The Scottish Government review of the conservation status of Scottish rivers for the 2019 season has proposed a regrading of many. There is however still an overwhelming incentive for all anglers to act responsibly. This will allow the Board and Fishery Management Scotland to bring a clear focus on issues other than angling pressure which are much more important in conserving salmon stocks. Spring fish are sufficiently scarce for it to be imprudent to kill any. The long term trend of grilse returning from sea appears to be of declining numbers and size. The sex ratio has changed from being two-thirds female as recently as 2000 to being less than a third female in 2017. (Only half as many female fish as male fish were recorded at the Blackwater trap). Female grilse are now the most endangered stock component and it is the reduction in their numbers that is the critical factor limiting egg deposition. The Board therefore requests no female fish be killed.
SALMON AFTER 30TH JUNE
Subject to any further Government advice any pink salmon caught should be killed and passed to a member of the Board staff for analysis.
FIN CLIPPED FISH
If an angler catches a fish that has had the adipose fin removed, please retain it and inform Simon McKelvey (07887 845648). It will have been PIT tagged and the information contained in the tag is important to the operation of the Board's stocking programme. The fish simply needs to be scanned to retrieve the tag number. The angler can keep the fish, will be given a £5 reward and, in due course, provided with the life history of the fish.
Individual owners will also have their own individual conditions, such as the hours that fishing is allowed on that beat, what ghillies are provided (if any) and what fishing methods you can use.
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You will be given another opportunity to read all these conditions before doing any online booking, where you have to indicate your agreement to them. They will also be included in the joining instructions you are given when your booking has been completed.