Fishing News Roundup 144

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Illegal River Itchen fisherman fined after catching salmon and trout

Hampshire Chronicle

Story: Timothy Edgley

A man has been fined after he was caught illegally fishing for Salmon and Trout in the River Itchen. Alex Ferrucci was hit with a £100 fine in his absence on Friday after he admitted to fishing in the River Itchen at Riverside, Bishopstoke without a licence. He also pleaded guilty to contravening a byelaw in respect of fisheries in that he stored fish in a keepnet of less than two metres in length. Read more…

Haddington angler was top rod in first National qualifier

Edinburgh Evening News

Story: Nigel Duncan

Kevin McCabe won the first heat of the Scottish National Trout Fly Fishing Championship held at the Lake of Menteith, beating 42 other anglers. McCabe of Change Fly Fishing Angling Club hooked into 21 fish for 42lb 14.8oz and was well ahead of the second-placed angler, George Telford of Avonbank Fishery who are based at Millhall near Polmont. He totalled 16 fish for 32lb 12.4oz. Read more...

People who fish in UK told to spend £7 immediately to avoid £443 fine

Birmingham Live

Story: James Rodger

James Rodger

Sat, 13 April 2024 at 1:06 pm BST·2-min read

People in the UK who fish have been warned over a £443 fine. Christopher Way, from Plymouth, has been cruelly fined £443 for an illegal fishing trip in a UK seaside town after making a £7 blunder while casting his line in Cornwall. The fisherman, from York, was caught at Porth Reservoir, Newquay, and found guilty of using an unlicensed rod and line for fishing freshwater fish or eels in regulated waters. The 30-year-old contravened Section 27(1)(a) of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975. Read more…

Tying a Clyde Raider Piglet with Davie McPhail

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Fishing News Roundup 143

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Shetland salmon exports soar to £135m

The Shetland Times

Exports of  Shetland farmed salmon rose to £135 million last year amid soaring international demand. Trade body Salmon Scotland’s regional breakdown of the figures showed 14,850 tonnes were exported from Shetland in 2023 – almost a quarter of the national share. Read more…

‘The Charity’ fly fishing competition launched

Killarney Advertiser

Members of Lough Lein Anglers’ Association, one of the longest established fishing clubs in Ireland, launched the 36th annual charity open fly fishing competition known as ‘The Charity’ which will be held on April 28. This year’s beneficiaries are Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone. The event is always the most popular event on the fly fishing calendar in Ireland. Spearheaded by Timo O’Sullivan,to date the anglers have raised in excess of €300,000 for deserving charities in Kerry and Cork. Read more…

North West youngsters to showcase at Angling Fair ahead of World Fly Fishing Championships

Derry Now

Four young fishermen from Tyrone and Donegal have the angling world at their feet after they successfully qualified to represent Ireland at the 2024 World Youth Fly Fishing Championships in the Czech Republic this summer. Jacob Griffin, Fintan Carlin, Zack Barnett and Colm Coyle have honed their skills on the local waters of the Mourne, Derg and Finn and they successfully fought off competition for 25 young anglers from all over Ireland at the qualifiers in Blackwater River in County Meath and Laois Angling Centre to take four of the five places on the Irish team. Read more…

Dever Springs trout fishery closes suddenly and without explanation

Hampshire Chronicle

Story: Toby Oliver

Dever Springs, near Barton Stacey, announced on February 23 that it was closed until further notice due to ‘circumstances beyond our control’. A Facebook post said: “Urgent notice. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the fishery is closed until further notice. Please be patient if you are trying to contact us.” The fishery had announced a price increase which was due to come into effect on March 1. Read more…

South West Lakes Trust fisheries report for March 2024

Cornish Times

Story: David Sillifant

THE new season is now firmly under way at all of the South West Lakes Trust trout fisheries; where available, boats are now on the water, and should be pre-booked (online or via the telephone).  Generally the weather for the opening month has been both mixed and challenging to anglers, with strong winds, rain, snow and hail, and cold temperatures. Read more...

