1.0 THE SALMON SEASON
Opens on 1st April and continues until 31st October.
Under the National Salmon Byelaws it is illegal to kill a salmon before 16th June and therefore catch and release operates until that date.
2.0 THE SEA TROUT SEASON
Commences on 1st April and continues until 30th September.
A BAG LIMIT OF 2 SEA TROUT AND 2 SALMON MAXIMUM may be taken in any one day (00.00 to 23.59).
Thereafter rods may fish on, but catch and release will apply. All Sea Trout over 3lbs must be returned. They are mostly hens and will deposit many more eggs at spawning time. Sea Trout runs have decreased recently, please exercise restraint. Rods who have fished outside the UK or Eire must disinfect tackle and waders in order to prevent the spread of fish diseases (advice available on TEL: 0131 244 6225 from the Scottish Executive).
4.0 FISHING METHODS
On the Esk fly fishing is allowed at all times. Spinning and worming are allowed only when the river level exceeds the markers provided, except on the Newcastleton and Lower Liddel beats and the lower part of the Langholm beat when worming is allowed at any level.
Fishing with Shrimp and Prawn is strictly prohibited.
5.0 FISHING SEASON AND FISHING WEEK
The season extends from 1st April to 31st October this year.
Fishing is allowed as follows:
FOR SALMON - from 1st April to 31st October (catch a release until June 16th)*
FOR SEA TROUT – from 1st April to 30th September*
FOR BROWN TROUT – from 1st April to 30th September
*NOTE: All hen salmon and sea trout caught after 9th September must be returned.
6.0 SUNDAY AND NIGHT TIME FISHING
No Sunday fishing is allowed; but between 1st May and 31st August, Saturday fishing will be allowed until 3 am on Sunday mornings.
No fishing is allowed during the following hours:
1ST APRIL TO 30TH APRIL FROM 10PM TO 6AM
1ST MAY TO 31ST AUGUST FROM 3AM (SUN) TO 12 MIDNIGHT (SUN)
1ST SEPTEMBER TO 30TH SEPTEMBER FROM 11 PM TO 6AM
1ST OCTOBER TO 31ST OCTOBER FROM 7PM TO 7AM
7.0 ACCESS RESTRICTIONS
No fishing on the left bank at Mangerton from below Railway Brig Pool downstream to Mangerton Mill Burnmouth.
No fishing on the right bank from the Woods End by Poloff downstream to Thistlesyke Lower March.
The Flatt Farm: Vehicle access for fishing by permit holders is allowed ALONG THE OLD RAILWAY TRACK ONLY. Vehicles are not permitted over fields or through the farm steading.
Fishing continues from Kershopefoot downstream on the right bank only to the Burnmouth/Lawston March.
8.0 GENERAL DISCIPLINE
. TICKETS Tickets must be carried when fishing and produced at the request of any Club Member.
. LIMITS Anglers must not fish outwith the limits covered by their ticket.
. TRESPASSING Anglers must avoid trespassing and use only recognised routes to and from the
River. They must not park vehicles in gateways. Anglers may not access permit waters via the
Willow Pool Beat and when walking to the upper limit on Canonbie Beat (right bank) must not
traverse the river bank of the Hollows Beat.
. MOVING-ON Anglers must keep moving, whether by day or night, when others are waiting to
fish. This applies to fly fishing, spinning and worming including heavy flood waters. In normal
waters anglers must not start fishing in front of others.
. WADING Excessive wading, particularly in mid-stream, is to be avoided. Protests should be
made at the time to anyone so offending and should be reported to a Committee Member.
. DOGS No dogs are allowed.
. FIRES No riverside fires, barbecues, bottle parties or other such gatherings are permitted.
. LITTER Anglers will remove their litter and also refrain from leaving rubbish in the huts.
. NIGHT FISHING There is no fixed time for the start of night fishing and anglers cannot reserve
water by arriving early.
. PROHIBITED FISH The following must be returned to the water, namely, all kelts, unclean fish
and migratory fish under 12” and all brown trout under 10” ALSO foul hooked fish. All rainbow
trout to be killed. All Salmon caught before 16th June to be returned to the water.
(see section 4.0 & 6.0).
. ALL FISH must be HOOKED by the MOUTH. Any foul hooked fish must be returned to the water
9.0 METHODS OF FISHING
BAITING No upstream spinning, fishing with prawn or shrimp (natural or artificial) and no ground baiting in any form is permitted.
FLOATS No float of any kind is permitted.
GAFFS No gaff shall be used or carried at any time.
