Welcome to the October 2016 issue of “The Flyfisher Magazine” the free online magazine by keen fly fishers for keen fly fishers throughout the UK and Abroad. If you wish to advertise within the magazine or the magazine’s website www.theflyfisher.webs.com please email email@example.com for an advertising rates quote Parent website: www.flyfishingdirectory.co.uk If you would like to contribute a free story or a fishing report along with Photographs; please email those to firstname.lastname@example.org Please include a bio about yourself so that it can be added to your article. Editor: Robin “The Cormorant” Lambert: Cover Photo: Clarence River New Zealand Content 2016 IFFA Home Countries Autumn Fly Fishing International: Page 3 Graiglwyd Springs: Page 4 Fishing Travellers to New Zealand: Page 5 Clarence River Trout Fishing: Page 7 Wanderlust and Fly Fishing: Page 10 Fly Fishing Gulf Shores, Alabama.: Page 14 Fishing Reports: Page 20 The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation: Page 27 Friends of the Kouchibouguacis: Page 28 Hyalite Reservoir Montana: Page 29 Deadly Autumn Sedgehogs! Your Must Have Fly!: Page 30 Letters to Everett Garrison Press Release: Page 31
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SANACC (Scottish Anglers National Association Competition Clubs) Secretary: Tom MacTaggart, 16 Brockwood Avenue Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 9AL Tel: (H) 01968 672015 Email: tom.mactaggart@btinternet .com Website: www.sanacc.org.uk 2016 IFFA Home Countries Autumn Fly Fishing International rd 23 September 2016 – Llandegfedd Reservoir, Wales
The IFFA Home Countries Autumn International was fished at Llandegfedd Reservoir, Wales on Friday 23 September 2016 and was won by Scotland with Ireland in second, England third and Wales fourth. During the practice days and also on match day it was mainly bright with occasional light cloud cover. There was a very light breeze during the practice days which changed to a stiff breeze on match day. The match was fished on a partial catch and release basis with the first three trout being retained and an allowance of 2lbs being given for each returned fish. England were first to the scales and recorded 30 trout for 47lbs 4ozs which put them in third place. Their top rod was Philip Thompson with 7 fish for 12lbs 5.5ozs. Ireland were next to the scales and had 37 trout for 57lbs 15ozs which earned them the silver medal. Ireland had five individual anglers in the top 20 including their top angler Andrew Duncan who had 7 trout for 12lbs 9.5ozs and won the Brown Bowl as the top overall individual. Scotland followed and their 35 trout for 59lbs 1.5ozs earned them the gold medal. Scotland had five individual anglers in the top 10 and their top rod was Stuart Marklow who had 6 trout for 11lbs 3.75ozs. The heaviest trout of the day was caught by Scotland’s Peter Auchterlonie and weighed 2lbs 1.5ozs Wales were last to the scales and their 26 trout for 38lbs 13ozs put them in fourth place. Their top rod was Terry Llewelyn who had 6 fish for 10lbs 13.5ozs.
The Top individual – Andrew Duncan of Ireland
The Top Scottish Rod – Stuart Marklow
The heaviest Fish – Peter Auchterlonie of Scotland
http://www.graiglwydsprings.co.uk/ Graiglwyd Springs Trout Fishery, located near Conwy. This well established Troutmaster fishery has gained a national reputation for excellence in fly fishing and is open throughout the year. The two and a half acre lake is located on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park in scenic and picturesque surroundings. The spring-fed lake is deep with shallow areas in the corners. With a minimum stocking weight of 2lb and average of 5-6lb, doubles are caught mainly 10-15ft down. At Graiglwyd Springs Trout Fishery stocking occurs daily. The stocked trout range in size from 2lb to 30lb, with double being stocked daily. Several different species of trout are stocked including blues, rainbows and browns which helps to give variety to a dayâ€™s fishing. The trout are reared on sight which explains their hard fighting nature. This mixture of sizes and stocking facilities makes this fishery unique within North Wales and helps to ensure a fishing experience second to none. Blood worms white & black buzzers being most popular, minkies, damsels other lures are always good on sinking lines. Sedges and CDC's are the most popular dries. Since its opening in 1992 the quality and quantity of facilities found at Graiglwyd Springs Trout Fishery has steadily improved until today everything you need for an enjoyable and relaxing days fishing is at your fingertips. The purpose built lodge incorporates a range of modern facilities including toilets, tackle shops, free coffee/tea making facilities, fish storage area/bagging area and a seating area around a wood burning stove. You are guaranteed a warm welcome by Huw, the owner, whether you are an expert or a novice.
Contact Us: Graiglwyd Rd, Penmaenmawr, Gwynedd, LL34 6ER email@example.com Tel - 01492 622338
Directions: Travelling westward on the A55 from Conwy, turn left off the roundabout signposted Penmaenmawr follow the road into the centre of the village. Immediately after the pedestrian traffic lights turn left up the hill following this road past a car park on the right hand side. Take the right hand turn into Merton Park. Follow a very steep road up the hill until you reach the top, at the give way sign - turn right. The private drive of Graiglwyd Springs Trout Fishery can be found approximately 50 yards on the left hand side.
Fishing Travellers to New Zealand By Sue Farley firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge
As I write surf crashes on to the wild west coast beach nearby, sucking the stones back with a ripping slurp. As one wave disappears another comes rolling in, a slurry of foam lifting in the wind as it drives up the beach. Inland, not far from here, an iron grey lake sits quietly, surrounded by verdant temperate forest. A chorus of native songbirds tinkles and trills, unseen in the heavy greenery overhead. A kereru, or native pigeon, pumps noisily through the air, crashing on to a nearby branch as he lands solidly. Some days the lake is streaked with wind, but today it is quiet. The Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge sits in the middle of this riotous feast of nature. Guests come here to enjoy the bird life, both seabirds and forest birds. There is excellent hiking along beautiful forest trails and kayaking on the lake. The coast, just a 45 minute walk from the lodge, is home to NZ fur seals, tawaki or Fiordland Crested Penguins and dolphins. There are many opportunities to observe these amazing creatures as they come and go during the year, delivered by the boisterous currents of the great Southern Ocean. There is also world-class fly fishing for brown trout nearby. The lodge is within reach of some great fishing but there are no guides available in this remote spot. The lodge has fishing gear to hire and they can tell you where to go for your best chance at catching something. Accommodation at the lodge is in 28 four star Riverview and Garden rooms. The inclusive rate includes dinner and breakfast, and one or two shorter guided activities a day as well. Dinner is a set menu with several options each evening. Lake Moeraki is part of the vast South Westland National Park and also of the Te Wahi Pounamu World Heritage Area. It’s ecological pedigree is supreme. The only practical ways to arrive are by road or helicopter. The lodge is a 90 kilometre drive south of Fox Glacier, one of two glaciers that curl off the Southern Alps and plunge down towards the coast, their termini surrounded by temperate rainforest. It’s within a 4 hour drive of Queenstown from the south or Greymouth from the north. Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge is open all year round. Bookings are essential in the high season as there are no nearby alternatives should the lodge be full on arrival. We can also arrange twin stays at Lake Moeraki and its sister lodge at Arthur’s Pass, high in the Southern Alps. This gives a fabulous opportunity to experience two of the South Island’s outstanding natural ecological regions in one stay. Contact us for details
Stay and Fish at New Zealand’s Best Luxury Fishing Lodges
