Stirling Castle Angling Club

Welcome to Stirling Castle Angling Club

Stirling Castle Angling club now has its own website and you can access it here for details on how to join and permit information.

Stirling Castle Angling Club has approximately 200 members at any one time. Membership for 2017 costs £50 per year for Adults and £20 for Juniors. A deposit of approx £20 is required for keys.

Panorama of Pendreich South side

Pendreich

The club leases and operates Cocksburn Reservoir as a stocked fishery for members, and it is open during the standard Brown Trout season in Scotland from 15th March to 6th October Inclusive. Non Members can purchase daily permits, see the Cocksburn Reservoir page.

Fishing is from bank or boat, but Float tubers must fill in an insurance waiver before taking to the water.

Anglers may fish fly only, from dawn to 1 hour after dusk. Lures are not permitted.

A Brown Trout smiling

A Pendreich Brown

Currently targeting Pike is not permitted though I believe that removal of Jacks when caught is still “encouraged”. Pike were introduced illegally by persons unknown and should not be in the loch.

Members may take 2 fish on any one visit thereafter catch and release to a maximum of 10 fish. Most members tend to catch and release all fish caught.

In the annual letter to members the club notified membership of the approved size of flies to be used that Cocksburn Reservoir. Basically any fly conforming to the size permitted in the Scottish clubs championship is allowed ie. no longer than 1 and 1/8 inches – I make that 28.5 mm. In other words no lures!

The loch is stocked at least once annually.

The club is a member of SANA and SANACC and as such is eligible to enter the Scottish loch-style and rivers championships. Speak to the Competitions secretary for more details.

Contact the competitions secretary to book a place.

Prospective members should contact the treasurer to be added to the waiting list for memberships. These tend to become available at the AGM but final free places are not known until April by which time all subscriptions should be paid.

http://www.stirlingcastleac.co.uk

 

 

132 Comments

  1. Tim Gellaitry
    April 30, 2012 @ 21:07

    hi,
    Could you send me contact info about joining the angling club.

    all the best,

    Tim

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    • unfamous
      April 30, 2012 @ 22:24

      I will email you information with contact info.
      cheers
      Kenny

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    • unfamous
      April 30, 2012 @ 22:30

      Details sent to provided email address

      Kenny

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  2. Tim Gellaitry
    May 2, 2012 @ 10:00

    Hi Kenny,

    Thanks for the info,I’ve contacted Lex and put my name down on waiting list.He gave me a contact number for a day ticket.I ‘am hoping to go either Thursday or Friday.One question I don’t have waders would wellies be ok for access on the bank.

    Thanks again,

    I have all so enjoyed your web site and am pleased that i got fixed up so soon.

    All the best,
    Tim

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    • unfamous
      May 2, 2012 @ 13:01

      There is no necessity to wade anywhere, though if you are putting fish back having wellies makes the process easier, when trying to revive the fish in the water. Waders are only really needed if you want to fish off the East Bank where its very boggy- but your fishing might be very dictated by the wind anyway. It can be very changeable up there one minute westerly the next Easterly!

      If you are fishing off the dam wall- a long handled net is a good idea as its quite high above the water and a long way to lift a fish on a rod- especially if like me you fish quite light ( 4 weight). When returning fish from the dam wall its best to take the fish round the side- either end and recover the fish in the shallows- so give this some thought before you start fishing! If you intend to take a couple of fish its less of a concern!
      Hope this helps
      Have a good day
      K

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  3. Tim Gellaitry
    May 3, 2012 @ 08:06

    Hi Kenny,
    I took a trip last night with my pal,the weather was bright but there was a good wave due to the wind. We were able to get out on the boat and started to fish along the first part of the dam wall,didn’t see or feel anything so we made our way up to the slightly more sheltered top up nearer the weed beds saw a couple of rises and my pal saw 2 big fish jump out of the water still no action, around 8pm the wind died down but we saw nothing move even in the flatter areas of water.
    I know it’s still early and I was new to the water but I was quite concerned with the lack of fish showing.We had been up to Glenquey [not sure about the spelling] on Monday night which was colder and there was more action there.I know there are just times when this happens,in your experience would a season ticket be of value.I hope to use it mainly early morning 7.30 ish and evening rise If my wife will drop me off especially as the weather is getting warmer.
    Thanks for your input,
    All the best,
    Tim

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    • unfamous
      May 3, 2012 @ 12:14

      In my view there is nothing to be concerned about. There are plenty fish in there and a season ticket ( as a membership) as to be one of the best bargains around. It’s. Of always easy fishing, all the fish in there just now are over wintered and a lot will have been caught before so can be wary. Personally I find fishing small and light works best. I have not found fishing at the dam end especially productive on my outings so far this year though at times it can be good. But in my view size of flies is a key factor. Small snatchers can be great in a chop, tiny midge patterns are good when fish are showing in a flat calm. When they are fairly free rising and there is a ripple a Klinkhammer takes a lot of beating. Sedges work well later on. I know some have been doing well on buzzers recently but they rarely work for me for some reason. Nymphs can do well. You just need to keep changing or moving and find the depth. There are evenings up there that it looks like its raining there are so many rises but they are hard to catch next day you won’t see a fish move but might catch on a deep fished fly. Lures are a waste of time and excluded by the rules unless you want to get a pike, though I do know there are some very big fish in there and maybe that would be the method for them. It has been cold recently and that never helps. Early is supposed to be good in summer but not had the time to really find out for myself. A few old boys go up early on I think.

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  4. Tim Gellaitry
    May 4, 2012 @ 12:37

    Hi Kenny,
    I went up again last night with my son and our dog for a walk,there were a few fishing ,saw one guy fishing from the dam wall who lost what seamed to be a nice fish.I spoke to another who had caught a nice pike on the fly.Both agreed with you that it’s a good water to fish.I will wait to hear from Lex on Monday,I think I will get a season ticket.

