Ashiestiel conditions

FishPal conditions

Bookings made through FishPal's help desk or on line booking system are subject to FishPal's standard conditions. If you haven't already read these, you can see them here

Fishery conditions


Ashiestiel offers sea trout fishing in the months May, June, July and August.

1. Maximum number of rods during this period is 4.

2. Fishing commences at 09.00 and ends at 06.00 the following day, EXCEPT on Saturdays when the fishing finishes at 11.45 pm.

3. Foul hooked fish i.e. those not hooked in the mouth, MUST be returned to the water.

4. All sea trout under 12 inches and over 3lbs SHALL be returned unharmed to the water.

5. Only 2 sea trout and one salmon may be retained on any permit.

6. Anglers MUST report catches to the owners within 48 hours of fishing, failure to do so may result in future fishing being refused.


1. Before you arrive, please ring the ghillie below to ensure that he knows that you are coming and to get instructions on where and when to meet him at the start of the day.

2. Fishing is usually from 9.00am to 5.00pm, with any ghillies having an hour off at lunchtime (although rods can usually continue to fish during lunch if they wish).

3. Please note that you may not share your rod on any one day unless you have written permission.

4. Please ensure that the ghillie is informed of the full details of any fish you catch.

5. For information on what equipment to bring please ring the ghillie.

6. The owner's family reserve the right to fish a seventh rod but only when conditions are favourable.

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Tweed conditions

1. To help prevent an outbreak of Gyrodactylus salaris which has had catastrophic effects on some foreign rivers, all rods fishing must complete a Gyrodactylus declaration on arrival at the fishery. This states that either you have not used your fishing tackle abroad in the last three months, or you have done so and had it properly sterilised, or you have done so and NOT had it sterilised. In the latter case, you must agree to sterilisation taking place before you start fishing, and accept that there may be some delay in getting this organised. A copy of the declaration form can be seen at: this page

2. The season is from 1st February to 30th November and there is no fishing on Sundays.

3. On or before 14th February and on or after 15th September it is fly only. At other times you are asked to have a good try with a fly first, and only resort to a spinner if you really have to in the very last part of your visit.

4. No prawns, worms, shrimps or gaffs can be used at any time.

It is now illegal to take any Salmon or Sea-trout, dead
or alive, from 1st February to 31st March each year.
These Rules apply to all Salmon and Grilse (not Seatrout)
for the period 1st April to 30th June each year on
the whole of the Tweed catchment.
• Anglers must return to the water ALL Salmon and
Grilse caught up to the end of June, unharmed.
• Every effort must be taken by the angler and
boatman to allow fish to recover after being caught.
• Salmon caught after 30th June should be returned
if they are not fresh (i.e. not silver) and therefore
likely to be Spring stock.
Every effort must be taken by the angler and boatman to allow fish to recover after being caught; only those fish that have actually died in the course of resuscitation may be removed from the water. No one is allowed to dispatch a fish, e.g. by use of a priest. On no account may any fish be killed.

Fish that have died will be the property of the Fishery Proprietors to dispose of as is seen appropriate however, fish that have died should be used to further the scientific knowledge of our Spring stock. The beat MUST therefore:

* Keep a record that a fish has not been able to be revived, and

* Provide The Tweed Foundation with the length, weight, scales, and any tissue samples they require from the dead fish.

6. HOOK TYPE: The use of barbless hooks is encouraged, especially for Spring fishing. Flatten or remove barbs to make hook removal easier and to cause less damage and stress to the fish.

7. Anglers are expected to comply with the Code of Good Angling Practice produced by the RTC which can be seen at: this page

There is a weight/length chart available on the RTC website at: this page

Anglers returning Salmon before 30th June may order a 'Spring Salmon' shirt (restricted to two per person per season) from The Tweed Foundation by making a donation - see details under 'Claims' section of the Spring leaflet which can be seen at: href="http:/ target="new">this page