This week we discuss the effects of the introduction of sheep to the Helmsdale river catchment area. Love them or loathe, these wooly munching machines are sometimes fondly known as the UKs ultimate invasive species as their origins most definitely do not emanate from the highlands of Scotland, Mesopotamia infact. There were no sheep of any consequence in the Strath of Kildonan until 1811.
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Classic flies and fly selections not included. This is a great chance to stock up on flies for next year so tell all your friends to order too.
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We have just learned that the river opening in Jan 2014 will be open for a full week for the first time. The opening ceremony will take place on Saturday 11th at 9.30am and afterwards anglers will be able to fish (excluding Sunday) until the follolwing Saturday. This gives anglers greater flexibility to fit in a cast and should bring in lots of anglers who have never fished the river before. Everything will be weather dependent but lets hope it is kind and a few sparkling spring salmon enter the river.
The final week of the season did not produce great things as the water dropped away again. The season will be remembered for being the driest overall in Scotland for 30 years. A winter practically without any snow to cover the hills to feed the river and a summer without rain of any consequence provided challenging conditions for the angler to say the least. The luxury Badanloch compensation water kicked in early to aid migration but this alien water did not help catches,...Read more