River Reports

If you want to get in depth analysis and news from around the rivers you can view through our high definition watercam network, there's no better place than here. Find reports relevant to each camera location and read what our expert contributors have to say.

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Usan Coastal Nets

added: 2nd Mar 2014

Mixed Stocks Fisheries. The Lairds of our Coast and wild salmon. Breath-taking arrogance, unsustainable, out-of-date, and cause for international censure.

After years... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

River Report - 19th Feb

added: 19th Feb 2014

River Report 19th February

The opening week has seen river levels remain high, with heavy rain falling along with melting snow this made for challenging water conditions. The weather has been very... Continue reading

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AST/IBIS Stocking Conference

added: 1st Dec 2013

The role of the AST blog is to give comments on or flavour to AST's activities. I hope our readers will appreciate that its purpose is only to give brief descriptive overview of the stocking conference,... Continue reading

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Mixed stocks netting

added: 19th Oct 2013

Scottish east coast Salmon and the Usan Mixed Stocks Fishery

A mixed stocks fishery confirmed

Marine Scotland’s South Esk Tracking Project is designed... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

River Report - 10th Oct

added: 10th Oct 2013

River Report 10th Oct

As we enter the last few weeks of the season the river has finally received a decent rise. The water rose nearly 2ft and is running very dirty today. At last the Don is back... Continue reading

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Rivers In Between

added: 22nd Sep 2013

Scottish Rivers regularly in the news such as the Tay, Dee and North and South Esks, of which all except the North Esk are EU designated Special Areas of Conservation(SACs), may draw attention... Continue reading

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AST AT HOME AND ABROAD

added: 5th Sep 2013

Atlantic Salmon Trust

September 2013 Newsletter

A Busy Autumn Ahead

AST’s interest in promoting alternative technologies for salmon farming... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

River Report - 28th Aug

added: 28th Aug 2013

River levels have continued to remain low throughout the system and with no sign of any significant rainfall for the coming week salmon anglers are making the best of the poor conditions available by fishing... Continue reading

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Economies of truth & salmon farming

added: 25th Aug 2013

Who do you trust? World class science? Callender McDowell, the organ grinder for salmon farming, or the SSPO, the body that represents the Norwegian... Continue reading

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New technologies must save wild salmon & sea trout

added: 19th Aug 2013

What is the future of salmon farming?

Here is some updated thinking on the subject of this currently unsustainable industry.

AST's long term vision for salmon farming... Continue reading

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Global Salmon Farming

added: 19th Aug 2013

The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) has been launched "with a commitment to sustainable salmon farming"

A group of companies purporting to represent 70% of the global... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

River Report - 31st July

added: 31st Jul 2013

River Report 31st July

Due to the very low river levels and a lack of anglers fishing for Salmon catches have been low on all parts of the river throughout the month of July. After the past few wet... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

Don Report - 25th June

added: 25th Jun 2013

The last two weeks have seen continued low water flows, coupled with warm and bright overhead conditions this has made for difficult angling throughout the river. Most anglers have been venturing out in... Continue reading

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AST Work Plan 2013-15

added: 22nd Jun 2013

INTRODUCTION

This paper sets out the AST’s current and future work plans under its three Pillars approach.The AST’s primary role is to encourage scientific... Continue reading

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A milestone in the human diet

added: 22nd Jun 2013

Protein at any price?

"The world quietly reached a milestone in the evolution of human diet"

You might have thought that there should be widespread... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

Don Report - 11th June

added: 11th Jun 2013

River levels have continued to drop and with high daytime temperatures angling has proved difficult for most of the week. Salmon anglers have been landing the odd fresh fish from the lower and middle beats... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

Don Report - 28th May

added: 28th May 2013

Weekly Report 28th May

Last week’s weather conditions saw days of snow, heavy rain, gale force winds and a day of glorious sunshine. Temperatures dropped on Tuesday and the upper hills on the Lecht... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

Don Report - 20th May

added: 20th May 2013

River levels continued to fall last week and were flowing at their lowest level for the year until Saturday’s torrential rain saw the Don rise back up to 2ft and run coloured. The weather has been a... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

Don Report - 8th May

added: 8th May 2013

The river levels fell back and ran clear for the week until last Friday when heavy rain fell over the upper and middle catchment bringing a 4inch rise on Saturday. Now into May the Don is still running... Continue reading

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Freshwater Mussels

added: 7th May 2013

My friend, Fred Woodward, wrote 'The Scottish Pearl in Peril in its World Context' which was published by Diehard in 1993 (ISBN 0 946230 27 7) and, although currently out of print, is in my view the best... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

Don Report - 30th April

added: 30th Apr 2013

As the river fell back after the recent spate conditions catches of spring salmon have increased steadily in the past two weeks. Good numbers of sealiced fish have been reported caught with plenty of others... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

Don Report - 1st April

added: 1st Apr 2013

The cold spell of weather continued throughout last week, however come midday it was at least nice to see and feel the warmth of the sun for a couple of hours. River levels remained steady last week at... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

Don Report - 26th March

added: 26th Mar 2013

Last week’s horrendous weather conditions meant that very little angling has taken place. A few hardy salmon anglers did venture out on the lower reaches for the odd hour or so but soon retreated to... Continue reading

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Oceans, Coasts & Rivers

added: 25th Mar 2013

Tony Andrews explains the thinking behind the new AST strategy:

Following the ground breaking SALSEA project, AST has refreshed its strategy to encompass the whole lives of... Continue reading

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Reintroducing beavers: A mistake?

added: 24th Mar 2013

Beaver introductions: some personal thoughts.

