13 Dec 14
There was a good turnout at the recent AGM. A review of the 2014 season noted that, in common with other rivers, catches of salmon were down as the graph shows.
There were some encouraging catches early in the season but the low water throughout the summer was no doubt a contributory factor and the majority of the catches took place in the last two weeks following the rise in the first sustained rise in the river level for almost four months. Sea trout numbers were up on last year which was encouraging and the river was reported to be stuff with them at the back end. The biggest fish reported was a guestimated 20lb and 6lb for salmon and sea trout respectively. Return rates were 80% and 85% respectively which is very encouraging.
Looking ahead to 2015, the Opening Day will be Monday 02 February – details to follow. It is likely that the Scottish Government will introduce mandatory C&R next year for all migratory fish caught before 01 Apr. Details will be confirmed before Opening Day.
The Grayling season is now in full swing. Anglers are reminded that there is No Wading allowed.
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
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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