Thursday, 28 April 2011

Upper Avon Angling Association

I had a mail a couple of days ago from Alan Scott of the upper Avon Angling Association drawing my attention to their site and what they offer.

It's a great site and a cracking looking bit of water.

Here are a few words about the river Avon taken directly from the site.

River Avon

Eight miles of pristine, upland, stone fed river, fishing for both Brown Trout & Grayling – the river gushes over rocks & waterfalls as well as running gently through meadows –in the beautiful rolling countryside of Avondale.

The Upper Avon Angling Association do supplement the wild fish stock with fish from the Associations own hatchery & rearing ponds with Brown Trout of 1lb to 3lb (all the fish stocked are bred only from locally obtained Trout therefore maintaining the genetic integrity of the local trout).

The association holds the rights to fish for Trout & Grayling upstream from 100 metres below Browns Brigg to the south west of Strathaven on the B743 (Muirkirk Road) – upstream to the source. Our anglers are now able to fish on the south bank of the Avon upstream of Craig Bridge on the Sandford Road – this area is shared with the anglers of the Avon Angling Club.

PLEASE NOTE – There is currently no sustainable Migratory Fishery Upstream of Ferniegair a mile or so upstream of Hamilton on the River Avon.

The Association are keen to encourage anglers to join & enjoy fishing the Upper Avon & at only £10.00 per season it has to be the best value for money ticket in the country considering the efforts & work the club put into improving the experience for the angler – which is more than merely stocking the Avon.

For the serious fly angler the river provides excellent but challenging fishing – “Clyde Dressed” Flies both dry & wet are the answer during the day with various sedges & large night flies work in the evenings.

PLEASE NOTE – The Kypeside Rifle Club use land above Glengavel Bridge on the Glengavel Water. Anglers are advised to fish downstream.



A great spot for Trout on the Avon Water


And here are some more words about Glengavel Reservoir, another of their permitted waters, again taken directly from the site.

Glengavel Reservoir

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MUIRKIRK ROAD will be open tommorow (Wednesday 27th of April) morning – there will be access to the Reservoir by car from Strathaven once again.

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The Upper Avon Angling Association has Fly Fishing available on Dungavel (Glengavel ) Reservoir which is approx 4 miles from Strathaven on the B743 (Muirkirk Road) the Reservoir is situated on the right hand side of the main road about a mile past the old Dungavel Prison.

Dungavel (Glengavel )Reservoir is a local beauty spot – is abundant in wild life & in character is like a Highland Hill Loch – The Upper Avon Angling Association do supplement the wild fish stock with fish from the Associations own hatchery & rearing ponds with Brown Trout of 1lb to 3lb (all the fish stocked are bred only from locally obtained Trout therefore maintaining the genetic integrity of the local trout).

Typical of any Hill Loch Type of water you need to expect to walk for your fishing over all sorts of ground – so come prepared.

We do have the Scottish “Midge” so come prepared with your “Avon Skin So Soft” which seems to be the best repellent – however due to the position of the water there is nearly always a wind or a breeze which keeps them at bay.

PLEASE NOTE: It is now a condition of your permit that you sign in the book complete with your membership number when you commence fishing at Glengavel – this is so we can monitor how many anglers are on the water. We have implemented this as an anti poaching & Health & Safety measure.

Give Dungavel (Glengavel )a try it can give you a wonderful day out in the wilderness & it is only 10 minutes from Strathaven.

The fishing can vary from challenging to quite easy depending on the weather conditions as the reservoir sits at approx 900ft above sea level. The most successful methods are using traditional loch flies e.g. Peter Ross – Wickhams Fancy – Bibio – Invicta – Dunkeld – Dung Fly – Mini Muddlers etc. Most locals use a cast of 2 or 3 though more modern techniques work as well – you can expect to catch several of the local Brownies which tend to run to 3 to the 1lb with a couple of stocked fish as well & if you very fortunate one of the bigger local “Ferox” which for most of the year are to be found 30ft down in the water – however every once in a while they will pop their noses up to take a fly – in recent years fish of 8lb plus have been caught & one local angler managed 2 of over 3lbs in 2 casts at the end of an evening.



One of our best known anglers afloat at Glengavel


 
Lovely site and lovely looking waters with excellent permit prices for what's on offer !!!

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