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How to Protect Myself and Family from Ticks.

Tick Protection – Many people visiting the countryside completely overlook the sheep tick. This horrendous little blood sucker can not only burrow into your skin and be very difficult to remove. If mistreated, a tick can inject the contents of its belly into you with potentially lethal consequences. Lyme disease, carried by only a few ticks (no way of telling which ones), can debilitate its host if not treated soon enough for the rest of that persons life. Heavy doses of anti-biotics, organ failure, limited use of body parts, sides of your face being uncontrollable, lethargic and a weak emune system, even the lightest cold can turn into the flu, pneumonia and worse. Ticks are not to be dismissed!

Woodland and High Bracken, perfect environment for Ticks – www.freeimages.co.uk

To try to avoid ticks, stay out of areas of high grass/bracken/ferns that have allot of deer roaming. Despite the name, sheep ticks have become a problem due to two main reasons. Ticks are nothing new to the country versed person, but Lyme Disease is on the up. One reason being that sheep farming is allot less popular, and the sheep are not in these areas to “mop up” the ticks which the farmer will treat the sheep for regularly by dipping, thus controlling the population of them. The other reason is that deer are wild and are able to access vast areas of landscape, therefore spreading the tick country-wide. Check yourself and children even after sitting in the grass. You may think we are over-reacting and trying to cause concern, but the humble tick is a serious problem that seems to be almost completely avoided by mass media and the govt.

Various sizes in the life cycle of the Sheep Tick – Wiki

If you find a tick crawling on you, don’t panic, simply flick it off, swatting it will not kill it. They have a tremendous grip so make sure you have disposed of it and it is not just clinging on to your hand, and dispose of it away from others. If you find a tick already burrowed into your skin, it probably hasn’t done anything to you apart from started to feed. You will most commonly find them in softer, warmer areas of your body like under arms or between your legs, regardless of the clothing you have on they will seek out these areas. There are many ways to safely remove ticks, and the best way is to twist them gently and make sure they come out in one go.

We suggest using a ‘Tick Twist Remover’ which removes the tick as a whole followed by an antiseptic wipe. If you just take a pair of tweezers to the tick, this could stress and tear it. The best way to know if the tick bite has infected you with Lyme disease is after about a week there will be a growing red circle around the bite area.

The red circle growing outward from the bite is a possible symptom of Lyme Disease infection – Wiki image.

This is not always the case and the area may not even seem sore or itchy but headaches, tiredness and a fever are other symptoms.

Go to your doctor immediately if you believe you have potentially become infected with Lyme Disease, and seek a second opinion if you are not satisfied. Not reacting soon enough can be fatal, catching it early can be as easy as a course of antibiotics. We are aware of a scenario when a patient was told on many occasions that he had not contracted Lyme disease, but after months of tiredness and bad health, he sought a second opinion and discovered he had it all along.


Lint rollers are excellent for removing ticks from your clothing and pets, and using insect repellent or some essential oils can prevent ticks from biting. Research this yourself.  The very best way to keep on top of them though is to thoroughly check you and your family over after being outdoors in the countryside.

Insect Protection – Click Here

This article is purely for your information and contains solely our observations. For official medical advice, please contact your GP or health professional.


What Camping Gear for Fishing?

We have already covered the changes to the regulations placed on our local ‘Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park’ this Spring 2017 in this article, click here. We stock only the best value and quality camping gear for anglers across the entire UK and further afield available in-store and just as easily online.

Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints.

This is a lovely saying to remember when camping, or even simply outdoors and we’d like to help you nurture that philosophy.

There is something magical about camping during a fishing trip. It is the same all over the world, you don’t need to factor in getting back to your vehicle, just stop on the river or stillwater that you have been fishing and set up your home for the night, cook some dinner that seems to taste better when you are out in the wild, and slide into your sleeping bag to sleep under the stars listening to the water lap away. Even better, you can decide on the best view to have when you wake in the morning to roll back your canvas door. Whether you are camping way up in the hills or just outside your vehicle on the waters edge, there are ways to make your camping/fishing experience in reality more comfortable, lightweight, durable and efficient and we have everything you need.

On your camping pack-list


Shelters, Tents and Bivvies – Click Here

Tents/Bivvies – There are few things you need to consider when choosing your tent. How many are sleeping, are you sharing or will you have individual tents? Front opening to double up as a sit in shelter? Insect screens? Transportability seems to be of highest priority for storage in the boot of the car too. There are differing qualities of waterproofing, strength of the poles and durability in general so all of these factors are there for you to decide on which tent to invest in. Cost is a factor too, and not necessarily the more expensive the better. Identify what you want out of a tent, then buy appropriately. Remember to take a few spare tent pegs, and if you know the terrain you’ll be pitching on, there are options to suit.

