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18 March 2017 10:25:48 GMT

It's that time of year again! The new salmon and trout fishing seasons are officially upon us, and it's time for us all to be brushing up our gear ready to get out on the waters again - if you've not already done so.

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It's that time of year again! The new salmon and trout fishing seasons are officially upon us, and it's time for us all to be brushing up our gear ready to get out on the waters again (if you've not already done so). As usual, we've decided to give our anglers a rundown of all the UK's opening and closing fishing season dates (starting here with Scotland, whose season opened on 11th January). Each river  varies, so be sure to check the dates for the rivers you're interested in so that you can plan your sessions accordingly. Remember that there is no salmon fishing allowed anywhere on Sundays by law, and that there is no closed season for rainbow trout or pike as this is available all year round. (The same is true for sea or coarse fishing.) The start of the wild brown trout season is 15th March. For those of you who are interested, some rivers hold Annual Opening ceremonies to mark the official start of the new season. The River Spey and the River Tay are two such rivers - for more information about what to expect, head to their websites.  

Aberdeenshire Dee

1st February - 30th September

Ailort

11th February - 31st October

Aline

11th February - 31st October

Almond

15th January - 15th October

Alness

11th February - 31st October

Amhuinnsuidhe (Harris)

3rd June - 15th October

Annan

25th February - 15th November

Arnisdale

11th February - 31st October

Aros (Mull)

11th February - 31st October

Awe

11th February - 31st October

Ba (Mull)

11th February - 31st October

Beauly

11th February - 15th October

Berriedale

11th February - 31st October

Blackadder

1st February - 30th November

Bladnoch

11th February - 31st October

Border Esk

1st February - 31st October

Borgie

12th January - 30th September

Broom

11th February - 31st October

Brora

1st February - 15th October

Caron (West Coast)

11th February - 31st October

Carron

11th January - 30th September

Cassley

11th January - 30th September

Clyde

11th February - 31st October

Conon

11th February - 30th September

Cree

1st May - 14th October

Creed (Lewis)

1st June - 15th October

Dee (Kirkcubright)

11th February - 31st October

Deveron

11th February - 31st October

Doinard

11th February - 31st October

 

Don

11th February - 31st October

Doon

11th February - 31st October

Dunbeath

11th February - 15th October

Dundonnell

11th February - 31st October

Eachaig

1st May - 31st October

Earn

1st February - 31st October

Eden (Fife)

5th February - 31st October

Ericht

15th January - 15th October

Ettive

11th February - 15th October

Ettrick

1st February - 30th November

Evlyx

11th January - 30th September

Fhorsa

1st June - 15th October

Fincastle (Harris)

25th February - 31st October

Findhorn

11th February - 30th September

Fleet (Kirkcubright)

25th February - 31st October

Fleet (Sutherland)

25th February - 31st October

Forss

11th February - 31st October

Forth

1st February - 31st October

Garry

15th January - 15th October

Girvan

25th February - 31st October

Gour

11th February - 31st October

Gress

1st June - 15th October

Gridie

11th February - 31st October

Grimistra

15th June - 15th October

Gruinard

11th February - 31st October

Hamanavay (Lewis)

3rd June - 15th October

Helmsdale

11th January - 30th September

Hope (River & Loch)

12th January - 30th September

Inver

11th February - 31st October

Irvine

25th February - 15th November

 

Isla

15th January - 15th October

Kannaird

11th February - 31st October

Kirkaig

11th February - 31st October

Kishorn

11th February - 31st October

Laggan (Islay)

25th February - 31st October

Laxay Fishery (Lewis)

25th February - 31st October

Laxford

11th February - 31st October

Laxford Fishery (Harris)

1st April - 15th October

Leven (Dumbartonshire)

11th February - 31st October

Lochy

11th February - 31st October

Luce

25th February - 31st October

Luss (Mull)

11th February - 31st October

Machrie (Arran)

25th February - 31st October

Moidart

11th February - 31st October

Morar

11th February - 31st October

Nairn

11th February - 7th October

Naver

12th January - 30th September

Ness

15th January - 15th October

Nith

11th February - 31st October

North Esk

16th February - 31st October

Obbe System (Harris)

