Fishing News Roundup 99

Hello again, a very good morning to you… and a happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. I’ll not hold you up with any pointless blather this morning, Let’s just get straight on with this week’s news.

Here’s this week’s roundup

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Bradshaw Brook volunteers to tackle Himalayan Balsam

The Bolton News

Story: Alima Nadeem

A group of volunteers will be working to clear a destructive species of plant near a Bolton thanks to a grant of £7,000. Himalayan balsam, a non-native species, outcompetes native plants on riverbanks, reducing biodiversity. Volunteers will remove the plant  from the River Irwell. The volunteers include John Frazer from the Bradshaw Brook Fly Fishing group, who said he noticed the invasive species around Bolton while fishing. Read more…

NH’s Anxious Angler

Story: George Liset

Fly fishing protocol states that the fly fishing experience should be serene and almost cathartic. Fly fishing and relaxing are supposed to be one in the same. A fly fisher arrives at the destination, takes a number of deep breaths, assembles their fly rod and takes a leisurely walk down to the water, taking in the scenery and enjoying the beauty. When they reach the water they look for fish rising and what insects might be hatching. They choose a fly and begin casting. So why is it that I still approach every trip like the first day of summer vacation at the beach, when as soon as you arrive you run to the water and jump in? Read more…

Angling in Warm Weather


Anglers are reminded that warm weather conditions result in warmer water temperatures across rivers, lakes, canals and estuaries. Warmer water holds less dissolved oxygen which can result in increased fish stress and mortality. It is important that anglers at times of elevated water temperatures follow some simple guidelines and carry a thermometer. Read more…

Weather is great for anglers but not so great for catching fish

Northumberland Gazette

Story: Bob Smith

As I write this it’s tea time and the temperature is still 20 degrees. There has been very little wind – great days for fishing, but not good days for catching fish. However, fishing at Chatton and Thrunton on one pattern was successful. A while ago, I was fishing at a still water and trout came up to the surface. They didn’t come up for my single dry fly, but for the pink collar on the braided loop, so I tied a pink buzzer, size 18, to see if it worked. The fly itself is just the hook with touching turns of pink floss down the shank and back to the eye. Read more…

John Bailey: The unbeatable lightness of fishing

Eastern Daily Press

Story: John Bailey

I wonder what you all will be doing in two days time when the river season opens. But I guess not much different. The once Glorious 16th doesn’t have much of a ring to it these days, does it? You sea anglers know no closed season, nor do most still water trout fishers. Even coarse anglers spend the vast majority of their time on the stills too, so probably for 95pc of Norfolk fisher people the date means little or nothing. Read more…

No sandeel fishing for 2023 in effort to protect marine ecosystem

For the third consecutive year, the UK government has decided to not allow UK sandeel fishing for 2023 for the benefit of the wider marine ecosystem – such as seabirds and marine mammals – that feed on these eel-like fish. This means that UK fishermen cannot catch or swap any of the pre-agreed quota for sandeel fishing in the North Sea – totalling 5,773 tonnes. Sandeels are an important forage fish and dietary source for vulnerable seabirds, marine mammals and commercially valuable fish. Industrial fishing of sandeels is shown to have an impact on the health of these other species within the marine ecosystem. Read more…

Anglers in Wales given ‘stop fishing’ order as weather gets too hot

Daily Post

Story: Andrew Forgrave

Anglers in Wales have been told to stop fishing for salmon and sea trout if the weather gets too hot. As water temperatures rise, the fish are “slowing down” and are more likely to die if caught and released. The cut-off point, according to Natural Resources Wales (NRW), is when waters exceed 20C. When water temperatures are at 18-20C, the environmental body is advising anglers to “take extra care” while fishing for salmon. Above this level, rods should be put away altogether. Read more…

Unique 24-hour River Dee fishing marathon cancelled due to recent weather

Press and Journal

Story: Chris Cromar

A 24-hour fly fishing marathon that was due to take place in the River Dee next week has been cancelled next week due to the recent weather. With “heavy hearts”, it has been cancelled by organisers the River Dee Trust and Dee District Salmon Fishery Board, who said that it was “in the best interest of nature and our struggling Atlantic salmon population” to do so. It was due to take place on June 23-24, however, the event which takes place over seven fishing beats will not take place due to the high temperatures and lack of rain. Read more…

A Walk in the Past: A case of salmon poaching near Alloa

Alloa Advertiser

Story: Valerie Forsyth

A CASE was brought before Sheriff Tyndall Johnston in September 1890 regarding salmon poaching on the River Forth near Alloa. John Napier, the superintendent of the Forth District of Salmon Fishings of Stirling brought the case. He accused George Bain, a mason, fishermen Robert Bremner, William Allan, William Cousin, and James Ferguson, and James McFarlane, a labourer, of having contravened The Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1868 on Friday 5th September. Read more…

Marked increase in insect activity at fisheries

Cornish Times

Story: Chris Hall

THE air temperatures started to warm up at last, resulting in a marked increase in insect activity, and more fish starting to look up to feed, says the South West Lakes Trout Fisheries Report for May, writes Chris Hall.


The reservoir is 100% full. Both bank and boats fished well throughout the month, with anglers reporting that fish were well spread out around the fishery, generally feeding within a metre from the surface; floating or intermediate line tactics proved the most successful. Read more…

Lake of Menteith 31st May 2023

Ken Bruce

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