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Kinkell Spring Report 15/5/2013
SPRING REPORT – till end of April 2013

The 2013 season opened during a period of unfavourable weather with cold, gusty east winds, coloured water and often snow and ice. It was little pleasure to be on the bank fishing and guests and successes were few in number. Very few kelts appeared to be present, perhaps due to dispersal of fish throughout the autumn spawning season of 2012-13 and the high water levels that continued throughout the winter.

However, what was of interest was the good number of sea-trout and finnock in the pools. These had been encountered during the fishable periods of the grayling season and continued to be met throughout February. The finnock were the typical 0.5–1.5lb fish whilst some sea-trout achieved estimated weights of 4lb+ often bearing sea-lice.

The first fish was encountered in mid February but little else occurred until the last few days of the month when water levels at last began to settle. Water temperatures were low and levels settled in about 0.6m which is an ideal fishing height for Kinkell. The weather was bitterly cold with a persistent raw east wind, sleet and snow flurries, but it became evident that a fair number of springers had settled in the usual lies throughout the beat and were reluctant to attempt movement through the thin white water in the upper section of the fishings.

Provided visitors could be prevailed upon to endure the inhospitable conditions, fish could be encountered, almost exclusively falling to flies fished through the traditional trysts and lies. These unpleasant but ironically productive conditions persisted onwards through March until the wind and the weather changed in mid April.

The fish were of good size and condition often bearing sea-lice despite the arduous journey upstream in low water. Among those successful were M Liddiard with fish of 8lb and 10lb from Sir Charles and the Gurl, B Gordon landed a number of fish on fly weighing between 10lb and 14lb mainly in the Green Hut and March, C Gordon had fish of 10lb and 12lb from the Lower and Upper McDonalds respectively. Craig Patrick landed his first ever fish of 12lb liberally adorned with sea-lice from the Green Hut on fly, Grant Wheeler found a 10lb fish with the fly in the March during a flying visit and Jim Hutchison landed a perfect fish of 12lb from the Green Hut where Grant Harrower found a similar fish of the same weight. The best fish landed so far was estimated at 19lb-20lb the best sea-trout 5lb+.

To date all fish have been returned with the exception of one which was bleeding profusely and consequently killed. The heavens opened in mid April with resulting floods washing off all fishing for the week commencing Monday 15th April. Indeed no worthwhile attempt could be made until halfway through the next week when some new fish were encountered along with quite a number of sea-trout which appeared to arrive earlier and in greater numbers this year. As this report is concluded in early May the water levels have returned to a good fishing height for the fly and conditions look reasonable for the next period ahead. Time will tell.





R.E.I.A. Minutes 2013
Apologies- John Robertson , Tim Leger , Peter Welling , Tony Harris , Peter McDonald ,Tim Carmichael , Joe Johnston and Bob Mitchell. Present – 24 members

1. Chairman’s Welcome.--- Colin Lowson welcomed the 24 members for making the effort to turn out on such a wintry evening. He then offered his thanks to his committee for their collective efforts over the past year , with the general consensus that things were happening now to the benefit of the river and it’s environs. Prizes for season 2012 competition were presented to John Young for his superb 7.5lbs sea trout and to juniors Greig Clark and Angus Harrower in recognition of their sea trout captures. A special prize was awarded to Lawrence Wigginton for his 20lb salmon from Lochlane. The prizes were awarded by Jim Perritt , former R.E.I.A. Chairman.

2. Apologies---The Secretary read out apologies and gave special mention to a stalwart of the Association , Joe Johnston , who is very ill at present and wished him a speedy recovery on behalf of the committee and members.

3. Minutes Of 2012 A.G.M.----These were read by the Chairman , Proposed as accurate by Sandy McIntosh and seconded by John Young.

4. Matters Arising.---- None requested.

5. Secretary’s Report.---- Tom Monaghan advised the meeting of the improvements to the website and the efficient storage of data electronically. He also made reference to the huge amount of progress the Association had achieved in the past year and the vision moving forward. He especially thanked Derek Trevis for his work on the Chainsaw Project which now sees the Association able to tackle any blockages in our spawning and nursery streams at any time during the season. Previously this work depended on the availability and presence of the Tay Bailliff force which was restricted to certain periods of the year only. The total investment of around £10k covered material , equipment and people. Special thanks go to Derek , Jim Perrit and Ian Pollock , all of whom gave up their valuable time and attended a week long Lantra course and assessment. Plans moving forward are to continue Habitat Improvement works , possibly in conjunction with Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park , within whose boundaries and jurisdiction lies Loch Earn and important tributaries such as the Glenogle and Glenample burns , which we hope to be able to follow up on recent electronic survey work and enhance the habitat , hopefully creating an increase on spring stock bearing areas .

6. Treasurer’s Report. ----Ian Dalglish outlined his report and answered a few pertinent questions regarding membership numbers and income , which remain broadly the same as the previous year. He confirmed our outlays for the year past but stressed that money remained available for forthcoming projects. He confirmed also the methods available for payment which at present were by cheque and PayPal via the website. The accounts were proposed by Derek Trevis and seconded by Jim Perritt.