    All the best,
    Tim

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    • unfamous
      May 4, 2012 @ 12:57

      Hi
      Yeah as I say its not always an easy water, and you have to remember its only stocked once, maybe twice a year, the fish become quite wise, they are not the typical “stupid stockies”. They can be quite suicidal after stocking, but that does not last long and I have to say last year when they first stocked it ( think it was in June) the fishing went right off for a good 4-6 weeks, I stuggled. But the late summer fishing was great on dries. Regarding the Pike, thats the first one I have heard being caught this year, whereabouts did he get it? Piking is allowed on Thursdays. The fish are supposed to be removed as they were put in there maliciously some years back.

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  5. Tim Gellaitry
    May 9, 2012 @ 08:53

    Kenny,

    Just got my membership last night,hope to go up late after noon.Thanks again for all your help and info.We should arrange to meet up there some time.

    All the best,
    Tim

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    • unfamous
      May 9, 2012 @ 09:49

      Cool. Hope you enjoy it.
      I was up last night for my first proper evening session of the year, the wind was quite stiff at times and not a fish was showing. I had one half hearted tug at a snatcher and another huge tug on a big Cormorant later on when the wind dropped and the sun was setting, but is really cold up there right now and it makes for hard fishing. If today stays fair and that wind stays down it might be Ok later. Might go up, but have an early flight tomorrow so need an early night, will see. You will know I am there as I have a white Disco thats parked.
      Oh and watch your sump- someone hit theirs on the track out last night and ripped the bottom of their engine- you will see there is oil everywhere!

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  6. Tim Gellaitry
    May 10, 2012 @ 06:33

    Kenny.

    I was up last night ,It was still quite windy at times saw a few rises and missed one on dry fly.I did see a couple of nice fish moving.
    Looking forward to warmer weather.

    Tim

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    • unfamous
      May 10, 2012 @ 07:28

      Was very close to heading up myself but my wife made me see sense as I had an early start for the airport this morning. Once I get up there I don’t leave until its forced upon me lol. This cold isn’t helping, definitely keeping them down a bit. If and when things warm up hopefully you will see how active the fish can be. I have seen the water literally boil around me at times though they can still be tough to catch. Tight lines.

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      • tim
        July 4, 2012 @ 22:14

        went up to the loch tonight,had a we bit of interest in a dry hopper but no solid takes,I think i was a bit quick striking..Later on around 9pm just giving the hopper a wee pull and bang decent fish grabbed it,it was only on for a second and i lost it.I thought that was me so I went to try an other spot,Cast out my hopper just where the calm meets the ripple and bang a lovely brown of around 2lb.So am pleased to say that i’ve finally caught my first fish.

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        • unfamous
          July 4, 2012 @ 22:19

          Excellent! Not been up of late, the weather, my work and other issues are keeping me away. If the weather is OK and I feel up to it I might get up for a few hours at the weekend.

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  7. Craig Hutchinson
    May 31, 2012 @ 22:44

    Could you send me the secretary’s details regarding going on the waiting list? Thanks.

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    • unfamous
      June 2, 2012 @ 16:35

      Details sent to your email address.
      cheers
      K

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  8. Brian Mclaughlan
    August 22, 2012 @ 07:04

    Hi can you send me contact details for the club please

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    • unfamous
      August 22, 2012 @ 08:39

      Details sent to email address supplied.

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  9. Jodie Underhill
    September 11, 2012 @ 10:21

    Hello Kenny,
    I am trying to get hold of someone at the Angling Club. I want to let them know that Stirling has been chosen as the location for a Clean-Up Day on 6th October 2012. The event is being organised by ‘Clean Up Britain’ in association with ‘Keep Scotland Beautiful’ and is a pilot for a national clean-up day to be rolled out across the UK next year.

    We are planning clean up events at a number of locations including Raploch and Riverside and we need volunteers to come and join in the fun. Schools, voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals are encouraged to lend a hand or alternatively people can organize or participate in a clean up event of their own.

    We will provide bags, gloves, litter pickers etc, all the things people need. After the event we are requesting that people share their photos and their experiences via our Flicker and Facebook pages so everyone can see the good work that has been done and feel inspired. Everyone loves a clean place so let’s all join together for a cleaner, greener Stirling!

    I’m interested to know what anglers feel about the state of the waterways and if they have seen a decline in the cleanliness of the water over the years? Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards, Jodie
    jodie.underhill@cleanupbritain.org

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  10. Barry
    October 2, 2012 @ 15:36

    Hi, could you please e-mail me contact details of the club please,

    Regards

    Baz

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    • unfamous
      October 2, 2012 @ 16:00

      Detail emailed to submitted address

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  11. Eric Waugh
    January 16, 2013 @ 15:04

    Retired minister (over 70!) now living in Bridge of Allan. A total novice. I have a basic trout fly fishing kit. Could someone please tell me where I could have a try at fly fishing for trout. Lots of enthusiasm.

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    • unfamous
      January 16, 2013 @ 15:40

      Hi Eric. Its never too late! Have you cast a line at all or are you a total, total novice? And are you intending to start now or wait for the warmer weather?
      Locally there are tons of fisheries- have a look at the fishery reviews section of the website, this page has a map with all the local fisheries on it, the smaller ones are still open in winter https://www.theunfamousfly.co.uk/reviews/
      If you have never fly fished at all my advice would be to get in touch with an instructor ( or an experienced friend) and spend an hour learning the absolute basics of casting, before you even think of tying on a fly. There are loads about, they advertise in the angling press or pop in to Angling Active ( just along the road from Dobbies ) and ask for local contacts. I am pretty sure there is a registered casting instructor based in Bridge Of Allan. If thats no good, drop me a line and I can put you in touch with someone I have been out with myself. (Try the GAIA or AAPGAI websites for instructors in the area) Make sure you have glasses of some form and a hat for when you do put that first fly on- you don’t want to lose an eye or have a hook embedded in your head first time out! Alternatively look at the media resources on this site- in particular the Hywel Morgan Fly Fishing Masterclass series, these tell you everything you need to know about trout fishing as a beginner including casting and fly selection. Hywel also has a lot of useful and cheap DVDs that explain the fundamentals of casting, you can probably pick them up for a few pounds at the Angling shop. Look for one “Start Stillwater Fly Fishing”- I have it here if you get stuck and want a loan.
      You could get a casting lesson then have a go on the same day if you went somewhere like Swanswater, and have a go on the small ponds, ideal for a first timer and a good chance you might catch.
      Hope that helps
      Kenny

