THE Brown Trout Season has started well for the members of the Upper Avon Angling Association.
The warm weather at the start of the season in mid-March meant trout fishing started early on Glengavel Reservoir and the River Avon, with many good quality fish being caught.
Davy Learmouth and Davy Baxter have reported some excellent catches from the river. And club secretary Alan Scott beamed: “I’m reliably informed that the best all-round flies for the Avon all year round are Blue Dun, Black Spider, Pheasant Tail Nymph and Gold Ribbed Hares Ear.
“However, I think I’d be tempted to add to that Greenwells Glory, Snipe and Purple and Orange and Partridge.
“We are keen to make everyone aware that our permits are available for the river in a number of local outlets and look forward to an enjoyable season.”
Permits, at only £10 a tearm are available from GT Hardware/Alladin's Cave in St Leonard’s Square and Strathaven outlets include Craig’s in the Common Green, the Key Store in Barn Street and Tip-Top in Townhead Street.
Children under-13 can obtain permits free of charge as the club want to help encourage the anglers of the future.
The association are also keen to report that they have been very active over the past few weeks carrying out a number of tasks on the river and loch, including putting up new signs in many areas and posting up some improved maps for the anglers which are available on the club’s website at www.upperavonangling.co.uk
You will find them under Angler Info and then scroll down to Maps. The maps are there to help anglers find points of access to the river.
Meanwhile, there has also been a lot of activity at the UAAA’s hatchery and rearing ponds.
This project is unique in Scotland in that local indigenous brown trout are stripped and grown to be stocked, thus preserving the integrity of the local trout.
A number of trout were trickle stocked into the river over the past few weeks – these being about 1lb up to 4lbs – by the club’s hardy bunch of volunteers and committee members.
The UAAA are always on the look-out for willing helpers and if you are interested you can contact them via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org