7. Chairman’s Report.---Colin Lowson opened his remarks by highlighting the ongoing problems with Invasive Species , a project which is ongoing and will remain so for the foreseeable future. During 2012 , the R.E.I.A. had to make what is hopefully a one off donation to the cost of this project. Grant aid is actively being sought by T.D.S.F.B. via R.A.F.T.S. and other bodies which should effectively cover all costs going forward. John Young co-ordinates spraying on the river with the L.L.&T.N.P. controlling Loch Earn and it’s tributaries. He also referred to the work of the Tay Bailiffs and thanked them for their efforts to improve the Earn but stressed their time was limited . Our investment in our own volunteers positively enhanced our ability to deal quickly with any blockage at any time. He appealed for more anglers who fish the river to become members of the Association, particularly those within the clubs and syndicates along the river. An increased effort will be made towards habitat improvements , both for spring and sea trout stock this year and an improving finance stream was vital to underpin this important work. We will also look towards opening new habitat where possible. The main aim of the Association remains unchanged; to send more smolts to sea. We continue to keep netting on the river under control, ensuring unhindered passage of salmonids. Particular thanks go to Bob Mitchell, John Young and Jim Perritt for their efforts in this area. The Chairman then appealed for reports and photographs of the river and any noteworthy catches or events to be sent to the Secretary in an effort to keep the website vital and alive. He finished by thanking Duncan Clark for agreeing to remain in his post for one more season as Trout Protection Liaison Committee Secretary.

8. T.D.S.F.B. Update.---The committee continue to work closely with the T.D.S.F.B. to ensure we receive our full entitlement of resources available. We continue to be the only river within the Tay catchment with a working Improvement Association which meets with the Tay Board on a regular basis. Our last meeting consisted of 7 members of our committee, Bill Jack and David Summers. Plans for the future works on Invasives and stocking were discussed followed by a visit to view our kelts being reconditioned. The first eggs from these fish have now been planted in locations likely to result in Spring returns. The Board encourage arranged visits by all interested parties to the hatchery. It is our intention to maintain and develop our relationships with both T.D.S.F.B. and L.L.T.N.P. over the coming seasons. We now hold electronically shared information on population densities , both historical and current , 12 electro surveys carried out in the past year showing good results in the main , but obvious weaknesses in spring stock nursery areas. We have to thank Jim Perritt and John Young for their combined efforts in this field. We also hold information on obstructions, predators, beavers and netting station activity, all of which are currently fallow.

9. Election Of Office Bearers.---There being no retirals , compulsory or otherwise , no elections were required.

10. A.O.C.B.---Further questions were asked regarding the level of membership. Ian Dalglish outlined the current situation as a neutral position from last year but felt we were in a stronger position now to grow the membership base. David Milburn made the point that 14% of the membership came from Lochlane and Laggan anglers and asked why other organisations along the river did not support the Association with the same level of enthusiasm. A general discussion took place regarding this seeming anomaly and was acknowledged by the Chairman who suggested that around 1000 anglers regularly fished the river , but despite great efforts to attract more people to commit last year , it remained a difficult task. He did however, express some confidence that the tide may be turning in our favour. Although applauding the efforts to improve the website, Paul Turek suggested that we should be interacting more with reports in the local media , a point which was unanimously accepted and will be acted upon. He also kindly offered a £50 voucher as an incentive for new members via the 2013 competition. This was welcomed by the Chairman who took the opportunity to thank everyone who had offered to donate prizes for the forthcoming events. Derek Trevis suggested that more input was required from anglers and members in the form of reports and pictures for the website and media publications. Roger Jenkinson suggested a good method to arouse interest is to pass on e-mails from the Association to colleagues. Craig Ramsay asked for the introduction of subscription payment by standing order which was approved.

There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.00p.m. and once more thanked everyone who had made the effort to attend and contribute to a lively and interesting meeting. The date of the next A.G.M. will be advised to all members individually and posted on the website.