Tony Andrews, who is chairman of the South Esk Catchment Management Partnership and Chief Executive of the Atlantic Salmon Trust,... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

Don Report -18th March

added: 18th Mar 2013

Last week’s weather conditions did little to entice anglers out onto the river, cold days and chilly blustery winds saw only a few anglers venture out for the odd couple of hours to try their luck.... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

11th March 2013

added: 11th Mar 2013

The white stuff has decided to make a return with a good few inches falling and lying over the catchment by midday yesterday. This latest fall will have given the upper hills another good top up. I had... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

4th March 2013

added: 4th Mar 2013

Weather conditions were good for fishing last week, after the morning frost had disappeared anglers enjoyed some lovely spring days out on the river. The sun shone on most days and encouraged this year’s... Continue reading

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New Season Old issues

added: 27th Feb 2013

The South Esk is centre stage in Scottish salmon fishery politics - yet again. The decision of the Scottish Government to revoke the licence for Usan Fisheries to fish in September, increasing... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

26th Feb 2013

added: 26th Feb 2013

Frosty mornings were the norm over much of Donside last week this was combined with a cold NW breeze for most of the week, although by midday the warmth and brightness of the sun was most welcome for an... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

Opening week of the 2013 Season

added: 18th Feb 2013

11th Feb - Weather conditions were good for the opening day of the 2013 season, the water clarity was poor on the lower river due to overnight rain and melting snow, but on the middle beats the water was... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

2012 Season Review

added: 21st Jan 2013

River Don - Season 2012 Review

February & March

The opening day saw a good turnout of anglers wetting a line on the river. The water temperatures were unseasonably high for the time of... Continue reading

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CC SALMON FARMING

added: 16th Jan 2013

Close Containment: the plot thickens!

The speed of development of the Close Containment argument is most encouraging.

In August 2011 Professor Ken Whelan, AST Research Director,... Continue reading

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Atlantic Salmon Trust at the EC

added: 15th Jan 2013

AST at the European Commission

Last week the AST team were in Brussels to meet officials in DG Mare – the department responsible for European seas – and DG Environment – the... Continue reading

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Salmon Farms

added: 13th Jan 2013

AST & Aquaculture

For people who missed the flurry of articles on Sunday 13/1/2013, here are the links:

"Anti-aquaculture body ‘aiding fish farm... Continue reading

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AST 2012 Review

added: 5th Jan 2013

Atlantic Salmon Trust

End of year review 2012

People have asked me recently, “What do you think is the actual state of wild Atlantic salmon stocks?”

While... Continue reading

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Mixed stocks: the beginning of the end?

added: 20th Dec 2012

The decision by the Westminster Government to end drift netting for salmon and sea trout by 2022, and to phase out all T & J nets that are exploiting salmon from unknown rivers of origin, where populations... Continue reading

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Reducing damage to wild salmon & sea trout

added: 17th Oct 2012

Salmon farming Workshop

at

The Wilfred Carter Atlantic Salmon Interpretive Centre, Chamcook, New Brunswick.

10 & 11 October 2012

Tony Andrews... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

11th October

added: 11th Oct 2012

Since my last report catches of autumn salmon have been good on the lower beats from Kintore to the Cruives. Grandhome Estate and ADAA anglers have been landing decent numbers of fresh and coloured fish... Continue reading

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Conversations in New Brunswick

added: 9th Oct 2012

St Andrews,NB, Canada October 2012

Melfort Campbell and Tony Andrews, AST’s Chairman and CEO, are in New Brunswick, discussing alternative ways of farming salmon to the destructive and unsustainable... Continue reading

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How can we increase numbers of returning salmon?

added: 9th Oct 2012

"HELP US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LIVES OF SALMON AT SEA", ATLANTIC SALMON TRUST ASKS EU PELAGIC FISHERMEN

Professor Ken Whelan, AST’s Director of Research, has asked representatives... Continue reading

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The Annan Fishing School

added: 27th Sep 2012

Anthony Steel, who lives at Kirkwood on the banks of the River Annan, is a long standing Friend and supporter of the Atlantic Salmon Trust and this post is to ask whether any of our readers would be interested... Continue reading

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How can we help salmon at sea?

added: 19th Sep 2012

SALMON AT SEA. WHAT CAN WE DO TO IMPROVE SURVIVAL RATES?

Introduction – why AST is asking the EU sponsored Pelagic RAC to help?

Recent research has shown conclusively that, during the part... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

19th September

added: 19th Sep 2012

Over the past few weeks the weather has remained settled with long dry days resulting in a dropping river. Currently the Don is running very clear and is at its lowest level since March, boulders and... Continue reading

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AST news update

added: 17th Sep 2012

AST Autumn news

If you have had a chance to look at the new AST policy on the website (see Home Page www.atlanticsalmontrust.org ) you may have recognised that the focus of our work has changed radically.... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

28th August

added: 28th Aug 2012

As we enter the last few days of August the weather has an autumnal feel about it with the night’s drawing in and much cooler evening temperatures already upon us. Water levels have been fluctuating... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

August 12th

added: 12th Aug 2012

After a great July catches have tapered off slightly in the past two weeks, the river rose on the 5th and 6th due to very heavy rain in the upper catchment and ran very peaty for a couple of days, however... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

25th July

added: 25th Jul 2012

With river levels staying at a good fishing height, the past couple of weeks has seen the Don produce great fishing on most beats. Salmon and Grilse have been landed in good numbers with sea trout also... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

9th July

added: 9th Jul 2012

Since my last report the river level has never dropped below a 1ft. Salmon and Grilse have been enjoying the extra water and continue to push upstream giving most beats with rods on the chance of a fish... Continue reading

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Rivers: Don

18th June

added: 18th Jun 2012

Catches of salmon during June have been good on a few middle beats, it’s been a case of being lucky to be on a beat when fish have been going through and have decided to stop for a rest. Some beats... Continue reading

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