21 Feb 15
There was a good turnout for the Club’s Opening Day. However, no fish were caught and the Peter Baird Trophy for the First Migratory Fish remains unclaimed, the second time this has happened in the past few year.
The water is in excellent condition but very cold. No fresh fish have been reported yet, which is not surprising. There also seem to be far fewer kelts about this year. Whilst the odd early springer may slip through, it’s normally late Mar/early Apr before the main spring run reaches the upper river.
Important New Regulation. From this year it is illegal to kill any fish before 01 Apr and therefore mandatory to return all fish caught before then. Throughout the year, please 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.
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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