08 May 16
The recent rise in the water brought at least one fish up through the Club’s beats. This 10lber was caught by yours truly and in the absence of any other reports, is the first confirmed salmon off on our water this year.
There are also reports of sea trout around too. Unfortunately the rise was all too short lived and the water is now back down at a simmer low with no rain in the offing for at least a week.
Drummond Loch will be stocked this week with a mix of Brown and Blue trout. It should fish well for the next month or so, as should Loch Turret.
Anglers are reminded that the Scottish Government’s classification of the Earn as a Category 3 river means that all salmon must be returned this year irrespective of their condition. If we are to have any chance of overturning this restriction it is important that we fish hard in the hope that we can record a good number of fish.
The River Earn
Improvement Association (REIA) AGM - The REIA AGM will be held at the Royal British Legion, Perth Road,
Crieff at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday 20th April 2016. All Crieff AC members are encouraged to attend. 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.
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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