Sleeping Bags – Click Here

Sleeping Bags and beds – Do you need to pack your sleeping bag away tiny to go into your back-pack, or is it purely warmth and comfort you need? Sleeping bags, as simple as they may seem, have endless options on the filling, thermal range, size/length, washability, waterproofing qualities. Remember you can look at sleeping bag liners and roll mats, or even for a bit of luxury and raising you off the ground you can look at camping beds/bed chairs.

Food Preparation/Cookware – Click Here

Cooking – Find out if the place you intend to camp allows open fires? Do you need to take your own firewood/fuel? Do you really want to make a fire or is a camp stove a better option for ease of cleaning up and portability? Consider how many pots you need to heat, will one burner be enough to cope with a family of four, or is it just yourself? Pots, kettles, cookware sets, cutlery, utensils, chopping boards, knives etc. Or, is all you need a flask of hot water and a food flask/jar with a warm prepared meal already in there? Consider a fire blanket or a small fire extinguisher for peace of mind if you are cooking in the outdoors.

Torches – Click Here

Torches – Often overlooked, most of us have a torch on our mobile phones which suffices, but a head torch can make life a whole lot simpler whilst out camping and for fishing in the evening. The battery lifespan will be far superior too.

Midge & Tick Protection – Click Here

Midge Lotion and Tick Prevention – If you have been caught out before without any insect repellant, especially on the west coast of Scotland on a still, warm evening, you will never forget the wave of torment that midges can relentlessly undertake. There are options in insect repellent that are non-toxic to our skin and a bottle of ‘Smidge‘ for example will be the most valuable item anyone in a group can have. Another must have, is a midge net – Instead of constantly applying insect repellent, put a midge net over your head and avoid having the midge flying around your face.

Sheep Ticks are a very serious concern in the UK and we must insist you read our post on the potentially fatal sheep tick. Take a tick twist remover, a sticky lint roller to collect any ticks crawling over your clothes, and a packet of antiseptic wipes or fluid.

Water Safety – Click Here

Water Safety – As with all fishing trips, camping brings further considerations for water safety. This is not really a pack-list category to consider, but certainly part of your planning. Camping near a waterway or in a run-off area in heavy rain can be a serious problem. Be aware of hydro schemes potentially upstream which could release water rapidly, high tides on the coast or in estuaries, and high winds could cause waves to break over the bank and flood your site.

Regardless of the weather it is nice to be prepared. Feel free to call or email us at Angling Active for further advice on camping equipment for your next fishing trip.





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Loch Awe Fishing Permits 2017


Loch Awe – Google Earth

Argyll’s 27 mile long Loch Awe is renowned for its scenic beauty, large Ferox Trout and large Pike.



Target Season
Salmon & Seatrout No fishing
Trout 15th March – 6th October
Coarse 15th March – 6th October
Pike No Close Season for Pike


Adult 60+ or disabled 16 or under*
Season £80.00 £60.00 £60.00
Day Permit £8.00 £5.00 £5.00
3 Day Permit £18.00 £12.00 £12.00
Weekly Permit £28.00 £20.00 £20.00
Penalty (1 day) £20.00 na na


**Penalty tickets are provided by LAIA wardens when fishing has commenced prior to ticket purchase.



Fishing Exclusion Zones: A pamphlet indicating exclusion zones is provided with the permit.

Catch Return Information: A nil result is a valid return. All returns will be entered automatically into a FREE PRIZE DRAW when returned to a local marked collection point (yellow box) LAIA warden or permit outlet.

Loch Awe Boat Hire  – Hill House, Ardbrecknish 01866833256 / 07703112422


The named permit holder has the permission to fish (other than for Salmon or Sea trout) in Loch Awe, the River Avich and Loch Avich subject to published exclusion zones and in terms of the Protection Order and the Bye-Laws of the Association. The permit, all tackle and fish killed shall be exhibited on demand to a warden, and honey warden, proprietor, or a fellow angler exhibiting their membership card or permit.

General Conditions:

1. Observe all marked Exclusion Zones.  2.No tree felling, no fires, no litter.  3. Avoid excess noise or disturbance to wildlife, nesting birds, live/growing stock or other loch users.  4. No camping without landowners permission.  5.Always keep dogs under strict control.  6. Always close gates and observe the country code.

Trout Fishing Ticket Conditions.

Trout Season 15th March to 6th October.