Woodburn April 2024

Ken Bruce

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Fishing News Roundup 142

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Fishery invites England Ladies in a drive to welcome female anglers

Shropshire Star

Story: Richard Williams

A Shropshire fishery invited members of the England Ladies Carp Fishing team for the weekend, in a bid to make angling more accessible for women. Rosehill Carp Fishery in Market Drayton was bought by Andy Perrett in March last year. He said he is hoping to make the seven acre lake more accessible to female anglers so invited members of the England Ladies Carp Team for a weekend. Read more…

Salmon fishing fears detailed in new book

The Edinburgh Reporter

Story: Nigel Duncan

Just arrived is a new book by Drew Jamieson who has researched, followed and commented on the management and conservation of salmon for the past 50 years. Where the wild salmon run is a fascinating insight into the life of the salmon and Jamieson revealed that in Scotland the angling catch in 2018 was the lowest since records began in 1952. Read more…

River Test sewage discharges criticised by protestors

BBC

Story: Sean Killick

Discharges from a sewage treatment plant could be causing “irreversible damage” to wildlife in chalk streams, campaigners have said. Riverkeepers and residents staged a protest at the Fullerton treatment works on the River Test in Hampshire. They claimed sampling showed evidence of ammonia and e-coli in the river. Read more…

Kendal fisherman says big salmon are ‘in decline’ in Kent

The Westmorland Gazette

Story: Daniel Pye

A KENDAL fisherman says there has been a decline in big salmon swimming up the River Kent despite 20lb and a ‘monster’ 36lb fish being caught recently. Kieron Banks, who runs Fish On The Banks, teaches people methods of fishing. He said he had been involved in fishing on the River Kent for more than 30 years since he was a child. Read more…

Ronnie receives special award from Malleny Angling

The Edinburgh Reporter

Story: Nigel Duncan

Rognvald ‘Ronnie’ Robinson is a well-known face at Harlaw and Threipmuir Reservoirs above Balerno in The Pentland Hills, but the 84-year-old does more than just fish. He acts as stand-in bailiff, provides detailed reports on daily catch returns which are an enormous help for the board as regards re-stocking plans and also sits as a committee member on Malleny Angling Ltd, the not-for-profit organisation which administers both waters. Ronnie’s services to the club were celebrated at the annual meeting when the Edinburgh-based angler was awarded the Chairman’s Trophy for an outstanding contribution. Read more…

Tying an Original CDC Bubble Emerger Flies

Davie McPhail

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Fishing News Roundup 141

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Mass salmon deaths are a warning: no one should be eating this fish

iNews

Story: James Dyke

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Today, we would need to add to this proverb: teach a man to farm fish and you feed billions. Fish are a source of vital nutrition for people around the world. Some communities are entirely dependent on fishing for their livelihoods, a practice that is much older than civilisation. Such has been the rise of aquaculture, today over half of all fish eaten comes from fish farms. Read more…

Harlaw and Threipmuir, two ‘superb’ trout fishing waters near Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Reporter

Story: Nigel Duncan

Season tickets are still available for fishing throughout the season which starts on April 1 at Harlaw and Threipmuir reservoirs situated in The Pentland Hills above Balerno. Alex Rose, secretary of Malleny Angling, said the two waters offer superb trout fishing for the bank angler. Harlaw, he said, has a maximum depth of around 20m and has 1.5miles bank fishing. It is well stocked with brown, rainbow and blue trout with an average weight of over 1kg. Specimen trout can reach over 5kg. Read more

Fife fishermen among leading anglers as Scottish League gets underway

Fife Today

Story: Nigel Duncan

Fife fishermen were among the leading anglers as the Scottish National Fly-Fishing League (SNFFL) got under way after two sessions in brutal conditions at Harelaw Trout Fishery. A strong easterly wind, gusting at times, and temperatures barely above freezing did not deter the anglers and damsels and black and silver lures on sinking lines proved best. Read more…

Anglers Vision is new rod in Kailzie competition

The Edinburgh Reporter

Story: Nigel Duncan

Anglers have been excited by a new competition to land a new rod being promoted by Kailzie Fishery near Peebles.

You pay £10 to enter and the angler with the heaviest fish at the end of a calendar month collects a Vision Stillmaniac rod supplied by competition sponsors Fishers of Penicuik. The price online is around £319 at the time of writing. Connor Newcombe, owner of Kailzie, said that several sizeable fish have been hooked since the competition started, but he added: “The biggest fish so far is beatable.” Read more…

Halo is out for South Devon anglers

Torbay Weekly

Story: John Sherlock

Torquay’s Silver Halo continues to produce Pollack and the odd Cod over distant wrecks, whilst boat anglers fishing the murky waters of the Bristol Channel are being rewarded with plenty of Rays, Spurdogs and some nice early Smoothhounds. Shore fishing is beginning to pick up at last with Dan Patrick finding Thornback Rays in one of our estuaries. Slapton produced an early contender for our fish of the month competition for Newton Abbot angler Tristan Rowe in the form of a 16lbs 14oz Blonde. Read more…

Dalry Angling Association Announces Start of New Trout Season!