Are you planning a fishing trip to New Zealand? We have a great selection of fantastic fishing lodges to choose from. We’ve hand-picked the best fly-fishing and saltwater fishing lodges in New Zealand for you to enjoy. We will help you choose the most suitable lodge (or lodges), arrange your bookings, find your fishing guides and help with an itinerary for your travels around the New Zealand. We can book one lodge for you, or several – let us suggest an itinerary that will cover all your requests. When you book with us you will deal with real people throughout the process. We will answer your questions, customise your bookings, develop your itinerary and ensure everything is in place before you travel. We offer a fully personalised booking service – we’ll help you get there, book your travel and accommodation and make sure you get to fish some of the best rivers and coastline around New Zealand. These lodges all sit beautifully in the landscape, surrounded by mountains, lakes, sea, rivers or glorious vistas. Hospitality is world-class with luxury accommodation, fine cuisine and refreshing company. Check out the lodges from the menu above or contact us with your questions. We are here to help. Email us to find out more. Unless you are hiring a guide, you will need a vehicle to get to the fishing on most lakes and rivers. You can hire a rental car, motorhome or campervan. Travelling in a motorhome or campervan allows you to travel independently and flexibly, at your own pace. A 4-wheel drive vehicle may be needed to drive to the more remote fishing over unformed roads and tracks. Much of New Zealand's best fishing is able to be easily reached by vehicle. And to increase the range of waters able to fish, a good four wheel drive is recommended. Many rivers and lakes are remote but do have tracks to them suitable for a 4WD vehicle. Combined with a tent and camping equipment, the numbers of rivers and lakes open to the intrepid angler is huge. There is nothing more frustrating than having to leave a great fishing spot because you have to get back to your accommodation in daylight hours and so miss the best evening fishing times. A tent and a good vehicle allow you to really experience the best of the backcountry fishing available. Four wheel drive vehicles can be hired through New Zealand 4WD Hire which has offices at the two major international terminals at Auckland and Christchurch. New Zealand 4WD Hire can also arrange for the hire of tents and other camping equipment to save you bringing these bulky items in as part of your baggage allowance. An experienced New Zealand fishing guide can provide invaluable expertise, transport, and often fly fishing tackle as well. Some New Zealand flyfishing guides even offer a "no fish, no pay" policy when trolling for trout. Many professional New Zealand flyfishing guides are members of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association, NZPGA. To find a fly fishing guide in any region, first select the region from the New Zealand fly fishing regions map, then select Fishing Guides from the menu And do remember that New Zealand has extremely strict bio-security procedures and any camping equipment brought into the country that border control suspects has been used overseas and may contain unwanted organism will be taken away and cleaned. A process that can take a few days thereby shortening your fishing time considerably. .
Clarence River Trout Fishing The Clarence River is on northeast South Island of New Zealand. It is 230 kilometres (140 mi) long, which makes it the eighth longest river in New Zealand. For its first 50 kilometres (31 mi), the river runs in a generally southeastern direction. It then turns northeast, running down a long straight valley between the Inland and Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. At the end of the Seaward Kaikouras, the river meanders through undulating hill country before draining into the Pacific Ocean near the town of Clarence. The headwaters of the huge Clarence River, where some very large trout reside, offer a unique and very different upland fishing experience. However, other parts of the Clarence are inhospitable and inaccessible except by raft or helicopter. The Clarence rises high in the Spenser Mountain Range and flows southwards to feed Lake Tennyson, a small mountain lake. From the lake, the Clarence continues as a small stream that flows over highland tussock country for several kilometres and is fed by a number of small tribuatries that turn it into a medium sized braided river by the time it reaches the confluence with the Acheron. While the first section is approximately a 15 minute drive from Hanmer Springs the upper reaches over Jacks Pass Road take much longer due to the narrow winding shingle road. Upper reaches The headwaters of the Clarence are challenging to fish as their altitude and open terrain mean that they are exposed to cold winds and conditions for much of the year. The river flows over open grassland and a gravel bed. It presents a series of riffles, small rapids, deep pools and long glides to the angler. It is excellent water for spotting the large resident fish and presenting a fly or small spinner to them. The river is subject to extremes of weather and as a consequence the bed and channels tend to change over time. This also has an impact on fish numbers as the food source is also affected. The upper reaches are mostly over open land and so the fishing conditions are relatively easy. But beware of the wind which can at times be icy even in the height of summer. Fish numbers and size Fish numbers are generally low but this is more than compensated for by their condition and size which can go to trophy size. Access From Hamner Springs, take the Jacks Pass Road and turn onto the Clarence Valley Rd (marked Lake Tennyson). Continue along a metaled hydro road (called the Tophouse Rd initially) that follows the river upstream to Lake Tennyson and then continues through to the Rainbow Valley. Note that the road beyond Lake Tennyson requires a good 4-wheel drive vehicle though in fine weather a 2wd is fine until Lake Tennyson. It takes up to an hour to drive to the Lake but the scenery makes the slow drive very worthwhile. Middle and lower reaches The middle and lower reaches of the Clarence are not often fished though do have some areas that are worth exploring and some great small tributaries that very seldom see an angler. The middle reaches are rather inaccessible and provide a hostile environment for any angler willing to face the challenge and long walk into this region. The best alternative is to access this very remote region by helicopter from Blenheim. Alternatively you can raft down the river but this will require you travelling the whole length, a journey for a few days. The lower reaches are open but worth fishing only at the river mouth when the Kahawai are running. Recommended flies Nymphs: This river responds best to lightly-weighted nymphs such as size 14 - 16 Hare and Coppers, Pheasant Tails or any Green Stonefly patterns. More weight may be required to get to the larger fish spotted in the deeper pools and runs. Dry flies: Coch-y-Bondhu, Mole Fly, Royal Wulff and Humpy patterns are all popular. Flies may need to be in the 10 - 12 size range. Wet flies: Small wets like Greenwell's Glory, March Brown and emerger sedge patterns in sizes 12 - 14 work well when fished sub-surface through the riffles and in the evenings
Fishing waters of the Nelson/Marlborough region of New Zealand
Acheron River - Anatoki River - Aorere River - Argyle Pond - Awatere River - Baton River - Branch River - Buller River - Clarence River – Cobb Reservoir - Cobb River - Lake Daniells - Dove River - D'Urville River - Glenroy River - Goulter River - Gowan River - Howard River - Kaituna River - Leatham River - Maitai River - Mangles River Maruia River - Matakitaki River - Matiri River - Motueka River - Motupiko River – Opawa River - Owen River Paturau River - Pearse River - Pelorus River - Rai River - Rainbow River - Riwaka River - Lake Rotoiti- Lake Rotoroa - Sabine River - Spring Creek - Takaka River - The Tarns - Taylor Stream - Travers River - Waihopai River - Waikoropupu River - Waimea River - Waingaro River - Wairau River - Wakamarina River - Wakapuaka River - Wangapeka River – Whangamoa River .
Wanderlust and fly fishing.
“I guess I have to say a lot of fishing we do is a little promiscuous, which, as everyone knows can be a little dangerous but nonetheless has its charms.” – John Gierach, Standing in a River Waving a Stick. Although the reasons we fish are as numerous and diverse as our community of anglers, there are 2 distinct categories of anglers: 1. 2.
