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22 Jan 16

 

Wild Fisheries Review (WFR)

This week (19 January) the Scottish government announced that they intend to bring in regulations that will make the Earn a category 3 river from 01 Apr 16. If ratified, it will therefore be illegal to kill any wild salmon caught on the Earn this year.

The proposals are a result of the WFR consultation document published in 2015. It is deeply regrettable that the government did not listened to the arguments and evidence put forward by this and other Clubs on the Earn, and the tremendous work done by REIA on behalf of our anglers. Instead they have chosen to rely on what your Committee believes to be flawed data and methodology.

There are still a number of parliamentary hurdles to be overcome before these proposals are made law this year, we therefore still have a chance to influence the outcome of the debate. Your committee will continue to lobby government over the draconian, unfair and arbitrary categorisation of our waters and in particular, the fact that they have bundled the Earn with the Eden in Fife.

The news is dreadfully disappointing; however, the government say that they will collect additional data during 2016 and review their results for next year. There is therefore the possibility that the categorisation could be amended once all the data has been reassessed. It is therefore vitally important that members continue to support the Club and fish this year as normal. We also encourage you to write to your local and list MSPs to express your concern for the future of salmon angling on the Earn.

River Opening Ceremony – 01 Feb

The Club's annual river opening ceremony will take place on Monday 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

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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