Upper River Avon ( South Lanarkshire)

The River Avon is a major tributary of the mighty River Clyde and for angling purposes is split into two sections. This Page deals with the approximately seven mile section managed by the Upper Avon Angling Association (UAAA). This section begins slightly below Strathaven, with a section of single bank fishing which becomes double banked at the Browns Bridge.

This is a small river and in its very upper reaches becomes not much bigger than a large burn, as it provides a tail water to the Glengavel Reservoir (also managed by the UAAA).
The following map provided by UAAA shows where the river is located and names some of the key locations.

View Upper Avon fishing beat. in a larger map

There are also a number of burns that run into the catchment of the Avon and being in the same ground as the river, anglers may I beleive have some fun and sport tackling the small trout that often inhabit such places. The odd “lunker” may sometimes be found to give you a surprise.

Methods

The club permit bait fishing and fly fishing though are keen to encourage Catch and Release.

Permits

Tickets are season tickets only ( and before you are put off by this read on), and they cost only £10 a season for an adult – less than most rivers charge for a day! They can be bought from many outlets mentioned on the UAAA website and can also be ordered by post. The club are especially keen to encourage junior anglers onto the water, kids under 13 get a season ticket for free!

Species

Being a tributary of the Clyde it has much the same species as the main river, so Brown Trout, and a small head of Grayling.

Other Info

The river varies along its length and you are sure to find a spot that suits your style of fishing, from slow deeper glides ( some quite narrow and so quite deep) and rocky fast moving sections. I would warn that I found the wading quite difficult lower down the beat as the bottom consists of some pretty big boulders, younger more mobile anglers than me might be fine, but I found it hard work here with my dodgy knees. At the Arthurs Linn falls there is a very deep pool below, take great care when moving around here. I would probably advise having some sort of buoyancy aid especially with kids fishing here. Further upstream some of the banks were quite high and steep, so again if you have dodgy knees like me, think how you are going to make your approach and from which bank in advance.
This wee video shows a flavour of some of the river


The club also run Glengavel Reservoir, a very interesting expanse of stillwater though it has separate ticket pricing and membership arrangements.

Glengavel Reservoir

Glengavel Reservoir

The Club’s hatchery program ensures the fish entering both the river and loch are of the strain native to the river, and they are of a quality far higher than could be acheived commercially.

Browns in the stock ponds at the hatchery

Browns in the stock ponds at the hatchery

While there are a lot of wild fish in the river, and Catch and Release being encouraged, the stock is supplemented by the fish produced by the club members themselves from the genetic stock of the river thus maintaining the strain’s purity. These fish are stocked in the river as well as Glengavel from time to time, so again the potential to hook into something that might surprise you exists.

Website

This page provides something of a taster of the river and I encourage you to find out more via the UAAA website at http://www.upperavonangling.co.uk/. one of the better angling club websites I have found.

I hope you enjoy a few images here of the river and I encourage you to look up the club website to find out more.

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