Anglers who are happy and/or content with their home waters and fish them well. Anglers who have an insatiable urge to see what else is out there.
As someone who's moved homes and changed jobs at least 12 times since graduating high school, I fall into the latter category and it can be a real drag sometimes. It must be pretty nice to NOT have a powerful lust for new water… Or is it? What follows is some insight into the world of us anglers with wanderlust – it’s either a cry for help or an attempt to rub it in the other camp’s face – I can’t decide.
We maintain subscriptions (electronic and paper) to more than a few fly fishing magazines and newsletters, as well as a shelf full of books on the subject. This keeps us informed about what’s going on in the world, all the while contributing to a steadily growing bucket list of waters we have to fish. This list that never gets shorter somehow incites excitement and anxiety in us at the same time. Every introduction to new water is a roller coaster of emotions. “Wow! Look at this place. It’s crazy!” Followed by, “Damn! How am I going to fit this in my schedule?” Or, “Just when I thought I had it all mapped out…” We keep a stack of dog-eared atlases and gazetteers near our desks with little sticky notes protruding from the pages to mark places we've been. These serve as monuments to our accomplishments and as trophies to show off the state of being “well-fished.” They're also constant reminders that we only explored a couple of those pages. We know of a few places we missed when we were there, and with a little more searching we're positive there are some gems that could change our perspective on things. Plus, that stack can always get a little higher with some careful planning. Depending on how deep the sickness/passion goes, the more technically inclined of us maintain maps on Google that serve the same purpose as the atlases. Each of those little red pins reflects a great story that brings back images, smells, conversations, and those random lines from songs that get ingrained in our heads on the trip. However, once we look at a map in Google, especially in terrain view, we see every blue line and dark green spot without a pin as another place requiring thorough exploration.
Some of us maintain diaries or logbooks, both electronic or on paper, that capture our exploits – rivers, states, provinces, species of fish, times of year, etc., just to keep it all straight in our heads. Every time we look at that list, one of our eyes starts twitching or a leg gets restless with the thought, “Yeah, 151 rivers is a lot of rivers but it isn’t an even number."
"I gotta hit 152.” When we finally stop dreaming and actually go on a trip, there are the emotions that run through us as we travel to new water – a lot of excitement, a little anxiety (what are we forgetting?), and the problem of sleeplessness the night before, much like that of a kid on Christmas Eve. There's the chaos at the airport and/or the long drives fueled by anticipation and caffeine. When we finally get there, the walk up to new water is similar to approaching a potential mate – we’re undeniably curious, cautiously confident yet nervous, and hoping rejection isn't in the cards. It's here where all our research, all our experience, all our instincts are put to the test.
When it pays off, lines comes tight and those first fish come to hand – it's like that Foreigner song (be the first one to message us at email@example.com with the name of this classic and win some Brookdog Fishing Co. swag). When it doesn't pay off, we walk away momentarily despondent, a little smarter, and pissed enough to vent by the fire over booze that night making plans to step our game up tomorrow.
You decide if this is passion, sickness, or a bit of both. I don’t know if answering it is even important. Besides, I just got a new magazine in the mail, some tantalizing fish porn junk email to review, and a new state to plan for… About Ryan Shea: Ryan is a fly fishing guide and co-owner at Brookdog Fishing Company in Western New York. As a logistician and project manager in the US Marine Corps, he served his country on multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and executed nearly a dozen moves throughout the country – fishing where and when he could (but mostly working his ass off) along the way. During this time, he formed a life goal of catching a fish on a fly in all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces (the bucket list keeps growing though), and he is nearly halfway there. After spending more than half his life on the move, the idea of “home waters” started to sound appealing. With a desire to grow roots, provide stability for his family, connect with community, and teach others the joys of fishing and importance of preserving our natural resources, Ryan got together with his friend Nate and started Brookdog Fishing Company back where it all began – Western New York. Follow them on Instagram (@brookdogfly) and Facebook.
Fly Fishing Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Photo by Krystina Bullard. Most of us will not get the chance to chase bonefish on the flats of Belize, but with a little preparation we can still get the same rush a little closer to home. As a staunch streamer junkie, there's nothing greater to me than having a big brown trout absolutely hammer a streamer. But after fishing Gulf Shores, Alabama, I realized I've been missing out – the salt is a streamer junkie’s dream. Saltwater fish hit a fly like they have had a lifelong vendetta against that poor little Clouser (seriously, I had a ladyfish almost take the fly rod out of my hand). Some people refer to themselves as either a “beach person” or a “mountain person.” Photo on left by Krystina Bullard. My wife and I need a front license plate that displays our constant rivalry when it comes to planning our vacations. The epic battle normally happens sometime around February when the IRS tax refund hits the bank (fingers crossed). “So babe, where do you want to go on vacation this year?” Laura asked at the dinner table this year. I was thinking Montana, Wyoming, or somewhere else out West, but I knew she was thinking beach all the way. Being the reigning champion for the last two years, I conceded and said, “Sure, babe. The beach sounds great.”
Laura decided on visiting Gulf Shores, so I immediately did what every fly fisherman would do – spent the next several weeks at work Googling information on fly fishing in and around Gulf Shores. Then came every fly fisherman’s nightmare. 1. 2. 3.
There are no fly shops. There's almost no information on the internet about fly fishing in Gulf Shores; I could only find two articles that barely touched on the subject. On the forums, one of the nicest comments I received was, “I wish you all of the luck in the world, I think you will need it.”
Gulf Shores hosts an estimated 5 million visitors a year and, according to AFFTA market research from 2012, about 1 in every 10 visitors claim to fly fish. So according to my math there are approximately 500,000 self-proclaimed fly fishermen visiting Gulf Shores every year with virtually no resources to help them get plugged into the local fishery. Even if this number is inflated, there are undoubtedly a great number of fly fishermen visiting on a yearly basis. I wanted to share the basic information I gathered over the last few months in preparation for my trip, and what I learned while I was there. Gulf Shores fly gear guide.
Shrimp fly tied with the new Fish-Skull Shrimp & Cray Tail.
6 - 8 weight fast action rod. Weight-forward floating line – for lagoons and bays. Weight-forward intermediate sinking line – for fishing surf. Rio Redfish/Seatrout Leader 9ft.12 lb test – for redfish, seatrout, lady fish, pompano. Rio Toothy Critter Leader 7.5ft. 30lb test – for mackerel, bluefish. Flies – Clousers, Gummy Minnows, Crazy Charlies, and similar in sizes 4 - 8. Gummy Minnows are great because they can hold up against the gnarly teeth of the mackerel and bluefish. If you tie clousers for the trip be sure to coat the thread wraps generously with epoxy to increase the life of the fly. A paddleboard or kayak can increase the amount of water you can access.
Where to fly fish in Gulf Shores. Surf.
Photo by Krystina Bullard. Fishing between the breakers and first sand bar can be very productive for ladyfish, pompano, sea trout and bluefish.
Little Lagoon Pass. The Little Lagoon Pass is a local favorite. The first morning I ventured out, there were 10 kayaks and/or boats fishing a 300 yard wide section. Generally, most people fish where the pass opens up into the lagoon; there is a distinct drop off that tends to hold fish. You can certainly wade out to this drop off; however, the paddleboard made it a lot easier getting my gear out there.
