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26 Oct 14

Well, after months of waiting we have water at last – too much of it! The past week have been characterised by heavy rain and strong winds that have made conditions challenging. A good number of fish were seen running though the Drummond and Braidhaugh beats all week but perhaps because of the high water very few have been reported, perhaps half a dozen including two to my rod. That does not mean that they are not there though and there will undoubtedly have been others.

The weather today is horrendous but at least it should strip off the leaves and the forecast for the last week looks somewhat less severe. There will be some rain and wind but less than we’ve had of late. Tight lines for the coming week.

Catch Returns are due by 10 Nov, preferably electronically by following this link. Remember, no Sea Trout accidently caught after the end of August are to be recorded.

The River Earn Improvement Association (REIA) welcomes membership from those interested in angling and matters related to the River Earn. By joining you will help to preserve a unique part of Perthshire's natural heritage. 

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

 

Annual Catch Statistics  

 

Crieff AC Annual Catches 

 

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