A.G.M. Agenda 2013
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A.G.M. Minutes 2012
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Secretary;s Report March 2013
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Chaurman's Report 2013
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End Of Season Kinkell Report 6/12/2012
Sandy McIntosh posts the following report; At Kinkell, the latter part of the season was characterised by yet more flooding and impossible fishing conditions. On a few weeks more than half of the fishing days were lost to high water, nor were fish much in evidence when conditions improved somewhat and anglers took the view that the fish had taken full advantage of the favourable running conditions throughout the summer months and early autumn.
However, some fish were encountered on a few of the fishable days and some of the successful visiting anglers are noted as follows: Stuart Ogilvie landed his first ever salmon of 4lb on fly in Upper Murrays, whilst Michael Bizford also recorded his first fish of 10lb in the Bend. Jim Hutchison had success with 4lb and 10lb fish from the Weir and the March respectively, the March also providing Alick Cruickshank with a 10lb fish.
Brothers Craig and Greg Ramsay enjoyed some sport with Craig finding a 10lb fish in Lower Murrays and Greg landing fish in the Machany, Gurl, Bend and Sir Charles. Peter Wormwald had a fresh 5lb fish from Napiers whilst at the opposite end of the beat Duncan Leggatt had a similar fish from the March. Scott McDonald had success in Upper Murrays, whilst Niall Sproull found a bright 6lb fish, again, in the March. Sandy Blackett landed a little fish in the Bend whilst Martin Tolhurst encountered a 15lb fish in the Weir. Crawford Gordon enjoyed success with fish of 8lb and 10lb. Grant Woollard landed two 7lb fish on his visit whilst Stuart Pate found a 5lb fish in the Machany. Ian Walls landed a fish of similar weight from the March.
Despite unfavourable high water conditions and coloured water, the considerable majority of fish landed were hooked on fly and, as always, 95%+ of all fish were returned.
Pride of place, however, must be reserved for Murray Ferguson who landed two fish on his visit; one was a modest specimen of 10lb from the Gurl. The other fish was encountered in the Machany and after a dramatic fight was landed and measured at in excess of 44 inches in length and of impressive girth. It was recorded at between 32-34lb and was returned safely. Well done Murray!
Sea-trout were present in some numbers throughout the autumn fishing as also good numbers of fresh run finnock. Elsewhere in the beat, some of the gravid sea-trout were observed cutting redds by mid-October.
As this report is written in late November conditions have settled at last with colder weather and hard frosts and it seems that dry weather may prevail for a while. Let us hope that spawning fish take advantage of this.


Beavers In Tayside Report
A number of REIA members will already be aware that there are a number of beavers resident in the River Earn and also in the rivers Tay, Isla and Almond.
I was fortunate enough to be asked to take part in a six strong team from Tayside to visit Bavaria to study the difficulties encountered by the reintroduction of beavers. My role was to try to understand the possible effects on migratory fish and also aspects pertaining to flooding from my years as a Hydrologist.
Eurasian beavers average 36 inches in length plus an 18 inches tail and weigh around 40lb. They are purely herbivores. In Bavaria they were partial to Maize and Sugar beet two of the main crops in the area. They also will eat and store for winter small branches from which they will eat both the leaves and bark.
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Beaver track from pond to what’s left of a stand of Aspen –note the stumps
They are usually found in family groups possibly up to seven but more often four or five. They burrow into the banks of rivers and ponds to build their lodge. The entrance is usually about 30 inches below the surface. When the beavers cannot find that depth of water they have a tendency to dam the stream to attain this depth for the access. This often is when the more distinctive lodge is built.
 
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Large lodge mid centre- note mud and weed dam in foreground.
Beaver dams can be as much as 5 foot high where the main channel is first dammed and can stretch quite a distance into the neighbouring fields. The dams can be constructed with whatever the beavers can find locally. There was one dam reportedly made from an old collapsed wall where they had used the bricks mixed with weed and mud.
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Dam of around 3ft – mainly sticks and mud.
The area flooded can stretch to a few acres with numerous minor dams both upstream and into tributaries.
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This was a meadow with a small stream at foot of the south slope- there is a second dam downstream. The crest length is about 100 metres.
 
From inspection of the dams I am fairly convinced that in the majority of cases, that dams, even if partially drowned out in spates, will have a negative affect on the upward migration of Salmon and Seatrout. From work that I was involved in recently with the T.D.S.F.B. dealing with population densities it was found that there was a lesser density of fry and parr upstream of the restriction. Furthermore when we have the smolt run in late Spring fish travelling downstream will find it difficult to negotiate the structures. They will be held behind the structures until sufficient flow allows them to pass downstream. With dams stretching over the adjacent fields fish cresting the weir could easily find themselves in water meadows rather than the stream and therefore either simply die or be predated upon.
The answer would be simply to remove the dams. This is where we fall foul of the Habitats Directive. Species meriting special, strict protection under the directive are listed in Annex IV this includes the beaver amongst others. Article 12(1)(b) of the Habitats Directive prohibits the deliberate capture or killing species and the ‘deliberate’, as opposed to accidental, disturbance of Annex IV species. My understanding of this is that in simple terms the removal of any dams would not be legal under the Habitats Directive as it stands.
If beavers are to be officially introduced then the Fishing Lobby should ensure that it is a requisite that all streams classed as a spawning stream should be exempt of the Habitats Directive. These would have to be classified as such by a competent authority.
There is a further argument put out that Beaver Dams would be beneficial to fish and it is backed by various fishery managers. This, I have no doubt, is the case with fish such as Carp Tench etc,..There may be an argument even for trout. There would greater bio-diversity in the dams with more feeding.
Salmon  and Sea Trout fry and parr prefer the broken water and would only be predated on by the larger trout which would frequent the beaver dams.
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Typical fry and parr habitat.
 