DGWGO

Dalry Angling Association is pleased to announce the start of the new trout fishing season today. With spring in the air and the wild Brown trout season upon us, the Dalry Angling Association is ready for action and welcomes visitors and residents to come and fish local waters in the Glenkens. The season runs from the 15th of March until the 6th of October, and as avid anglers ourselves, we are excited to hit the waters and experience the thrill of fishing for these elusive and beautiful fish. Read more…

Tying a Large Mayfly Flymph

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Fishing News Roundup 140

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The life-changing power of fly-fishing

The Sunday Times

Story: Stuart Heritage

There comes a point in life when you look around and realise that you have too much stuff. Too many objects cluttering your home. Too many obligations to fulfil. Too much noise, too many distractions, too many notifications buzzing from the phone you bought in the mistaken belief that it would simplify your life. When this point comes — and, believe me, it will — there is every chance that you will embrace fly-fishing. Read more…

Enjoy fly fishing hen and stag dos on the famous River Test

Hampshire Chronicle

Story: Lorelei Reddin

An unusual hen or stag party can enjoy a truly unique experience in the outdoors, indulging in a fabulous day of fly fishing on some of the country’s most famous chalk streams, luxuriating in delicious food and drink with views across the river. Groups of all kinds can enjoy days on the river, too – for special occasions or large family get-togethers, and so on. Read more

Fly Fishing Katmai National Park

Scandic Angler

Story: Todd Moen

The latest from Catch Magazine features quintessential Alaskan dry fly fishing for rainbow trout on the famed Alaskan Brooks River and others within Katmai National Park. Renown for its large brown bears, spawning sockeye and wild remote landscape, the Brooks River is a celebrity of Alaska. The opportunity to film here alongside feasting brown bears is one of Todd Moen’s dreams come true. For this 21-minute production, Todd traveled with Royal Wolf Lodge manager Nate Morris as they explored the Brooks and American rivers in SW Alaska. In and out by floatplane from lakes to rivers, they dry fly fished the remote upper reaches of many untouched streams finding incredible insect hatches along the way only navigable by air. Read more…

Even the patron saint of salmon can’t save these fish from the seals

Country Life

Story: Joe Gibbs

After a disastrous 2023 fishing season, Joe Gibbs is hoping for better. Anglers will have noticed that St Mungo, patron saint of salmon, is asleep on the job. He has slipped into the ranks of saints ‘who from their labours rest’. Unlike hard-grafting St Anthony, whom my wife keeps busy in search of lost mobiles and car keys (with a 90% retrieval rate), Mungo has been lollygagging by the rivers of paradise. Meanwhile, his ward, the Atlantic salmon, has been red-listed as an endangered species. A bit of saintly sock pulling up is needed. Read more…


Top prize of £3,000 for new fly fishing competition

The Edinburgh Reporter

Story: Nigel Duncan

A new team event for competition fly fishermen has been confirmed for the Lake of Menteith later this year and time is running out to enter. Fishing tackle firm Greys are behind the loch style team championship and 17 teams of four will contest the event to be administered under international rules. The winning team will pocket £3,000 and the runner-up £1,500 and the prizes will be determined by the largest combined catch over two days. This will be made up of anglers bag weights with two fish retained and then fish returned afterwards with each released fish being rewarded with 2lbs to the bag. Read more…

Out for a Walk on the River Before the Trout Season Starts..

