Fishing News Roundup 9

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Perfect fishing conditions at Llyn Brenig

Denbighshire Free Press

SOME days are perfect for fishing, a gentle breeze, a cloud covered sky and a warmth in the air. These conditions aren’t always present at Llyn Brenig but last week provided some ideal circumstances. Mr. Paul Lloyd and his boat partner Mark managed to have a great day’s fishing on Sunday, using an intermediate line and coming off the lake with a haul of 17 fish. Read more…

Angling boom set to have positive effect on business


The recent boom in angling could have a positive knock-on effect on the accommodation and hospitality sector in Gloucestershire. Despite Covid-related disruption, fishing equipment retailer Angling Direct last month posted its latest trading results, revealing strong sales growth. Read more…

‘Sobering reading’: River Spey catchment no longer able to store enough water, says report

Ends Report

A new report has warned that the catchment of a river in the north-east of Scotland that is internationally renowned for its salmon fishing is storing far less water than naturally expected due to over-abstraction and artificial diversion. The report from the Spey Fishery Board (SFB) has called for a reduction in the volumes of water artificially diverted from the river Spey’s catchment to generate hydroelectricity and for some of its tributaries to be re-watered. Read more…

Passion for… Carved Fish

Fish and Fly

The heyday of the carved fish, generally Atlantic salmon, ran from the later Victorian period until World War II. In part, this was because large salmon secrete a great deal of oil, which makes normal taxidermy a hard task. This was no loss, as the best examples of the genre were finely worked and beautifully and realistically painted. They were copied from the actual fish itself, with remarkable accuracy and art, which really did mirror life itself. Read more…

Simpson ends up with top basket after sporting response by fellow anglers

John O’Groat Journal

Dounreay Fly Fishing Association members took to the hills for the fourth event of their Bank League championship last Saturday when they fished on lochs Coire nam Mang and Druim a’ Chliabhain. The lochs nestle in the hills to the west of the the Ben Griams and are accessed off the Kinbrace/Syre road from near the Garvault Hotel, and if the fishing is a bit slow there is the possibility of seeing a golden eagle soaring around the high tops. Read more…

Third fish kill in three months as dozens of trout and salmon found dead in Co Fermanagh waterway

The Irish News

THE third major fish kill in the north’s rivers has occurred in as many months, with the latest in Co Fermanagh’s Kesh River. The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has launched an investigation after dozens of fish, including brown tout and salmon, were found dead in the river close to Kesh on Thursday. Read more…

Summer Series triumph for Jimmy Green after stumble on Dunbar rocks

The Edinburgh News

Jimmy Green won the eight-match Summer Series in his first season with the Bass Rock Shore Angling League, but the victory almost didn’t happen for the experienced angler. The Musselburgh-based fishermen trailed series leader James Ogilvie by two points going into the final heat and needed a win on the night, but he stumbled walking to his chosen mark on the rocks at The Battery behind the castle at Dunbar Harbour. Read more…

Yorkshire Salmon to Return to the Derwent

Fish and Fly

Salmon and sea trout from the North Sea will create Yorkshire’s most valuable fishery worth at least £12.5 million a year – in a river barred to them for nearly 40 years. A barrage on the River Derwent, at Barmby on the Marsh, will be opened eight hours a day from Saturday May 24 instead of always being closed.  It will allow thousands of salmon and sea trout migrating along the Ouse from the sea to enter the 72-mile river and its tributaries. Read more…

Angling is about two decades behind’: Campaigners aiming to keep sport alive in younger generations

The Press and Journal

Pic: Brian Smith

Anglers in Moray hope sessions to spark the interest of youngsters will keep the sport alive among locals. Catching salmon on the River Spey is one of the most fabled past-times of living in the area. Amidst lower catches and prices for spots on beats increasing, there are concerns future generations may never pick up reels. However, the River Spey Anglers Association wants to keep the hobby alive for years to come. Read more…

