To catch a Rhine salmon
I was greatly interested in the letter from Harmut Kloss (October). Recently, I stood on the banks of the middle Rhine near the village of Goar, looking across a huge pool at a swiftly flowing and clean-looking river, dwarfing in size any salmon river I had seen. I remembered reading a 19th Century report from the then Chief Inspector of Salmon Fisheries for England to the effect that in the past fishermen from Goar and Goarhausen would take more than 6,000 fish per year from the river below Lorelei. He also noted the immense size of the draft-nets at the mouth of the river and the quantities of fish – averaging 17lb – that were taken. If obstacles can be overcome and salmon runs can be restored, the potential must be huge. To catch a salmon from the main River Rhine may be the ultimate in salmon fishing. At a time when stocks across the range are in jeopardy, it is heartening that salmon and sea-trout are returning to waters from which they have long been absent – not just the Rhine, but also the Seine and in our own country, the Yorkshire Ouse and Trent. Surely all fishermen wish such endeavours every success.
Richard Davis, Ross-shire