Davie McPhail

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Fishing News Roundup 139

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Anglers bid to save wild Atlantic salmon amid extinction concerns

STV News

Story: Callum Clark

It’s known as the “king of fish”, helping provide more than £100m a year to Scotland’s economy. But there’s growing concern the wild Atlantic salmon could become extinct. Anglers in Perthshire claim the Scottish Government’s response to tackling the issue is too slow and are calling for urgent action to protect the fish and rural communities. “At the current rate, the fish could be extinct by 2050,” said Bob Mason from the Tay Ghillies Association. Read more…

Cracking carp at Newbarn Angling Centre

Torbay Today

Story: John Sherlock

Carp continue to show at Newbarn Angling Centre in good numbers and Ethan Gardner, a previous Fish of the Month winner fished a 24 hour session and landed five Carp well into the 20lbs mark. There were three Commons and two mirrors, one of which was a really pretty fish, all were landed on a Five Star baits Pina colada pop up, which can be purchased on site. Read more…

Southern Water fined £330,000 for stream pollution that killed 2,000 fish

Shropshire Star

Southern Water has been fined £330,000 after raw sewage escaped into a stream for up to 20 hours killing 2,000 fish after the water company failed to respond to an alarm set off by failing equipment. The water company was sentenced at Southampton Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to a breach of environmental regulations regarding the pollution and operation of Little Bull pumping station in the case brought by the Environment Agency. Read more…

I went fishing for free with Paul Whitehouse – and so can you

iNews

Story: Andrew Eames

It’s a still winter’s day by the side of the River Test in Hampshire. The river is chuckling towards a distant sea, ushered onwards by grassy banks and naked willows. A blackbird is sounding the alarm in the bushes, three geese are honking by overhead, and the nation’s most famous fisherman is holding forth to a slightly nervous-looking bunch of novices on the bank. Read more…

Forres Angling Association invites Caroline MacLeod of Dalvey Estate to open the fishing season on the River Findhorn

The Northern Scot

Story: Garry McCartney

AROUND 60 anglers gathered to launch the new fishing season at the River Findhorn. Forres Angling Association (FAA) organised the event at the Stoney Pool on Monday, February 12 which included club president Michael Banner’s blessing of the water with sponsor Benromach Distillery’s whisky. Read more…

Tying a CDC Soft Hackle Parachute Dun with Davie McPhail

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Fishing News Roundup 138

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Wishaw kids charity benefits from generous donation from Lanarkshire fishing group

Daily Record

Story: Ross Thomson

A Wishaw children’s charity has benefited from a generous donation from a Lanarkshire fishing group. Les Hoey, from the DreamMaker Foundation, was delighted to be part of the United Clyde Angling Protective Association (UCAPA) opening of the salmon season in the Clyde Valley. And thanks to a raffle that will be split by the DreamMaker Foundation and Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS), it means both charities will be £1000 better off. Read more…

A Case for Ice Fishing Naked

Wired 2 Fish

Story: Tom Starkweather

You all remember the first time you got out fished by a complete stranger on the ice or in open water? Maybe it has never happened to you, but although it has happened many times over my nearly five decades of fishing, two moments stand out for me as a fisherman and a fly tier. The first moment I remember was on the ice, as I watched a guy pulling in crappie after crappie in a shallow back channel of a lake I fish. I was using a pegged bobber with a dot-style ice jig with some spikes added and not catching much. I asked him what his secret was, and he said a larva lace fly. Read more


Sea and trout fishing latest plus retail news

The Edinburgh Reporter

Story: Nigel Duncan

Match 5 of the seven leg Edinburgh New Year Shore League is at the west end of  Portobello Beach on Friday, fishing from 7pm to 10pm. The competition is sponsored by The Edinburgh Angling Centre, The Fishing Megastore and Cox and Rawle. Mike Kyle from Easthouses leads the race for the title with 22 points, ahead of Edinburgh angler Stevie Souter, who also has 22 points, with Gordon Lyall, also Edinburgh, third with 19 points. Steve Potts from Tyneside is fourth on 14 points and organiser Ian Campbell from Falkirk has climbed to fifth and is on 13 points. Organisers of the Bass Rock Shore Angling League host the final leg of their winter league on Wednesday, February 28 at a venue to be decided. Read more…

South West Fly Fair returns to Roadford Lake

Cornish Times

THE South West Fly Fair makes a welcome return to Roadford Lake on Sunday. The fair is hosted by charity South West Lakes Trust at Roadford Lake, between Launceston and Okehampton. The event is a highlight in the Westcountry’s angling calendar ahead of the new fishing season. The day is made possible thanks to sponsorship from Catch, Chevron Hackles, Homeleigh Garden Centre, Snowbee and Turrall. Read more

