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TroutFish­er­man read­ers have their say

OUR ob­ses­sion with rain­bow and blue trout fish­ing in many of our reser­voirs will lead to the end of fly-fish­ing there if we do not mod­ify our present ap­proach to the stock­ing of these wa­ters. Over the last few sea­sons, it has be­come ap­par­ent that cur­rent strains of triploid rain­bows and blues do not live be­yond the first sea­son after be­ing stocked. The reser­voirs to which these fish are added there­fore need to­tal re-stock­ing ev­ery year. Fish are be­com­ing more ex­pen­sive, and to main­tain suit­able stock­ing lev­els, ticket prices have to be in­creased. Al­ter­na­tively, fewer fish are stocked, re­sult­ing in poorer catch rates and re­duced ticket sales. It’s cur­rently a race to the bot­tom and many fish­eries will close to fly-fish­ing if no changes are made. The prob­lem seems to be that many reser­voir an­glers are fix­ated on rain­bows and blues, so fish­ery man­agers don’t con­sider other op­tions, such as tiger and brown trout, both of which have proved to be more hardy and adapt­able to pre­vail­ing con­di­tions. An­glers may need to con­sider fish­ing catch and re­lease, and/or fish­ing for species other than rain­bows and blues, if we are to con­tinue en­joy­ing good, con­ve­nient fly-fish­ing in our reser­voirs. The eco­nom­ics in­volved in run­ning a large rain­bow trout fish­ery cur­rently do not stack up and un­less we an­glers push hard for more sus­tain­able stock­ing and fish­ing, and ac­cept that we may be fish­ing for smaller av­er­age-sized fish in­clud­ing browns and tigers, we will lose our reser­voirs to coarse fish­ing. Mike Free­man, Corn­wall

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