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      • unfamous
        January 16, 2013 @ 17:08

        The SGAIC site lists two local casting instructors
        Chris Grantham who is one of the partners in Angling active in Stirling, and the other is a chap called Rob McKeown

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  12. Eric Waugh
    January 17, 2013 @ 09:20

    Thanks Kenny. I have had an introduction to fly casting and in 2011 spent a few hours on the River Tweed but without success. River fishing (especially smaller rivers) interests me most but these may be in short supply and too costly to fish. I will look at local fisheries as you suggest and at the Hywel Morgan website. Good to be in touch with someone who can help. Eric

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    • unfamous
      January 17, 2013 @ 10:39

      The River Devon is almost on your doorstep, and is very cheap to fish- about £20 a season.
      Allan Water always looks nice but it’s relatively expensive if you only want to fish for Browns. Its geared to Salmon and Sea Trout.
      The Upper Clyde is nice- 40-60 mins away (£50 a season)
      Tweed is almost the same distance surprising as it seems though- £20 ish per season for Peebles club water.
      The Tummel is about 60 mins the other way- day tickets are cheap and bought on line through the Pitlochry club.
      A little further afield is the Annan- my favourite river.
      There are I am told loads of wee burns up in the Ochils, technically the “belong” to someone but I am sure they get fished and no one bats an eyelid- they will just be small fish but still fun on light tackle.
      If you are interested in joining the club to fish Pendreich ( Cocksburn Reservoir) for Browns let me know and I will email you the treasurers details to get the info on joining this year.
      You also have the Almond and the River Carron nearby too.

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  13. Eric Waugh
    January 17, 2013 @ 14:07

    The River Devon may be just right and not too far to travel. Does it fish well and do you know where permits are available? I have been looking my road map for Pendreich but can’t find it! Sorry, I just don’t know the area well. Can you direct me? Joining the club is certainly an option providing the reservoit is not too far away, Please let me have the details. Thanks agai. Eric

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    • unfamous
      January 17, 2013 @ 19:12

      The Devon is fishable from just up from Menstrie all the way up to the Reservoir I think its called Castle Hill behind Muckhart. Its quite over hung in places and the upper sections from about Tillicoultry up suit fly better- the bait anglers do better on the sections round Alva. Thats not to say you cant try.
      Permits are from Angling Active in Stirling around season opening time ( 15th March). They cost about £20 for the season. Its not worth getting a day ticket if you plan to fish it twice or more!
      There is currently a restriction above Dollar as there was a pollution incident the summer before last. I dont know if this will reopen this year. I prefer it up there and have seen decent fish though very spooky. I have had small fish from lower down but nothing of decent size though I was sure they were there- very tricky.

      Its quite heavily fished and there are a lot of bait anglers in places and it can be a bit tricky getting along the banks in bits.
      But its nice and worth the permit cost. Not a touch on the Tweed or Clyde though, its much smaller but still good fun. Its usually stocked but I think they didn’t stock it last year and I think the plan is to reduce or even cease stocking. https://www.theunfamousfly.co.uk/river-fishing/river-devon/

      If you are interested in smaller rivers could I recommend ( if you can travel) the Upper Avon from Strathaven, its a lovely wee river, not unlike the Devon but better, only £10 a year and stocked with native Brown Trout by the UAAA. You can see me fish it here on this post last year. If I can walk any distance I will give it another go this year- will need to see how my condition is as the year progresses. https://www.theunfamousfly.co.uk/bing-bong-avon-calling/
      Have a look on this site at this page for details of Pendreich, its right at the back of BoA, you can get to it from either end, up on the hill above the town
      https://www.theunfamousfly.co.uk/reviews/cocksburn-reservoir-pendreich/ . Membership is limited but if you want details I will email them to you. Best time to join is the AGM usually in February or early March. Its been £50 a season the last two years. Its great for a few hours and there are some nice fish in there.

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  14. Eric A. Waugh
    February 5, 2013 @ 16:05

    Hello Keny,

    Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. I am undecided as to how best to proceed. I like small rivers but the prospect of having Cocksburn Reservoir so near by is very attractive. Is there a parking area and how far is it from there to the reservoir? I have waders, would they be helpful when it comes to fishing? I understand that I would first have to join the club if there is a vacancy and that a fee would be payable. Can you let me have membership details and an application form via the internet? If I am able to get membership, I woudn’t mind having your company on the first visit to the reservoir – I am sure I would learn a lot. Kind regards Eric

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    • unfamous
      February 5, 2013 @ 17:01

      Hi
      I will send you reply by email
      regards
      Kenny

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  15. Malcolm Hector
    February 20, 2013 @ 21:48

    Hello
    Any idea when the AGM is this year,,,,,I’ve heard nothing so far and don’t want to miss it. Thanks for the blog…very useful as I have only been here a couple of years myself. Kep up the good work!
    Malcolm

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    • unfamous
      February 21, 2013 @ 12:41

      Thanks for the kind remarks re. the blog. I have not heard when the AGM is myself but it was pretty late last year and suspect its the same this year. I have asked one of the committee members and hope to hear back maybe later today. Rest assured you have not been missed from the invites.

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    • unfamous
      February 21, 2013 @ 22:18

      Just been informed AGM will be on 7th March and letters will be out soon.

