Stirling Council Fisheries

Location

Callander, Stirling, Doune


Summary

Approx 1.4 miles of double bank fishing.

Price £30 p/d - C&R
only - all fish must be
returned.

Day permits run 1st
Feb - 31st August.

Child ticket must be accompanied by an adult.


Description

Stirling Council owns one of the last remaining local authority owned salmon fisheries in Scotland, it is arguably one of the best value for money fisheries in the Scotland with fishing on the River Teith and River Forth. The beat on the River Teith is situated in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in the lovely town of Callander which itís self is situated approx. 1h 15min from Edinburgh, 50minutes from Glasgow, 20minutes from Stirling and 50minutes from Perth. There is around 1.4miles of double bank fishing which can offer fantastic fly fishing water. There is also some pools which are more suited to spinning so we really do have something to suit everyone.

Predominantly the main runs of salmon come in early season, with prime time being March, April and May. We have in previous seasons had springers landed on the opening day of the season (01/02). The River Teith really is a hidden gem of Scotland, it not only produces fantastic runs of salmon but also produces large runs of sea trout every season, the main runs of sea trout usually arrive . The average size of salmon from the Teith falls into the 10 ñ 20lb category but every year it produces fish exceeding the 20lb mark, Teith springers are very iconic and resemble the look of torpedoes. River Teith sea trout usually come in the form of very athletic bars of silver in the 2lb -5lb region. September and October can also be very productive months in Callander where we can expect to see large volumes of fish caught. Saying all this we can see fresh fish caught right through the season as long as water levels allow.

In early season Feb and Mar a 14ft double handed fly rod will cover all conditions. A full floating line with a 10 or 15ft fast or super-fast sinking tip or an intermediate line with shorter tip will suit nearly every condition we can face in the spring. The flies that favour the spring fishing on the River Teith are predominantly tubes like willie gunns, monkeyís, snealdas and anything black and yellow seems to be a favourite colour. Flies in sizes 6 or 8 can be very good in late spring and cascade style patterns seem to be a favourite of local anglers. Of late the exciting intruder style patterns have become very popular amongst anglers and were responsible for landing our biggest fish of 2015 a 25lb springer! Later in the season around the months of June, July and August smaller rods and full floating lines, slow sinking or intermediate tips and small flies can produce red letter days for some anglers. Hitch style fishing in the pools on hot summers days and low water conditions can create a bit of excitement as anglers see their small hitch fly smashed off of the top of the water by a wild Scottish salmon! Later in the season black and red or black and orange seems to be a favourite of River Teith fish.

If sea trout fishing is what you are after then there is something very special about fishing in the dark of night in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with only the moon as your light and the local wildlife to keep you company. A10ft 7wt rod is all that you will need a full floating line with sink tips will see you through every condition. Fly patterns like small black and yellow aluminium tubes, pink and blue plastic tubes, snakes, and small traditional doubles are like candy to River Teith sea trout! The fish are very active in this part of the world when the daylight starts to disappear, make sure you donít make the common mistake of going into the water after them too soon. Ideally you want it pitch black before you make your first cast ñ this really can make the difference between a normal days fishing and a red letter day! If you are fishing for them through the day a small mepp is probably your best chance of picking up fish.

If spinning is your preferred method then a 28g toby will cover all occasions. If the water is high the full beat is able to accommodate spinning, if the water is verging on low you are better to concentrate on the deeper holes such as the black hole and the post office pool. If the water is low dropping the size of your lure may make all the difference. The beat also offers an excellent opportunity for fishing the devon minnow with a number of the pools having lovely sand and gravel bottoms. Anglers also have a lot of success on rapala style lures.

There is very good public car parking right on the banks of the river at several places in Callander. There is also public toilets with parking located very close to the river within Callander town centre.


Stirling Council Fisheries 6 year average:
Salmon 672
Sea Trout 202

Stirling Council Fisheries 5 year average
Salmon 500
Sea Trout 180



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Contact Details

Scott Mason
Stirling Council Fisheries
Endrick House
Kerse Road
Stirling
FK7 7SG

Tel:01786237792