Lower Ettrick conditions

FishPal conditions

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Fishery conditions

Rivers Ettrict and Yarrow - Brown Trout Rules and Regulations

NO ANGLER IS ALLOWED TO COMMENCE FISHING UNTIL THEY HAVE PROCURED A TICKET.

THE SELKIRK AND DISTRICT ANGLING ASSOCIATION ADOPTS A FULL CATCH AND RELEASE PROGRAMME ON THE RIVERS ETTRICK AND YARROW. ALL BROWN TROUT CAUGHT MUST BE CAREFULLY UNHOOKED AND RETRUNED TO THE WATER UNHARMED.

1 This permit is only valid for the person in whose name it is issued and may not be transferred.

2 This permit entitles the holder to fish for brown trout only.

3 This permit is valid only for the Association's water as defined on the available map. No fishing in September at Murray's Cauld Pool.

4 No parr or smolts may be taken nor any brown trout from the rivers Ettrick or Yarrow.

5 The brown trout fishing season shall be from 01 April until 30 September, inclusive.

6 Night fishing is permitted only from 16 May until 14 September, inclusive, for SEASON PERMIT HOLDERS ONLY. Outwith this period fishing shall be permitted from sunrise until one hour after sunset.

7 Fishing is NOT permitted on a Sunday.

8 Fishing shall be by fly rod and reel only in conjucntion with legal lures, namely real/artificial fly, minnow, worm, creeper, docken grub. Minnow fishing is RESTRICTED TO SEASON TICKET HOLDERS ONLY. When worm fishing maximum leader 4lbs, maximum hook size 14.

NO BAIT FISHING AFTER 31 AUGUST.

9 Persons may not be accompanied by a dog whilst exercising the priveledges of this permit.

10 Permit holders must exercise due care and responsibility towards property, land, crops and livestock.

11 No fish (including minnows) may be sold to a second party by the holder of this permit.

12 The holder shall do everything in their power to prevent illegal fishing. Furthermore, it shall be their duty to reports any incidents to the Association Secretary or Wardens.

13 At all times trout anglers MUST give way to salmon anglers.

14 The holder of this ticket shall, when requested, allow any authorised person to inspect this permit and any tackle in their possession.

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THESE RULES SHALL RESULT IN THE PRIVILEDGES OF THIS PERMIT TO BE WITDRAWN FOR A PERIOD TO BE DETERMINED BY THE ELECTED COMMITTEE OF THE ASSOCIATION.

PRIVATE WATER

ETTRICK

Buccleeuch Estates Ltd. - Right bank; Howden March to Fauldshope Bridge Pool. Left Bank - Junction Pool to Fauldshope Bridge Pool.

Ettrickshaws Hotel - Right bank - The Policies of the Hotel

Helmburn - The Policies on the Right bank.

Sunderland Hall - Left bank - OppositeWilderness Burn to meeting of Tweed. Roght bank - Wilderness Burn to 300 yards up from junction.

YARROW

Buccleuch Estates ltd. - Right bank - from Yarrow Foot to junction of Old Wark Burn.

Harewood Glen - Policies on left bank.

St. Mary's Loch and Loch of the Lowes.

Meggat Water - Sundhope Policies.



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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.

5. SPRING SALMON & SEA-TROUT. LAW:
It is now illegal to take any Salmon or Sea-trout, dead
or alive, from 1st February to 31st March each year.
SPRING SALMON TWEED RULES:
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:
• 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