Yellow Owl  and Daddy Long Legs.  On the bait pond, maggots, mouse tails and green or yellow power bait were the most successful.The Fishery is open from 8.00am to 8.30pm every day except Thursdays when we close at 2.30pm.

Amongst the best bags on the fly ponds this week were Stuart Nicholson 5 for 16lb 12oz including 5lb Rainbow and 3lb 4oz Brown, plus 1 C&R, Willie Nyguist 5 for 14lb, Danny Doherty  5 for 13lb 8oz, Donald McMurchy 5 for 12lb 6oz, Barry Hamilton 4 for 10lb 8oz, plus 1 C&R and Callum McMillan 3 for 8lb 8oz, plus 1 C&R, Tam McHugh 3 for 8lb, Barry Lee 3 for 7lb 8oz, George Johnston 3 Golds for 5lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond, Chris Allan 2 for 5lb 12oz, Frank Barr caught and released 12 and Paul Ryder caught and released 9 including 2 Browns. Davy Quinn caught and released 8 including a Brown, William Hastings caught and released 7 including a Brown, Steven Fraser caught and released 7, Shaun Wilson caught and released 6 and Alasdair Russell caught and released 5. Ian Whitfield caught and released 4, Jordan Morrison caught and released 4, John Cargill caught and released 4 and Hugh Barry caught and released a rainbow estimated at 9lb.

Those doing well on the bait pond included Logan Dick  7lb Gold, Stuart Wallace, in two visits, 10 for 18lb 12oz including a Gold, Calen McLachlan 3 for 9lb 4oz including 4lb 12oz Rainbow, and 2 for 4lb, William Kirkwood 2 for 4lb, Ivan Lisle 2 for 4lb, Lyle Johnstone 2 for 4lb anecdoteJamie McLaughlin 2 for 5lb 8oz. PJ Morgan3 for 6lb 12oz, Alan Duncan 3 for 5lb 8oz including a Gold, Andrew Dick 2 for 3lb 12oz and young Cameron Reynolds caught his first ever fish, a 2lb Rainbow.

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