I know that my wish list may not be popular with all however please remember this is only my opinion. I would like to hear what others think.
Considering that over 1000 permits have been sold this year I think that the Kelvin as a vulnerable recovering river needs every bit of help to make sure that it continues to recover. Consequently some guidance on managing fish stocks is advisable – advice was given many years ago when a study was carried out on the trout and salmon population. One of the main outcomes was that the river would fail to thrive if the killing of fish went unregulated.
- Signs to be put up at strategic parts of the river stating a permit is required.
- The river to be patrolled by a qualified bailiff and a number of informal wardens to assist.
- The Vet School to be made fly only and catch and release.
- Only five Salmon to be kept in any one season.
- Catch and Release of trout to be encouraged – trout over 12 inches to be returned.
So far there are no signs at all along the whole course of the river – nothing to say a club is in existence which leads to widespread poaching of both salmon and trout. From what I gather you can fish the river for trout without a permit (at least that was what I was told by the old chairman) however it still makes sense to buy one.
I have never seen a bailiff on the river, the people I speak to have never seen them either – that just isn’t right.
The Vet School is enclosed and has some excellent fly water. Lets as an experiment make it fly only for a few seasons and see what happens – I guarantee you the trout will become enormous.
From what I gather the Salmon chaps are having a bonanza – let’s limit those buggers fun. Only joking – what we have is an improving river if lots of salmon are killed then we are losing this years breeders and consequently the next few years run. Same goes with big trout – point to remember – if you kill a big trout you are killing the genes that got it big. I remember reading through the original report that examined the Kelvin around 15 years ago – it stated that undue angling pressure on the trout population would significantly affect future stocks.
Am I being unreasonable? I would particulary like to hear from people in the States and people in England – how are your rivers managed?