Orange Beach Canoe Trail
There are 10 designated kayak trails that wind through different bays and bayous. After dark can be very productive throwing baitfish patterns under lighted docks. P.S. I saw an alligator in some water next to one of the canoe trails â€“ definitely caught me off guard. Perdido Pass.
This water was a little big for me to conquer with yellow and red flags every day of our stay, but there are two jetties that extend out into the gulf and have deep water nearby. Perdido Pass will be on my list next time I visit Gulf Shores if there are calmer seas.
Tips for fly fishing Gulf Shores.
Photo by Krystina Bullard. You’ve most likely learned how to be successful on your home water – watching for hatches, matching the hatch, varying retrieves, etc. Even though you may not be in the comfort zone of your home water, use the same assessments you use for freshwater streams and tweak them to be successful in the bay, lagoon or surf. 5 tips for your first DIY bonefish trip. For example, when sitting on the balcony of your condominium or hotel, look for birds, bait balls, and fish breaking; this is similar to watching for hatches on the stream. You are still “matching the hatch,” but instead of mayflies you are focusing on baitfish (glass minnows, anchovies, etc). Varying the retrieves of your flies to figure out what triggers a bite is no different than when you strip streamers for big browns. Take the fishfinding knowledge that you have and apply it to your new ecosystem for success.
Rinse your reels, rod guides, reel seats, nippers, hemostats, etc. after every outing. Take an anchor for your paddleboard or kayak. Preferably a bigger one than the 1.5 lb. anchor I took – lesson learned. Rinse your flies and let them dry before you place them back in your box. Sunscreen and sun shirts are a must. Preferably grow a massive beard to prevent sunburn. Wind is your friend. If the wind is blowing into the shore all day, by that evening the surf will most likely be full of baitfish and the gamefish will be right behind them. Remember to strip set instead of the traditional hook set.
Photo by Krystina Bullard. If you haven't done it already, fly fishing in the salt is something that HAS to be added to your bucket list. Next February, instead of putting on my boxing gloves and getting ready for the annual “vacation featherweight title fight,” I'll be in my wife Laura’s corner voting for the beach. If you're headed down to the Gulf Shores this summer, do yourself a favor – grab your rod, a few leaders, a box of Clousers, and turn your family vacation into one awesome fishing vacation! Always Giving. Always Fishing.
About Jess Westbrook: Jess Westbrook was exposed to fly fishing at a young age. He spent weeks every summer chasing stocker rainbows in Roaring River, Missouri. During his college years he cut his teeth guiding for Rainbow Bay Resort in Pedro Bay, Alaska. Guiding gives Jess the opportunity to combine his two passions: fishing and teaching. Today he owns Arkansas-based guide service Black Dun Fly Fishing and is the general manager for Nushagak Paradise Lodge which is located on the Nushagak River outside of Dillingham, Alaska. In 2015 Jess and his wife Laura founded The Mayfly Project, a non-profit organization that mentors foster children through fly fishing.
Tel/Fax 01877 385664 www.menteith-fisheries.co.uk Lake of Menteith
Edinburgh Flytye Tackle shop owner Jimmy McBride of Heriot AC, is the th 124 Scottish National Fly Fishing Champion. In the Final on Saturday Jimmy coaxed 11 trout into his net and with his nd weighed-in three fish making 6lbs 6.1oz he finised 2.4oz ahead of 2 placed Neil Anderson of Monikie AC with 10 fish. Paul Garner was unlucky to finish in rd 3 place with 11 fish but one of his 3 retained fish was small. Jimmy who has one just about everything in Scottish Angling, apart from the National Championships has 5 caps, gaining his first cap in 1994 just before he gave up angling competitions from 95 to 2003. Jimmy was sharing a boat with Paul Sharp of Leven Fly Dressers who caught 6. Although Jimmy is taking part in the current Police International at the Lake he was quite happy to give us an insight into his winning ways. He knows as well as anyone I guess that his talent is not one that can be conveyed in a few sentences in a fishery report! He got his first five on the Road Shore then moved to the Butts but met with little success as it was too bright and then to the Heronry. His top tip was, â€œto know when the fish come on in the different areas as each hatch in each bay tends to occur according to a patternâ€?. His fish were taken on a variety of flies, as he was trying to find out what they wanted but found no one fly better than any other. th
Also qualifying to fish for Scotland were Gerry Rattray in 4 place followed by, Scott Reith, Andrew Glasgow, Ronnie Gilbert, Kevin McCabe, Ray Anderson, Sean McCaffrey, Rab Maxwell, Alan Hill, Derek Purves, Kevin Neri, Alan Porteous, Dave Carr, Ally Middlemas, James Gardiner, Andrew Kennedy and Paul Sharp. In all the 60 anglers netted 301 fish giving a catch average of just over 5 fish per rod. The mean weight of the weighed in fish was 2lbs 5.6oz. Thanks to the sponsors Ridgeline Clothing. On Saturday 1965 champion David Buist dropped in his picture on the left with the revered trophy. The picture on right is of him and his father who was champion 60 years ago in 1956.
BIG FISH BONANZA We always like to finish on a good note and as we approach the last month we have over 600 fish in the 4-6lb weight range and around 3200 fish in the 2lb weight range waiting to be stocked. Not to mention the lifting of the exclusion zone in Gateside Bay and access to the many fish in that area that reside around the fish pens. SUNDAY BOAT AVAILABILITY th
Due to a few clubs dropping a couple of boats this Sunday (25 Sept) we have 7 boats available – only a few days after we have tipped in a good chunk of the afore mentioned big fish. We also have significant availability on the last two Sundays of October and we are holding back some slabs to stock in the last fortnight, as well as there being the opportunity to fish beyond the rope in Gateside. The two last Sunday’s are short shifts, about 12noon to 4 or 5pm due to the clocks going back, but prices are adjusted accordingly. POLICE INTERNATIONAL By Paul Barr The Police Sport UK 5 nations championships were held on the Lake last Thursday. These followed 2 days of practice with a flat calm day on Tuesday with more breeze on Wednesday. Lots of fish were taken during practice but the match day proved more difficult for some with the return of flat calm conditions. On the day of the match the 70 anglers landed 170 fish of average weight 2lbs 8oz and returned a further 123, giving a rod average of 4.2 The result was a close run affair with only 10ozs separating 1st and 2nd place. Wales pipped Scotland to take first place despite the Welsh catching 1 fish fewer. Northern Ireland finished narrowly behind Scotland whilst England were 4th. The team from the Garda in the Republic of Ireland picked up the wooden spoon. The top individual was Gary Smith from Northern Ireland with 15 fish for 30lbs 10ozs. Gary caught his fish on a dry claret hopper fished in the gap between Arnmach and Inchmahome. He was using a Snowbee Thistledown fly line rated 2-5 weight on a 5 weight rod. 2nd place also went to an angler from the Police Service of Northern Ireland. The guest of honour at the prize giving dinner was angler Phillip Gormley (in middle) -the Chief Constable of Scotland, seen here presenting Welsh Captain Simon Davies with the winner’s trophy.
Ian Strachan Wellington Angling Club is sad to announce the untimely death of our member Ian (wizard) Strachan. Ian passed away on the 26th of July aged 50yrs. Ian fished the lake with our club for over 30yrs. He was a first class angler and will be hugely missed.