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      • David Johnstone
        February 1, 2015 @ 10:18

        Kenny, the time has come. Can you email me details of the club so as to join it please

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        • unfamous
          February 2, 2015 @ 18:01

          will send you details via your email address
          regards
          Kenny

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  16. Yvonne
    February 24, 2013 @ 16:00

    I wondered if possible to have contact details for the club as I am looking for advice / information from skilled fishermen / women who know the waters around Stirling? I look forward to hearing from you.

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    • unfamous
      February 24, 2013 @ 17:39

      A response regarding this enquiry was sent via email.

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  17. john paterson
    February 26, 2013 @ 15:10

    Could u give details of how 2 join scac please

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    • unfamous
      February 26, 2013 @ 15:44

      Have already emailed you details- check your inbox
      thanks
      K

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  18. Theo Burke
    May 15, 2013 @ 19:11

    Hi,
    How do I go about getting a season permit for the reservoir?

    Thanks,
    Theo Burke

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    • unfamous
      May 15, 2013 @ 20:23

      Will email you details Theo, to the email address provided.

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  19. Dan McCue
    May 15, 2013 @ 22:50

    Hello From Laguna Beach, California:

    I wonder if someone in your group can offer me some advice.

    We will come to Scotland in July. My son and I plan to play golf and fish where and when we can during our visit. Our plan is to connect with relatives in Tillicoultry, then head north to Dornoch, then south to Nairn and St. Andrews.

    Between golf – we hope to find a few interesting streams or quiet water…and would appreciate any guidance.

    We will each pack a rod and limited tackle into our golf bags and will hope for the best. Our challenge is to find four or five areas that we can access without too much drama and not a major deviation from the above general travel route.

    We live on a beach and regularly fly fish in the surf for perch and the elusive Corbina…(our season for these is just beginning). Off-shore we fish the kelp beds for bass – and beyond the kelp when the seasons are right we chase the Yellowtail and the occasional rock cod or other species. While we have fished salt water in the South Pacific, Hawaii, Mexico and elsewhere – our fresh water stream fishing experience is quite limited…our closest mountain areas are nine hours drive.

    We’d very much appreciate knowing of a few local runs or spots – don’t much care for salmon and expensive beat permits and Spey rods – we’ll bring enough to catch something – and certainly open to buying the local flies that are “working” should ours prove non-productive…

    In addition: Would we be required to buy licenses or permits for such casual fishing? Here in California and much of the US – most water is open water…

    We arrive Tillicoultry around July 10/11 – so if there is seasonal news to share please do so.

    Thanks very much – looking forward to hearing from you and any advice will be appreciated.

    Tight lines!

    Dan McCue

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    • unfamous
      May 16, 2013 @ 16:26

      Hi Dan
      I will do my best to answer your enquiry as clearly and comprehensively as possible.

      First off the law.
      Licencing
      There is no requirement to have a Rod licence in Scotland. Note however a Rod licence is not the same as a Fishing Permit. In England, anglers must hold a valid Rod licence ( which is a general Government run system) and then buy a permit for the water they want to fish. In Scotland there is no licencing system so this element does not apply.

      Fishing Permit
      Despite what many ( ill informed ) people will tell you, there is no legal right to fish for Brown Trout. All land in Scotland belongs to someone ( the vast majority belongs to privately held estates ) and as such the water that runs through or is contained within the boundaries of those estates belongs to someone. There is in Scotland a legal right to access land for the purposes of walking etc provided to stick to pathways, off planted crops in fields etc and don’t access fenced off areas designed to keep you out ( in other words there is no law of trespass in Scotland) however this at the same time does not confer the right to fish any water you come across. The trout fishing rights reside solely with the land owner. Salmon fishing rights differ in this regard and can be sold off separately. This means that you cannot fish any water without written permission of the rights holder. In most cases on bigger waters ( rivers ) this means simply buying a permit ( usually from a local tackle shop ) but on smaller streams ( they are referred to as burns here in Scotland ) there isn’t usually a permitting system in place so you “should” go and seek out the land owner and ask for his permission to fish. The concept of “open” or “public” water does not exist. There are locations regarded as “unpermitted” ie no one will bother you, but it still belongs to someone.
      If you access trout water without a permit and are approached by the owner or his designated bailiff, you may be asked to leave, or to purchase a permit. Failure to do either means you commit a civil offence. ( ie. the owner can take you to court though you have not committed a criminal act). Salmon waters are different again in this regard, almost all water that has a run of salmon, in Scotland is covered by a Crown Protection Order. You commit a Criminal offence by accessing water with a protection order to fish for anything, without a permit to hand. Protection orders cover the main stem of a river AND all the tributaries feeding that river which are accessible to salmon. You MUST have a permit BEFORE you access such waters to fish ( even if only for Trout). You cannot fish on rivers covered by protection orders on a Sunday. This is where it gets a little confusing as there are a few exceptions to the rule. The Upper Clyde for example can be fished for Trout and Grayling on a Sunday provided you have a Permit before hand, as there is a natural barrier to the fish progressing up stream of the Falls of Clyde, so there are no Salmon south of this point, though the entire river has a Protection order on it!
      Many people fish small burns in Scotland without permission, and rarely have problems however you need to be aware the law is with the rights holder/land owner. If you are putting fish back you are unlikely to have problems.
      Lochs, fisheries and Reservoirs.
      As a rule and for the avoidance of doubt you must ALWAYS have a permit prior to fishing any still water, most again belong to estates, and in many the rights have been leased or sold to clubs or angling associations ( or even individuals) and they often put fish in so you are committing theft to remove them ( poaching ).
      In all cases the local angling shop will usually be able to advise where to get permits ( if they don’t sell them themselves) or where to fish.

