To catch a Rhine salmon

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Letters -

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

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