Bid for dream fishing

Bidding has opened in the Salmon & Trout Association’s annual auction of piscatorial pleasures. Dream lots include two days’ fishing and two nights at the Arundell Arms in Devon, plus fishing on the Tamar, Test, Itchen, North Esk and Tyne, and bass-fishing at Porthleven, Cornwall. There’s a Bruce and Walker salmon rod, first editions of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen signed by the film’s stars, Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, a spa break and a set of Richard Bramble ‘fishy’ dinner plates. Last year’s auction raised more than £40,000 for the association’s charitable work. Bidding closes after the live action at the annual dinner at Fish-mongers’ Hall on October 3. To register, visit