      Sea Fishing
      If you want to try for sea fish, you can legally fish anywhere, there is no permit or licence required. The east coast isn’t as diverse or popular for shore based sea fishing though as the west coast as its mostly fairly featureless and shallow in the east except round the odd rocky headland. Head west for better sea angling.
      Where to go
      I would strongly advise getting hold of the book Rivers and Lochs of Scotland: The Angler’s Complete Guide before you come over as it covers nearly all fishable water in Scotland.
      Tillicoultry is just along the road from me here, so in terms of places to fish you have numerous fisheries round here ( look up the fisheries reviews pages on this site for info on them ).Still water or Loch fishing is very popular in Scotland. In terms of local moving water you have the River Devon that runs right through Tillicoultry and permits can be bought locally and cheaply ( No Sunday fishing on the Devon ). The River Carron ( note there is more than one in Scotland), permits can be bought from Wellsfield Trout Fishery near Denny ( see my review page for directions) is also local. You also have the River Avon near Linlithgow and a little further afield the River Almond. Most other local rivers are Salmon only or Private. An hour or so’s run away to the South you have the Clyde and Tweed and further North the Tummel all with Trout Fishing.
      I would add though that waders are recommended in all cases. If you don’t want to bring your own you could pick up cheap nylon ones in one of the local angling shops and give them away when done!
      There are quite a few local anglers who fish some of the burns up in the Ochil Hills above Tilli, but I haven’t ventured up there myself so can’t recommend any or who to approach re permissions.
      I am not that familiar with the fishing up the Dornoch way though have fished Loch Laro. Most rivers and burns if not all, are covered by protection orders, so permits will be necessary before fishing. I know when I was up there I wasn’t able to find any.
      There are a few Loch’s up there that are popular. The East side of Scotland is less mountainous so there are fewer options relative to the west side where round areas like Ullapool and Lochinver you have almost limitless options for trout fishing covered by. If up Dornoch way and you can spare an hour or so for travelling you could do worse than head over west to Assynt pick up an Assynt angling Association ticket and literally dozens of burns and lochs become accessible to you.
      If I recall round Nairn is the River Nairn which I think has trout fishing with a permit ( I recall fishing it in my youth on holiday once). Most of the big rivers round there are tightly controlled Salmon waters like the Spey and tribs.
      There are some nice fisheries round that neck of the woods too, Millbuies, Glen of Rothes, to name a couple.
      St Andrews, I have never fished round, but it’s pretty flat round there, you have a fairly limited options in that neck of the woods. Its not renowned as a fishing area.

      Tackle
      In terms of River fishing, small dries and wet spiders ( I think you call them Soft Hackles) do well – doesn’t need to be anything special, Deer Hair and CDC Duns, Klinkhammers and Parachute flies and nymphs like PTN, Hares Ear and Killer Bugs will do OK
      Loch fishing can be more specific though and I would probably take some advice on what works locally, a lot of Lochs with Wild Brown trout have favoured flies used in that location. Traditional wet flies work amazingly well on the wild lochs.

      For wild fish on rivers you want to fish fairly light, a 4# 9ft-10ft rod will be perfect as a general rule- no heavier than a 5#. Rivers like the Devon are pretty over grown in places so sometimes a short rod might help but I use a 9foot 6 #4.
      For the small burns you want to fish as light as you can as the fish might be plentiful but are small. I use a 3# but I hear of people using 2# and even 1# ‘s.
      The reason I am quoting this stuff is that on fisheries you might need to scale your tackle up, especially stocked waters. On waters with Stocked rainbows like most commercial fisheries I wouldn’t want to fish lighter than a 5 weight and ideally #6/7. It’s not that you can’t catch on light gear but if you intend to catch and return you will exhaust the fish on light gear so it won’t go back safely.
      Small wild lochs you can fish light as you like- I use a 4 weight on almost everything but stocked rainbow fisheries.
      Another option for the small burns is a light Tenkara rod which is ideal as its easy to telescope down and carry and you need minimal other tackle.
      I hope this gives you some idea of what around and you have a great trip. Mostly I hope the weather holds out for you, the last few summers have been non-existent with torrents of rain and high coloured up rivers.

      Reply

      • Andy Dickson
        November 11, 2013 @ 16:34

        Paul
        Don’t forget the Border Esk which although mostly in Scotland does now need an English rod license to fish – yes even the 90% plus of it that’s in Scotland

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  20. Eric Waugh
    May 17, 2013 @ 08:47

    What an clear and comprehensive response. Even I have benefitted from reading it.

    Haven’t been able to start fishing – painful aching shoulders!!

    Best wishes

    Eric

    Reply

    • unfamous
      May 17, 2013 @ 08:57

      Not so good Eric, I have a pair of those to add to my “collection” so can sympathise/empathise.
      I take it you have’nt been out on the Devon then? its been pretty cold and a poor start to the season anyway so I doubt you have missed much. The sun is shining today though and its actually slightly warm!

      Reply

  21. Eric Waugh
    May 17, 2013 @ 09:28

    I’ve been along to have a look at the Devon – but that’s as far as I have progressed. Today would have been lovely but I am meeting up with family.
    The Allan Water is about 50 metres from our flat (can you believe it), and I have spoken to one trout fisherman by the river side. It really looked good and so readily available – pity about the cost!
    The weather has been too cold, let’s hope it improves soon.
    Have you been able to fish thus far this season?

    Reply

    • unfamous
      May 17, 2013 @ 09:49

      Yeah, Allan Water looks nice but like you say far too costly for Brown Trout fishing only.
      Yes I am fishing though prefer to be in a boat where I can sit down, have fluid on my knee which makes standing/walking a bit of an uncomfortable trial. I do manage a few hours here and there though. Not managed any river outings yet, but if it warms up I will probably try the Clyde as I have a season ticket for there. Not bothered with the Devon this year, as the sections I really like are off limits still. But I keep my exploits updated on the site here. Was up at the loch last night, was practically blown off the hill and utterly freezing! May- make me laugh!

      Reply

  22. owen brown
    May 18, 2013 @ 10:17

    hi,i would like to join the scac,can you please email me the details,cheers,owen

    Reply

  23. kennymac
    June 16, 2013 @ 08:24

    still spaces

    Reply

  24. Sean Clayton
    August 22, 2013 @ 12:40

    Hello, I would like to renew my membership this year although I have lost contact details. I last fished in 2011. Could you forward the appropriate contact details please. Last time I dealt with Lex as I lived in Bridge of Allan. Cheers.

