There have been reports of a good number of fish caught and lost over the past three weeks, including some large ones. As the last two weeks of the season approach the forecast for rain tomorrow is encouraging and we hope for good water for the rest of the month.
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..
Scale sampling – can you help?
As part of the ongoing work to assess the health of Earn salmon population Marine Scotland (MS), via the TDSFB, have provided us packets to collect samples of scales from fish. This will help TDSFB get a better indication of the sex, size and sea age composition of Earn fish to feed into the MS model.
Any angler wishing to participate can collect scale packets from Boyd's or Braidhaugh. The aim is to take one or two scales from fish caught in the autumn, plus record an approx. weight and whether male or female. There are instructions on the envelopes. If a photo can be taken and matched up with the packet even better.
Remember that the sea trout season is now over and any fish caught whilst fishing for salmon must be returned and not recorded.
River Earn Re-classification
Anglers are reminded that the Scottish Government’s classification of the Earn as a Category 3 river for 2016 means that all salmon must be returned this year irrespective of their condition.
The statutory 28 consultation on the proposed salmon conservation regulations for 2017 was launched on 01 Sep. It proposes re-classifying the of the Earn to Cat 2 next year. This is tremendous news and is a tribute to the hard work of your committee, the REIA and others. Further information on the assessment of conservation status for the 2017 fishing season, including details of how to submit your views before the closing date on 29 September, are available on the Scottish Government website. Your committee will review the proposals and post a synopsis shortly.
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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