WEIGHTS Lead weights are not allowed. Lead free weights can be used.
HOOKS Size limits are shown at the back of this guide.
RODS must be held at all times.
FISHING FOR SALMON BEFORE 16TH JUNE. It is illegal to fish for salmon before 16th June, except using artificial fly or lure (spinner) on a catch and release basis.
9.1 FLY FISHING
Fly fishing is allowed throughout the season provided that no weight or excessively loaded fly of any kind is used and no double hooks larger than No 4 low water size (old scale) or treble hooks larger than No. 8 (old scale) are used.
No casting upstream is allowed except for dry fly fishing.
9.2 WORM FISHING
IN THE ESK – LANGHOLM BEAT
From Skippers Cleuch Burn downstream to the bottom of the Langholm Beat worming is permitted at any water level.
IN THE ESK – LANGHOLM BEAT
Above Skippers Bridge upstream to the top of the Langholm Beat worming is only permitted when the water level entirely covers the black line on the gauge on the left bank of the river opposite the Buccleuch Hall in Langholm.
IN THE ESK – CANONBIE BEAT
Worming is only permitted when the water level entirely covers the gauge at Canonbie Bridge.
IN THE LIDDEL.
Worm fishing is permitted at any time.
No worm fishing is allowed between the white markers at the Skippers Bridge.
Fishing at Penton Loup is limited to 15 minutes when others are waiting to fish.
Fishing is prohibited on the cliff side of the Dead Neuk.
No single hook larger than No. 2/0 may be used.
No Stewart or Pennel hooks larger than No. 10 may be used.
During October only one single hook may be used.
Spinning is allowed only in the following cases and provided only that fishers use an artificial minnow, a spoon, a sprat, stone loach or a natural minnow, but not either prawn or shrimp. From 1st April to 15th April spinning with the tackle described above is allowed at all times when and all places where fishing is permitted.
In the ESK, excluding the tributaries from the Craig/Potholm March to the Bells Weir, on any day between 16th April and 31st October dates inclusive, provided that the water covers the black line marker at the Buccleuch Hall for the Langholm Beat and the marker at Canonbie Bridge for the Canonbie Beat.
In the LIDDEL from Roan March to the Burnmouth/Lawston March as far as belongs to the Buccleuch Estates Ltd and on the right bank from the Muir Burn to the junction with the Esk from 16th April to 31st October inclusive, provided that the water covers the red markers in Newcastleton, at Kershopefoot and Penton Bridge.
No spinning is allowed between the white markers at Skippers Bridge.
No treble hook larger than No 2 may be used.
Baits, including weights, must not exceed 1oz.
Spinning lures and equivalents must only have one treble hook.
10.0 NOTE – READING GAUGES
Where the water covers the mark on the gauge of any beat at 9.00 am or later rises to cover the mark, then spinning and worm fishing will be permitted until dusk that day. Should on any day the marker gauge at Buccleuch Hall not be covered yet the Esk is in flood due to flows entering from Wauchope or Ewes, the additional red marker gauge on the downstream side of Skippers Bridge if entirely covered will permit anglers to spin or worm from Langholm foot suspension bridge downstream to the end of the Beat only.
11.0 HEALTH AND SAFETY
In the interests of safety anglers are strongly recommended to take the following precautions:
. Use a buoyancy aid when wading particularly whilst night fishing.
. Wear suitable eye protection when fly fishing.
. Do not fish during thunderstorms, be aware of overhead electric cables and the danger of electric
fences erected by local farmers.
. Wear suitable non-slip footwear, wade cautiously.
The Border Esk & Liddel Angling Club accept no responsibility for injury or loss incurred by ticket holders or damage caused to vehicles, tackle or other property belonging to ticket holders or other fishers arising from their having resort to the waters of the fishery.
Persons fishing these waters must accept the risk incidental to the rights of fishing thereby conferred and will have no claims against the Club for any injury, loss or damage suffered by them in consequence thereof.
12.0 PERMIT VENDORS
A. Club Secretary: B. Frew, Byreburnfoot House, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire, DG14 0XB.
Tel. 01387371209. Email. firstname.lastname@example.org.
B. Canonbie Post Office (half-day closing Wednesday and Saturday).
C. Stevenson & Johnston. 38, High Street, Langholm.
Tel. 01387380428 (Office Hours).
D. Douglas Hotel, High Street, Langholm.
E. Holm Hardware, Douglas Square, Newcastleton.
F. Grapes Hotel, Douglas Square, Newcastleton.