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Salmon-tracking device recovered off Nova Scotia

A solar-powered fish-tracking drone has been recovered off the North American Coast after a 3,000 km journey. And the 'surf board' device, says the Atlantic Salmon Federation, which tracks tagged fish released from the Miramichi River and the Restigouche River and some other rivers in New Brunswick will provide a valuable insight and data into the movement of salmon after they leave their rivers of origin. ... Full story

Huge catch on Norway's Vosso

Fortunes have varied wildly for salmon fishers in Norway recently. While the central rivers of the Trondelag region continue to struggle with catches through to the approaching end of the season, a notable catch to one rod on a single river has shown the potential for sport in this celebrated salmon-fishing country. ... Full story

Rain required to bring in north America's salmon runs

The following excellent data appears on ASF's River Notes website, providing detailed recent news on catches on the rivers of Canada/north America ... Full story

Good times, bad times

What is it with fishermen: are we never satisfied? Even when we have a river stuffed full of fish we can complain about bad conditions, low, clear water, or simply an upstream wind, for goodness' sake! Even when we are fishing a famous salmon river, with a better than average chance of hooking something very special indeed, it is possible to turn the story round a bit.. ... Full story

What has happened to Norway's summer run?

As July merges into August, high summer into late-summer, a pattern has become established on Norway's sportfishing rivers. When a 2012 salmon is hooked it tends to be an older, bigger, river fish. Now, with the season ending two weeks tomorrow, from the Lakselva to the Orkla, the question is repeated: what has happened to Norway's summer run of medium sized salmon and grilse? And the newer, big fish, for that matter? ... Full story

Where the Muddler is king of the castle

It is one of the most famous names in Scottish West Coast salmon and sea-trout fishing. But the Isle of Harris' Amhuinnsuidhe fishery, with its superlative wild fly-fishing on Lochs Voshmid, Scourst and Ulladale is not just about fishing, as Greig Thomson of Salmo International describes.. ... Full story

Camp Greenland

A new venture for fly-fishers whose dream is to sample the Arctic char fishing in Greenland is taking shape under the aegis of Arni Baldursson. Arni runs his Lax-a fishing all over the world but this camp looks the business and one assumes very good connections in Greenland to enable such comfort to go up in the wilderness in such short order. ... Full story

Anger at Montrose salmon nets season extension

The Esk Salmon Board is furious at the Government’s “irresponsible” decision to extend the Montrose salmon netting season, allowing more fish to be killed. ... Full story

Great summer sport on Deeside

It was a better week for anglers fishing the Aberdeenshire Dee last week with FishDee beats reporting 221 salmon and 30 sea trout, writes Dee Fisheries Development Officer, Ken Reid. And although reports in the current week suggest the river is now down to its bare summer bones, it is worth dwelling on the superlative summer sport that greets those fly-fishermen, and women, who are in the right place at the right time. Fish sprinting like Usain Bolt? Dancing nuns on roller blades? All will be explained.. ... Full story

Hayes expands Norwegian salmon-fishing portfolio for 2013

Ever since he filmed a series of his fishing exploits for the Discovery channel and despite a fishless week after salmon, ended up catching a little more than he'd bargained for (he was to marry the daughter of the family that owned the fishings!), fishing celebrity Matt Hayes has developed a big love affair for Norway's River Gaula. Now, having secured the Flaskholen beat for 2012, Matt and the Winsnes family have added a lease on the famous Malum Winsnes fishery for 2013. ... Full story

Varzina trout camp comes good

Every self-respecting famous Kola Peninsula salmon river these days has to boast its own trout fishing camp in the upper reaches and the North Kola's Varzina river is no exception. Here, a recent report posted on Facebook by the camp reflects, yes a few salmon caught (that's inevitable), but also some quite exceptional brown trout caught. Salmon sized brownies really. Or at least, it would be exceptional, if we didn't just pinch ourselves and say this is trout fishing Kola-style - and anything really is possible.. ... Full story

Yokanga's August Bruisers

With rivers like the Ponoi put into mothballs for a fortnight, and other Russian fisheries only for the hardy or the mosquito resistant – at least so far as UK rods are concerned – and the autumn season of the Umba yet to start, August is a non-peak month on the salmon rivers of the Kola Peninsula. But Russia's trophy salmon river, the Yokanga, which had a good July this year, is set for the late show as the season rolls to a high summer climax. ... Full story

Miramichi in summer close-down mode

Hit by a summer drought and high water temperatures (see recent picture, left), the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, Canada, has announced a closure of its main salmon fishings as anglers await further rain. It is felt anglers wading in cold-water pools, many of which are where tributaries enter the river, could disturb salmon that have gathered to seek refuge. ... Full story

Blue Charmed, I'm sure

So there I was on the Norwegian Flyfishers Club beats of the River Gaula last week. It was Friday and after a fishless first four days I went from the Blues to being, if you will, Blue Charmed within the space of five hours. Allow me to explain how it happened. ... Full story

Iceland: the other side of the coin

It is now well documented how the north Atlantic jetstream has disturbed the UK's summer weather to an even greater extent than usual but the situation for those who head to Iceland in search of its summer harvest of silver Atlantic salmon has presented the opposite to flash flooding in England's home counties. There, an extended drought has put the dampeners on sport and a recent report from fieldsports agent Roxtons shows catches around 30 per cent down on west and north coast rivers. ... Full story

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