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Old 02-17-2004, 05:10 AM
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Originally posted by actinsley
Speaking as a member of the Spey Fishery Board & Chairman of its Research Trust,
We consider catch & release at 70% was a great success last year and as a result are continuing the same policy unchanged for 2004 rather than tinker with it.this recommendation re reduced fishing effort is an acknowledgement that some beats choose to exercise restraint in this way. It is not meant to be precise. Some for example do not fish at all until April. Others have reduced the no of rods or the no of hours fished.
I thought that the section I have copied from Mr Tinsley's post is clear enough. But to make things clearer.

Restraint can be carried out in a number of ways.

Starting the season earlier

Stopping the season earlier.

Reducing the number of fishers

Reducing the numbers of hours fished.

To give a few examples.

Gillies will only fish if they have the express permission of the people that let the beats and they are aware this is eating into their fishing time.
Both books you mention were written long before the Spey board asked for restraint.
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