Galashiels Angling Association conditions

FishPal conditions

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Fishery conditions

1. Written Permission, The Tweed & Eye are covered by a Protection Order. This means that written permission must be obtained before commencing to fish and must be carried by the angler.

2. The Trout fishing season shall run from 1st April to 30th September. The Grayling season is 1st December to 31st January (No Sunday Fishing)

3. Whilst the association encourages catch and release, per day it is permitted to take and keep any 2 trout between 23cm and 35cm; and over 53.5cm can be kept. Any trout between 35cm and up to 53.5cm must be returned All Grayling must be returned.

4. The permit holder must adhere to the following restrictions - No minnow fishing, spinning, ground baiting, float fishing, fixed spool or multiplying reels. No
bait fishing, no nylon over 5lb B/S from Old Tweed Bridge to Netherbarns (North Bank). No bait fishing from bridge to Selkirk to burn at top of Glenmayne Haugh (South Bank). Fly Fishing only on Ashiestiel Water as indicated on Map (South Bank).

5. The permit holder will close all gates they open, avoid damage to fences and other property, not disturb game or stock, no dogs, no fires, no litter. Will avoid driving on private land. At all times give way to salmon fishers.

6. Salmon spawning areas, Winter grayling fishing coincides with the salmon spawning time. Care must be taken not to wade over, or fish in, obvious spawning areas. It is an offence to knowingly disturb spawning beds and this may lead to prosecution.

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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