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Angling Trust hydropower report

Written by Dan. Posted in Angling News

Most hydropower schemes are a waste of taxpayers' money and damaging to the environment, says new report

A new report has slammed the way in which the Environment Agency is pressing ahead with plans to allow huge, 'fish mincing' turbines to be installed on many rivers in England and Wales without adequate environmental protection, monitoring or regulation. Widespread development of hydropower could cause serious environmental damage and destroy productive fisheries. Huge amounts of public money are being wasted for precious little return in electricity generated.

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Wellsfield Trout Fishery Report - 6th Nov11

Written by Wellsfield Trout Fishery. Posted in Catch Reports

Another busy week at Wellsfield Fishery, the frequent stocking of up to 4 times per week at the moment, is producing significant catches for trout anglers. All three lochans fished well this week for those fly fishing and bait fishing. Many anglers bagger their fish limits catching Rainbow Trout, Blue Trout and Brown Trout. The average weight was just over 3lb 2oz per fish.

Best flies: Ugly Buggers, Minkies, Yellow Dancer, Black Tadpole, HH Damsel, Diawl Bachs, Bloodworm, buzzers on an intermediate tip. Best Baits: Ledgered Worms, Maggots, Small Mepps.

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Another Season in the Bag

Written by Jillian Brookes-ward. Posted in Fly Fishing

That's it then. Last week brought us to the end of the 2011 salmon season on the Aberdeenshire Dee. It started off well, with good water, good catches and boundless optimism, but by June it all began to go downhill and the decline gathered pace as the year went on. Overall, catches were down nearly 700 on last year's figures. That's a lot of fish. We don't know exactly how many fish came into the river, as the Dee doesn't have a fish counter. It did, but it was considered to be in the 'wrong' place and when it was dismantled, the powers that be couldn't decide where it should be resited, they still can't and so we still don't have one. So whether there is an abundance of fish or a few specimens that are unlucky enough to get caught time after time, we don't really know because tagged fish are also few and far between.

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Pallatrax Newsletter Oct'11

Written by Clint. Posted in Angling News

At Pallatrax, we currently have a trio of young anglers tearing up the waters they fish using Pallatrax products; Luca de Michele, Tom Barge and Jack Shurety are sending in numerous reports of their successes, so it’s no surprise they feature in this month’s newsletter!

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Wader Woes

Written by Jillian Brookes-ward. Posted in General Fishing

We've all done it, tried to ignore that creeping, cold tickling around our backsides, that gradually spreading icy chilliness that shifts subtly from irritating annoyance into downright discomfort, and for the boys, possibly a degree of shrinkage. Don't worry, you're not incontinent, not yet, the truth is far more straightforward - your waders have sprung a leak. Those 5 stylish layers of Gore-Tex, promised by the ads to be so technologically advanced as to be virtually bullet proof, have been beaten by the very element from which they are meant to protect you, and it is astounding how quickly a few ingressing molecules of H2O can put paid to your fishing enjoyment. Misery, of course, loves company, and it reaches out far beyond a damp crotch to seek companionship in the contents of your wallet. However, in these days of financial constraint and metaphorical, if not literal, belt tightening, many of us can ill afford to take out a second mortgage for a pair of what non-anglers would derisively label 'rubber pants' so it would be a wise move to undertake a certain amount of detective work before taking the plunge.

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