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    Default New 2017 Brown trout on the rivers thread.

    As Danny, troutbum67 has decided to take a break, we might as well have a new thread to post pictures and stories for the new season ahead, rivers only please.
    My season in Cumbria opens on Wednesday the 15th, it's been a long time coming.
    I'm not expecting to find much rising so soon into March, but who knows, some good reports of LDOs and a few MBs, so fingers crossed.
    Hope you all have some great catches, let us know on here please.
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    Default Re: New 2017 Brown trout on the rivers thread.

    Well, my river season, does not start until the 1st April.

    However, I can fish for wild brown trout from the 15th March, on a local reservoir.

    I will post from April, which is still a wee bit away.


    Douglas

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    Default Re: New 2017 Brown trout on the rivers thread.

    A tad early this side of the Pennines, S. We did a one-minute kick-sample today and there were three fully developed eggs in it. You could just about see the shape of the alevin and, although I couldn't quite see it because I didn't have the glass, one of the volunteers said he could see the beating heart. Season opens on the 25th. I'll probably give it to mid-Easter break before the LDOs get into swing and the grannom come out to play. Hoping for a colder snap as this Winter has been so warm

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    Quote Originally Posted by ant77 View Post
    A tad early this side of the Pennines, S. We did a one-minute kick-sample today and there were three fully developed eggs in it. You could just about see the shape of the alevin and, although I couldn't quite see it because I didn't have the glass, one of the volunteers said he could see the beating heart. Season opens on the 25th. I'll probably give it to mid-Easter break before the LDOs get into swing and the grannom come out to play. Hoping for a colder snap as this Winter has been so warm
    That's another 12 days fo you Ant, please let us know how you get on.
    We did our bird count yesterday, it's a twice a year thing, where all local clubs do a one hour walk at a specific time to count all feathered predators on the system.
    The cormorant problem in these parts is reaching plague proportions, some sightings last week had several flocks reported of 150/100 and 80.
    My club has a license to cull four birds per annum,?
    They are raping the rivers here, grayling stocks have dropped dramatically.
    On our list of birds to report are cormorants, goosanders, herons, mergansers, and a few others, including kingfishers.
    Can't see those beauties causing much harm, always a delight to see them flashing past.
    Have a great season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrtrout View Post
    The cormorant problem in these parts is reaching plague proportions, some sightings last week had several flocks reported of 150/100 and 80.
    My club has a license to cull four birds per annum,?
    They are raping the rivers here, grayling stocks have dropped dramatically.
    On our list of birds to report are cormorants, goosanders, herons, mergansers, and a few others, including kingfishers.
    Can't see those beauties causing much harm, always a delight to see them flashing past.
    Have a great season.
    S.
    You too. That is an absolutely phenomenal amount of Cormorants! I can't see how most English rivers would sustain that amount down their entire length, let alone along a few beats, especially when you add all the other lovelies into it. Sure they're not just roosting next to a fish farm?! I was enjoying watching a quad of goosanders in the Winter in one of the slower channels of a local river. Plenty for them to go at and the Grayling were still there in good number.

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    Default Re: New 2017 Brown trout on the rivers thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by ant77 View Post
    You too. That is an absolutely phenomenal amount of Cormorants! I can't see how most English rivers would sustain that amount down their entire length, let alone along a few beats, especially when you add all the other lovelies into it. Sure they're not just roosting next to a fish farm?! I was enjoying watching a quad of goosanders in the Winter in one of the slower channels of a local river. Plenty for them to go at and the Grayling were still there in good number.
    Goosanders are our biggest problem on the Upper Severn and Vyrnwy, loads of them about. Every single Grayling I've caught on the Vyrnwy has bird damage.
    Anyway, looking forward to opening day on my local river Worfe. Will be my first time fishing that river ever, although I know it fairly well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ant77 View Post
    You too. That is an absolutely phenomenal amount of Cormorants! I can't see how most English rivers would sustain that amount down their entire length, let alone along a few beats, especially when you add all the other lovelies into it. Sure they're not just roosting next to a fish farm?! I was enjoying watching a quad of goosanders in the Winter in one of the slower channels of a local river. Plenty for them to go at and the Grayling were still there in good number.
    They do roost in one particular area more than others, attempts are being made to deter them. I often find them sat on the banks drying there wings.
    They are so bloated they can't take off and just dive into the river.
    We didn't have them five years ago in these quantities, they only seemed to arrive during an exceptionally hard winter then, but now it's all year round.
    Various departments are involved monitoring them, but as a protected species we can only cull four a year.
    I've contacted our local MP Rory Stewart today to see if he can put a bit of pressure on.
    A flock like that can seriously empty the river in no time, the grayling seem to get the worst of it, very worrying times.
    S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richfish1 View Post
    Goosanders are our biggest problem on the Upper Severn and Vyrnwy, loads of them about. Every single Grayling I've caught on the Vyrnwy has bird damage.
    Anyway, looking forward to opening day on my local river Worfe. Will be my first time fishing that river ever, although I know it fairly well.
    Exciting stuff Rich, but why did you wait so long to fish it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrtrout View Post
    They do roost in one particular area more than others, attempts are being made to deter them. I often find them sat on the banks drying there wings.
    They are so bloated they can't take off and just dive into the river.
    We didn't have them five years ago in these quantities, they only seemed to arrive during an exceptionally hard winter then, but now it's all year round.
    Various departments are involved monitoring them, but as a protected species we can only cull four a year.
    I've contacted our local MP Rory Stewart today to see if he can put a bit of pressure on.
    A flock like that can seriously empty the river in no time, the grayling seem to get the worst of it, very worrying times.
    S.

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    Exciting stuff Rich, but why did you wait so long to fish it?
    S.
    I changed fishing clubs Steven. ☺

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    Quote Originally Posted by richfish1 View Post
    I changed fishing clubs Steven. ☺
    That's no excuse man, you should have poached it.
    Hope its bountiful for you, is your trout season open now? We expect a few pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrtrout View Post
    That's no excuse man, you should have poached it.
    Hope its bountiful for you, is your trout season open now? We expect a few pics.
    S.
    18th March for us. I'll try and get some photo's, I gave up trying to get pics of grayling, wriggly blooming things😂

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