Fishing regulations


  • Strictly conventional fly fishing with artificial fly only – no bubble floats, spinning, bait fishing or trolling (including ‘trailing’ flies from a boat).
  • Single hooks only, no larger than size 10 (standard or longshank) – no doubles, tandems or trebles allowed and barbless or de-barbed hooks should be used if intending to return fish to the water and after bag limits have been taken.
  • Trolling is strictly forbidden.
  • Fishing with one rod only at any one time, but additional rods may be carried ‘tackled up’ ready for use.
  • Rod permits and bag limits are not transferable and rod sharing is not allowed.
  • Fishing times are between 8.30 a.m. and dusk.
  • Anglers are asked to record the individual weights of all fish caught (in the book provided). If no fish are caught please record a ‘nil’ return.
  • All brown trout are to be returned to the water
  • It is compulsory to wear Life Jackets or Bouyancy Aids  when fishing from boats.


  • Conventional anchors are not allowed, but mud weights (and drogues on request) are provided. These should be dropped ‘end on’, so that they plunge vertically into the mud, to ensure a firm anchorage.
  • When the air compressor is running (for summer aeration/destratification) fishing is not allowed inside the buoyed area surrounding the ‘Venturator’and anchoring is not allowed any closer than a casting distance (15 yards approx.) from the buoyed perimeter rope.
  • Landing boats is only permitted at the Boathouse and Jetties. Boats must not be ‘beached’.
  • Please keep clear of the floating cages, etc.
  • Anglers are expected to treat the boats and equipment with care – studded waders should not be worn in the boats or fishing hut.
  • Anyone, without exception, discarding litter including fishing line and cigarette ends into or around the loch will be asked to leave. All litter should be left in the boats or bins.
  • Fish should not be gutted or cleaned in the loch.
  • Please use the toilet facilities provided.
  • Anglers are advised not to stand up in the boats.
  • Waders are recommended for fishing the bank to aid casting access to the loch and up to the thigh is normally sufficient. Deep wading in chest waders is not allowed.
  • Anglers are asked to keep a ‘polite’ distance apart and not to start fishing close to others unless specifically invited to do so – similarly, make as little noise and disturbance as possible.
  • Anglers are requested to use balanced tackle and not to use finer nylon than necessary (4 lbs B.S. should be regarded as a minimum for most purposes).
  • Children (under 16 years old) must be accompanied by an adult and only permit holders are allowed on the fishery.
  • Dogs are allowed only at the discretion of the management and must be kept out of the water.
  • Swimming, camping, picnic parties, fires, radios, and firearms, etc., are not allowed.
  • In the event of lightning and thundery conditions all anglers both bank and boat must leave the water immediately to avoid any risk of anglers being struck by lightning
  • In the interests of good fishing the owners request information regarding any abuse of the rules or facilities is provided.
  • In the event of strong winds anglers are advised to check conditions at the fishery by phoning the loch before leaving home


  • No liability is accepted for any accident or injury to persons visiting the fishery or for loss or damage to their property.
  • Anglers are liable to pay the replacement cost of any equipment lost or damaged.
  • The management reserve the right to refuse or terminate admission to the fishery at any time without giving reasons.
  • Management reserve the right to perfrom random inspections of tackle and catches.
  • Management reserve the right to amend the rules at any time