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Fishing Upland lakes and tarns

Most of these waters are poor and unable to support large fish. Many small tarns in mountainous areas are very peaty and brown. Those which are stream fed with plenty of gravelly areas may hold lots of brown trout which seldom grow larger than 8 inches (20 cm) long. Very few coarse fish are likely to be found in this type of water. The only coarse fish which seem able to live ill these conditions are perch and pike. The pike may grow to a respectable size, but the perch usually remain small and stunted. In limestone outcrops a few richer lakes can be found which may well produce some very big trout. These richer lakes are easy to dis-tinguish because the water will be very clear with abundant water weed. Fishing in hilly and mountainous areas is very dependent on the weather: even in summer a hill tarn can be a very bleak place to fish.

As regular users of the countryside, it is the responsibility of every angler to look after the fishing areas and protect the wildlife. Sadly, a few anglers shirk this responsibility and the behaviour of this minority occasionally results in stretches of water being closed to angling. To carry out these responsibilities requires no effort and quite often it is just a case of common sense and good manners. In no way does a con-structive approach to angling detract age to fish. The fins of a fish are very easily split, so, if the fish are to be returned to the water alive, great care should be taken to avoid any damage. The kccpnel should be staked out correctly so that the support rings don’t fold over and trap the fish. In a flowing river the net should be positioned so that it is parallel with the current and not directly across the (low. Choose a site to place your net where there is sufficient depth to cover the net but from the enjoyment of the sport; if where the flow is not too fast: in a fast anything it greatly enhances the How the fish will have to fan their tails hold position against the cur-

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