The Boyd Report

ORCHILL LOCH – (Braco) On the hottest day this year the Diageo Retirement Association caught 9 fish for 25lbs 8oz – best basket Hamish Carmichael with3 fish for 10 lbs on a Green Bug. William Docherty from Alloa caught 2 fish for 8 lbs – best 6 lbs on a Hopper, Danny Conlan (Alloa)  2 fish for 7 lbs on an Ally McCoist, Erik Law (Paisley) 2 fish for 7 lbs on a Cat and  Shaun Clayton had 9 C&R on tiny dries. J Dunning from Larbert took 1 fish for 2lbs 2oz, John Nicholson (Newcastle) had loads C&R on a Black Beetle, Kevin Nicholson (Nottingham)  6 fish C&R on a Black Beetle and Allan Kennedy from Perth bagged 3 fish for 10 lbs on an Ally McCoist and a Diawl Bach. J Richard from Almondbank had 1 fish for 2lbs on a Bloodworm, David Birkmyre (Crieff)  1 fish for 2lbs 4oz on a Green & Black lure, A Burns (Perth) 3 fish weighing 10 lbs on Dries and G Glen from Balloch had 9 C&R on various lures.

FRANDY – (Gleneagles) Fishing from the bank Davie Ibrox Sauchie) & Andy Hunter (Alloa) caught and released 13, Ross Carnegie & Nichola Campbell (Dunfermline) 5 c/r,  Fraser Young & Gordon Barclay (Glasgow) 6 c/r, Archie Davidson (Stirling) kept 3 fish weighing 6lb and Sam McFarlane (Paisley) & Alastair Murphy (Ayr) kept 3 fish weighing 6lb and released a further 27. 

On the angling club front Phoenix A/C kept 3 fish weighing 5lb 8oz and released a further 12, Dunoon & District 5 fish for 10lbs and CSSC Perth AC kept 21 fish weighing 40lb and  returned 4.

The best catching flies included the Bibio Hopper, Kate McLaren, Daddy Longlegs and the Millenium Bug and all areas continue to fish well.

SWANSWATER – (Stirling)  Both the air and the water temperature increased this week with some very hot spells in the afternoons when the sun came out, and a muggy feeling when it was overcast from midweek onwards.   Water temperature rose by 2o to end the week at 16oC.  At the start of the week the fish were to be seen sitting just under the surface but were not showing a lot of interest in what anglers were offering.   As the week went on, they went a little deeper, especially during the bright spells, but were also still to be found in the top foot or so.   Those fishing from the boats were often the most successful as the fish moved out into the middle of the main pond and were caught between 2 and 4 feet down.  On the bait pond, yellow power bait, maggots and spinners were the best methods. The Fishery is open from 8.00am to 8.00pm every day except for Thursday when we close at 2.40pm.

Those doing well on the fly ponds included George Evans 5 for 17lb 8oz including 8lb Gold, plus 4 C&R, David McMann 3 for 12lb 8oz including 6lb 14oz Rainbow, Barry Lee 4 for 12lb including 2 Golds, bigger one at 6lb, Barry Hamilton and grandson, Kyle, 5 for 15lb 12oz, including 5lb 12oz Gold for Kyle, Alan Evans 5 for 14lb 8oz, plus 4 C&R, Donald McMurchy 4 for 10lb 12oz AND Greg Muir 4 for 10lbs plus 1 C&R. Calum McMillan 3 for 8lb 12oz, Ricky Rutherford 3 for 7lb 12oz, Tam Baillie 3 for 7lb 4oz, Stuart Black 3 for 7lb 4oz, Danny Doherty 3 for 7lb, Kieran Lydon 2 for 6lb including a Brown and John Sneddon 2 for 5lb. Frank Barr caught and released 13 in two visits, Ian Whitfield caught and released 7, Jack Morrison caught and released 5, Jordan Morrison caught and released 5 and Jack Candlish caught and released 4 on the Meadow Pond, including 2 Golds.

Some of the best bait bags included Stuart Wallace 5 for 10lb and 3 for 6lb, Pat Walsh 4 for 7lb 8oz including 3 Golds, Keith McLaren 4 for 10lb, Alan Duncan 3 Golds for 5lb and Brendan Hamill 2 Golds for 3lb 8oz.

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