On a more general theme. It would seem the last recording of beavers in Scotland was in the mid 14th century. We didn’t have the infrastructure we have now with roads, railways, dams, flood banks, reservoirs etc.. All of which would be susceptible to damage from beavers digging burrows. Modern farming didn’t evolve in conjunction with beavers.
From my experience both visually and in discussion with people in Bavaria we should actively argue against the introduction of Beavers.
 
Jim Perrett


End Of Season Kinkell Report 6/12/2012
Sandy McIntosh posts the following report; At Kinkell, the latter part of the season was characterised by yet more flooding and impossible fishing conditions. On a few weeks more than half of the fishing days were lost to high water, nor were fish much in evidence when conditions improved somewhat and anglers took the view that the fish had taken full advantage of the favourable running conditions throughout the summer months and early autumn.
However, some fish were encountered on a few of the fishable days and some of the successful visiting anglers are noted as follows: Stuart Ogilvie landed his first ever salmon of 4lb on fly in Upper Murrays, whilst Michael Bizford also recorded his first fish of 10lb in the Bend. Jim Hutchison had success with 4lb and 10lb fish from the Weir and the March respectively, the March also providing Alick Cruickshank with a 10lb fish.
Brothers Craig and Greg Ramsay enjoyed some sport with Craig finding a 10lb fish in Lower Murrays and Greg landing fish in the Machany, Gurl, Bend and Sir Charles. Peter Wormwald had a fresh 5lb fish from Napiers whilst at the opposite end of the beat Duncan Leggatt had a similar fish from the March. Scott McDonald had success in Upper Murrays, whilst Niall Sproull found a bright 6lb fish, again, in the March. Sandy Blackett landed a little fish in the Bend whilst Martin Tolhurst encountered a 15lb fish in the Weir. Crawford Gordon enjoyed success with fish of 8lb and 10lb. Grant Woollard landed two 7lb fish on his visit whilst Stuart Pate found a 5lb fish in the Machany. Ian Walls landed a fish of similar weight from the March.
Despite unfavourable high water conditions and coloured water, the considerable majority of fish landed were hooked on fly and, as always, 95%+ of all fish were returned.
Pride of place, however, must be reserved for Murray Ferguson who landed two fish on his visit; one was a modest specimen of 10lb from the Gurl. The other fish was encountered in the Machany and after a dramatic fight was landed and measured at in excess of 44 inches in length and of impressive girth. It was recorded at between 32-34lb and was returned safely. Well done Murray!
Sea-trout were present in some numbers throughout the autumn fishing as also good numbers of fresh run finnock. Elsewhere in the beat, some of the gravid sea-trout were observed cutting redds by mid-October.
As this report is written in late November conditions have settled at last with colder weather and hard frosts and it seems that dry weather may prevail for a while. Let us hope that spawning fish take advantage of this.


1st October Update Report
Fishing at Kinkell continued to be "challenging" throughout what was acknowledged to be the wettest summer on record.The beat fishes best in medium to low water conditions which at no time have been available since the spring. In August at least one whole week was lost to flooding and frequent high water levels caused many lost days and considerable damage to banks and pools.
Few fish were encountered and although those landed were frequently fresh and in excellent condition, it was obvious that they were running hard throughout this period. More grilse than usual appeared in the Earn this summer and the run commenced earlier than normally. It was also interesting that sea-trout continued to be met throughout August and September in reasonable numbers and in fair condition in the main. These two months are usually very quiet on the sea-trout front.
These unfavourable weather conditions had a predictable efffect on catches at Kinkell and indeed throughout most of the river and although conditions became more settled towards the end of September, it was observed that weekly catches were of the order that would ordinarily be obtained daily.
More coloured fish appeared in catches in late September some of which would likely be "droppers".
Amongst those who enjoyed success on the beat of late the following merit mention.
I Pollock met a fish of 12lb in the Gurl as also a fish of 7lb and 9lb weight in the Weir and Tippeney respectively. Julian Guy landed fish of 4lb and 10lb+ in the Weir and Machany respectively whilst his guest Peter Tivendale landed his first ever salmon of 6lb in the Gurl. D Cascarino had two grilse of 4lb each from the Machany whilst Brian Gordon found a 14lb fish in Upper McDonalds. Scott McDonald landed a 7lb fish from Lower Murrays and Richard Logan a similar fish from Upper Murrays. The majority of fish have taken on fly and as is the practice at Kinkell, all but the very more injured fish have been returned.
If more settled conditions prevailed catches would likely improve but as this report is being penned, it is raining heavily again.

Colin Lowson sent me this Middle beat report.
Water now very low with the tail of the hurricane missing the Earn completely.In the last 14 days 4 salmon(two coloured) and 2 sea trout(coloured) have been caught.
On Monday 1st October a nice fresh 15lbr was landed and several new fish observed but high water since has scuppered any further sport in the middle and lower river although the water should be good up at Crieff.
I hope to get some reports soon from the upper river.