Looking back at fishing in Cumbria throughout the years

News and Star

Story: Clare Hastings

IN this edition of nostalgia, we are looking back at fishing in Cumbria throughout the years. One of the most significant period in Cumbria’s fishing history is the Medieval era. During this time, majority of the population depended on agriculture and fishing was a vital source of food for the Cumbrian communities. Salmon, trout and pike were commonly caught, smoked and traded. Often these fish would be salted or smoked to preserve them for the winter months. Fishing was both a livelihood and a subsistence activity. Read more…

Pre-Season Video

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Fishing News Roundup 137

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Mr Finn’s fishing book released thanks to Dunbeath writing group

The Northern Times

Story: David G Scott

Graham Finn from Dunbeath has penned his first book thanks to a local creative writing group and his subject of fishing seems particularly appropriate given his surname. Independently published on January 29, the book is called ‘Life isn’t Always About Fishing’ and is now available to buy on Amazon. Graham said that Dunbeath and District Centre’s community health and wellbeing hub provided the impetus for his new venture thanks to a creative writing class run at the centre. Read more…

Farlows Lake in Iver named one of the UK’s best fishing spots

Slough and South Bucks Observer

Story: James Richings

A lake situated along the Berkshire/Buckinghamshire border has been ranked as one of the best to visit for fishing in the UK.

Farlows Lake, which is based in Iver, came in as the fourth greatest in the country, with an average score of 8.24. The survey was conducted by Fishing Republic as they analysed fishing licence requirements, average day permit cost, additional cost for a second rod, availability of night fishing, suitability for beginner anglers, cost of parking, number of fish species, availability of a café/tackle shop, and types of fishing available at a range of locations in the UK to reveal the best spots. Read more…

Scottish salmon named UK’s top food export for 2023

The National

Story: Laura Pollock

SCOTTISH salmon has been revealed as the UK’s top food export in 2023, in the latest annual HM Revenue and Customs figures. Read more…

Kingdom champs, Tarn re-opens plus sea fishing updates

The Edinburgh Reporter

Story: Nigel Duncan

Scott Mudie has confirmed the dates for the Kingdom Fly Fishing Championship which will have two heats and a final. Eden Springs hosts heat one on Saturday, June 1, and there are 26 spaces and Ballo Fishery is the venue for heat two on Sunday, July 14, and there are 20 spaces here. The final is back at Eden Springs on Saturday, September 28, and there are 26 slots. Entry is £25 and is non-refundable and must be paid before places are confirmed. Read more…

Upbeat opening for salmon season on Angus rivers after Storm Babet’s costly impact

The Courier

Story: Graham Brown

Some fishery owners suffered six-figure damage but there is optimism for 2024 salmon fishing prospects on the North and South Esk. Sunshine greeted anglers on the opening day of the Angus salmon season – in contrast to Storm Babet conditions which left some beat owners with repair bills of more than £100,000. And despite the serious impact on both the South and North Esks, fishers are queuing up to return to their favourite stretches of water. It comes just weeks after the Atlantic Salmon was added to an international ‘red list’ of species feared to be facing extinction. Read more…

‘Draconian’ Environment Agency depriving Shrewsbury anglers from fishing spot used for last 35 years

Shropshire Star

Story: Nick Humphreys

Anglers have hit out at “draconian” measures depriving them of one of a town’s best fishing spots. Salmon anglers have said the Environment Agency (EA) are shunting them 20m further down the river in Shrewsbury away from the weir, taking away a spot which has been fished for “at least 35 years”. Read more…

Tying the CDC Chocolate Drop/Brown Caddis with Davie McPhail

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Fishing News Roundup 136

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Salmon on the Coquet prove elusive on first day of the season

Northumberland Gazette

Story: Bob Smith

Last Thursday was the start of the 2024 salmon season on the local rivers, writes Bob Smith. As usual, the challenge was on to catch the first fresh spring salmon on the Federation stretches of the Coquet. Seventeen anglers were on the Coquet trying to catch the first salmon. Read more…

Fishing club looking for members ahead of new season

Oxford Mail

Story: Jacob Manuschka

A fishing club is looking to fill several vacancies ahead of the start of the 2024 season. Farmoor Fly Fishing Club, with a limit set at 250 members, has several open slots due to illnesses among the group. The club is based at Darlow Lake in Stanton Harcourt, the cheapest fly fishing venue in Oxfordshire, with the initial membership cost at £190, in addition to a joining fee. Read more…

‘It’s a bucket-list fish’: bluefin tuna are back in British seas – and so are the fishing boats