    Reply

  25. Alison Laurie
    October 29, 2013 @ 20:32

    Hi, can you please send me contact details for Stirling Castle AC? Can’t find this anywhere – is it a secret? 🙂

    Reply

    • unfamous
      October 29, 2013 @ 21:04

      I will email you details tomorrow. It’s not a secret but I know what you mean.

      Reply

  26. Ken Logan membership number 71
    October 30, 2013 @ 08:51

    Lex
    I have been advised by one of the regular dog walkers at the reservoir that the small white boat has sunk and there were a number of poachers using spinning tackle on Tuesday accounting for a fair number of fish.
    I have had to inform you via the site as I do not have your telephone number – can you oblige please?
    Thanks

    Reply

    • unfamous
      October 30, 2013 @ 12:39

      Willl email you his number so you can let him know- thanks.

      Reply

  27. lucymccappinlucy McCappin
    December 10, 2013 @ 12:45

    Hi, I have a son who is very keen to learn to fish. I know nothing about it at all, but the lovely man in ALloa fishing shop has sold me a rod and kit- which my son now has. Where do we begin? Is there a youngsters section of the club?

    Look forward to hearing from you

    Reply

    • unfamous
      December 10, 2013 @ 13:12

      Hi- 1st off I removed youe email address from the visible comment cos I dont want your address getting scraped by bots and search engines and getting plagued with spam. The club isnt really structured for teaching, though there is a junior section, kids get half price membership but need to be accompanied by an adult when fishing. Thats not really what you are after though I think- so I have some possibilities for you though you never mentioned what kind of kit you got your son- the guy may have suggested ways to learn also?
      On the assumption its fly fishing kit ( as thats what type of fishing this site is about), the priority is to get the basics of casting and get catching his first fish, this will provide the impetus to keep going. There is nothing worse than going fishing and not catching for a beginner. As a means to catching a first fish, fly fishing is probably not the easiest route, but with the right approach you should be OK.
      My advice would be this: I assume you live in the Stirling area. Get the boy a lesson or two with an instructor. A couple of casting and fishing lessons right at the outset will set him up right from the start and there will be no need to unlearn bad mistakes with casting. In an ideal world you would learn to cast on grass and once a suitable level of proficiency is reached progress to water. This can take anything from 20 minutes to a couple of days practice, some people get it right away others take more time.
      You don’t want to learn the basic steps over water, its a sure way to disappointment, as you will be thrashing the water to a foam and scaring the fish. Also a flyhook hurtling through the air at several tens of mph is a dangerous thing if not treated with the due care and respect it deserves and lessons get the beginner aware of what not to do, without a hook on the end.
      I would suggest a first outing to somewhere like the wee ponds at Swanswater with an instructor as there is a good chance you might catch a fish- they are right in front of you though like all forms of fishing there are no certainties. But knowing they are physically there is a help!
      Swanswater also runs a kids club that runs during the main season ( March to October) called the cygnets, they have a limited intake but they meet fortnightly on Sundays, and give the kids lessons, advice and coaching. If your son is keen to get started before then, then maybe call Swanswater and ask Alastair the name/number of a couple of the instructors who run it and you can get in touch.
      Lake of Menteith fishery also run a kids club during the main season. I don’t know the full details but contacting the fishery would be a good place to start. I know young Stevie McVean who works at Angling Active ( Also known locally as Stirling Angling Centre) has a lot to do with them so might be able to advise on how to join.
      If however I have all this wrong and he hasn’t got a fly outfit, but has a bait outfit for Trout, I have less suggestions, however I know Wellsfield Fishery on the road to Denny do beginners lessons for bait fishing. If its coarse fishing ( ie. Carp, Roach, Bream, Tench etc) I think the coarse water at Cumbernauld, Magiscroft do lessons but I am not 100% on that. Hope that helps.

      Reply

  28. David McLay
    February 20, 2014 @ 10:59

    Hi, how do you go about joining the club?

    Reply

    • unfamous
      February 20, 2014 @ 11:14

      I will email you contact details for the Treasurer and you can contact him by phone. The AGM is next week and there are usually a few members coming and going so there might be openings.

      Reply

  29. Robert Young
    February 21, 2014 @ 23:51

    Hi I am interested in applying to join the club as retirement looms, could you please send me details of how I apply.
    Thanks

    Reply

    • unfamous
      February 22, 2014 @ 17:39

      Have sent you an email Robert.

      Reply

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  31. David McLay
    March 10, 2014 @ 11:22

    Had a wee look at the Loch last week, looks a nice water ! The boat was lying on the left hand bank looking from the dam head, it was full of water . If the weather keeps up I’m sure an early start to the season is in order. It’s a pity at the AGM they didn’t mention that the road past the golf club is closed and you have to go the canyon way. I agree with you Kenny a lot of talk but I’m still puzzled as to the real outcome other than the club may not have the loch next season.

    Reply

    • unfamous
      March 10, 2014 @ 12:33

      Not sure I know what you mean by Canyon way? I always go the road past the stables but there seem to be a lot of works up there this last year so its a bit varible almost week to week at times. And then you had the missing lad issue that closed the road too last season. Yeah the meeting was a bit confused- but will see what comes of it. The boat filling with water will always be an issue unless they either put a cover over it- like a fitted tarpaulin, or build some sort of waterside shed. But there seemed to be more reasons put forward not to do it, than possible solutions. I personally don’t think any of the problems were insurmountable if they employed proefessional contractors to implement it. But if the water lease is up in the air it’s probably wise to hold off. I think this issue was the issue that should have been aired first as it puts all the other discussion in context ( before discussing boats and spending money). I was a little confused at the legal position of the issue of “permits/cards” if the lease isn’t nailed down yet and also the filling the loch with fish if we might not have it. More questions than answers for me.