Lochter Fishery Report – Mild Autumn Good and Bad for Anglers Osprey’s still hanging around Lochter Normally by this time the Lochter ospreys would have departed on their 3000 mile journey to West Africa. Mum has certainly gone but dad and this years surviving youngster are still hanging around. Tempted to stay perhaps by the mild weather and of course the st eady supply of tasty trout. During the week some members of the human race have been enjoying good sport among the tasty trout. The blobby boys Doug Mair and Bill Ferries were at it again knocking up scores of eighteen and seventeen respectively using a mix of their favourite blobs and u.v. nymphs using his special tiny ceramic nymphs Liam Stephen tempted fourteen while Mike Fraser from Newmachar had eight including a lovely 4lb brownie on dwial bachs and buzzers. K. McKinstray kept three for the BBQ and put back another three using nomads and bunny leech’s. Gavin Laird attempted to match the hatch with wets and sedges and was rewarded when nine nice fish agreed with his choice. While Billy Ingram up from Stonehaven stuck with traditional wets and bibios and released seven on what he described as ‘a nice days fishing’ ANGLING PRESS SERVICES JIM BOYD - angling journalist/photographer 20 KELVIN DRIVE, KIRKINTILLOCH, GLASGOW G66 1BS TELEPHONE/FAX 0141 776 2920 MOBILE 07433 586867 Email. firstname.lastname@example.org Although now pretty well retired from the front line of the angling media of which he had huge experience Jim still distributes fishery reports on a weekly basis on behalf of a number of the most prestigious small Scottish fisheries and for the past thirty years has written the angling column for the Sunday Post.' Frandy Fishery, Glendevon, by Dollar, FK14 7JZ. Tel: 01259 781352 Mobile: 07920445664 http://frandyfishery.co.uk/ It was a very busy week at the fishery and on the individual front Bob Dick & Jimmy Sherry from Kinross kept 7 fish weighing 14lb, Iain Muir & Billy Haroun, Dalgety Bay 6 fish weighing 14lb, Gordon Price & Keith Findell, Milngavie, 5 fish for 10lb 4oz, Tom Buchanan & Keith Muirhead, Glasgow, 9 fish weighing 19lb and released a further 2 and John Robertson & Gordon Mullen from Auchterarder kept 8 fish weighing 18lb. Matthew Warder from Glenfarg had 4 fish weighing 9lb released 6 brown trout, Dave Bain (Perth) & Willie Campbell (Stirling) caught & released 7, Drew Carrie & Tom Gordon, Paisley 10 fish for 20lb 8oz and released 8 and Iain MacEchern & Jim McIntosh from Fort William kept 9 fish weighing 20lb. Jimmy Sherry from Kinross took 5 fish weighing 12lb and released a further 4, John Dunbar & John Pirie, Tillicoultry, 7 fish for 14lb, Paul Brett & Sean Roddy, Doune, 10 fish for 21lb 10oz and released a further 31, Ricky O’Hare, Thornton, 3 fish for 6lb 8oz and Jimmy & Scott Barrett from Stanley had 4 fish weighing 10lb and released 8. The SPRA (North) kept 24 fish weighing 53lb 4oz and released a further 4, SPRA (West) 64 fish for 134lb 14oz and released 45, Wiremill A/C 51 fish weighing 102lb, Kelvinside Academicals A/C 18 fish weighing 37lb 3oz and Grangemouth Railway A/C kept 9 fish weighing 20lb 8oz and released a further 5. Edinburgh Post Office A/C took 5 fish for 10lb 8oz and released a further 12 and Thistle A/C kept 8 fish weighing 18lb. The top taking flies and lures included the Kate McLaren, Daddy Longlegs, Bibio Hoppers, Cormorants and Sedge Muddlers.
http://www.orchillloch.com/ It has certainly been a very changeable week with us going from being 23 degrees to really autumnal weather with strong winds at the weekend. John Gilchrist from Stirling took 4 fish for 16lbs on an Ally McCoist, Tom Faulds, Lochgelly, 3 for 10lbs on a HH Damsel, Harry Isherwood, Cumbernauld, 2 for 8lbs – best 5lbs on a Pink & White Lure, I McLeish, Dunblane, 4 for 17lbs – best 5lbs on an Orange Fritz and A Aitken from Dumbarton took 3 for 9lbs – best 5lbs on Buzzers. William Williams from Sauchie had a brace for 7lbs on a Klinkhammer, Brian Harper, Alva, 2 for 5lbs 4oz on a Yellow Dancer, D. McKendrick, Alva, 2 for 6lbs 8oz on a Diawl Bach, N Tulloch, Menstrie, 2 for 8lbs 8oz on a Black & Green Fritz and Steven Lowrie from Airdrie caught 2 for 7lbs on a Black & Pink Dancer. Gerry Kane from Cumbernauld used a Cat to bag 3 for 9lbs.
MARKLE (East Lothian) Bob Thom from Haddington had 12 fish on a Diawl Bach, Bruce Hunter, Edinburgh, 7 on Bloodworm, Jack Hay, Haddington, 4 on a lure, Chris McGhee, Musselburgh, 6 on a Diawl Bach and Derek Demarco, Haddington, 6 on a Bloodworm. P Wise from Edinburgh used a Greenwell to take 6 and the Bonnyrigg AC had 25 for 55lbs 12oz.
http://www.swanswater-fishery.co.uk/index.html The Fishery opening hours are 8.00am to 8.30pm every day. There was another excellent week of sport at Swanswater. The water remained relatively clear despite heavy rain on and off during the week. For the first part of the week the fish were just under the surface although they were a bit deeper at the weekend. They are looking to chase something at the moment so a relatively fast retrieve was necessary. A wide range of flies were working with almost anything black being the most successful. Favourite patterns included small black lures such as Ace of Spades, Ally McCoist and Black Fritz, nymphs including Cormorant, Buzzer and Diawl Bach, and wet flies like Kate McLaren, Black Pennell, Spider and Bibio. Although the fish were not interested in dry flies on Swanswater, quite a few fish were taken on CDCs and other dries on the small ponds over the weekend. A good number of fish over 6lb were taken again this week with one lucky angler taking home 4 fish for nearly 23lb over the course of the week. Several golds and blues also feature in the catch returns. Many anglers are enjoying a lot of sport in the small ponds where the fish are often nearer the surface and the golds are very visible. The Fishery is still open from 8am to 8pm every day. Michael Cummings, Bannockburn, had a great week using his brand new 4weight rod. On Tuesday he landed 2 for 10lb 8oz including 8lb 8oz Rainbow, the first fish he had caught with his new rod. He returned on Wednesday and landed a cracking 9lb 6oz Rainbow! Both fish gave a great fight and were played for around 20 minutes each. Later in the week he landed a 3lb Rainbow. Doing well from the boat was Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, with 5 for 17lb 8oz including 8lb 8oz Rainbow and 2 Golds, plus 2 C&R. Also amongst the big fish was Martin Stewart, Glasgow, 2 for 13lb including 7lb Blue and 6lb Rainbow Other good bags included Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 13lb 8oz, Martin Watt, Airdrie, 5 for 10lb 10oz including 4 Golds from the small ponds, plus 1 C&R, Eddie McKillop Jnr, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 10oz including 2 Golds and a Tiger and his father, also Eddie, 3 for 8lb including 2 Golds, plus 2 C&R and John Kearney, Broxburn, 3 for 8lb 4oz including 2 Golds. Robert Anderson, Crossgates, kept 5 from the Millpond, including 2 Golds and a Blue, and returned a further 14 and Arthur Martin, Dollar, caught and released 7.
