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New Sea Trout Rivers To Fish

It would be no surprise to many that the industrial revolution of the last 200 years has had a dramatic effect on our waterways and rivers with pollution waste being run off into them. This has caused the reduction and in some cases the demise of natural species including Salmon and Sea Trout. It is now after the tightening in European and world legislation that it is illegal to run off these pollutants into the waterways and in doing so there has been a flourish and the natural life-cycle is making its way back into once lifeless rivers. It is this clean up that has enabled Sea Trout to make their way back to rivers and it is here I want to tell you about new Sea Trout rivers to fish.

During the time of industrialisation as well as waste materials a lot of factories build weirs to divert water through turbines to power them. These man made blockades are a major obstacle for migratory species and needed to be removed or changed to allow these fish to reach their spawning grounds. So when the river has been put back to as near as originally possible Sea trout and Salmon can now make there way up the natural flow. Some ingenious people have created water ladders for these fish to move up through them and it can be a marvel to watch them make their way to the spawning grounds.

There have been many rivers that were totally de-voided of natural stock and so restocking programs had to be induced from other rivers. Here is a question, when restocking from another river do the new fish behave like the re-stocked rivers ancestors or like the ones from the river they came from. Some of you may be thinking what do I mean but it has been documented that fishing techniques or fly patterns that works on one river will not induce a take on another. So it is with angling excitability that I ask the question do you have a river new you that has started to show promise and if so what techniques will work on it.

I find it brilliant to think that a river once devoid of natural life can become a new fishing ground for anglers around the world. Maybe you live in a city and that once lifeless canal or river that flowed past the car factory now has a vibrant stock of wild trout maybe even Sea Trout or Salmon.

There is a new angling pastime going on in France called urban fishing were anglers are walking along these waterways in their jeans and t-shirts with a back pack, a rod, reel and flies. These guys are getting out of school or work and getting a few hours in before going home. I think it's a great way to relax after a stressful day at the office. Maybe this is going on close to you.

Here in the North of Ireland we have had a few rivers close to angling over the last few years due to low stock numbers and the debate goes on as to why this has happened, trawling at sea, poor river management or catch and release, etc, etc. That is a topic for another article but this incoming season of 2013 has seen a few of these rivers being opened up to fly fishing with a strict catch and release policy as the numbers have been slowly increasing and I for one can't wait to get to them to see for myself and hopefully catch and release a Sea Trout or two.

Thanks for reading my article on fly fishing please feel free to leave a comment below if you want.


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What we are worrying about here is water levels. Many of our trout streams are almost running dry. :(

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  about 9 years ago

Its an ill divided world Shawn ours are bursting their banks. Flood warnings every week through the winter and it doesn't seem to easy up through summer going by the last few years.

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  about 9 years ago

Interesting article Mark especially seeing as how the river I live on has been restocked with salmon. They are only hook and release at current populations, but on the increase. They built spawning pools in a step channel right across the river from my place. When I go over there to dip for kiack I often am startled by the scarecrows they erected to keep the crows away. I am not used to scarecrows in the woods LOL.

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  about 9 years ago

Restocked with Salmon....interesting....your are in Nova Scotia so can I take it they are Atlantic Salmon? Do you know are they genetically locally stocked or from another river? Here we could have exactly what I'm talking about new fish to fish for....you lucky duck living right on the banking. You got a spare room?

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  about 9 years ago

So amazing what nature an do, nice pic by the way, is that you with the fish!

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  about 9 years ago

Nature is marvelous isn't it, how quickly a river has become full of life after being void is a complete mystery to some.. No its not me.

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  about 9 years ago

One of the earliest things in life that came my way when I was very young was the exposure to the pollution issue in the 1960s and 1970s. It is one of the Flower Power Age things that continued with me. Glad that some legislation has done its part in protecting our environment! Things are definitely cleaning up with the removal of the insidious industrial practices.