3rd June - 15th October

Orchy

11th February - 15th October

Orkney

25th February - 31st October

Oykel

11th January - 30th September

Polla

12th January - 30th September

Polly

11th February - 15th October

Rodel Fishery (Harris)

1st May - 31st September

Ruel

16th February - 31st October

Sanda

11th February - 31st October

Scaddie

11th February - 31st October

     

Sheil (River & Loch)

11th February - 31st October

Shetland

25th February - 31st October

Shin

11th January - 30th September

Sligican

11th February - 15th October

Snizort

11th February - 15th October

Sorn (Islay)

25th February - 31st October

South Esk

16th February - 31st October

Spey

11th February - 30th September

Stinchar

25th February - 31st October

Strathy

12th January - 30th September

Tay

15th January - 15th October

Teith

1st February - 31st October

Teviot

1st February - 30th November

Thurso

11th January - 5th October

Till

1st February - 30th November

Torridon

11th February - 31st October

Tummel

15th January - 15th October

Tweed

1st February - 30th November

Ugie

10th February - 31st October

Ullapool

11th February - 31st October

Urr

25th February - 31st October

Whiteadder

1st February - 30th November

Yarrow

1st February - 30th November

Ythan

11th February - 31st October

 

Eden River & REDFA News – June 2015

17 June 2015 14:51:05 BST

REDFA Logo   The June 2015 newsletter from the River Eden & District Fisheries Association (REDFA) and covered within it is all the recent information and development on a range of issues including –   - 2014 Salmon Rod Catch - EA Stock Assessments and Net Limitation (NLO) review - 2015 Carcass Tagging and Conservation Measures - Solway Haaf Net Restrictions (English Side) - Annan Stake, Poke and Haaf Net Licensing - Spring 2015 Corby Counter Data - Junior Angling Event – Saturday 27th June - Avian Predation Management - Fish Stocks Monitoring Review - ERT Electro-Fishing  - Upper Catchment Juvenile Surveys - UU consultation to Vary Ullswater Drought Permit Order Conditions - Solway Tidal Lagoon Proposals - Lowther Show – 15th & 16th August   Here is a brief look at each of the issues listed above but you can download the full version of the REDFA June 2015 Newsletter here - June 2015 Eden & REDFA Newsletter  

2014 Salmon Rod Catch

Initial catch estimations of 460 fish turned out to be very close with the final EA declared rod angler returns being 451. Of these 355 were released which gave a 79% C&R rate. To compare this with the previous year’s figures, in 2013 there was a total rod catch of 634 fish of which 433 were released giving a 70% C&R. Steps are being taken by salmon anglers to fight a rear-guard action to help conserve stocks. Conservation measures and a tagging scheme are due to take place from 16th June to help move Eden’s release rate to 90% in the run up to the Net Limitation Order. To compare, here are some catch and return rates for other major English and Welsh rivers – Salmon: Derwent – 288 – 76% Eden – 451 – 79% Lune – 353 – 80% Ribble – 605 – 88% Tyne – 2682 – 74% Usk – 421 – 77% Wear – 995 – 76% Wye – 434 – 100%   Sea Trout: Dovey – 1682 – 78% Eden – 393 – 89% Lune – 2037 – 87% Ribble – 1676 – 89% Teifi – 2098 – 80% Towey – 1330 – 75% Wear – 1323 – 78%  

EA Stock Assessments and Net Limitation (NLO) review

Both the 2013 and 2014 rod returns for the river Eden, figures which the Environment Agency use to assess stocks have failed to meet the conservation limit for spawning stocks to maintain a self-sustaining number of egg depositions. Therefore, Natural England are reviewing the current measures in place and after further consultations, the EA will be submitting their recommendations on net licensing and Eden Byelaw changes to DEFRA for approval in summer 2016. The full EA communication that was sent in March 2015 to anglers and fisheries in the North West concerning failing stocks and their proposed measures can be downloaded here - EA Measures to Improve Salmon Stocks March 2015  

2015 Carcass Tagging and Conservation Measures

The River Eden Conservation Measures and Carcass Tagging Scheme gets under way from 16th June. More information can be found at www.edenfishing.co.uk and they do not override National salmon or River Eden Byelaws. Tags are available here in the John Norris of Penrith shop or from the Tourist Information centre in Carlisle. The tagging coordinator is Nigel Austin and can be contacted by email to nigel.austin@live.co.uk or telephone – 07708 281957  

Solway Haaf Net Restrictions (English Side)

Due to conservation measure by the EA, the season limit of 10 fish per haaf net licence holder has been reduced to 3 fish per licensee for the 2015 salmon season. No restrictions are being applied to sea trout.  

