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The salmon and Sea Trout fishing season is officially open on the River Dee in Aberdeenshire and River Teith that begins in the Callander Meadows and flows south east into the River Forth near Drip. With it comes the announcement of new procedures aiming to reduce illegal fishing and help increase salmon numbers in the future.

River Dee

The River Dee has become an internationally important environment for wildlife and is a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC) down partly to its population of Atlantic salmon. Angling alone on the Dee generates £15m in revenues a year and supports 500 jobs to the surrounding areas. The scheme will involve extra patrols of the river banks put in place to tackle poaching along with an increased number of checks of local restaurants to check they are sourcing their salmon legally.   Atlantic Salmon Mark Bilsby, the Dee’s river director, has also announced news of 2 new initiatives that are aimed at helping with the conservation of the Dee. The first of these is a proposed scheme to open access for salmon and sea trout fishing along 80 miles of tributaries. This would provide new spawning areas and therefore more returning salmon in the future. The second initiative was to recruit an army of volunteers to take part in clearing the river of alien plant species that could prove harmful to the river’s eco system if left to flourish.   Season dates are the same in Scotland for salmon and sea trout and the official dates for the Dee and the Teith are as follows: Dee -     1st February – 30th September Teith -   1st February – 31st October We have some fantastic offers available on hundreds of items of fishing tackle which you can view online and if you are looking to pick up a real bargain, then why not browse our Warehouse Clearout section with not only offers on tackle but also many items of fishing clothing.

A Beginners Guide To Sea Trout

21 October 2009 17:32:11 BST

Fishing for sea trout is a subject which is shrouded in mystery, with each angler seemingly having their own opinions on the subject. Each river has different sea trout, which have evolved and adapted to their environment. Therefore, a different approach to each river is needed. Some fishermen will tell you that sea trout will not feed when they enter fresh water, while others will give the opposite advice. Some prefer to fish at night as sea trout are more active and less spooky in the dark. Others will tell you that fishing during the day can be just as effective. The following will explain some of the factors you should take into consideration when fishing for sea trout. Where to fish for sea trout England Tyne, Tamar, Wear, Tees Wales Towy, Dovey Scotland, Tweed, North & South Esk, Earn, Outer Hebrides When to fish for sea trout When deciding when you should start fishing for sea trout, it is important to remember that each river has its own conditions, which will have a bearing on your success. Local knowledge is, therefore, invaluable. Generally speaking, the end of May to September are when sea trout will come into our river systems with July Being the best month. Fishing for sea trout at night As previously mentioned, night time is a great time to fish for sea trout. It is not, however, without its dangers. The first thing to remember when fishing at night is that you should be very familiar with the section you are wading in. A comprehensive reccy of the area during daylight hours will mean that you are familiar with conditions when you come back at night. You should also be aware of the tide times of the river in question and the phases of the moon, which will both have an impact on water levels. Without your normal sense of sight, you will have to depend on other senses so it is important that you are able to cast accurately. Again, this is something you should look to get right during the day. Make sure that you are organised and have everything to hand, so that you are fully prepared. It may also be worth taking a companion for that added peace of mind. You will find at night that the sea trout will move out of the fast flowing streams and into the slow moving deeper pools. What equipment will I need? Obviously, what you wear when sea trout fishing will largely depend on the conditions. In general, look for breathable materials such as Gore-Tex and footwear with felt and studs for added grip. A good brand to go for is Simms, which offers a range of products in these materials. For protection, wear a pair of clear safety glasses, together with a life jacket. Also bring a wading staff, a hat and insect repellent. If you are fishing at night, remember to bring two torches, one in your bag and the other on a lanyard around your neck. What tackle will I need? In terms of tackle, go for a middle to tip action rod, around 10’ – 11’ in length with a line rating of 7-8. Pair this with a large arbor reel with 100 yards of backing and a weight forward floater, intermediate and fast sinking lines. Suitable flies for sea trout fishing are simple, slim and sleek. Low water irons between sizes 4 and 10 are ideal, together with Waddingtons or tubes of around 1.5"-2.5".
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