Rules and Etiquette

Rules and Etiquette

General Conduct Expected of Anglers.

We do not have pages of rules, we would rather appeal to people’s better nature and rely on them to behave sensibly and appropriately so please repay the trust placed in you. The rules/recommendation’s below are the minimum standard that all anglers should aspire to achieve. Please note that due to persistent problems with poaching we now require anglers fishing overnight to inform our loch keeper of the intention to do so. River Tweed bailiffs now patrol the loch at night if you are found fishing without a permit the consequences will be significant.

Please take your litter home with you. If anyone is seen littering immediate action will be taken. We have now implemented a policy of zero tolerance with regard to littering.

Do not kill fish needlessly, if you catch a fish that you are not fishing for RETURN IT TO THE WATER UNHARMED, both lochs are well-balanced fisheries and manipulation of that balance is neither required nor desired.

The fish indigenous to the lochs are Salmon, Sea Trout, Brown Trout, Pike, Perch, Eel, and 3 Spined Sticklebacks. If an angler catches anything other than the above it must be humanely dispatched please phone/text 07412659569 (John) / 07414591455 (Karren) for instruction on how to proceed.

Please handle all fish with care, we have tagged fish that have been caught many times over the years, and remain in first-class condition our aim is to maintain this standard.

We are essentially invited guests of the riparian owners when fishing on the lochs so please respect their property.

Fishing at Riskinhope (the top of the Lowes). - Anglers intent on fishing this area should in all cases contact our loch keeper for the latest news.

No dogs allowed in areas containing livestock. No fouling!

Under no circumstances are anglers permitted to drive vehicles onto private ground if in doubt don’t do it and ask a committee member, or phone/text 07412659569 (John) / 07414591455 (Karren). We have good relations with all riparian owners, we want to keep it that way!

To minimise the incidence of illegal fishing all permit holders are encouraged to politely ask any anglers that they do not know if they have a valid permit. All anglers must show their permit whenever asked to do so.

Fires

A small fire on the gravel/shingle is permitted for cooking. huge bonfires are forbidden as are fires close to plantations or anywhere there is a risk of spreading.

Please park your vehicle sensibly and safely. No parking is permitted on the Bowerhope road except in lay bys on the far side of the loch.

Follow the countryside code.

If Pike fishing use appropriate tackle. Pike anglers are limited to a maximum of 3 rods in line with PAC guidelines.

Please research your sport and keep up to date with current developments, by so doing you can make informed choices.

There is no need to spend a fortune on expensive tackle, a basic set up can be employed for a very modest outlay. The most important point is understanding the basic principles required for safe Pike angling, if you can achieve this you can tailor your tackle to meet these needs.

By joining the PAC you will receive regular magazines and have access to the largest Pike database in the country.

Catch Returns

Anglers are required to fill in a catch return for all Trout Perch, Eels and Pike (Tagged or not) caught. Returns can be submitted via email. See our news page for up to date methods of submission of returns.

We require Trout returns for any submission we may make to the Tweed Commission or Scottish National Heritage, and Perch Eel and Pike returns for our advertising programme and club records (please include tag number if any, weight, time caught, were caught, and bait/lure used). In addition, day ticket anglers can submit their returns on the rear of the actual permit.

Any big fish caught within our lochs be it Pike, Trout or Perch, it would be appreciated if you could take scale samples and submit them to our loch keeper. Scale samples can help us with not only species identification, but also its life history. This would be of great help to the club and the Tweed Foundation. This would allow us to keep a history of any large fish caught and keep a measure of the health of the loch. It would be of great benefit if you obtained: –

  • Length of the fish, from mouth to tail

  • The girth of the fish, around the largest point of the stomach

  • Weight, in lbs or KG, preferably not including mat/net weight

  • As most people have access to camera phones these days, A clear picture on the landing mat

  • If you catch a tagged Pike please assist us by contacting our Lochkeeper or this blog stating Tag number, where and when caught, weight of fish, bait used and any distinguishing marks or abnormalities.

  • Scale samples of indigenous species where possible and submitted to the Lochkeeper.

  • And finally, report to the Lochkeeper if Large or unusual species

Unusual fish e.g. a suspected alien fish should not be returned to the lochs but humanely killed and put in a freezer until we can get it to the tweed foundation for forensic examination. This would likely include any coarse fish not indigenous in the loch and hump backed salmon. All Rainbow Trout should be dispatched with no examination necessary. Although a Picture submitted to the blog or Lochkeeper would be appreciated to make us aware.

Boat anglers should give bank anglers a 100-metre arc of fishing space.

Pike anglers must use a minimum of 20lbs monofilament or 50lbs braid due to the many snags in both lochs. Fluorocarbon covered monofilament is a good choice.

All Pike anglers must have their rods close together on the bank anyone taking up more than 20 metres will be asked to leave. Other anglers have a right to fish and blocking out other anglers will lead to you having permission to fish being withdrawn.

Please comply with the rules printed on your permit and if you are given an instruction by the Estate gamekeeper or club official please carry out the request given to you.

Night fishing is permitted if cleared with the loch keeper.

There are other users of the lochs mainly the loch Sailing Club, we have good relations with this club but if any sailing club members or other individuals disrupt your sport please report the matter to a committee member as soon as possible.

Do not anchor your boat to the sailing club buoys.

Boats that can be carried are allowed under law to launch that boat on our waters. If however, that boat has motorised assistance electric or petrol you must apply in writing to our riparian owners. Boats that are launched may not be used for the purposes of fishing only club boats may be used!

The club takes a very serious view of non-compliance with the above and contravention of these common-sense rules will invariably lead to your right to fish being withdrawn.

Permits are available from our Loch Keeper's

Mobile07412659569 (John) / 07414591455 (Karren)

or if you prefer Email- stmaryslochanglingclub@yahoo.com

Permits are alos available from the following locations, Please mention the website when booking:

Glen Café

St Mary’s Loch

Yarrow Valley

Selkirk

TD7 5

01750 42241

Fishers Direct in Penicuik

9 John Street

Penicuik

Midlothian

EH26 8HN

01968 672877

sales@fishersdirect.com

The Gordon Arms Hotel

Yarrow Valley

Selkirk

TD7 5LE

PHONE: 01750 82261

St Mary’s Loch and Loch o' the Lowes are protected waters under the Rivers Tweed and Eye Protection Order 1980. You must obtain a permit prior to fishing.

Anyone fishing without a permit will be liable to prosecution by St Marys Angling club or the River Tweed Commission!

Please read all of the rules thoroughly

“I didn’t know”

will not be considered an acceptable excuse!

ANGLERS MUST OBTAIN A PERMIT BEFORE COMMENCING TO FISH UNLESS A PRIOR ARRANGEMENT HAS BEEN MADE BY PHONING OUR LOCHKEEPER

Mobile07412659569 (John) / 07414591455 (Karren)

or if you prefer Email- stmaryslochanglingclub@yahoo.com