17th September Update Report
The middle river remains quiet and we are all on tenterhooks awaiting the (hopefully) inevitable surge of our big back-enders for which the river is rightly famous. I have had reports of 2 fish in the lower river last week over 20lbs and sea liced and one of 21lbs 2 weeks ago from Trinity Gask also bearing lice. All caught on fly. So they are about, albeit not in there numbers expected at this time of year. Hopefully, this will change very soon.
I had the following report from Colin Lowson today.
Innerpeffray reports a very quiet August and early September with the odd fresh salmon after a couple of rises, two or three very fresh.
Also around half a dozen sea trout which would have run the river in june/july. No sign of many autumn fish yet.


11th June Update Report
Since the time of the last report (10th May) till the present (11th June) weather conditions have been extremely volatile. As May progressed near winter conditions persisted with air temperatures as low as 4 degreesC. Water heights remained good and consistent mainly sustained by Hydro releases. However, unseasonally cold weather dumped sport. Sea-trout were conspicuous by their absence and salmon somewhat rare. A few fish were encountered however, Ian Pollock finding an 8lb fish in March and Dennis McMahon one of 6lb in the Green Hut. By the last week in May we experienced a heatwave with temperatures soaring to the upper twenties: a difference of more than 20 dregreesC in a period of a few days. This seemed to encourage a few fish to come forward with Graham Paul landing one of 12lb in the Weir and Ian Pollock again finding an 8lb fish in the March. Although not abundant, more sea-trout arrived as May turned into June and some periods were productive for the few lucky anglers who found where they were resting. Crawford and Brian Gordon landed a number as did Donald Clark. Most of these sea-trout were 3lb or more with almost all covered in sea-lice.

10th May Update Report
Kinkell has been quiet since the last report in mid April suffering extremely volatile air temperatures and water heights, neither of which assist in the pursuit of sport. Sea-trout, which are usually present by early May were conspicuous by their absence with very few coming to hand and although some salmon were encountered, sport was generally quiet. B Gordon found a 6lb fish in the Tippeney on fly whilst I Pollock landed an 8lb fish from the Weir. A few other fish were landed. These modest successes occurred in a brief period when conditions remained relatively stable. At the time of writing (10th May) the water is at summer level but sleet and snow is falling and we require a good spate to clean up the river and bring us some sport.

15th April Update Report
Sandy McIntosh reorts as follows; At Kinkell, water heights remained favourable in mid March and there were occasional flurries of activity when the pods of fish came through. Brian Gordon landed a 14lb sea-licer from the Green Hut on fly following it with an 8lb fish from Upper McDonalds a couple of days later. Although there were a few other successes as the month closed, sport fell away after the Hydro started impounding water overnight on 30th/31st March dropping the level nearly 4". Thereafter sport was severely curtailed and a long dry spell made matters even more difficult. By mid April the level was down to 0.44m and rain is desperately needed soon.

15th March Update Report

Sandy McIntosh reorts as follows; Settled conditions continued through the latter part of February towards mid-March although at times weather was very wintry. Angling effort was very light so that it was difficult to measure if fish were present. Some kelts continued to be encountered and a number of finnock and the occasional sea-trout turned up in catches. The water was a good height for fly as Andy Rose demonstrated by finding two fish of 10lb and 11lb in Tams and the Machany on his visits. Tom Gardiner added a fish of 10lb to this score, again on the fly from the Machany. With continuing settled conditions prevailing after the big spring tides in early March, one might be optimistic for sport to improve as the spring continues.

Up at Lochlane, another fresh fish was grassed last week and as I understand it , a brace of springers from Crieff A.C. so prospects would appear to be a little brighter than of late.

27th February Update Report

Another fish from Coquhalzie!!!!!John Gillies had a cast or 2 on Saturday 25th February and was rewarded with a brand new 12lbr on fly. No photograph , but the whole episode was witnessed by Colin Lowson , out teaching his son a few Snap T's and Snake Rolls. Well done John!! Peter McDonald was out this morning testing the Crieff A.C. water and reports plenty action with well mended kelts but none of this year's variety----yet! I feel a cast coming on!!

20th February Opening Report

The first fish of the season was caught by Ali Sutherland 0n the 7th February, a small but perfectly formed 6lbr on rapala. Lochlane had an opening day (for them) fish on the 11th February, then John Young had a cast at Coquhalzie on the 20th. February and had a nice 11lbr on fly which can be seen on the gallery along with Ali's fish.
At Kinkell,As the season opened,water levels settled at last at about 0.7m which suits Kinkell and although fine conditions were decidedly wintry, there was a fair presence of anglers on Opening Day. Kelts and baggots were encountered but in fewer numbers than most seasons as the consistent heavy water over the close season had moved many seawards. Cold weather continued into February with very little angling effort and it was only as warmer springlike days arrived in mid-month that any success was enjoyed with two fish of 8lb and 10lb and a few sea-trout up to 4lb. Other wildlife is, however, evident on the banks of the Earn wher the scrubland is infested with beavers. These appeared last summer but their numbers are exploding throughout this locality. Damage to riverside trees and vegetation which protects the banks is commonplace and one expects that their presence in the local spawning burns will cause serious obstructions to ascending fish later in the season. Can anyone explain this sudden and unwelcome invasion? Given continued settled warmer conditions one would expect more success with fish as we come into March.



