The big news this week was a front page article in our local paper the Northern Times. The article was spotted by the NT in the June edition of the Field magazine and they asked me if I wanted to comment on it, I did and you can read it below. If you need a bigger copy to read properly let me know. The day after (on Friday) the final report and reccomendations from the Land Reform Review Group were published and what they are proposing to do with fishery management soon will shock! I'll report on this next week.
Read the Northern times article here by Jon Gibb - http://www.northern-times.co.uk/News/Row-over-claim-that-river-owners-are-stifling-Helmsdales-economy-23052014.htm
After our best week of the season, the river failed to ignite again last week. By Sat lunchtime...Read more
Before we get into the stats for last week I would like to post here an article from the latest June edition of the Scottish Field Magazine. It was written by well known fishery manager and respected angler and comemtator Jon Gibb. Many anglers are now calling on the Helmsdale Board to ditch the highly restricted river rotation of 12 rods over 24 miles to a more modern system of 2 up 2 down from April onwards with a lunchtime changeover from upper beat to lower or vice versa. This would offer so much more enjoyment and variety for parties and give kids more chance of a cast and tuition. The whole river would be utilised, more ghillies would be employed and no beats would go unfished as under the current rotation. To ensure stocks are not harmed by extra rodding the Board could maintain the commendable high catch & release rate in operation at the moment, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, anglers/fishing parties wishing to fish the Helmsdale should have the choice to reside anywhere they want...Read more
The Helmsdale River Board are in total denial that there is a problem with overgrazing by sheep along the banks of the river. Trampled areas and accelerated erosion all leads to the silting up of spawning areas (this is a well documented problem backed up by extensive academic research). With salmon stocks in constant decline all rivers must do their utmost to protect stocks and keep habitat and key spawning areas in prime condition. Significant erosion and poaching of any land within 5 meters of any watercourse river or burn must be prevented, this is a SEPA regulation.
Two of the examples I used, there are many more...below is a disgraceful bombsite of overgrazed and trampled riverbank caused purely by sheep. I'm getting a little fed up of showing examples like these but nobody...Read more
We begin with a press release from this weeks Northern Times.
The head of a Highland fishing tackle business has dramatically called for restraint from salmon anglers who use his fishing flies.
Ronald Sutherland, partner of the Helmsdale Company is trying to help raise awareness of dwindling salmon stocks by calling on anglers to return as many salmon as possible caught on his salmon flies. Ronald was taught to tie flies by the late Megan Boyd and said that his business sells large quantities of deadly salmon flies every year which catch thousands of salmon worldwide but he does not want to be responsible for the killing of salmon!