1. The main season runs from 1st June to 15th October.
2. Fishing by fly, worm or spinner (spinning on the river permitted only when river level is above mark in Sheriff's pool) with the following amendments - Fly fishing only between the road bridge and the Matheson pool with the exception of the junior members who may fish with the worm between the road bridge and the Arnish bridge from 4.30pm to 7.00pm weekdays and 1.00pm to 7.00pm on Saturdays- juniors may fish this section with the fly at any time. No set lines permitted.
3. Please show courtesy to other anglers by observing the following points - a maximum of 2 anglers per pool below the road bridge. Anglers must not fish a pool for longer than twenty minutes when other anglers are waiting.
4. No fishing permitted downstream of the Matheson pool with the sea pool a sanctuary for finnock and returning adults.
5. No worm fishing on the river after 15th September.
6. Only one rod to be assembled when fishing on the system.
7. Boats are available for hire on lochs Chlachain & loch an Ois. All boat anglers must wear life jackets provided. Any damage to boats or equipment must be reported when returning keys. Maximum of 3 persons per boat (2 fishing) at any one time.
8. A catch limit of 2 sea trout over 12oz per day applies. Anglers are asked to show restraint and return fish whenever possible. All trout under 10" along with parr and smolts must be carefully returned.
9. Due to Scottish Government legislation which classed this fishery in Category 3, Catch and release is mandatory for all salmon/grilse caught. This is a follow on from the Spring conservation rules.
10. All anglers must obey instructions from water bailiffs and appointed watchers.
11. Strictly no Sunday fishing.
12. Permits to be carried at all times & displayed on request. Season tickets are not transferable.
13. All anglers must complete catch returns by the end of October. Day ticket returns must be completed and submitted with ticket stub. There is a deposit charged and refunded on completion of day ticket catch returns. Season ticket holders that fail to complete returns may lose their Creed season ticket or incur an additional charge of £10 for the following season's membership.
14. Zero tolerance on litter. No litter to be left around the catchment.
15. No trolling on Creed system lochs ie: loch Chlachain and loch an Ois. Engines may only be used for moving between drifts.
16. Strictly no fires to be lit on the catchment.
Spring Ticket Rules:
1. Spring tickets ( £20) are only available to members of the SAA
2. Strictly fly fishing only and catch and release.
3. No treble hooks to be used.
4. All catch returns to be completed and returned by the second week in June. All smolts, kelts, spring salmon, sea trout, finnock and parr to be recorded.
5. Tickets are valid from 1st April to 31st May annually.
6. Boats will not be available for this period.
The sanctions for breaking any of the rules will be the immediate loss of your season, day or evening ticket, a ban from the system for the season and a review of future Creed ticket applications.
Some regulations are law and must be strictly adhered to. Scottish law forbids fishing for salmon on Sundays; it is also customary practice on most of the islands within the Outer Hebrides that no other fishing takes place. The salmon and sea trout season varies depending on the fishery, but the brown trout season starts on 15th March and ends on 6th October. It is illegal to sell any rod-caught salmon while fishing in the Outer Hebrides, or anywhere in Scotland. Due to Scottish Government legislation which classed this fishery in Category 3, Catch and Release is mandatory for all salmon/grilse caught. This is a follow on from the Spring conservation rules.
Foul hooking is strictly prohibited.
Catch & release
Scottish salmon and sea trout stocks have declined throughout the country over a number of decades but recent years have been encouraging with some areas showing a steady increase. Most fisheries now encourage anglers to adopt a sensible approach to the number of fish kept, with most fisheries also introducing bag limits for sea trout, as well as adhering to Category regulations (see above).
Although the Outer Hebrides have been fortunate in not suffering significantly, it is through careful management and conservation methods that we will continue to enjoy the pleasure of fishing for these wonderful fish. Anglers are asked to show constraint and adhere to any catch and release policies, and where possible, return as many fish and in the correct manner. Hands should be wet before handling fish, fish should be landed as soon as possible and returned to the water quickly. Anglers are requested to return all coloured fish unless unavoidable.
'The laws of nature demand we live only on the surplus granted to us, and never to touch the substance' said one of the former proprietors of the Eishken Estate, Lewis. How true a statement and more so in today's climate.
Gyrodactylus salaris (GS) is a parasite which infects the skin, gills and fins of salmon, trout and some other types of fish in freshwater. It is less than half a millimetre in size, so small that it is barley visible to the naked eye. Despite this, it can cause serious damage in some strains of Atlantic salmon.
The effects of this disease are so serious that salmon stocks have now been lost completely from more than 20 Norwegian rivers, with the particular race of salmon in affected rivers being lost forever. Gyrodactylus salaris does not occur in UK rivers but experiments carried out in Norway have shown that our salmon, like those of Norway, are killed by the parasite. It is therefore essential that the parasite is not introduced into UK waters.
To help ensure that the Outer Hebrides remains GS free all Fisheries in the Outer Hebrides require that anglers sign and present a declaration form to confirm that if they have fished abroad their kit has been thoroughly disinfected. Click here for a copy of the declaration form.
To help prevent an outbreak of Gyrodactylus Salaris anglers MUST disinfect their fishing equipment after fishing foreign waters. Gyrodactylus Salaris has had catastrophic effects on some foreign rivers and could easily be transmitted to rivers and lochs here without the correct preventive procedures being taken. All fishing tackle with no exception, should be disinfected, and if it has not you must inform the fishery management immediately on arrival.
Anyone wishing an information booklet on either catch & release or Gyrodactylus salaris should contact the Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust on 01851 703434