3rd Nov.2011 River Earn Trout And Salmon October Report(By Waddington)

The high waters continued throughout October and for the best part of the river angling was ruined as fish strangely seemed to hold in the lower beats below the A9.  Downstream, angling seemed to go on much as normal and stories of anglers with good individual catches filtered through. I know of one angler who caught in excess of 4 fish a day on fly on several occasions, his best at 44inches and many at 20lb+

So the river appeared in good health, there was just no answer to why the middle and upper beats struggled while the lower beats prospered. There was simply no rhyme or reason!!

From Lochlane, John Young remained upbeat. He reports “with almost constant rain and fluctuating hydro levels the conditions were to say the least against us, however, anglers were out in force and those fishing  managed to land a few, Tom from the Ritchie party managed three one from Lairds Flats of 10lbs and two from Dallerie 15lbs and 9lbs, all were returned, the Alwen party landed a few of these R Alwen had one at 12lb on the fly at the flats, G Digweed had one of 12lb on fly, and his wife Kate had one of 10lbs all were returned, P Barnes had one of 9lb on fly on his second ever day fishing, G Wigginton had a fish on fly of 7lb at the Pipeline while his son Lawrence had one from the Flats of 71/2lbs from lairds, D. Roe had a lovely 14lber on fly from the Sands all were returned .J Isherwood had eight for his week all on fly 22lber from the boat pool, 20lber from flats, 15lbs and an 8lbr from Boggywood which was the smallest he had all week, Bill Milsom had two for his day 7lb and 6lb on fly in the bridge run and finally W Heath had his first ever fly caught fish of 15lb from little Dallerie which he returned. Roll on next season !!!”

 At Coquhalzie, Colin Lowson reported; “Innerpeffray continued to be dogged by very high water and small numbers of fish kept going through the beat.  This was good for the fish but not the fisherman.  However if caught some were very fresh and a number of large fish once again appeared highlighted by John Gillies’s estimated 27lb bar of silver caught after a 40 minute tussle on a conehead fly (on REIA website www.riverearn.org.uk ) John Robertson had a fish of 20lb.  All in all there were over 7 fish of over 15lb but numbers were well down on last year.  Jim Crawford caught his first fish at 15lb after years of trying.”

I spent a wonderfully entertaining day on this beat in the company of Colin Lowson and weel kent ace angler and raconteur David Sommerville.  David, ably assisted by John Gillies who was ghillie for the day, didn’t disappoint with a nice fish of 15lbs early on fly. We lesser mortals could not aspire to the standard set by David and blanked much to the huge disappointment of mine host Colin. However, this was soon soothed by the attention of the many servants constantly serving up a sumptuous steak lunch washed down by a selection of the finest wines and malts.  A huge thank you goes to Colin, however , its back to auld clathes and parritch for me.

Further downstream, numbers again were down but interestingly, big fish featured prominently in Sandys report as follows; “At Kinkell, October continued wet and miserable with heavy rain resulting in frequent floods and turbid water. However, in the brief periods when conditions allowed some good fishing was enjoyed with several above-average specimens coming to hand. At least a dozen fish of 20lb or over were landed in the month, prominent amongst which were Murray Dunan's 20lb and 25lb fish.These were hooked with almost successive casts in Napiers to a size 6 Dusty Miller single.  One of the captures took line 500 metres downstream before being landed. John Drummond met with a 27lb in the Machany which he enticed with fly. John Tobin had fish of 20lb and 7lb in Houstons whilst, best of all, Alistair Crawford landed a 30lb fish from Napiers. Other mention should be made of first ever fish to Christopher Boyle (4lb) and David Cox (5lb) A reflection of our catches includes Hugh Pinkerton 6lb from the Gurl, Sandy Blackett 14lb from Upper McDonalds, John Krailing 15lb from Crooked Tree, Murray Ferguson 10lb from the Bend, Jim Hutchison , at last, 10lb from Upper McDonalds, Dr Richard Wilson 8lb and 6lb from Middle and Lower Murrays, Euan Findlay 10lb from Adamsons willows,  Alan Mackie 12lb from Middle Murays, Ted Robinson 6lb from Napiers,Martin Docherty 7lb on Tippeny, Mark Mitchell 8lb in the Machany and Roddy Mackenzie 10lb in the Weir. More than half of these fish came to fly.”

At Auchterarder, a late report was received in September , when Derek Trevis landed and returned a spanking 17.5lb licer and a not so fresh 6lb Sea Trout, both on a sinking rapala and word just in that Jock Halley , one of the clubs long time stalwarts has at last landed and returned his first of the season , a 9lb hen , on a huge pike plug that he put on to try because “bugger all else was working!!” Theres a lesson to everyone!

