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    The occasional anti-social game angler

    Much of Scotland will resemble a toilet and a tip in a few weeks time. What is needed is for everyone to say something to the litterers and s***ers. You might get some abuse back but nobody else is going to tackle the issue, it is up to all of us. Andy
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    My good deed for today( Lamb Rescue)

    If I had a pound for every lamb and sheep I’ve rescued over the years... I’d have about fifty quid! It’s been a quiet year so far with only one lamb saved so far but more will get themselves in trouble yet. Andy
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    Leader storage

    I know! I were just agreeing and pointing out another example of browns being sea trout even when they have had no contact with the sea for generations. Andy
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    Scottish travel restrictions lifted

    That would work for me!
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    Leader storage

    Yes I’d go along with something to do with population densities and environmental pressures causing a sudden switch from one strategy to the other. As you say the whole thing in a state of flux. I just can’t buy the idea that there is anything keeping sea trout and brown trout separate. There...
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    Scottish travel restrictions lifted

    Well there supposed to be wardens employed around the NC500 this year but I don’t know if they are in place yet or can do anything anyway. What is needed is for everyone to take action when they see dirty campers and regulation breakers. At the minute most just post on Facebook and leave the...
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    Wales rivers so low,

    I wouldn’t write off all the inverts just yet. Prolonged low water does, obviously, reduce the amount of available habitat for inverts but most are capable of moving as the level drops and will spread out again when the water rises. We had a long drought here last year (July to Sept) with the...
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    Scottish travel restrictions lifted

    Not just Lomond, the dross is arriving in Sutherland as I write. There will be decent folk too but they are all tarred with the same brush now.
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    Leader storage

    There is as far as I can see no difference between a 3lb cock brown trout and a 3lb cock sea trout other than the fact that the first is a pretty rare fish in many systems. All the places I’ve known apart from Uist have struggled to produce brown trout much over 12oz. I don’t think the sea...
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    Leader storage

    The thing is sea lice are only a limiting factor near fish farms. Away from fish farms natural sea lice variations don’t have any affect on sea trout runs. I’ve seen these cycles of boom and bust in the West Country hundreds of miles from fish farming. The old record books show it has...
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    Leader storage

    No they don't stand happily by! They chase little "brown trout" endlessly on the redds and they also fight continually with other large mature cock sea trout. In all the confusion the little "brown trout" are often in every time the hen sheds eggs, I've watched this time and time again in small...
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    Leader storage

    Sea trout runs aren't "regenerating" over much of the west coast because they are being hammered by lice from fish farms. I can think of several places that even in my fishing lifetime have seen a collapse and return of sea trout runs over ten years or so. Several East Devon rivers went from...
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    Leader storage

    MacLaren’s book is very much about fishing and not biology but it is a worthwhile read if only to give some idea of what has been lost from the west coast.
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    Maxcatch

    I thought it was the code for deep fried won ton with sweet & sour sauce.
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    Panorama Sewage dumping

    That is exactly the issue, raw sewage is being discharged direct into rivers. It is supposed to only happen during floods when the sewerage system system can't cope with high rainfall (what the rainfall doing in the sewer is another question but we are where we are). According to some the...
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