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10 May 15

With descent water all week there has been a good run of early sea trout with anglers reporting fish up to 3 ½ lb. Given the height of the water it’s a surprise that no salmon have been caught. The forecast for the coming week remains changeable, the water level should hold up and as the weather warms the prospects are good.

Drummond Loch has been fishing well. It was stocked recently with a mix of Brown and Blue trout. In order to allow them to grow on and provide some outstanding sport next season, anglers are requested to return all Blue trout.

Japanese Knotweed – last year’s spraying of some sections of Japanese Knotweed proved highly effective and it has been severely knocked back. Weather permitting, there will be a concentrated effort to deal with some additional areas this year and also to spray Giant Hogweed to prevent its spread. Anglers are asked to report sightings of the latter so that they may be dealt with.

For the encouragement of other please report catches here.

The River Earn Improvement Association (REIA) welcomes membership from those interested in angling and matters related to the River Earn. All anglers fishing the club waters are strongly encouraged to join REIA. By doing so you will help to preserve a unique part of Perthshire's natural heritage.  A Club/REIA work party clearing a blockage in the Lennoch Burn, one of number of important for Brown and Sea Trout spawning burns on the club’s water.

Lennoch Burn blockage clearance - May 15
Bank Work Bank Work

Information on the Earn water level is available based on the Dalginross (Comrie) and Kinkell Bridge monitoring stations. This is updated on an hourly basis and gives a good idea of the current level - visiting anglers would be well advised to check this when planning a trip. The graph shows the river level relative to a 'base level'. The base level represents a typical summer level in the river and has been calculated as the level that is exceeded for 95% of the time - it does not indicate the 'actual' height of the water. Anglers will therefore find it helpful to check the level given prior to setting out and then compare that with the actual water level in the area where they plan to fish. Future visits to the Earn site will therefore given them a point of reference on which to base any proposed trip to the river. As a guide, 0m in practice means very difficult conditions with slack water and increasing amounts of weed during the summer; so, it's not worth really venturing out. A level around +6-9 inches is a good medium height.  A level at Comrie that is considerably above that at Kinkell often means either it has rained in the catchment area, or  the Hydro Board have started generating, and the level over the whole length of the river is likely to rise as a consequence. For details of other, non-Tay system, rivers go the SEPA interactive map.

Club Rules:   A full list of the Club Rules can be found here.  

Eels:    Since 2008 it has been illegal to fish for or kill eels in Scotland. All eels must be returned alive.

Rainbows:    In the interests of indigenous fish preservation all rainbow trout should be killed.     

Beaver Re-introduction:    Do you have a view?  An article on the potential effect is here

 

 

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