Sunday, 13 December 2009
Wild fishing, the only way forward!
Most of you already know by now that stocking of Trout into open unscreened waters in Scotland is now illegal unless of course you do as we intend, to strip fertilise and rear eggs from our own stock of fish. There are many opposing views on this subject (to be looked at in a later article) but in the cold light of day we believe the policy is correct and based on sound underlying principles.
Scotland is blessed with countless lochs of great beauty and charm; unfortunately many have suffered greatly through inappropriate introductions of species clearly out of place and the decimation of stock by anglers who fish with little thought towards conservation. This being the case how does a club move forward in maintaining the clientele and the head of fish in a loch that is governed by these new regulations.
The "plasticisation" of the fishing is not an option open to us thank god! Filling a loch with food fish and bringing in Pike to create an artificial pond where the terminally challenged can bag up on flabby sandbag like Pike, and then give the camera shutter a hard time photographing these engineered creatures is an alien concept to our band of anglers.
Similarly with Trout the growth of stock ponds is a real concern as anglers know that the prize of a fish will come due to the density of the stocking and the naivety of the stock fish, the issues of matching the hatch and stalking the prey are but lost with these places. The maturation of anglers is missing significant steps with those who fish these artificial ponds, often they can be seen at the end of the day with glum faces having failed to interest the wild Trout in our lochs. Wild fishing is definitely not the easy option, if you are looking for that visit a plastic fishery! Some our members adept in the art of real angling have quietly taken and returned 5 – 6 Trout in a session, perhaps an indication of their time served skills!
Is the art of real angling now lost? Thankfully no!
Lochs with anglers such as ours will carry the flag of real anglers forward; we are committed to reinvigorate the interest in wild fishing. We now move forward with the assistance of the Wild Trout Trust and over the next few years will lay the foundations for what we believe will be an increasingly attractive and challenging fishery demanding of the attention of the purist type angler who seeks a quarry which is as wild as it can be!
Of course moving towards such a goal will require a reorientation of some anglers attitudes, in order to sustain a wild fishery will require anglers to move towards a catch and release mindset. The prospect is a daunting one where some anglers are concerned but with education the goal is attainable. The need to gather countless photos of soft flabby engineered fish to impress less "experienced "anglers is a practice that requires to be consigned to history or at the very least these anglers should be herded into venues with their own kind which are extremely unlikely to be attractive to real anglers!
The trend towards mindless and moronic easy fishing is now being reversed in that more and more anglers are turning to the challenge of wild fishing, whilst the "plastic" anglers will be left as outcasts circulating their meaningless photos amongst themselves and restricted to their own little ponds, this is how it should be!
The contented pleasure conferred on to an angler who has worked for his fish is a prize far superior to that of catching an engineered flabby heavyweight fish. Identifying the food source the Trout are feeding on and casting a delicate dry fly which has been crafted by the angler is a pleasure now lost to so many.
With the Wild Trout Trust http://www.wildtrout.org/ we are now forging ahead to improve the habitat in and around our lochs. It is a daunting task the fruits of which will not be fully realised for many years, but we will be creating a self sustaining fishery which thinking anglers will relish fishing, and of equal importance pass on a properly managed fishery to those who come later
Is this not the real meaning of fishing? An old saying springs to mind – "That which is won too easily is not worth having, better to have that which has to be striven for"!
We met this week with the River Tweed Commission to discuss our hatchery plans and the detection/introduction of Arctic Charr. We also met with Scottish National Heritage to advise them of our current status on the Arctic Charr project. Selected snippets will be published in future bulletins.
The boat selected to benefit from modifications (following guidelines from the Australian government) has been moved into the boathouse and will undergo solvent cleaning in the next few weeks prior to the actual works commencing.
Some enhanced security measures are also being initiated but for obvious reasons we will not go in to detail on this topic.
The underground pipe to our septic tank requires attention and Les H has located the tank which looks like it has not seen the light of day for thirty years. A Rhone above the door to divert water away from the door of the boathouse will be affixed in the next week or so. The concrete landing has also been measured to allow us to fit a handrail and a landing rail along with a landing extension constructed with decking. Thanks to Les H for all the above! The hatchery water supply had to be left this week due to the frost but will be attended to when milder weather returns.
Piotr our Loch keeper will be on holiday from the 18th of December until the 4th of January during that period all enquiries should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07980350031.