http://www.woodburnfishery.co.uk/ It was another good fishing week with plenty of top of the water action with Buzzers and dries doing well. The bait pond is also producing some nice fish with most of the anglers getting their fish just off the bottom on the worm. Bill Church from Glasgow had 4 on C+R, Mr Wright, Kilsyth, 1 at 6lbs, Mr Currie, Glasgow, 2 for 6lbs, Mr Lynch, Milton of Campsie, 2 for 7lbs – best 5lbs and Mr McGowan from Glasgow took 2 for 8lbs. Mr Pate from Bearsden had 4 rainbows and a blue on C+R, Jim White, Paisley, 3 for 9lbs, Mr McDonald, Stirling, 3 for 11lbs, Gordon Craig, Glasgow, 3 for 8lbs and Alan Modroll from Glasgow returned a 4lb brown trout. Joseph Woods from Surrey had 3 rainbows and a blue on C+R, Jim Jack, Bathgate, 2 rainbows and a blue on C+R and Pat. Martin from Falkirk took 3 for 9lbs. Mr Gallagher from Milton of Campsie had 3 for 9lbs and the Butcher Boys AC did well on Saturday weighing in 56 fish for 159lbs – heaviest a 7lb 4oz blue trout.
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The Trout Day Ticket Fishery re-opened on Saturday with heavy rain greeting the anglers on the first day. The fishing was really patchy with the new stock fish shoaling around the wires bank and anglers getting onto the shoals early had the best of the sport. Mr G Hood of Nuneaton caught a total of eleven fish, six were returned up to 3lb using small Cats Whisker on floating lines. Ben Stubbs of Atherstone also caught eleven fish including an 8lb rainbow which was safely returned with Cats Whiskers and black Tadpoles accounting for all of his fish. By Sunday the wind has turned full circle and the fish were on the opposite banks into the old boat jetty corner and it was here that Kevin Burgess of Birmingham fished from a boat to catch eight fish to 4lb. As the weather cools the fish will spread out and make the fishing better, particularly for those fishing from the bank. FURTHER DETAILS AND BOOKINGS, PLEASE RING 01676 522754 or CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE, www.packingtonestate.co.uk Also see us on Facebook (Packington Trout Lakes).
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KINGDON FOLLOWS ENGLAND QUALIFICATION WITH £2000 WIN AT BEST OF THE BEST!
Matt Kingdon has won the Best of the Best £5000 final at Wimbleball Lake held on 18 September after being the only angler to catch a limit of 10 fish. The competition, now in its third year, is run by South West Lakes Trust and sponsored by Snowbee (www.snowbee.co.uk). Matt, from Barnstaple, bagged his limit with more than an hour to go from the Bessoms Bridge area of the lake. Successful tactics were a team of three flies consisting of a Peach Blob on top, a Red Holographic Cruncher in the middle and a Black Lure with Malibu Tail and a Green Sparkled Body with Red Rib on the bottom fly. A slow to medium retrieve to jerk the Malibu Tail accounted for seven of Matt’s ten fish. He collected £2000 for the win, following on from his third place finish where he won £1000 in the 2015 final. It completes a great week for Matt who qualified for the Home International Loch style in 2017.
57 anglers fished the final after 92 had qualified throughout the season from Kennick, Wimbleball, Stithians, Siblyback and Burrator. After the briefing was done, there was a mad dash for the favoured fishing spots with most anglers opting for Bessoms and Ruggs end of the lake. The weather conditions were pretty good with a slight ripple on the water, overcast mainly but warm sunny spells at times. A lot of fish were showing out of casting range and catches were much slower than the previous week which was expected after the pressure from anglers practising. Rob Gale, from Ashburton, finished second catching eight fish from the Narrows to claim the £1250 prize pot with Alec Hoare, Newton Abbot, claiming the £750 third place with seven fish for 11lb 4oz with only 5 ounces separating fifth place from third! There was a strong Kennick Fly Fishers Association showing at the top of the individual standings with the top five finishers all members. th After winning it the last two years Andrew Gooding finished a creditable 8 . The largest fish in the final (not finishing in the top three) was won jointly by Mike Stone (Starcross) and Roger Truscott (Liskeard) who shared the £500 prize fund with a Rainbow of 2lb 2oz each. The blind pairs was introduced this season and the winners, claiming £150 each, were Matt Kingdon and Steve Ebdon (Exeter) wi th Rob Gale and John Huckings (Camelford) finishing second to win £100 each. There were 127 Rainbows caught in total giving a 2.3 rod average per person for the competition with a further 30 Browns also caught and released. Simon Kidd from Snowbee was on hand to give out the prizes and here is the full list of prize winners: POSITION Winner – Matt Kingdon 10 fish for 15lb 6oz Runner up – Rob Gale 8 fish for 13lb 4oz Third – Alec Hoare 7 fish for 11lb 4oz Heaviest Fish (not finishing in the top three) Mike Stone and Roger Truscott 2lb 2oz
PRIZE £2000 BOB trophy and name on the honours board in the permit room £1250 BOB trophy and name on the honours board in the permit room £750 BOB trophy and name on the honours board in the permit room £250 each
Second heaviest fish (not in top three) Andy Watson 2lb 1oz Blind Pairs winners: Matt Kingdon and Steve Ebdon 18lb 12oz Blind Pairs runners up: Rob Gale and John Huckings 17lb 15oz th 4 - Andy Watson 7 fish for 10lb 15oz (won on countback with largest fish 2lb 1oz) th 5 – Paul Wicks 7 fish for 10lb 15oz th 6 - Pete Kempton 6 fish for 9lb 11oz th 7 - Nick Tompkins 5 fish for 7lb 9oz th 8 - Andy Gooding 5 fish for 7lb 8oz th 9 - Dave Perks 5 fish for 7lb 6oz (won on countback with largest fish 1lb 12oz) th 10 – Tony Chipman 5 fish for 7lb 6oz QUALIFYING PRIZES Heaviest fish Wimbleball – Howard James 6lb 8oz Heaviest Fish Kennick - Mark Brimblecombe 7lb 6oz Heaviest Fish Burrator - Allan Lawson 5lb Heaviest Fish Siblyback – Duncan Kier 6lb 8oz Heaviest Fish Stithians – Nigel Burley 6lb 11oz
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The top three will also have their names engraved onto the honours board in the permit room at Wimbleball. A huge thank you to all of the Marshalls, especially Danny Ford for all his work leading up to and during the competition and also the sponsor Snowbee who very generously donated over £1000 worth of prizes. Ben Smeeth Technical Lead for Fishing
South West Lakes Trout Fisheries Report (September 2016) General: The weather conditions were predominantly hot and humid for most of the month, with the occasional heavy thundery showers temporarily freshening up what were otherwise fairly oppressive conditions. Hot days and warm nights meant that water temperatures continued to climb, to over 20 ºc on many sites, with the best fishing to be had either early in the morning or late into the evening. During the daytime, boat anglers fishing over deeper waters tended to achieve the best results. The Brown Trout have continued to feed more eagerly in the warm conditions, with anglers enjoying consistently better sport at Fernworthy, Roadford, and Colliford. Cooler autumnal conditions should provide better surface sport, with Daddies and Sedge Patterns starting to catch well.
