A procession with a pipe band and anglers made its way through Kenmore in Scotland today to mark the start of the 2012 salmon season on the River Tay. The traditional ceremony was led by a piper who took anglers to the riverbank, where drams were shared before the fishermen´s boats - and the water - were blessed with a dousing of whisky. Last year it was estimated that nearly 7,000 salmon and grilse were caught on the Tay, where a policy of 100 per cent catch and release for spring salmon is now operated.
Comments: Some beautiful photos to soothe the mind.
When I fish, I never cast my rod; why throw that out? Most fishermen (and women) cast their lure! I know, I´m being a little picky this morning, but my knee is aching, and I have to complain about something. But the pictures were great, and reminded me of back when they had an opening day in Mass. The banks of Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester were crowded like those in the pictures. And it could be cold, too.
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What beutiful pictures, a great way to start the day. I especially loved the pictures of little Kiera.
For those wondering, a Grilse is a young (and therefore small) salmon. I was glad to see the implementatikon of catch and release rules for the salmon fishery. Atlantic salmon populations the world over are under enourmous pressure.
Stocks in Canada have dwindleed and only a very few rivers in America still have an annual salmon run. Pollution from the mills in the Northeast killed the salmon runs over 100 years ago. Efforts to reintroduce salmon into the Connecticut river have been spotty at best. Large numbers of smolt are released each year but returns are too few to effectively bred.
There is a trick to getting the fisj to return to the river they were released from, one we have not yet figured out. Salmon return to the exact same little stream they were born in and we have no idea how that place becomes implanted in their miniscule brain. Apparently though salmon born in a hatchery pond don´t implant well if at all.
As we have cleaned up our rivers they now run clear, cold and clean enough to once again support these magnificent fish. I truly hope we figure out how to get them back.
A sign of hope? After more than a century of absence Atlantic salmon suddenly reappeared in the river Seine a few years ago. No reintroduction program was in effect, just mother nature finding a way.
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