But but but… all at sea… fix habitat… something something…£80 please!Thanks for the link John. It makes really really interesting reading. For any of you who don't have the time or the inclination to pour over the figures that they have offered I can give you a concise summary. All rivers in England and Wales where we obstruct clubs and land owners from stocking salmon and sea trout are at significant risk. This of course does not include the Tyne as hey guess what? We allow stocking. All fish in those very same rivers are at risk and we don't allow stocking. The fish in the Tyne are not at risk as guess what? We allow stocking.
Now please go away and blow eighty odd quid on a salmon and sea trout license and don't be difficult.
The Right Honourable George Useless MP and your beloved Environment Agency
That's absolutely right. The EA has a statutory responsibility to conserve fish stocks, but its C&R policies essentially transfer this responsibility onto anglers, and allows the EA to claim it is discharging its duties. By the time it concedes that this policy doesn't work, there won't be any fish left to conserve (or anglers to care).I think we can add to the summary: anglers put everything back for no measurable improvement in catches. I kill virtually no fish anymore but I’m not for mandatory C&R. What I dislike is the authorities effectively blaming anglers for decreasing stocks and just using C&R as an ‘easy’ fix. Note: Easy here actually means ‘free’
If you fish the Lune you should go back to the early 60s, pre UDN, when the likes of Oglesby and Ryghini caught fresh springers by the dozen.
Unimaginable, if it was that good now I'd be happy to knock off to the pub early afternoon.
Sounds like the Hut Pool on the Clwyd Junction beat I fish. I understand it was really deep and a prime holding pool for salmon and sea trout. The Elwy shifts a lot a gravel and the pool shallowed, so it was dug out around 20 years ago. We've had record breaking floods in 2012 and 2020, and this season the pool is very shallow, except for a deep hole along the far bank.There is a pool at Rigmaden which was supposedly a pet favourite of Reg Ryghini. Supposedly took massive numbers of fish from it. When last I fished it sadly it had gravelled up then washed out and gravelled up and washed out. Lord knows how many times. You would barely have considered it as anything at all really if you didn't know its history
I think acid rain was the big problem on the Esk. I've seen the river a few times and was amazed how small and overgrown it is, with crystal clear water.I’ve been looking at some of the catches of the rivers I fish. The Cumbrian Esk numbers were horrendous a few years back. Less than 100 sea trout for the whole season. Numbers are a bit better now typically but when you think that in the day Falklus could catch over 500 just by himself you realise what numbers it must have held
edit: his best season was 850ish!
There's a really interesting report with statistics from 1951-1990 at https://www.cefas.co.uk/publications/files/datarep38.pdfDoes anyone have salmon and sea trout catch data from pre 2010? I’m doing a bit of analysis
I'm a bit wary of these statistics. Some years ago, I looked at the annual catch return for the the Cumbrian Esk, which showed the September catch to be something less than 4 sea trout (I don't recall the exact number). This was odd, as I had myself reported a catch of 4 from the river ! I queried this with the EA, and they were sufficiently intererested to look into it, and reported back that my catch had been incorrectly put in trhe Border Esk totals (even though I had been careful to name the River as "Cumbrian Esk". They never corrected the report however, and I very much suspect that whoever had entered the data had repeated the mistake with others.I’ve been looking at some of the catches of the rivers I fish. The Cumbrian Esk numbers were horrendous a few years back. Less than 100 sea trout for the whole season. Numbers are a bit better now typically but when you think that in the day Falkus could catch over 500 just by himself you realise what numbers it must have held
edit: his best season was 850ish!