Fishing: Kennick – The best fishing continued to be had in the northern part of the lake, from the banks at Smithacott and Laployd, down through The Narrows to Clampitts Bay and from anchored boats in the Narrows. Teams of Buzzers, covering various depths, or single Diawl Bachs and Damsel Nymphs fished on sink-tip or intermediate lines proved to be the best options; otherwise Green or Orange Boobies on a sinking line fished in deeper water caught fish. The best fish of the month was a 3lb Rainbow, caught by Mr. Carroll from Bristol, using a Viva fished from a boat near the Lodge. Water level is 65% full. Siblyback - The warm bright conditions made fishing challenging during the month, with the best fishing to be had from the banks at Stocky Bay and Two Meadows. Deeper fished lures (particularly Orange Lures and Cats Whiskers) proved to be the only way to tempt the less lethargic fish, with better results in the early mornings and evenings. Wimbleball – With fewer fish being caught from the banks (2.8 fish average) with anglers favouring the point at Ruggs Bay next to the bridge, boat fishing over the open deeper, cooler water (particularly nearer the dam, the Upton Arm, Cowmoor, or by Bessoms Bridge) has proved to be the most productive (4.9 average), particularly on the drift, thus covering more water, as there have not been any notable hotspots. Mornings and evenings have been the best times to catch fish and while some fish have been caught on dry patterns (Dry Daddies, Bobs Bits, Claret Hoppers – indicating that the fish are starting to look up for Daddy Longlegs, as well as emerger patterns fished in the evenings), the majority of fish have been taken on lures, such as Blobs, Boobies, and Kennick Killer, fished on sinking lines. Nymph patterns, such as Daiwl Bachs, Pheasant Tails, and small Crunchers, have caught well when fished on the washing line. Resident Browns are now starting to nail fry, particularly around the pontoons, and prospects are promising for some exciting fry-bashing in the margins. The South West Lakes Trust’s annual ‘Best of The Best’ competition, sponsored by Snowbee UK, culminated in the final, fished from the banks at Wimbleball on 18 September. 57 anglers had qualified to fish the final throughout the season from Kennick, Wimbleball, Stithians, Siblyback and Burrator. The winning angler, Matt Kingdon from Barnstaple, caught his ten-fish limit with more than an hour to go, using a team of flies fishing from the bank at Bessoms Bridge, netting the first prize of £2000; Rob Gale from Ashburton was runner-up, catching 8 fish from the Narrows bank to claim the £1250 prize and Alec Hoare from Newton Abbot came third with seven fish, winning £750. Sixteen other anglers also won various prizes. Burrator – The water level is still down to about 55%, with bank anglers finding the banks at Longstone the most productive. Boat anglers are finding success fishing the deeper water at the north end of the lake. Buzzers and Damsel Nymphs, fished singly or in teams, have proved successful, as have Boobies fished on sinking lines, with mornings and evenings proving to be the best times. Hoppers and Dry Sedge Patterns are starting to catch fish and prospects are good for some exciting dry fly sport in the autumn. Stithians – Hatches of Buzzers and Beetles blown onto the water has meant that fish are still feeding near the surface, with subsurface patterns such as Hares Ears and Pheasant Tails and patterns such as Zulus and Black and Peacock patterns fished in the surface film catching fish. The best locations have included Sluice, Pub Bay and Chapel Bay. Fernworthy - has produced some excellent sport over the month, with anglers averaging 3.3 fish per rod on either dry patterns, particularly Dry Spiders and Sedges, Hawthorns, Beetles, Daddy Longlegs and Black Gnats, or Nymphs fished just under the surface (e.g. Diawl Bachs, Hare’s Ears and Black Pennells). The best fish of the month was a grown on Brown of 2lb 8oz (as part of a bag of six fish), caught on a dry Daddy by Mr B. Thorne of Reading. Paul Ackland from Plymouth caught a 2lb Brown as part of a bag of 9 fish on dry patterns; Mr M.Jones from South Brent caught the best bag of the month – 17 Browns – using a Black and Peacock Spider and Black Pennells. Roadford – Fishing from the boats drifting over the boils continued to produce some outstanding results, with Duncan Kier from Belstone catching 27 Browns up to 2lb 10oz in one session. Popular patterns included Muddlers, Daddies, Buzzers, Montanas, Damsels, Hoppers and Zulus. Colliford – Robin Wood from Truro caught a superb grown-on 4lb 4oz Brown Trout using a Black Pennell, fishing from the bank at Deweymeads Point.
http://salmonconservation.ca/en/ It’s now autumn and the recipient groups we’ve helped undertake conservation projects have either completed their 2016 field season, or are nearing completion. So far, it’s been a good year for wild Atlantic salmon conservation activity. From the interim reports we have received it’s clear that the work that had been planned for the year has been successful. During August and September Darla, Krystal and I have been following up with many recipients with site visits. These visits are a necessary part of the due diligence we observe in managing the Foundation’s business. As I have observed many times over, meeting our recipients is a very rewarding element of our work. Plus, we get to actually see the outstanding work being carried out in the great outdoors of Atlantic Canada and Quebec. While we don’t meet all of our 80 or so recipients, we do undertake a solid representative sampling and, over time, get to meet everyone. Jean Boudreault is our featured volunteer for September. Jean has been a member of our Quebec Advisory Committee sine 2014. He comes to the table with over 30 years of experience as a committed conservationist, along with his current role as President of the Quebec Federation for Atlantic Salmon (FQSA). Great advisors, like Jean, are crucial to helping the ASCF make excellent conservation project investments. Thank you, Jean! Our September project profile is that carried out by the Friends of the Kouchibouguacis on the Gulf of St. Lawrence side of New Brunswick. This group is doing great work in studying the life cycle of Atlantic salmon in the Kouchibouguacis River watershed with a $25,000 grant from the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation in 2016. Gulf rivers are subject to varying degrees of adverse impacts from forestry, agriculture and other human interventions, so we look forward to learning and sharing the results of this major project. Enjoy the autumn!
