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Urgent action needed to save wild Atlantic salmon

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Wild Atlantic salmon are in crisis as the numbers returning to spawning grounds has fallen dramatically and experts fear the species could be lost from many rivers in our lifetime if action is not...

Almond anglers prepare for salmon season

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Salmon and sea trout fishing re-opens on the River Almond on February 1 and West Lothian Angling Association (WLAA) and Cramond Angling Club (CAC) are hoping to cash in on the national surge in...

Fishing – boss urges anglers to have their say on the future

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Angling Scotland has reached a key decision point according to board member Gus Brindle. In its current format as an umbrella structure with no independent income stream, he claims it is simply not financially...

Fishing and flying, a heady mix for Jamieson

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Drew Jamieson trained as a geographer and enjoyed a 20-year flying career as a pilot then an instructor in the Royal Air Force. He has also been a lifetime fishing fan as well as...

Fishing – patience is the name of the game thanks to COVID-19

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It is possibly not the best time to be reading Drew Jamieson's book, A Scottish Angler's Companions. Why? because it sparks my interest in travelling to fish.Sadly, due to the pandemic, I am confined...

Book review – salmon, surviving in a changing world

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Many in Scotland are aware of the importance of salmon to the economy north of the Border, but it is only when you read a book like Drew Jamieson's Scotland's Wild Salmon, that you...

Fishing – stores re-open with safeguards due to COVID-19

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Two of the busiest fishing shops in the Lothians have re-opened. Fishers of Penicuik are back in business from 11.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday.Bosses say they are working hard to re-stock and have...

Chairman urges anglers to follow Government guidance

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David Ogg (pictured) confirmed that Angling Scotland await advice from professionals in the health and political arenas on a return to the sport.The organisation have, however, received a positive response to their dossier which...

‘Illegal’ fishing prompts fresh police appeal

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Police have appealed for information after reports of people fishing illegally in the Scottish Borders and East Lothian areas. Poachers, they say, are using rod and line to “steal” salmon and sea trout without a...

Fishing – stay at home advice underlined by local associations

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One angler has been pictured on social media fishing at Polton on the Esk and Musselburgh and District Angling Association have issued fresh advice to anglers. It says: "To be absolutely clear, all rivers in...

Anglers ‘flaunt’ Government lockdown

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Forth District Salmon Fishery Board bailiffs have removed a number of anglers from various fisheries. A spokesman reminded everyone that fishing is NOT an essential activity and it goes against government guidance.Bailiffs have taken a...

Fishing – Almond bosses advise angers to stay at home

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West Lothian Angling Association bosses, who look after a nine-mile stretch of The Almond from Newbridge to Kirkton in Livingston, have urged their permit-holding anglers to stay at home. Bruce Hope, chairman of West Lothian...

REVIEW – Salmon: Fighting to turn the tide ★★★★

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SET in a small West Highland town, where a lack of prospects leaves young people looking for more, Salmon follows Angus and his self-destruction in the aftermath of his dog's death.The set leaves...

Fishing – Esk permits on sale and Clubbidean offer season tickets

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Permits for the Esk at Musselburgh are available from Ace Bike Co at North High Street and Tracy’s Open All Hours (green canopy) at Eskview Terrace. They are £20 with a senior (over 60) £10...

Fly fishing – big show on this weekend at Stirling

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The Scottish Fly Fair is on this Saturday and Sunday at The Stirling Court Hotel in the University of Stirling. Organiser David Newell said expert casters are there to help even experienced fisherman improve.Book stands,...

Letter from Scotland

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The Scottish Parliament has wheezed up its bagpipes and blasted out a warning to Westminster – we don’t want Theresa’s deal and we don’t want a no-deal.  All the parties, except the Conservatives, voted...

Fishing – Williams beats weather to land top prize

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Steve Williams travelled a long distance from Jarrow near Sunderland to win the Bass Rock sea angling challenge. He edged Dunbar angler Chris Empson with Andy Brown of Musselburgh third.Shaun Gardener from North Berwick...

Almond rock ramp project is major boost

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Works to help fish like salmon, sea trout, brown trout, lamprey and eel over a redundant structure in the River Almond at Howden in Livingston are under way.The project is part of RiverLife: Almond...

Fishing – fly dressers to fore in city and Penicuik

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The Edinburgh Fly Dressers Club has started its winter session and it meets every Wednesday at Slateford Bowling Club, Lanark Road, Edinburgh at 7:30pm.The programme features demonstrations and also provides structured sessions for beginners...

Fishing – Loganlea make late-season offer to anglers

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Karen Jack of Loganlea Trout Fishery is now offering any legal method, keep-what-you-catch, permits for £25. They run from 9am to 5pm.Bill Taylor, the owner of Tweeddale near Gifford, reports that catches are good...

Fishing – Cramond bosses looking for big AGM turnout

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Cramond Angling Club officials urge members to attend their AGM on Wednesday, 21 November (7.30pm).Secretary Joe Arndt said the committee hope for a good attendance as there are a number of key issues to...

Fishing – mackerel still there for the taking

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Mackerel are still in evidence in the Firth of Forth and that's a bonus for local anglers.Granton Pier is one hot spot but there are others including the East Lothian coastline.Trevor Springford of the...

Fishing – Young reveals how he was Hooked on Fishing

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Paul Young has revealed to The Edinburgh Reporter how his highly-successful TV fishing series started.The Edinburgh-born actor, who has just completed filming for the final series of Still Game, recalled that the idea for...

Fishing – clean up volunteers wanted

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The first clean up in The Almond near Mid Calder organised by the Forth Rivers Trust removed hundreds of items in 90 minutes.They included food and drink containers, plastic bags, panty liners, and wet...

Fishing – Tam celebrates personal best

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Well-known local instructor Steve Culbert has confirmed he will be at Loganlea Trout Fishery on three dates before the end of October to help anglers sort out any casting problems.The dates are Sunday, September...

Fishing – Hooked on Harlaw

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Malleny Angling Association (MAA) host a special day so people can learn about fishing on Harlaw and Threipmuir Reservoirs.Hooked on Harlaw is on Sunday, July 1 (from 10.30am) at Harlaw House and Garden next...

Fishing – clean-up volunteers wanted

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Musselburgh and District Angling Association (MDAA) are hosting a two-day riverbank clean-up.It's on the morning of Sunday, June 24 and again on Monday, June 25, this time in the evening.Officials appreciate people have other...

World Fishing Day is this month

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Fishing TV is set to hold the first World Fishing Day on Saturday, 23 June in a bid to unite the angling community.It also aims to bring new people into the sport, celebrate the...

Fishing – chairman asks for more support

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An angling boss in the Lothians has appealed to fishermen to back the organisation.A number of committee members have left the Musselburgh and District Angling Association this year.And chairman Chris Halliday needs help in...

Fishing – name change for local rivers guardian

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The River Forth Fisheries Trust is changing is name to The Forth Rivers Trust.The move follows talks with project partners, stakeholders and the public to find out if people understood what the Trust does....

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