      Reply

  32. David McLay
    March 18, 2014 @ 10:32

    Hi Kenny, have you tried dapping on the loch? If so what are the best flies?

    Reply

    • unfamous
      March 18, 2014 @ 11:08

      No. I haven’t but I know Martin Grantham who owns Angling Active has. Not sure what success he had. I would imagine when the fish are up near the top and looking up a bushy wetfly dapped would be effective. I have heard of good sport on a dry Loch Ordie. Small snatchers work very well, and some people swear by small clydestyle spiders. I find snatchers good myself if fishing wets. If fish are on the top I am more inclined to reach for the dry flies personally.

      Reply

  33. David McLay
    March 18, 2014 @ 11:41

    Thanks for that, I like to use the dapping rod the flies tend to attract the big fish.

    Reply

  34. freepics123
    May 29, 2014 @ 19:51

    Hi, could you please send me details on club, regarding a membership.

    Reply

    • unfamous
      May 31, 2014 @ 13:36

      Sorry for the delay, The details you need ar eon my other PC and its currently in bits while my Office gets refitted. I wil get it to you as soon as I can

      Reply

  35. Martin
    June 1, 2014 @ 09:03

    Ok cheers

    Reply

  36. Rickt
    June 24, 2014 @ 14:23

    Hi
    I have recently moved to the area and would be interested in joining, could i have some info please ?

    Reply

    • unfamous
      June 25, 2014 @ 18:27

      Have sent details via email please mention this site in any communications you have with the clubs.

      Reply

  37. Ricky
    June 26, 2014 @ 11:43

    Hi Kenny
    i recieved your email but my computer wont let me open it, it thinks your a fraudster and wont beleive me when i tell it your not lol
    any ideas how to get round it ?

    Reply

    • unfamous
      June 26, 2014 @ 14:18

      Oh the irony that is crap ( free) email systems. It will be because my email was sent with a security certificate on it that actually verifies it came from me and not someone spoofing me. If more people used these there would be so much less spam in the world. I will send it again unverified. My recommendation would be to get your own domain and use your own personal email address. BR Kenny

      Reply

  38. Dave
    July 24, 2014 @ 14:47

    Can you drop me details of a contact for SCAC please

    Reply

  39. Sol Gibson
    August 12, 2014 @ 10:08

    Hi, I have fished Coxburn 3 times this year on a visitor permit and love it. Great fighting brownies up there and a great days sport every time I’ve been, I heard it was £50 to join per year. I would like to join, even this late in the year. Can you send me details of how to join. I also know 2 other keen fly fishermen who would also like to join. I am currently a member of the Allan water angling association.

    Reply

    • unfamous
      August 12, 2014 @ 12:39

      will send details by email

      Reply

  40. George
    September 6, 2014 @ 12:00

    Hi there – could you email me details about joining SCAC please?

    Reply

  41. Mr John Donlon
    October 5, 2014 @ 20:29

    Hi
    Just looking for some details or information for joining Stirling castle Angling Club I am currently a member
    of Killin and Breadalbane Angling Club LochTay and rivers and have been with my friend for the past four years.We are in the process of looking to fish other fly fishing waters and today I met
    a chap at orchill loch who said I should phone or email Stirling castle for information – details
    hope you will be able to help

    Thanks

    John

    Contact details
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Reply

    • unfamous
      October 6, 2014 @ 12:14

      Contact details removed from comment, I have emailed you details how to join SCAC
      HTH
      Kenny

      Reply

      • unfamous
        October 6, 2014 @ 12:17

        Either the email provided was false or incorrectly submitted , please comment again checking your email address and I will respond with the details for SCAC.

        Reply

        • John Donlon
          October 6, 2014 @ 20:27

          Hi Kenny
          I think my email address was incorrect long day fishing yesterday hope this works

          Thanks

          John

          Reply

          • unfamous
            October 6, 2014 @ 21:30

            Sent to corrected email address

  42. kenny mac
    January 31, 2015 @ 16:08

    Hi is it still going.

    Reply

    • unfamous
      January 31, 2015 @ 16:33

      Is what still going? SCAC? I haven’t heard any reason why it wouldn’t be? AGM will be in early February, I assume letters will appear sometime in the next week or so, its usually around now they come out.

      Reply

  43. Grant Clunie
    March 1, 2015 @ 21:54

    Hi there, was hoping to join the stirling castle angling club if you could pass on details please. My email is xxxxxx@xxxxxx.ac.UK cheers!

    Reply

    • unfamous
      March 2, 2015 @ 10:50

      details sent to addresses supplied ( have edited this on site comments to prevent email scraping/spamming)

      Reply

  44. John Donlon
    March 9, 2015 @ 21:55

    Hi Kenny could you please forward contact details again as I have lost all my old email contacts and mail I did try the phone number you gave me but chap was not at home at
    that time

    Thanks

    John

    Reply

    • unfamous
      March 15, 2015 @ 19:28

      Did I do this? Sure I sent you the details a few days ago can’t remember now!

      Reply

      • john donlon
        April 11, 2015 @ 16:03

        Hi Kenny
        Checked my email and there is nothing from yourself I think looking at your reply
        you were not sure if you had sent details.

        Thanks

        John

        Reply

        • unfamous
          April 11, 2015 @ 16:09

          Hi John
          I have just sent you details again so you should have it now or within a few minutes. if you haven’t please check your spam filters or confirm that the email address I have here is correct as I seem to have sent you details a few times
          All the best
          Kenny

          Reply

  45. kenny mac
    March 20, 2015 @ 15:22

    Price for the keys are up

    Reply

    • unfamous
      March 20, 2015 @ 16:53

      Fair point will update the page- what is it not £15 or £20, forgotten?

      Reply

      • kenny mac
        March 20, 2015 @ 23:40

        20.00 mate,

        Reply

  46. Deryck Scott
    April 12, 2015 @ 14:31

    Could you send me info on joining

    Reply

    • unfamous
      April 12, 2015 @ 18:48

      I have emailed you details.
      Cheers
      Kenny

      Reply

  47. Craig
    May 6, 2015 @ 19:25

    Evening, could I please have the contract info to join the club.

