How about if we gave the fish and Ghillie's Wednesday off - any views? I entirely sympathize with the Ghillie's working week, but I don't relate it to the legal right to fish on a Sunday, the two are separate issues IMHO and all other fishers thereby may only fish 50% of their available weekend time off. IMHO archaic when there is significant pressure for rods.
Another point I've heard of (Paul Jorgenson) is that some Scandinavian rivers change beats at 6.00pm - that apparently makes short fishing breaks easier to deal with because you get the evening to drive home without the pressure to have fished till late.
In Iceland the fishing hours are nationally 7.00am till 1.00pm, 4.00pm till 10.00pm. I entirely see the logic in having two spells of fishing with a long break between, but look how much longer the guides have to work !
I'd go for a 6 day limit nationally but let the proprietors individually choose at the start of the season which day was "off". Obviously for most this would become an annual arrangement, but a change of ownership or management arrangements would be allowed some flexibility. After all the salmon does not care which day he takes a fly, only seemingly that he gets one day off per week at any chosen residence. I agree with 6 day fishing though, on the basis that the overall fishing pressure must not be seen to be overexploited or rising, and that to rest the beat for a day possibly generates renewed interest from the fish, as well as the fishers.
On a not so serious note ; I think it is wrong to entirely deny the fish a choice of fly for one whole day per week especially if that might be a "Sunday Special", they should be allowed to freely swim up or down river to where there might be a fly on special offer (2 takes for the cast of one , offer ends Monday) ,when their own fishers might have closed up shop for the day, and in the same way that we humans migrate to nearby towns to shop at "better" shops whilst our own are closed on "local holidays". The rights of the Salmon should come first and for too long this day off thing has denied them their basic freedom of choice !
There is also an almost infinite new tranch of fly names which I have now copyrighted in anticipation of Sunday Fishing ;
The Sunday Sunray Blasphemous Red. Holographic Heretic. 24/7 Devon (oops) Black Sabbath Pope's Fury Seventh Day Wonder Dimanche Blanche
Post by salmonscotty16lb on Dec 12, 2007 1:49:38 GMT
i must add if i could fish a Sunday my fishing opportunity's would be greatly enhanced. i can see the point of the ghillie but during winter are you working long hours everyday? i bet you have 1-2 days off a week? (not a criticism guy you do a great job) why not make the rivers day of rest a Monday? that way the party's of traveling fishers can take a day less off work? (and most will head home early on a Sunday and not fish a full day?)
totally agree with tcast&sscotty monds or weds day off or you could have sundays as god (ghillies only day)or let locals fish this day free within postcode,,,then have monday off.as long as the fish get a day off.a few flies could be called,,the holy grail,,sunday practioner,,sunday stoat,,sunday shadow,,well thats enough for now.happy days all round.i dont think the fish would mind.
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