Sunday, 10 April 2011
Full steam ahead!
Photo 01 Acouple of anglers on Salmo Trutta
Wild trout Competition
At last we have reached the point where we can definitely state that the competition is going ahead. It took a few weeks to get the ball rolling but it’s now all go. Anyone wishing to enter can still do so by downloading a form from our wild Trout Competition page on our main website or by phoning 01896 752337/07980350031. Thanks to Alan Purves one of our members from Penicuick who said on Saturday that he would enter if he was rostered off work and phoned 2hrs later to confirm his entry, thanks Alan, oh and that was a very handsome Brown Trout that you caught – respect! I will start sending out the entry tickets after Wednesday.
Photo 02 An Adder basks in the sun
Looking before you leap!
Look at the photo above it’s an adder, a cold blooded poisonous snake. I was trying to capture a photo of a queen Bumble Bee foraging among the introduced Daffodils on the grassy bank. This entailed going down on bended knees to get the right shot. I spotted a queenie entering a daffodil bell and moved swiftly to get in position intending to drop on to bended knees, but out of the corner of my eye I saw something move, it was the Adder above lying coiled up soaking up the sun which I was about to crush. How I did it I do not know, but I managed to roll on to my left side and tumble away from the creature saving me the embarrassment, pain and tedium of a hospital visit!
I suspect that the snake in some way took pity on me and instead of striking me instantly lay back and watched with a wry smile as I rolled around the bank. Yes it’s a true saying “look before you leap” or possibly pay a hefty price. I still haven’t managed to get that Bumble Bee photo.
Who I met today
I bumped into Selina from the Tibbie Shiels Inn this morning, furtively heading back home to the Inn. Turns out she had been up at Tommy Hepburn’s farm to see her adopted lamb. Born early and requiring of human intervention she was up to check on its progress and the good news is that it’s doing well. We got on to the subject of fishing and being a real angler Selina has some sensible views on fishing. The inn are opening a shop to sell various bits of fishing gear and camping stuff and have stocked up with heavy wire traces and mono line in an effort to assist the club in lessening the number of break offs leaving traces in the fish’s alimentary tract with dire consequences.
We got on to the subject of stocking the lochs a thought at the back of every anglers mind. We get asked this question a lot as to why we cannot stock like we used to do on a regular basis.
The answer is that with every stocking there is a chance of introducing disease which could and probably would spread down into the Tweed and pass between species and infect the Atlantic salmon and other species. Now doubtless Trout anglers are sick of hearing about the salmon as it features prominently in the words of the Tweed Foundation some say to the exclusion of all other species. Salmon angling with it’s ballooned out prices adds much to the tourism economy and as such is afforded a much higher status than angling for any other species in Scotland. It’s not music to the Trout angler’s ears but it’s a fact that anything which threatens this industry must be eradicated. And it is so with the introduction of Trout from fish farms with the possibility of subsequent disease that they can only be introduced into landlocked ponds where there is no possibility of escape into the Tweed system. This of course is the reason we have embarked on the programme of habitat improvement for all species which will optimise natural recruitment of populations. We are between a rock and a hard place with regard to the things we can do to boost the fishing!
We also talked of our intended project to rear some fertilised Pike spawn to fed fry using our hatchery. We found some interesting research which showed that if the fry on first feeding were introduced to small cultured worms, predation on each other would be minimised giving a much better survival ratio than in the wild. This behaviour however reverted to predation on their own kind immediately the feeding stopped.
We submitted our plans to SNH on the above basis and as a trial run of our hatchery before the possible Charr re introduction. They however said that they would be unable to support this application as any increase in natural predators would have a detrimental effect on Atlantic salmon which is a part of the SSSI. Look at it whichever way you like, rightly or wrongly, salmon are top of the pile round these parts!
On a rather depressing note she told me of a group of campers not anglers who set up camp behind the monument to the Ettrick Shepherd. Fires and loud music till the small hours with not a care for the surrounding residents, it’s like a recurring nightmare! The fluting Blackbird and melodious Song Thrush which herald the arrival of spring, are now unfortunately inextricably tied in with that perennial spoiler the Ned! God help us!
Enjoyed our blether Selina, look forward to the next one!
Photo – Dangerman (Kevin Austin) proud to be a mutilator of Pike!
PERMALINK - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPyaB3zxDz4
Click the above link to find out how NOT to handle Pike; the perpetrator of the shocking handling in the video has been barred from fishing at our lochs! Have a look at the video and the dopey comments below, he has removed 23 comments from the video all 100% negative (mail us if you would like to view them).
Please download his photo and pass it on to your venue and ask them to visit our news pages to read about a disgrace to angling and a Pike mutilator.
Would you really want this fool with his appalling handling skills fishing at your loch?