The Guardian

Story: Patrick Greenfield

Built like a torpedo, weighing more than a male polar bear when fully grown and fetching prices in Japan of more than £2m for a single fish, the bluefin tuna was once an abundant apex predator in British waters. In the 1960s, these warm-blooded aquatic hunters disappeared – pushed to the brink of extinction in the eastern Atlantic by overfishing. Read more…

Colin writes his name into record books with first salmon from Drowes

The Impartial Reporter

Story: Chris Donegan

You would need to be a hardy buck to have gone fishing in last Wednesday’s storm but Colin Gardiner braved the gale force wind and driving rain to be rewarded with the first salmon of the season from the River Drowes. The retired fireman caught the eight-pound fish while spinning with a yellow Flying-C on the High Bank pool, close to his home near Bundoran. It completed a remarkable record for Colin, who has landed the first salmon from the Drowes and has now landed the first salmon from the Drowes on four occasions. Read more…

Scotland’s marine and coastal species critically endangered

The National

Story: The Ferret

DOZENS of Scotland’s marine and coastal species are critically endangered or in rapid decline due to industrial fishing, climate change, pollution and other pressures, The Ferret has found. The species most at risk include fish, birds and mammals such as cod, salmon, trout, harbour seal, gulls, shag and guillemot. Read more…

Tying the Mohawk Dry Fly with Davie McPhail

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Fishing News Roundup 135

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What is the Best River for Fishing in Wales

The National

Story: Daniel Keer

Wales, known for its lush landscapes and rich cultural heritage, is also a prime destination for fishing enthusiasts. With its numerous rivers teeming with a variety of fish species, Wales offers some of the best fishing experiences in the UK. Among these, the River Wye stands out as the premier destination for anglers. Renowned for its abundant salmon and trout populations, the River Wye provides both challenging and rewarding fishing opportunities. Read more

Inaugural River Tweed Film Festival to mark salmon season

Peebleshire News

Story: Isabelle Truscott

THE opening of the 2024 salmon season will also mark the celebration of an inaugural film festival. The River Tweed Film Festival is set to debut at Ednam House Hotel in Kelso on February 1, coinciding with the opening of the River Tweed’s 2024 salmon season. The two-day film festival will feature a selection of captivating, handpicked films which have been curated by Fishing TV – a global film hub for anglers. Read more…

Anglers mark opening of 2024 salmon fishing season on River Ness

The Inverness Courier

Story: Val Sweeney

Veteran angler Sandy Paterson has marked the opening of the salmon fishing season on the River Ness. He made the first cast at the Inverness Angling Club’s beat after members and guests were piped down to the river. Mr Paterson has been a member of the club for 68 years and has served on various committees. Read more…

Salmon and sea trout fishing available on the Tweed

The Edinburgh Reporter

Story: Nigel Duncan

Kailzie Fishery near Peebles has become popular since it re-opened nearly a year ago under the ownership of Connor Newcombe, but it also boasts a 1.75 mile stretch of the nearby River Tweed where anglers can fish for salmon and sea trout. The beat is around 400 yards, just across a field, in fact, from the Kailzie Fishery headquarters, and there are, said Newcombe, some big fish in the river which is now open for fishing. He knows as he fishes the water. Read more…

A positive step as River Dee opens for fishing season

The Scotsman

Story: Dawn Renton

Hundreds of people gathered on the banks of the River Dee, one of the most famous salmon fishing rivers in Scotland, at the Milton of Crathes, to mark the official start of the season on February 1, amid concerns for the long-term future of the iconic Atlantic salmon. The opening also marked a key milestone in the development of the “Save the Spring” campaign, a pioneering programme launched at the end of 2023 by collaborative organisations the River Dee Trust, the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board and the Atlantic Salmon Trust, aimed at preserving wild salmon stocks on the river, in particular the spring salmon that the Dee is famous for. Read more…

Blessing event in north Northumberland village marks start of salmon fishing season

Northumberland Gazette

Story: Andrew Coulson

A revived annual tradition to mark the start of the salmon fishing season on the River Tweed has once again been held in Norham. The short service – conducted by Rev Rob Kelsey, vicar of Norham – took place yesterday (Thursday) and involved pouring a wee dram of whisky into the water. Read more…

Tying a Good Spring Salmon Tube Fly

Davie McPhail

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Well, that’s it for today. See you next time…