The Novar Fishings are rotational such that anglers fish all 6 beats during the course of a full week's fishing e.g. M6, T1, W4, T2, F5, S3, or M3, T6, W1, T4, F2, S5, etc. From April through July the rotation offered comprises fishing on the 4 lower beats only which significantly improves prospects at that time e.g. M3, T6, W4, T3, F6, S5. The rotations available vary from week to week. For this reason FishPal are unable to assign beat rotations at the time of booking. The fishery manager will therefore confirm your rotation and post beat maps out to you, normally about 4 weeks before your fishing commences.
For short notice bookings, you should telephone the fishery manager directly who will inform you of your rotation and will agree arrangements for meeting you before commencement of your fishing.
Novar Fishings Regulations
1. Method: Fishing is permitted by fly only. Spinning and the use of fixed spool reels is prohibited. Only single and double hooks are to be used. Maximum hook size for low water is size 8.
2. Catch Returns: A catch return should be made to the Novar Fishings Partnership immediately after the expiry date on your permit.
3. Beat Rotations: The Novar Fishings beats are to be fished according to the rotation provided with your permit. Rods will change beats at 6:00 a.m. each day and rods will change from upper to lower beats or vice versa at 1:00 p.m. Fishing from midnight on a Saturday to 6:00 a.m. on a Monday is strictly prohibited.
4. Novar Fishings Conservation Policy:
The Novar Fishings Partnership target is that at least 70% of the annual rod catch should be returned safely to the water with a minimum of harm. In order to help achieve this target we ask all anglers to adhere to the following regulations:
Up to 30th June, all multi-sea wintered salmon must be returned i.e. 100% Catch and Release. One grilse may be retained per angler per week.
After 30th June, all salmon over 30"/ 76cm in length (about 10lbs) must be returned.
For lets of 4 to 6 days, a maximum of two fish may be killed (i.e. salmon/ grilse under 30" / 76cm about 10lbs) per angler (non-transferable) during the period of let, but only one salmon or grilse may be killed on any single day.
For lets of 1 to 3 days, a maximum of one fish may be killed (i.e. salmon/grilse under 30"/ 76cm about 10lbs) per angler during the period of let (non-transferable).
No more than one sea trout of 1 1/2lbs to be retained per angler per week.
All coloured fish must be returned.
Carcass tags must be carried by all anglers with your permit, and any salmon or grilse killed must be tagged, and permit details completed, immediately.
5. Gyrodactylus salaris Declaration
SALMON UP TO 30TH JUNE
• All salmon and grilse to be returned i.e. 100% Catch and Release.
SALMON AFTER 30TH JUNE
• All fish over 30" / 75cm long (about 10lbs) to be released.
• A maximum of one fish (i.e. salmon/grilse under 30"/75cm about 10lbs) per angler per week may be killed.
• Up to a maximum of 6 fish (salmon/grilse under 30"/75cm about 10lbs) may be killed per angler per season in the Cromarty Firth rivers.
• A maximum of one sea trout over 1.5lbs per angler per week may be killed but it would be preferable to kill only smaller fish.
• All coloured fish must be released
• Use barbless hooks
• Do not use treble hooks
• The board is concerned that fish caught by worming may be more difficult to release unharmed. Where worming is permitted only circle hooks may be used
• An angler's first ever fish may be retained if desired
• When releasing fish, try to keep the fish in the water at all times and use knotless mesh landing nets.
FIN CLIPPED FISH
If an angler catches a fish that has had the adipose fin removed, please retain it and inform Simon McKelvey (07887 845648). These fish will have been PIT tagged and the information contained in these tags is important to the operation of our stocking programme. The fish simply needs to be scanned to retrieve the tag number. The angler keeps the fish, will be given a £5 reward and, in due course, the life history of the fish.