Open day results!

14 members fished the Club Open Day at Millhall on Saturday 5th September. A total of 40 fish were caught, but only 31 were weighed in due to Venue restrictions on their maximum “kill” size and one member choosing to fish full Catch & Release.

On the day 5no fish over the 6lb limit were caught and released. This included 4no double figure trout. Willie Orr caught 3no fish for an estimated weight of 30lbs. The heaviest bag of the day. Unfortunately two of his fish had an estimated combined weight of 27.5lbs, so had to be released. Catching two double- figure trout in one day is highly unusual and deserves a special mention.

David Manion, Ken Overton and John Reynolds also all had fish over the maximum kill size.

Heaviest bag of the day was weighed in by John Convoy narrowly bettering Harry Millar’s bag of 9lb 8oz by 6 ounces. As Harry had the heaviest weighed-in fish at 3lb14oz, he won the heaviest fish of the day prize.  Therefore, second place for bag size became Lindsay McFadzean, with joint thirds being Michael Love and Ian Macdonald, with 7lbs for 4 fish.

Thanks are due to Bridget McGee for providing a hot buffet while keeping to the current Covid-19 rules.

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Access to the River – Good News

Delighted to advise that the footbridge upstream of the Long Pool has been reinstated.

In addition the Committee recommends that the Avon upstream of the Quarry Bridge is accessed from the footpath behind the animal sheds at Stewarts. The original path via Cemex has become badly eroded, filled with rubbish and is considered hazardous use this path at your own risk.

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Illegal fishing methods

If members find any evidence of nets or illegal fishing methods on the Avon, please leave in situ but inform Day Graham the Bailiff who will take the necessary action.

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Rainbow Invasion

It would appear that a fishery “up the county” has had an escape event and some of the inmates, rainbow trout, blues etc. may have reached the River Avon. Whilst it is easy to have some sympathy for them, they remain an invasive species and therefor should you catch one, it should not, under any circumstances, be returned. At the time of writing I must confess the theme to the great escape is playing in my head. Furthermore we have to report the catch directly to the FRT bailiff, Davy Graham or via a River manager, all contact details can be found on this web page. Tight lines.

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Oil Spill Exercise

On the 18th August 2020 Ineos Forties Pipeline intend to carry out an oil spill response training exercise on the River Avon, this will take place at the river that runs alongside Grangemouth Refinery and Kinnell Kerse Waste Water Treatment. This site has been chosen as it is located only 0.2km from the refinery and would prove an ideal location in the event of a real life incident.

The training exercise will entail the practice deployment of equipment by our contractor Veolia, to ensure familiarity with equipment and the process should there ever be an oil spill. Please note no oil is involved in exercises and the environment/land is not disturbed by this process in any way. These are routine exercises carried out yearly. We anticipate the exercise will commence about 9AM and finish around 3PM.

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River Avon now Open

“Following the announcement from the Scottish Government today 28th May, Beats 3, 4 and 5 of the River Avon are once again open to LAC members to fish. Please read and adhere to the attached guidelines from Angling Scotland regarding Social Distancing while fishing particularly with regard to parking. Please also note the recommended restriction on distances that can be travelled to access fishing.

As our ultimate leaseholder, Crown Estates has formally given the River Avon Federation permission to commence angling. If challenged by members of the public or landowners, please explain this tactfully to them.

At all times members should carry their membership cards and leave some form of membership visible within their cars. Please note that FDSFB bailiffs are patrolling the rivers and have had poachers removed by police during the Lockdown.

Phase 1 allows Members to fish our waters and for two consenting individuals to meet up to fish. It does not allow for Club Outings to commence – this may happen after June 18th under Phase 2. As such the Outings due for Ruskie on 6th June and Post Marches day on 17th June are cancelled. The first round of the Gartcosh Challenge at Johnstone Loch is also cancelled this year.

Refunds for all Outings cancelled to date will be forthcoming as soon as the restrictions on meeting up are lifted.

In the meantime keep safe.

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Restrictions Update

 “Angling” is still not allowed by the Scottish government and members should not be fishing the Avon! Outings are still cancelled for the foreseeable future? As soon as things change we will announce with appropriate fanfares.

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Trout Food

Check out the new trout food page under River Avon Fishing!

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Covid 19 Urgent Update

Outings – COVID 19 Update.

Due to the recent government lock down, fisheries continue to close. At present the Committee have been advised that Bangour Reservoir, , Black Loch, Roslynlee, Glencorse Reservoir and Linlithgow Loch have now shut for the foreseeable future. All proposed outings to these fisheries are now cancelled. We will continue to review the situation and update members as soon as the situation clarifies.

Given the uncertainty NO Outings cheques from members will be lodged for April and probably for May as well. Unfortunately cheques dated for March 2020 have been banked. Refunds will be issued to those members affected in due course.

“Fishing” does not come under the Government’s definition of “Exercise” for an individual. We therefore ask all members not to fish the Avon until the Government clarifies their current advice. This is unlikely to happen until the end of April. Please also note that registration numbers and details of any cars seen by FRT Bailiffs and police at parking spots on the Avon are being noted and may be investigated at a later stage.

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Covid19 – Urgent please read

Outings – COVID 19 Update.

Due to the recent government lock down, fisheries continue to close. At present the Committee have been advised that Bangour Reservoir, Glencorse Reservoir and Linlithgow Loch have now shut for the foreseeable future. All proposed outings to these fisheries are now cancelled. We will continue to review the situation and update members as soon as the situation clarifies.

Given the uncertainty NO Outings cheques from members will be lodged for April and probably for May as well. Unfortunately cheques dated for March 2020 have been banked. Refunds will be issued to those members affected in due course.

The Angling Trust has today issued advice that “Fishing” does not come under the Government’s definition of “Exercise” for an individual. We therefore ask all members to not fish the Avon until the Government clarifies their current advice. This is unlikely to happen before Easter.

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