    Cheers,
    Craig

    Reply

    • unfamous
      May 6, 2015 @ 22:51

      Details sent to your email address

      Reply

  48. John napier
    May 20, 2015 @ 23:17

    Hi ,could you advise contact details on how to join Stirling castle angling club

    Many thanks
    John

    Reply

  49. SolGibson
    December 27, 2015 @ 15:08

    Hi,

    I joined last year, when will we hear about the 2016 AGM pay our dues? Will it be February again?

    Cheers

    Sol

    Reply

    • unfamous
      December 27, 2015 @ 19:22

      Yeah- don’t panic, they usually send out the AGM notice and renewals around the beginning of February a couple of weeks before the AGM.

      Reply

    • unfamous
      December 27, 2015 @ 19:24

      Thanks, yeah on it’s day it can nail a few fish.

      Reply

  50. David Henderson
    January 14, 2016 @ 12:07

    Hi was wondering how you go about joining the Stirling castle angling club

    Reply

    • unfamous
      January 14, 2016 @ 12:29

      I will send you contact details so you can enquire. Usually it is possible to join around the AGM in February.

      Reply

  51. Ailsa McLeod
    March 28, 2016 @ 10:59

    Can you please send me contact details for Stirling Castle Angling Club

    Many thanks

    Reply

    • unfamous
      March 28, 2016 @ 11:58

      details sent to email address provided

      Reply

  52. Alan Rodgers
    April 5, 2016 @ 23:10

    Hi, can you send me details about how to join the club please.

    Reply

    • unfamous
      April 6, 2016 @ 09:17

      Details forwarded by email to address shown.

      Reply

  53. Trevor Austin
    April 9, 2016 @ 13:56

    Please an you send me information on how to join the fishing club and how much does it cost for the season, and is there any spaces left to join the club or is there a waiting list?
    Please can you reply to trevoraustin9260@icloud.com

    Thanks look forward to your response

    Trevor

    Reply

  54. Chris McConkey
    September 21, 2016 @ 15:35

    Hi could you please send membership info,
    Thanks

    Reply

    • unfamous
      September 21, 2016 @ 17:49

      Hi
      I will send you details tomorrow or Friday as I am away on business right now and the details are on my home PC

      Reply

      • Chris mcconkey
        September 22, 2016 @ 18:02

        Brilliant,
        Thanks.

        Reply

        • unfamous
          September 22, 2016 @ 18:50

          Details sent
          All the best
          Kenny

          Reply

  55. robert
    January 4, 2017 @ 02:28

    Hi looking for imfo to get season ticket for cocksburn

    Reply

    • unfamous
      January 4, 2017 @ 10:47

      Hi Robert
      Sadly the gent who deals with new memberships passed away on New Years Day so I can’t give those details. I dont know whata happening yet going forward but the AGM is usually mid/ late February. If you contact me then or keep an eye on this site or fB page I will say when its going to be. You can usually get a permit at the AGM if some members dont renew/ resign

      Reply

  56. FORBES RAEBURN
    April 9, 2017 @ 11:25

    When are we going to stock the water??

    Reply

    • unfamous
      April 9, 2017 @ 18:32

      Hi Forbes
      I dont see your name on our up to date membership list. If you have joined the club could you contact us via one of the contact forms on the clubs dedicated website at stirlingcastleac.co.uk and we can try to sort out why you arent in oir records. Include the membership number you were issued.
      Cheers
      Kenny

      Reply

      • Robert
        May 22, 2017 @ 09:59

        Hi Kenny, looking to join a club in the area. Previously a member of Larbert and stenhousemuir, fishing coulter and carron. Looking for something similar. Coulter was nice, brownies from howieton, carron was mixed, small wild fish and a few stocked fish which I didn’t really like seeing in a river. Cheers Robert

        Reply

        • unfamous
          May 22, 2017 @ 10:59

          Hi Robert
          I take it you aren’t interested in rejoining LASAC ( from your comments?) , there might be a waiting list there I would guess, I am not sure but can send you contact details if you want to get back on the list. If you are looking for Loch fishing there is space currently in SCAC ( Stirling Castle AC). You can join us either by going to http://www.stirlingcastleac.co.uk/permits/ and filling in the form- this will get to the treasurer, or alternatively, drop him a line directly at treasurer@stirlingcastleac.co.uk and he will sort you out. It is £50 for a season, that gets you fishing at Pendreich and you can go on the regular outings through the season. Hope that helps.
          Kenny

          Reply

          • Robert
            May 22, 2017 @ 11:32

            That’s great Kenny. I’d forgotten about the castle club. That’s near dumyat/sheriff muir. I used to live out this way. Recently moved back. There’s a couple of other club loch’s near my new place; Laggan and a falkirk club water but don’t seem to be looking for new members. Cheers Robert

          • unfamous
            May 22, 2017 @ 11:43

            I assumed it was in relation to the SCAC club you were enquiring as it’s the SCAC page on this website you are commenting on! :-). Only other club I know in the immediate area is the Bonnybridge club that have the reservoir down by Cumbernauld but for me their fishing arrangements don’t suit. I am happy with SCAC and LASAC.

  57. Robert
    May 22, 2017 @ 13:57

    I see what you mean Kenny! I’m not sure how I ended up here. 🙂 I’ll be in touch shortly about joining castle club. If you could mail me details of larbert club too that would be great. I’ve lost phone numbers for the secretary and the Bailiff. Tight lines Robert

    Reply

    • unfamous
      May 22, 2017 @ 13:59

      The contacts at LASAC have all changed due to changes in the committee so whatever you had is likely out of date. I will email you what I have later today
      Kenny

      Reply

    • unfamous
      May 22, 2017 @ 14:02

      details sent

      Reply

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