During the last week in  October, it was reported that a 32lb coloured cock was landed at Trinity Gask,  I await further details which will be included in my next report if they come to hand.

In summary it was quite an unusual season with a good spring run followed by decent summer fishing with larger salmon but no grilse and then a strange autumn that divided the river in two as far as results go.

Certainly a good one for big fish!!



5th Oct.2011 River Earn Trout And Salmon September Report(By Waddington)

For the greater part of the month anglers had to endure unseasonably wet and windy conditions with the river cresting at 2.5m on the 12th August whilst overhead the remnants of Hurricane Katia howled incessantly for days on end. In truth, the gales, gusts and generally unpleasant wet weather never gave up for the whole month leaving those brave enough to face the elements scratching their heads and muttering into their pint pots whilst searching for answers as to the whereabouts of the fish.

That question has not been answered yet and in my opinion they are just running later every year. Or is that just a cop out on my part? Certainly some fish have been caught but bizarrely, given the continually high water conditions lower beats were much more satisfied with their lots than middle and upper beats were (excluding tidal beats.) Unconfirmed reports from beats below the A9 road bridge seemed to suggest some good sport was being had, yet from the bridge upstream it was tough going!!

From the upper river, John Young gave me this report which includes a few bright spots; “D.Hepworth had 2 of 8lb and 5lb from Dalleariethen next day 2 sparklers of 14lb and 5lbs from Boggywood and Flats, all on fly. K.White a 12lbr on fly, P.Williamson  2 on fly from Sands , S.Wright a 9lbr on fly from Stepping Stones , C.Froud a 12lbr and a 5lbr from Big Bend and best of all G.Hurst finished off an otherwise fruitless day by landing 3 fish in 4 casts weighing 15,10 and 5lbs.” How does that work!!!

Further downstream at Coquhalzie Colin Lowson reported a quiet month also with probably around 20 landed, the best day being one of 4 fish on Sept 24th of 16lbs, 14lbs, 10lbs and 5lbs , all on fly and all very fresh. The only unusual thing about this catch is that it wasn’t replicated at any other time during the month but again, the conditions played a huge part in limiting opportunity.

At Kinkell, a beat that just does not perform well during periods of high water at any time during the season, Sandy had a lean time but again a few highlights (and his special coffee! ) kept us allfrom wearying. He writes “At Kinkell the first grilseof the season fell to Dave Clark on 16th Sept. It weighed 4lb and came from the Bend. Thereafter a number of grilse came to hand, some as small as Alan Cavers 3lb one from the Machany. The heavy rain which caused such difficulties to the local farmers continued to render fishing impractical through much of the second half of September; it was hard to find the few running fish which paused briefly on their way through the beat. However, some good fish in the upper teens and twenties were encountered, amongst which Malcolm Tilly's fly-caught fish of 20lb from Lower Murrays was noteworthy, this being only Malcolm's second ever fish on fly. Douglas Brotherston came to the aid of Sandy Blackett to net a 25lb fly-caught fish on the Machany. This was Sandy's first fish since 1986! Well done both. Elsewhere, Dr Chris Horill landed a 10lb fish from the Gurl whilst Graham Long had a 12lb fish in Middle Murrays. Both of those fish fell to fly. All but one injured fish have been returned at Kinkell over the last month. Sport would improve if the rain would stop.”

At Auchterarder A.C. water on the Denfield Bend on 14th September , Derek Trevis landed and returned a spanking 17.5lb licer and a not so fresh 6lb Sea Trout, both on a sinking rapala and word just in that Jock Halley , one of the clubs long time stalwarts has at last landed and returned his first of the season , a 9lb hen , on a huge pike plug that he put on to try because “bugger all else was working!!” Theres a lesson to everyone!

Over the past few days I am hearing of some successes up at Crieff with catches picking up a wee bit. Heres hoping that will indicate a better October for us all!



01 Sept 2011 Chairmans Report (By Colin Lowson).

Chairman’s Update

In the spring, I was elected Chairman of the association and since then, we have held two committee meetings.  I am delighted that three new members have joined the committee so welcome to Bob Mitchell, Tom Monaghan and John Patterson.  They have considerable experience between them.

The Earn is an excellent river for salmon and sea trout and my objective is to protect and enhance stocks wherever possible. I would like to thank all members and willing helpers for their efforts in the past and encourage you all to participate in going forward to promote your river.

We now have some objectives and plans in place, some of which are measurable and others we hope will enhance runs of migratory fish.

1.   An effort will be made to communicate with members and anglers by using our website (www.riverearn.org.uk), obtaining email addresses and using traditional mail where appropriate.

“Waddington” will provide a monthly report about the river where relevant and John Young’s 2010 report will also be posted on the website.

2.   Rob Mitchell, a recently appointed Tay Foundation Biologist, is working very closely with us, attends meetings and spends time on the river.