Annan Stake, Poke and Haaf Net Licenses

The Annan stake nets in the Solway – River Eden channel will not be licensed this year after pressure from the Salmon & Trout Association, Fish Legal and representations from a number of fisheries including REDFA.  

Spring 2015 Corby Counter Data

The Environment Agency Corby data to the end of March 2015 has been released. The data has not been validated and doesn’t distinguish species but includes movements of salmon, sea trout, sea lamprey and more. There was a fault at the counter between early July 2014 and mid-October 2014 so no data was recorded for this period.  You can download a table of the data by clicking here. EA Corby Weir Counts 2000 to 2015  

Junior Angling Event – Saturday 27th June

Following on from last year’s success REDFA is coordinating another junior event with AAA, PAA, KSDAA and is sponsored by ourselves John Norris of Penrith. The event is run by Borderlines of Carlisle who provide excellent instruction to budding young anglers. Full details can be found in the flyer below.

Junior Angling Event

 

Avian Predation Management

As part of the newly launched Area Catchment Pilot Scheme for Avian Predators, REDFA resumed its twice yearly bird counts following concerns over increasing numbers of cormorant and goosander populations which could be impacting fish stocks. These figures would help to provide evidence to support a range of measures (non-lethal and shooting) to protect fisheries for the licensing period September 2014 to 15th May 2015. Figures are as follows –  

Goosander

Cormorant

Merganser

Heron

Kingfisher

15th March 2015

364

107

0

37

2

30th Nov 2014

435

218

12

67

11

16th March 2014

331

195

15

20

3

7th March 2004          (For Comparison)

285

86

4

59

10

 

Fish Stock Monitoring Review

As per the Eden Fisheries Plan, a review of existing programmes and collected data is underway to agree how all parties can contribute and combine to use what are going to be stretched resources.

 

ERT Electro Fishing – Upper Catchment Surveys

The 2013/2014 survey data has now been compiled and summary findings produced in report form. These will be available on the ERT website later this year.

 

United Utilities Consultation to Vary the Ullswater Drought Permit Order

United Utilities are looking to vary the conditions that apply during the existing Permit Order Licensing periods. The reasons for this are firstly so that water can be drawn down at the Gale Bay intake during Drought Permit Order periods, and secondly they would like to suspend the 45,633 Ml limit in any 12 months period after Permit Orders are exercised.

REDFA is involved in the consultation process with the EA to review what impact these changes would have on the environment and habitats.

 

Solway Tidal Lagoon – Off Workington to Allonby Shoreline

REDFA is to attend a presentation by Tidal Lagoon Power about the proposed scheme which could have a major impact on the River Derwent and other rivers feeding into the Solway. Many other bodies will be present including national angling bodies and environmental groups. Planning approval for the Swansea Tidal Lagoon was received on 10th June and more details on the scheme will be available after the presentation on 29th July.

 

Lowther Show – 15th & 16th August

The fishing island events will incorporate a wider range of activities on the lake this year along with a wide range of exhibitor stands.

If anyone has any fresh ideas for the event or would like to take some space to showcase their work/skills, or even help stewarding the events then please contact the secretary or Chris Bowman at chritopher.bowman@talktalk.net or by telephone on 01228 674519

 

If anyone would like to contact REDFA with any interesting angling news or concerns then please contact either:

Mike Ashwin      Secretary & Vice Chair   oneoffdesignandbuild@hotmail.com    Tel: 01768 879047