Stephen Chase Executive Director
Friends of the Kouchibouguacis In an effort to understand more about the life cycle of Atlantic salmon in the Kouchibouguacis River watershed, the Friends of the Kouchibouguacis have embarked on an ambitious project. In 2016 the group received a $25,000 grant from the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation. The project covers a number of components that will benefit the Atlantic salmon population and its habitat in the Kouchibouguacis River watershed. Different monitoring methods will be used to collect data on salmon (and other fish species) population, available habitat, migration, and age, along with water quality and environmental parameters. Salmon eggs/milt will be collected for incubation purposes. An environmental consultant will provide the land owners with further guidance for future restoration work. Public education will be part of this effort as well. Anita Doucet, coordinator of The Friends of the Kouchibouguacis, says the Kouchibouguacis River is one of the many treasures Kent County residents hold dear. “The river is used for swimming, boating, canoeing, and fishing. A big part of the regional economy rely on commercial fishing; lobster, mackerel, herring, cod, American eel, smelt, and gaspereau fishing are the targeted species. Recreational fishermen have known to target trout, eel, smelt, whitefish, yellow perch, and just recently, the striped bass. Salmon fishing has been closed on the Kouchibouguacis River since 1998; this represents a great disappointment to many local fishermen.” Doucet notes there are several stress factors at play, but there is hope fish populations can be improved. The group has also had great success in the past using Jordan-Scotty incubators which are designed to protect eggs from environmental pressures, sedimentation, and predators. Doucet says incubators that were set out in the brook last fall have been retrieved. Results from the 2015 incubation have been calculated and show good egg survival ranging from 76.3% to 90.3%, with an overall average of 89.5% survival. An incubation workshop was held in June of 2015 and Doucet said the event was exciting for everyone involved. “The participants got the opportunity to prepare the equipment and load up Jordan-Scotty incubators with green eggs! OK, not real eggs - we used green peas as eggs and it worked like a charm. White peas were used to simulate dead eggs that one may encounter during the process. We wanted the participants to be able to leave us with enough knowledge and some practice to comfortably set up their own incubation exercises.” “Our experience with the Jordan Scotty incubators and the methods we use for the preparation and installation of the incubators will be compiled in a document that will be posted on the ASCF Hub page; a French and English version of this document will be made available soon.” Doucet also notes students from different schools in the area have been participating in the Fish Friend Program for a number of years, and it’s having an impact on the students and the fish population. “We provided the different schools with salmon eggs and the students took care of the eggs until they hatched. The students made their way to the Kouchibouguacis River to release their small friends in June. The students were then brought to another site where they were introduced to a sampling method we use to determine the health of our estuary. The activities we offer to the school are always popular with the students, and we look forward to them every year!” Doucet says the overall project will eventually lead to the return of the salmon population in the watershed, the reopening of its sport fishing, and contribute to a better quality of life for people in the area. “We have received $5000 from the NB Wildlife Trust Fund as matching funds for this project. We also have wonderful partners who offer plenty of in-kind support towards this project.”
Hyalite Reservoir Montana
Hyalite Canyon Road Bozeman, Montana 59730 Hyalite provides a range of fishing experiences from alpine lakes, rushing streams, and of course, the Reservoir. Native species such as Yellowstone cutthroat trout and Arctic grayling along with introduced brook trout can be found in Hyalite Reservoir. The alpine gems of Hyalite Lake, Emerald Lake, and Heather Lake hold cutthroat and grayling. Blackmore Lake contains a sustaining population of introduced rainbow trout. The general fishing season for streams in Hyalite is from the 3rd Saturday in May until November 30. However, to protect spawning cutthroat and grayling, the inlet stream to Hyalite Reservoir does not open until the 3rd Saturday in July. Within the reservoir there is a daily limit of 5 for trout and grayling are catch-and-release only. Cutthroat trout are catch-and-release in all streams. Hyalite Creek The road to Hyalite Reservoir follows this creek and there are plenty of pull outs. A well-presented dry fly will fool these small, abundant rainbows. Try the Irresistible Adams, elk-hair caddis, and Royal Wulff. To increase your odds, tie a small bead-head nymph about 18 inches off behind your dry fly. Most any nymph will do, including the old standards: prince, hareâ€™s ear, pheasant tail. For the chance at a slightly larger fish, head up above the reservoir. Hyalite Reservoir is a wonderful Bozeman fishing spot that you should really try. This scenic 206-acre reservoir offers year-round fishing, and it has a good population of brook trout, yellow cutthroat and arctic graylings. During spring and summer, when the temperature of the water is higher, most anglers do bait fishing, fly fishing or vertical jig fishing. Ice will usually begin to form around late November, and the reservoir will be safe for ice fishing around Christmas time. You're only allowed to fish a maximum of 5 trout a day and arctic graylings have to be released back into the water. If you need directions to get to the Hyalite Reservoir, you can ask the staff at the Bozeman Inn.
Deadly Autumn Sedgehog Flies - Usage, Rig Set Up, Fishing Techniques & More!
Deadly Autumn Sedgehogs! Your Must Have Fly! Backgrounder This fly is stunning and defies many fly anglers logic that such a monstrous creation, catches what trout as it does. This is a loud and buoyant fly. It creates a huge amount of disruption when retrieved which attracts attention from below to an object that momentarily submerges only to re-appear on the surface soon afterwards This popping up trick (make sure to treat the fly with a good floatant prior to fishing!) is one of the deadliest tricks that an angler can hope to impart onto a bob fly in a decent wave. With autumn we usually get more wind and this is as great time to fish Sedgehogs, especially as the trout are feeding regularly on Sedges.
Here is an example of a stunning Sedgehog fly - the peacock. Handsome don't you think?
Sedgehog Fishing Techniques 1.
Sedgehog flies sometimes called halfhogs. Imitating caddis they work exceptionally well in the autumn months. Try a sedgehog on the point fly with a floating line, this is the classic traditional way to fish Sedgehogs. Put them on the top dropper when using a floater using more modern techniques. Use two wets on the middle dropper and point. Daiwl Bach works well, directly behind the Sedgehog.
When retrieving the Sedgehog make short jerky pulls. With floatant like Gink on the wing, the fly is pulled just below the surface, then pops up through the surface again. This dropping down and popping up really triggers trout.
In a calm or very slight ripple on a stillwater, try to fish a Sedgehog slowly as top dropper fly with a team of buzzers behind it.
Finally, segehogs can be fished on sinking lines. Put it on the point with a couple of buzzers/nymphs on the droppers. Let the line sink; the Sedgehog will be the last thing to go under. When you retrieve, you will give the flies a very attractive diving then rising action, like a washing line rig but slightly less buoyant but still highly effective.
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Letters to Everett Garrison Press Release
LETTERS TO EVERETT GARRISON CFFCM Publishes New Book about Rodmaking by Kathy Scott August 9, 2016 [LIVINGSTON MANOR] – A collection of letters from the famous (and not-so-famous) to one of the world’s preeminent split bamboo fly rodmakers is the focus of a book just published by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) in Livingston Manor. Written by author and rodmaker Kathy Scott, “The Letters to Everett Garrison” includes excerpts from letters sent between May 1947 and January 1975 from a variety of bamboo fly rod anglers including: World War Two general and diplomat George C. Marshall, advertising mogul Ted Bates and industrialist John M. Olin, among others. The introduction to the book was written by rodmaker Hoagy B. Carmichael. A self-professed hobbiest rodmaker, Garrison made split bamboo fly rods by hand in his spare hours. Because of his rod building methods and tapers – and his unrivaled skill – these items acquired a reputation around the country and are widely sought and prized today. “These are not all the letters ever written to Everett Garrison, but they are the letters he kept. Together, they reveal part of the life of a man who may be the world’s most famous hobbiest rodmaker, a craftsman whose decision to share that art in film and the printed word helped set into motion the renaissance of rodmaking today,” said Scott, who has four previous books, numerous magazine articles and teaches rodmaking with her husband, David Van Burgel, at the CFFCM. “The Letters to Everett Garrison” is $15 at the CFFCM gift shop or $20 with shipping and handling. CFFCM is dedicated to preserving the heritage of fly fishing, while enhancing the present experience and protecting its future. The center maintains a museum, gallery and workshops on its 53 acre property on the banks of Willowemoc Creek, the birthplace of American dry fly fishing. Located between Livingston Manor and Roscoe, facilities also include a gift shop, library, picnic area, nature trails and pond. For information about ordering the book, museum hours and programs, call 845-439-4810 or visit www.cffcm.com and/or www.facebook.com/cffcm
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