3.   An action plan is attached with appropriate time lines, to be agreed:-

a)      TDSFB has been looking at improving salmon and sea trout access to the Upper Ruthven Water by modification of a weir on Gleneagles Estate. This weir can be modified to allow fish to ascend it.  A survey has been undertaken and proposals will follow.

b)      A weir on the Cloan Burn is also being looked at. However, this weir is subject to a hydro application, and SEPA will (as always) approach TDSFB for comments. We will ensure that a fish pass is a mandatory part of any installation plan, enabling fish to navigate the weir.

c)      TDSFB in conjunction with Complete Weed Control will be continuing a programme of Japanese Knotweed eradication on the Earn. A total of 15 spraying days have been set aside for 2011, and spraying will commence from St Fillans down to Crieff in late August. This is an ongoing control programme.

d)      There is the potential for a fish counter to be installed on the Upper Earn, with a view to obtaining hard data showing the timings of fish migration to this part of the catchment. This data could then be used to ascertain the optimal times to request the limited number of freshets agreed with SSE, enabling fish to ascend the upper river.

e)      TDSFB has recently taken on the Almondbank kelt-reconditioning programme from Marine Scotland. The plan is to expand the facility, and therefore double capacity. It would be the intention to then collect a number of fish from the Ruchill, re-conditioning them year-on-year and using this guaranteed supply of fertilised eggs to re-stock areas of the Ruchill.

Please encourage your friends to join and we will all try to promote, develop and protect the Earn.


01 Sept 2011 River Earn Hatchery and Habitat Improvement For 2010 Season (By John Young).

I would like to thank the Tay Bailiffs for their support throughout the year.

 We carried out electro fishing in many areas including The Ruchill, The Turret, The   Machany and from Loch Earn down to Comrie. This was extremely successful and we managed just fewer than 280,000 eggs. Here was no rod and line fishing this year, due in the main to the snow- it was considered just too dangerous. The eggs this year were kept in The Tay Hatchery as they had   room to store them. This Hatchery has a chiller and can keep the eggs at a lower temperature which allows them to hatch later. Once the eggs Eyed up they were put back in the river in artificial redds and left to hatch naturally in the river system.

Once again this year J. Young has had assistance with work within the hatchery, this included planting trees, cutting grass, painting as well as removing tanks and replacing them with smaller ones. Thanks to all who assisted with these tasks.

I would like to thank Drummond Estate for their help and support with the hatchery, Ian Dalglish and Sandy from Kinkell, Colin Lowson from Inner Peffrey Fishing’s, Aberuchill Estate, Fordie Estate, Major Melville, Trinity Gask Fishing’s, Auchterarder Association, Paul Turek from Strageath Fishing’s and once again Comrie Angling Club for their generous donation towards the hatchery and habitat for the improvement association.

In 2010 John Young once again organised for Comrie Primary School, St George’s Girls School in Edinburgh, Newton Mearns School, Stirling High and Falkirk High to be involved in the hatching and releasing of salmon eggs. The project included educationals to Almond Bank Hatchery, Tay Board Hatchery, which are both situated at Almond Bank and also our hatchery. John Young would like to thank Lee Fisher who is head bailiff for the Tay System.

On going habitat works have been carried out on various tributaries through out the system. These are mainly in the Machany, and the Upper reaches of the Earn. The Glascorrie Burn has been completed as has the Fordie Burn. There are a few burns still to be looked at and a few where work is already in progress. Last year all clubs were asked to carry out surveys along their stretch of the River Earn, Comrie Association was the only club to do this and subsequently work has been carried out on most of these burns.  The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board (TDSFB) has carried out a survey on lowland burns including May Ruthven, Cloan have found 3 disused weirs and TDSFB are in discussions with the owners and SEPA. There have been sightings of beaver activity on the Upper and Lower reaches of the Earn. These are being monitored.

John Young can organise trips to both the Tay Hatchery and REIA hatchery   and anyone or club wishing to visit either hatchery is more than welcome and they should contact John on 07970 274236.

John Young

April 2011

2011 Year to date (By John Young).

TDSFB has now taken over the government hatchery as from last Friday.Therefore things may change for the better  on the hatchery front.

During the winter a rainbow trout cage broke loose on the Lochearn, this was sighted , J Young contacted the bailiffs and they went straight up to check it. Fortunately it was new and empty. Once again, there have been a few problems involving burns being scraped, blockages etc.  There is an education required here, as it may be that the offenders are not aware of the consequences of their actions.

 It is important to understand that anything you bring to the attention of John Young will be investigated as a matter of urgency however insignificant you may think they are.

Once again this year there will be a concerted effort to trap mink using mink rafts; these do not need to be checked on a daily basis. They only require to be checked once a print of the animal has been seen on the raft and the cage trap has been inserted. These can be made as required. Any beats wishing to be involved contact John Young. He has reported sightings of water voles on his beats already this year.

George Dudek

As we are all aware George passed away earlier this year, he was a keen angler, great supporter of the River Earn , and was  eager to help in any way he could particularly in the hatchery. He could always be heard before he was seen on the river bank and made many friends and was always available to help a fellow angler.

He will be sadly missed