We highlighted growing concerns over the spread of Balkan hydropower projects in our News page of TF506, but as always, the voices of those affected hit home far harder than any statistics.
The nuts and bolts are here, the people who must live with them, here.
“Then they finished the war, I don’t have nothing and I start from the bottom…and, I don’t have anything again…”
On a roll-call of supposedly hard and fast rules that stand on shaky ground, this thing about trout ceasing to co-operate in bright sunshine is due some serious review.
Just days after filing an article on a great day’s fishing beneath near-cloudless skies at Tinto Trout Fishery (see our 500th issue, out on August 16) I start reading John Gierach’s latest book, A Fly Rod of Your Own, and encounter this:
“The day was unseasonably chilly, cloudy and rainy with a leaden sky…The weather felt more like October than August and would normally have been promising for trout fishing, but Snake River cutthroats don’t care for gloomy days. They’re friskier when it’s warm and sunny…”
None of this makes the basic premise unsound, of course, but it does serve as a cautionary reminder that the only thing set in stone in flyfishing are bridge supports.
All right, so I’ll back-pedal a tad. I’m no fisheries scientist, my biology training stopped at O-level and I was put on this earth to catch fish, not write their family tree.
Even so, am I so wrong to hear loony tunes jingling when I contemplate South Africa‘s draft Alien and Invasive Species Regulations, currently under consideration?
“The regulations have been developed to address the management and control of alien and invasive species.
Although trout have been established in South Africa for over a century, they are not indigenous to the country and would therefore need to be eradicated, according to DEAT [Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism].
In a written statement, DEAT said alien and invasive species needed to be controlled. ‘They may … pose a threat to biodiversity through hybridisation.'”
A layman’s observation here, I must reiterate, but if a century-old invasion is going to mess up your environment, isn’t it fair to assume it would have done so by now? And what might you now mess up by reversing the process?
The Minister in charge is Marthinus van Schalkwyk. If he has his defenders out there, they should speak now or forever hold their peace.
STOP PRESS – a couple of forum threads on this issue: seems it’s been bubbling awhile. Certainly, if some sort of restriction is planned on trout being introduced into new South African waters, I can understand it but as for waters where they’ve been for decades, surely they’d have wiped out indigenous stocks long ago if it was ever going to happen?
“I am looking for any suggestion for a fly fishing company name that sticks out and sounds very professional. any suggestions. oh yeah and the company is going to be fishing for trout in Utah on rivers and streams”
The plea comes from Kylie at Fly Fishing and I’m wondering…
A Cutthroat Business?
I used to pity trout fishermen when I was a kid.
All those different fish they could be going after and they make do with one, I used to think.
I know better now, of course. I defy you to follow this thread on trout species at Fly Fishing Forums, without the words ‘so many fish, so little time’ crossing your mind.
Personally, I prefer to subdivide trout into just three types:
- ******* Awkward
- Downright Impossible
Keeps things simple, I always think.