Marafisher I can see where your coming from mate, it winds me up too with the cost of fishing for migratory fish, I've also thought about just buying a trout licence because I never get asked to produce my rod licence but I really like salmon fishing & the thought of being approached for the migratory licence would make me to uncomfortable on the river bank.apprentice,
It is pretty clear that salmon stocks are very low; there was hardly any caught this season according to the T and S report. I do however agree, that nobody knows for sure, and that a fish counter should be installed, given that NRW are so worried as we should have hard evidence. But ofcourse, that costs money
I can't believe that the NRW conduct sampling in such an illogical way. If a flock of goosanders have worked the 10 meter stretch before they arrive, there will be nothing left. Incidentally while night fishing this season, I have seen more goosanders than ever before. I was actually half asleep one night and startled by what appeared to be like a tidal bore moving up river - it was a MASSIVE group of goosanders. I have seen otters and mink. When was the last time anyone saw a coot or moorhen on the river? You don't see any nowadays and must be down to the latter mammals.
I can't justify paying for a migratory license next season, especially with the hike of 10 pounds. I just can't see where my money is going. Just what is the point if you return all fish? It is daft, because seatrout can be caught on trout tactics anyway. There is also no law that says you can't flyfish for night for brownies, and indeed I have caught some real beasts while seatrout fishing at night. So long as you are not specifically targeting seatrout, with seatrout lures, yes apprentice, save yourself the 50 quid.
I do hope you stick around you've be a good contributor to this forum since you've come on board