River Opening Ceremony – 01 Feb
The Club's annual river opening ceremony will take place on Wednesday 1st February.
For those who have not attended before, we will gather at the car parking area for Dornoch (Strageath Mill) and, at 10.00am prompt, will be piped to the riverbank. The Club President will say a few words, bless the river with a dram and take the first cast. Non-members are welcome but cannot fish at Dornoch due to it being a ‘members only’ stretch of the river. The local press will attend to take some photos of the occasion.
There is ample parking and hot soup and a dram will be available free of charge.
Once again, the Famous Grouse Experience has donated Whisky for to toast the occasion and also supplied us with a personalised bottle that will be presented to the angler who catches the first migratory fish at the event. The lucky angler will also win the Peter Baird Memorial trophy which will be presented at the AGM. Note: Anyone who wins the Whisky must attend the AGM to collect the Trophy.
Anglers are reminded that last year the Scottish Government introduced a conservation regulation making it illegal to kill any fish before 01 Apr and therefore mandatory to return all fish caught before then. That Rule applies this year too. Please practice conservation throughout the year, remember to handle all fish carefully and where possible unhook them in the water.
Wild Fisheries Review (WFR) Category 2 – For 2017 the River Earn is categorised as a Cat 2 river meaning that salmon may be kept in keeping with club rules and the recommendations of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board. Please continue to practise responsible angling and return the majority of salmon.
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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