Paul Davidson    Chairman                             paullou23@icloud.com

Adrian Brown    Vice Chair                            adrianbrown884@hotmail.com

Fishing on a Tributary of the Eden

26 May 2015 15:06:01 BST

Our Assistant Store Manager, Mark Bendle, was out trout stalking last Thursday on one of the Eden's many tributaries and we thought we would share a few images from the day along with details of what tackle Mark was using. Mark Trout The average size of the brown trout were 3/4lb, taking the Gold Bead Hairs Ear and Micro Caddis, whilst using the New Zealand Duo Style Dry Fly as the indicator on the water surface. The tippet can be tied either over the hook or through the eye of your Dry with a dropper of various lengths with your nymph on the end. Mark Trouting Mark was using a Greys Streamflex 7ft 6 fly rod and all the fish he caught were at rod length out whilst using homemade neoprene knee pads so he could get right down and not spook the fish. Mark Trout1
The River Eden without a doubt is one of the finest wild brown trout fisheries on the planet.  Each season the John Norris Pro Team catch brownies up to and above 4lb and full seasons on the river can produce well over 50 fish.  One of the best evening sessions last year in July on the lower Eden at Warwick Hall was 25 browns up to 3.5lb, 18 Grayling up to 2lb and a Sea Trout of 4.6lb all by one angler fishing a size 18 Griffiths Gnat. Tickets available from: Warwick Hall - www.warwickhall.org Penrith Angling Association - www.penrithanglers.co.uk Carlisle Angling Association - www.carlisleanglingassociation.org.uk Lazonby Hall Fishing - 01228 560122 Eden Lacy – 01768 898316 Kirkby Stephen Angling Association – www.kirkbystephen.net Appleby Angling Association - www.applebyangling.co.uk Go Wild Passport – John Norris Shop
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Trout and Grayling Fishing

30 March 2015 13:21:36 BST

Fishing for Trout and Grayling has never been more fun. Due to recent technological developments the fishing equipment currently produced has become lighter, stronger and performs to a far higher standard than ever before. Our Pro team have put together a guide to help you choose the right products. Small Stream Trout and Grayling Small streams can often become over grown and this can make them quite inaccessible. However this inaccessibility can mean they hold some of the largest specimens. Rods between 6ft – 8ft with a line rating of 2wt – 4wt are most appropriate for this situation. When fishing a small stream you very rarely have more than ten feetof fly line out of the rod tip, this means both double taper and weight forward fly lines are suitable. Tapered leaders are a must as presentation is key when targeting these wily species. River Trout and Grayling On medium to larger rivers a good all round rod is one which has a length between 9ft – 10ft and a line rating of 4wt – 5wt. This set up will allow good fly control and excellent presentation. If you mainly want to fish dry fly lean towards rods of between 8ft 6” – 9ft in length with a line rating of 3wt – 5wt or for deep water nymphing tactics, a rod between 9ft – 11ft in length with a line weight of 3wt – 5wt is moreappropriate. Always choose a lightweight fly reel for good balance and weight forward fly lines. Modern weight forward fly lines offer excellent presentation due to their refined tapers and modern designs. Whenever fishing for Trout and Grayling on river systems a tapered leader is essential. Stillwater, Reservoir and Lake Trout We would recommend a rod of 9ft – 10ft in length with a line rating of 6wt – 8wt. A fly rod in these proportions will provide the capability to cast the necessary distances, whilst also being able to cope with fishing a variety of different sizes of fly and line densities. For wild lake Brown Trout a rod of 9ft 6” – 10ft, with a line rating of 5wt – 6wt is recommended. This set up will allow you to cast a suitable distance without compromising the delicate presentation of the fly. A large arbour reel is most suitable for this type of fishing. They offer a greater retrieval which is very beneficial when playing out fish. A cartridge reel system is the most popular type, this is due to the fact that you can buy one reel and then purchase multiple (very inexpensive) spools, A stillwater angler may have dozens of fly lines and therefore this method of fishing proves to be very cost effective and yet extremely efficient in terms of storage. A weight forward fly line is the ideal line choice when stillwater fishing.

Salmon & Trout Fishing Seasons in Scotland

13 January 2015 15:33:21 GMT

Christmas is over and 2015 has arrived and from everyone here at John Norris, we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! January brings the start of salmon and trout fishing seasons for many of the UK’s rivers and fisheries and this year we thought it would be a good idea to post a list of the season dates for as many popular rivers as we can. As there are so many rivers across the UK, particular in Scotland we thought it best to split the rivers up into two or three articles starting with Scotland as they have the earliest season start date of the 11th January. The dates listed are as accurate as I can find following my research but if anyone can see any that need amending, I will gladly update.  

