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Trout Fishing in New Zealand
New Zealand has arguably the finest wild brown and rainbow trout fishing in the world.
Our First Salmon
The fish came up again and showed it's true power, splashing violently and running again. Don't lose it, don't lose it,... I can't lose it, I said to myself. Slowly I was winning the fight with this fantastic fish........
The River Cassley
The Cassley is small but mighty; only draining some 75 square miles of catchment, it is the smallest of the four Kyle of Sutherland rivers, but it has a fantastic reputation amongst salmon fishers. The Cassley flows for 18 miles exiting into the Kyle of Sutherland below the mouth of the Oykel. There are four beats on the river all of which are managed by the Kyle of Sutherland District Salmon Fisheries Board.
The River Forss
The Forss is a spate salmon fishing river in the far north of Scotland, and is also known as the Forss Water. Flowing towards the north coast at Crosskirk Bay, the Forss flows out of Loch Shurrery and runs for 14 miles to the sea. In recent years the Forss has become a major success story, with thousands of salmon ascending the river each year.
Rutland water is Europe's largest man made reservoir covering over 3000 acres of water. Construction was completed in 1975 after part of the Gwash valley was flooded covering 2 villages in the process. One of the surviving features on the bank-side is the infamous Normanton church. Controlled by Anglian Water, Rutland supplies a huge amount of water to the Anglian water region. A very popular area for recreation every day; walkers, cyclists, canoeists, bird watchers, sailors and fly-fisherman descend on the small county. Rutland is one of, if not the most popular match fishing venue in the land with hundreds of anglers fishing competitions here throughout the season.
The Rivers Seiont, Gwrfai and Llyfni
These three relatively small rivers drain the western side of the Snowdonia Masif . The Seiont is the largest of the three and enters the Menai Straits at Caernafon. The Gwyrfrai and Llyfni are a few miles to the south. All three rivers are fed by lakes : Llyn Padarn at Llanberis (Seiont), Llyn Cwellyn (Gwyrfai) and Llyn Nantlle (Llyfni). These lakes also provide worthwhile fishing opportunities.
Grafham Water is a large reservoir close to the market town of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire. It covers an area of 1,500 acres and is famous for its large quality brown and rainbow trout. The largest rainbow was caught in 1992 by Dave Barker, it weighed a massive13lb 13oz! It was caught on a Minkie lure, a fly invented by the captor.
The River Coquet
The Coquet is 40 miles long; rising in the Cheviots it travels generally in an easterly direction exiting at Warkworth harbour. It is a river that meanders quite heavily.
The River Lambourn
The Lambourn is a classic small chalkstream which rises in the Berkshire downs above the well known racing village of Lambourn, and flows south-easterly to join the river Kennet at Newbury. It is often regarded as the best example of a chalkstream in the country, both by anglers and conservationists.
The River Welsh Dee and Clwyd
The River Dee travels through Wales and England and forms, in places, part of the border between these two countries. It rises in Snowdonia and travels through Llangollen before heading north-west to Chester and exiting on the Welsh side of the Wirral Peninsula.
The Tay is Scotland's largest and possibly best known salmon fishery. Annually it produces around 8 – 10 thousand salmon for the many anglers that fish there and enjoys a well deserved reputation for excellent fishing.
Border Esk and Liddle
The Esk and Liddle are attractive freestone rivers flowing through beautiful countryside. The river bed is punctuated with large rocky outcrops and long gravely runs giving interesting and challenging water for the game angler. Generally the water is clear at normal levels although the Liddle often carries a slight peat stain even at summer levels.
The River Conon
The river Conon is the main river for a large catchment area of the Scottish Highlands to the north of Inverness in Ross-shire, & is the region's best salmon and sea trout river with annual catches of up to 1500 salmon and grilse. The Conon itself flows form Loch Luichart to the sea at Dingwall, but there are a large number of tributaries including the Orrin, Meig, Bran, Grudie and Blackwater. The majority of fish are caught in the lower section of the river.
The River Spey
The Spey rises in the Central Highlands and flows north east past Grantown, Aberlour and Rothes to meet the sea at Spey Bay, about ten miles east of Lossiemouth. It is the second longest river in Scotland and is generally shallow and fast-flowing. One of the 'Big Four' salmon rivers of Scotland, it also has a good sea trout run.
The Orkney Islands
Orkney is an archipelago of 70 islands lying about 10 miles off the coast of Caithness in Northern Scotland. The mainstay of the fishing is for wild brown trout on Lochs but there is also some superb fishing for sea trout in the sea to be found. There are no rivers to speak of but a number of "sea burns" connect large lochs to the sea and provide passage for the migratory trout. When the sea trout smolts leave freshwater and enter the sea they won't travel far but spend their time feeding around the coast.