RULES AND GENERAL INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS 2021
SUBJECT TO VARIATION DUE TO Covid19- check for updates if necessary
Members must read these rules, especially those that apply to estates. Our relationship with estates is based on goodwill and could be spoiled by the irresponsible or inadvertent actions of a few members.
1. The Association has permission from the Stornoway Trust to fish the following trout lochs. Breugach, Beag na Craoibhe, Airigh nan Gleann, Leiniscal, Airigh Riabhach, Vatandip, nan Eilean, a Bhuna and Airigh na Lic. The Association has permission from the Soval Estate to fish the following trout lochs. Achmore, Foid, Nam Falcag, Na Craoibhe and Orasaigh. The Association has four trout boats situated on Breugach, Achmore, Na Craoibhe and Orasaigh. Bank fishing is available free to members. Bookings (free to members) for the boats. Bookings should be made through the Castbooker pages. All legal methods allowed. Members can take guests out on any trout loch without cost. The brown trout season runs from 15th Mar to 6th Oct annually.
2. The Association has access to fishing on Loch Langabhat. Due to the remote location, those making bookings must be authorised by the Association. There are very specific rules relating to the use of the Langabhat fishing and members must read and agree to abide by the current rules, before being allowed to access this fishing.
3. All members must complete an accurate catch return at the end of the season for fishing any water to which the Association has access. Please keep a record throughout the season. The content of the return will be called for towards the end of the season. Returns MUST indicate if fish were returned or kept.
4. Lifejackets must be worn when using boats on any of the waters to which the Association has access. It is the members’/visitors’ responsibility to provide lifejackets. All fishing activity is done at the angler’s sole risk.
5. Members are provided with a copy of the Association health and safety information – see separate document — when they take out their membership. Members must read this information and adhere to any safety rules contained in the document.
6. After use, please ensure boats are left in a clean and secure state. If there are any problems with boats or huts on your arrival, or subsequent damage caused by your party, please notify the Club via text to 07393 512472. All litter must be removed and taken back with the angler.
7. Membership cards must be carried at all times when fishing and displayed on request by any water bailiff or another member.
8. Irrespective of stated catch limits, members should show restraint and limit the number of sea trout kept. Conservation of these fish should be a priority.
9. No migratory fish (salmon and sea trout) should be kept unless covered by a valid permit and catch limit on any fishery the Association has access to.
10. If releasing fish, minimise playing times (heavy tackle, landing net), cut lines for deep-hooked fish, keep fish in the water when unhooking and use circle hooks if bait fishing. When bait fishing, set hooks quickly to avoid deep-hooking (gills, gullet) of fish.
The Association runs various competitions throughout the season. Details of these will be circulated separately.
11. The Association has access to fishing on a Friday evening on Grimersta Estate throughout the salmon season. Booking through Castbooker is on first come, first served basis. There is a £10 fee for the boat. Members must check the Grimersta catch and release policy and any CV19 guidance before fishing. Fishing is by fly only.
12. The fishing is available only on Friday evenings from 6.00pm until thirty minutes after last light. You must only fish within the permitted boundaries. In particular, members are reminded that the outlet and South of the Bothy Island are out of bounds.
13. A return including blanks and trout must be provided to Jason Laing by text (07990 553309) when you finish fishing or within 24 hrs max.
14. Other fishing further up the main Grimersta system may be available to members on occasion. Members enquiring about other fishing should direct enquiries to the estate office (621358).
15. Fishing (catch and release only) can usually be obtained, at no charge, before 1st June. Contact Jason Laing (07990 553309).
16. Fishing at Garynahine may be arranged through Donnie Whiteford (Tel 07920 096983). Members must contact Donnie prior to fishing and ensure that returns are submitted after fishing.
17. Fishing on the Garynahine River is fly only and is available free until Mid June.
18. From Mid June onwards, fishing on the river (£25/day) and from the boats on Loch Macleod, Loch Beag and Loch Tarbert (£30/day, fly only) is available to Full members who are resident on Lewis or Harris. The discounted rate does not apply to Associate members. Availability may be restricted if there are guests in the lodge. Bank fishing is also available on the lochs by contacting Donnie.
19. Tully’s Loch is available free to Association members, but they must notify Donnie prior to fishing and submit catch returns after fishing. All Garynahine fishing is 100% catch & release for Salmon and sea trout. No treble hooks permitted
20. Season tickets are available to Association members as a separate “add-on”. Youth SAA members may fish free of charge provided they are supervised by an adult with a valid Creed permit. Catch return forms must be completed and returned by 07 November annually.
21. Spring tickets will no longer be issued. Creed membership will run for April 1st to October 30th (early closure may be called by Committee if in the interests of the fishery). Creed season tickets are available to purchase throughout the season.
22. Grimersta Estate have kindly given the Association permission to place a boat on Loch Fhir Mhaoil. Costs will be £15 per boat and can only be booked by Association members. Bank fishing £10 per person (max 2 rods per day). Strict conditions apply. Book online through your account.
23.Exchange season tickets for North Uist AC, South Uist AC, and the River Connon via Dingwall and District AC are normally available to Association members at no charge. Please email the Association to arrange a limited time use for any visit allowing a few days for reply.
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