Aberdeenshire Dee

1st February - 30th September

Ailort

11th February - 31st October

Aline

11th February - 31st October

Almond

15th January - 15th October

Alness

11th February - 31st October

Amhuinnsuidhe (Harris)

3rd June - 15th October

Annan

25th February - 15th November

Arnisdale

11th February - 31st October

Aros (Mull)

11th February - 31st October

Awe

11th February - 31st October

Ba (Mull)

11th February - 31st October

Beauly

11th February - 15th October

Berriedale

11th February - 31st October

Blackadder

1st February - 30th November

Bladnoch

11th February - 31st October

Border Esk

1st February - 31st October

Borgie

12th January - 30th September

Broom

11th February - 31st October

Brora

1st February - 15th October

Caron (West Coast)

11th February - 31st October

Carron

11th January - 30th September

Cassley

11th January - 30th September

Clyde

11th February - 31st October

Conon

11th February - 30th September

Cree

1st May - 15th October

Creed (Lewis)

1st June - 15th October

Dee (Kirkcubright)

11th February - 31st October

Deveron

11th February - 31st October

Doinard

11th February - 31st October

 

River Tay

 

Don

11th February - 31st October

Doon

11th February - 31st October

Dunbeath

11th February - 15th October

Dundonnell

11th February - 31st October

Eachaig

1st May - 31st October

Earn

1st February - 31st October

Eden (Fife)

15th February - 31st October

Ericht

15th January - 15th October

Ettive

11th February - 15th October

Ettrick

1st February - 30th November

Evlyx

11th January - 30th September

Fhorsa

1st June - 15th October

Fincastle (Harris)

25th February - 31st October

Findhorn

11th February - 30th September

Fleet (Kirkcubright)

25th February - 31st October

Fleet (Sutherland)

25th February - 31st October

Forss

11th February - 31st October

Forth

1st February - 31st October

Garry

15th January - 15th October

Girvan

25th February - 31st October

Gour

11th February - 31st October

Gress

1st June - 15th October

Gridie

11th February - 31st October

Grimistra

15th June - 15th October

Gruinard

11th February - 31st October

Hamanavay (Lewis)

3rd June - 15th October

Helmsdale

11th January - 30th September

Hope (River & Loch)

12th January - 30th September

Inver

11th February - 31st October

Irvine

25th February - 15th November

 

 River Dee

 

Isla

15th January - 15th October

Kannaird

11th February - 31st October

Kirkaig

11th February - 31st October

Kishorn

11th February - 31st October

Laggan (Islay)

25th February - 31st October

Laxay Fishery (Lewis)

25th February - 31st October

Laxford

11th February - 31st October

Laxford Fishery (Harris)

1st April - 15th October

Leven (Dumbartonshire)

11th February - 31st October

Lochy

11th February - 31st October

Luce

25th February - 31st October

Luss (Mull)

11th February - 31st October

Machrie (Arran)

25th February - 31st October

Moidart

11th February - 31st October

Morar

11th February - 31st October

Nairn

11th February - 7th October

Naver

12th January - 30th September

Ness

15th January - 15th October

Nith

25th February - 31st October

North Esk

16th February - 31st October

Obbe System (Harris)

3rd June - 15th October

Orchy

11th February - 15th October

Orkney

25th February - 31st October

Oykel

11th January - 30th September

Polla

12th January - 30th September

Polly

11th February - 15th October

Rodel Fishery (Harris)

1st May - 31st September

Ruel

16th February - 31st October

Sanda

11th February - 31st October

Scaddie

11th February - 31st October

 

 Salmon

 

Sheil (River & Loch)

11th February - 31st October

Shetland

25th February - 31st October

Shin

11th January - 30th September

Sligican

11th February - 15th October

Snizort

11th February - 15th October

Sorn (Islay)

25th February - 31st October

South Esk

16th February - 31st October

Spey

11th February - 30th September

Stinchar

25th February - 31st October

Strathy

12th January - 30th September

Tay

15th January - 15th October

Teith

1st February - 31st October

Teviot

1st February - 30th November

Thurso

11th January - 5th October

Till

1st February - 30th November

Torridon

11th February - 31st October

Tummel

15th January - 15th October

Tweed

1st February - 30th November

Ugie

10th February - 31st October

Ullapool

11th February - 31st October

Urr

25th February - 31st October

Whiteadder

1st February - 30th November

Yarrow

1st February - 30th November

Ythan

11th February - 31st October

 
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