Auction offers stunning fishing to help protect the future of famous UK salmon river.
Some of the best fly fishing in some of the world’s most stunning locations could be yours to experience – at the same time as helping to protect one of the UK’s most important salmon rivers.
Including trips to such dream fishing locations as the Rio Grande in Argentina, the river Gaula in Norway and the Yokanga river in Russia’s Kola Peninsula, the River Dee Trust is holding an auction of a total of 14 lots to raise money for a groundbreaking new project on the Scottish river.
The ambitious work which the Trust hopes to start in the next few years comes in reaction to an increase in water temperature on the upper river during the summer months. Rising due to global warming, the temperatures in spawning areas of the waterway have reached dangerous levels for young salmon over the past few years, leading to an increase in mortalities.
To counteract this a programme of native tree planting called the Upper Dee Riparian Woodland Project will take place to provide the areas most at risk with dappled shade, so dropping the water temperatures to safer levels. Hugely ambitious, the Trust now needs to raise the required funding for the work, as Fisheries Development Officer for the River Dee Trust, Ken Reid, explained to Total Flyfishing.
“To complete the work that is needed to protect the next generations of Dee salmon we will need to plant in the region of £2million worth of native trees around the banks of the upper Dee,” said Ken. “The auction will be a vital part of this, through which we’re hoping to raise around £50,000, money that will then hopefully be matched pound-for-pound by other organisations.
“The Dee used to be widely regarded as the world’s premier salmon river. Unfortunately in the 80s it declined, but now thanks to projects like the Upper Dee Riparian Woodland Project we are now seeing the best salmon fishing for over 30years on the river. With nearly 100percent of this now being catch and release and the work we're putting into the river we hope things will only get better in the future.”
River Dee Trust Auction 2012 Lots
1 Salmon Fishing on the river Dee at Park, three days for six anglers
2 Salmon and Sea Trout fishing in the Outer Hebrides in a five-star castle, three days for one angler
3 Sea trout fishing on the Rio Grande Argentina, six days for two anglers.
4 Salmon fishing on the river Naver, Scotland, six days for two anglers
5 Salmon fishing on the river Gaula in Norway for two anglers for four days
6 An original painting in acrylic by Howard Butterworth
7 Fishing on the East Ranga River, Iceland, for two anglers for three days
8 Salmon fishing on the river Reisa in arctic Norway, one angler for a week
9 Fishing on the Yokanga river on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, one angler for a week
10 Fishing on the river Morrum and Sweden, two anglers for four nights
11 Guideline salmon fishing tackle, including rod, reel and lines
12 Original oil painting by Chris Sharp
13 Limited edition salmon books
14 Oil painting by Alistair Makinson
The River Dee Trust Auction will be held on Thursday March 1 at the Savile Club, Mayfair, London. The bidding for the lots will be by sealed bids placed before the event.