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  about 9 years ago

They are improving slowly but surely Daniel but its up to every individual to keep it moving in the correct manner. Responsible dumping of environmentally hazard materials for one i.e. old pots of paint etc.

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  about 9 years ago

It seems every time man needs water ways to better his way of life he puts another way of life in jeopardy...oh so typical of man....they spend thousands if not millions here to restore what they once destroyed and then go out and destroy another water way somewhere else.....no sense to it....when will we learn to live with nature rather than try and change it to our liking....best stop now I could go on for hours...:) good article Mark

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  about 9 years ago

There was an article in the local newspaper recently about farmers organizing to minimize the amount of fertilizer getting in our streams and then the lake. This is what creates the algae problem in Lake Erie. We had a similar problem about a decade ago and farmers were instrumental in minimizing it

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  about 9 years ago

Slurry spills are a big problem here in Ireland and the UK. When there is heavy rain and a big of water on the rivers some un-scrupulous farmers release it into the water way to get rid of it. Problem is it takes all the oxygen out of the water and next years smolts can be wiped in in a flash. If they are caught big fines are handed out and I have heard of ones as big as £50,000 if i'm not mistaken.

  
  about 9 years ago

Yea Tim man can be so selfish, we are going to destroy the Earth beyond repair if we don't get a grip soon. As you say we have copped on here but what are they doing now out in China and the like as their industrialization boom eats fuel by the mega tonne.

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  about 9 years ago
C. Hughes  

Nice article and your web page makes me want to put on my waders again. A bit too cold for that right now. Perhaps the bucket of tip ups that I have in the Garage. One question: What is a Craic? I'm not familiar with that idiom.

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  about 9 years ago

Whats the Craic? is an Irish saying similar to Whats up? Whats happening? Yea too cold I'm counting the days till it warms up a bit. Dreaming of fishing, reading, writing will have to do for now!

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  about 9 years ago

This is an interesting premise that may carry some weight here on the Great Lakes. We know the walleye migrate between the lakes so I'm wondering how that effects our fishing techniques

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  about 9 years ago

Some experimenting to be done then John. Are there techniques or lures that work in one area and not another or do the fish who have migrated still take the same lures. If you can come up with a formula it could prove to be productive.

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  about 9 years ago

There are times when we know the fish are here but we just can't turn them on. This may be one of the causes. The migration patterns of the walleye are still not fully understood but it would sure be worth some investigation

  
  about 9 years ago

Sounds an interesting project. Have you any tagging methods available to check the migration movements of the fish if not I'm sure you could get some tagging equipment from another government body or someone willing to help. www(dot)aquaticeco(dot)com/subcategories/2711/Fish-Tags found some here maybe worth a look! You would need to check beforehand with the authorities if it is allowed or feasible.

  
  about 9 years ago

That is a saavy fishermen that wrote this article! Love the proposed experiment and I have found that to be true. That I can catch fish on the Snake river using a certain technique or lure, but when I am on the Salmon River...Nada! Thanks, my fisher friend.

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  about 9 years ago

I hear ya Pat. I'm sure every angler has experience this effect somewhere. I am uncertain to why it happens, could it be possibly the terrain style or color or perhaps the water clarity effects the lure differently. In clear water the fish may see the lure better and realize its not natural but in peaty water as its obscured it takes as its not sure what it is.

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  about 9 years ago

It's so fascinating to learn that fish are so advanced they won't fall for certain fly patterns. Here I thought a lure was a lure. Fish have much more intelligence than I've given them credit for. thanks

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  about 9 years ago

Lisa it is know that a lure that works well in one area is completely useless in another. As you say you would think a lure would work anywhere but I have had first hand experience of it and its frustrating to say the least. The fun part is working out what works and developing that to produce fun fishing days.

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  about 9 years ago

Hey Mark, your article was real good news! Cool landing page.

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  about 9 years ago

Hey Lewis thanks for stopping by!

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  about 9 years ago
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