1. Minimum takeable size: Loch Awe – 10inches / Loch Avich – 9inches.   2. The bag limit is 4 Brown Trout to be kept per day per angler, only one of which may be 3lb or over. There is no bag limit for Rainbow Trout.  3. All legal bait, lures and flies allowed with a line of 4lb minimum breaking strain and 15b’s for Ferox. No set lines and no ground baiting.  4. NO LIVE FISH OR OTHER VERTEBRATES TO BE USED AS BAIT and bait rigs restricted to two baited hooks.  5. Fish one rod only except when trolling from a boat.  6. Salmon and Pike must be returned to the loch unharmed.  7. A separate day permit is required for all coarse and pike fishing.  8. Keep nets are not permitted and landing nets must be knotless.

Coarse and Pike Fishing Ticket Conditions

Coarse Season: 15th March to 6th October, No close season for Pike.

1. No more than 3 rods may be employed at any time from boat or bank with the butt of both the outside rods being spaced no more than 3 meters apart and never left unattended.  2. All pike rigs and tackle must employ a wire trace of 30lb and main line of 20lbs minimum breaking strain. All lures other than specialised pike must be of a 5″ minimum length.  3. Purpose designed rod rests and run indicators must be employed when dead bait fishing from bank or static boat. All nets must be knotless and pike gags are not permitted. Forceps and or long nose pliers, and an unhooking mat should be used when unhooking pike.  4. The use of maggots, worms, grubs, sweetcorn, bread or any other coarse fishing bait likely to catch trout  is permitted only during the trout fishing season. NO LIVE FISH OR OTHER VERTEBRATES TO BE USED AS BAIT.   5. All Pike, Trout and Salmon caught be the holder of this permit must be returned immediately to the loch unharmed.   6. Pike only may be fished for outwit the trout season and trolling is not permitted.  7. A separate day permit is required for all trout.  8. Coarse and pike fishing permits NOT valid in Loch Avich.

Discussion of the fishery:

“A Touch of Awe” – http://www.fishinginuk.co.uk/pages/book_loch_awe1.htm

Loch Awe Improvement Association (L.A.I.A.) – http://www.lochawe.net

River Carron Fishing Permits 2017


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Salmon & Seatrout 15th March – 31st October

Trout 15th March – 6th October



Adult 65+ 16 or under*
Season £50.00 Senior £30 Up to 16yo £16
Day Permit £9.00 £5.00 £2.00
Weekly Permit £18.00 £18.00




SEPA River Levels at Headswood on the River Carron:



Discussion of the fishery:

Community – https://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/lsacscotland/info

Website – http://www.lasac.org.uk/river_carron.html

River Allan Fishing Permits 2017

Anglers gather for the River Allan Opening 2017

The opening celebration of the River Allan Fishings took place at 9:30am on Wednesday 15th March on the green in Kinbuck.

After a very successful 2016 season with 350 fish caught, the river and the people behind it should be proud of the huge effort. In addition the Allan River has been upgraded to Category 2 under the Scottish Salmon Fisheries Reform.

Further more, the Allan River Day Permits used to be for either of the two beats. Day permits are now inclusive of the whole river for the 2017 season.


“For the 2017 season the Allan water has been designated grade 2 status, this means mandatory catch and release will not be enforced. 
The AWAIA have decided that for the 2017 season association members will be allowed to take fish under the fishery board code of practice guidelines”

Allan Water Angling.


Click for larger image of map.


Salmon & Seatrout 15th March – 31st October

Brown Trout 15th March – 6th October

2016 Prices (Subject to change for 2017):

Beats 1 or 2 – Trout, Salmon & Seatrout Adult Junior (16 or under)
Day Permit 15th March – 31st May £15.00 £7.50
Day Permit 1st June – 31st October £35.00 £17.50


Season Permits Full Members Junior (16 or under on 15th March 2017) Senior (65 or over on 15/3/2017)
£10 initial joining fee. £150.00 £30.00 £90.00



  • SUNDAY fishing is permitted for Trout only.
  • No longer 2 beats, day permits cover the entire river.
  • Daily or season permits available. Application forms for season permits are provided at Angling Active.
  • Daily bag limits enforced.
  • Permits are non-transferable and are valid only until midnight on the date stated.


Regulations on the Permit:

Summary of Angling Rules.

Fly fishing only 15th March until 1st May.

No Gaffs, trailers, knotted landing nets.

No rod rests, set lines, diving minnows, prawn or shrimps.

No Sunday fishing for salmon or sea trout.

No Worm or any organic bait before 1st June and after 26th August. (Includes power baits).

No multiple hook flies, baits or spinners.

No use of light or electronic fish finder devices.

No fishing 25 yards from top and bottom of all weirs. Also, downstream of Ashfield Dam for 200m is sign posted.

No fast sinking or hi D lines.

No hooks larger than size 4. (Singles only when bait fishing).

No floats or bubbles.

No artificial worm or maggot type baits before 1st June and after 26th August.

No trout to be taken under 10 inches in length.

No Damage to property, fires or litter.

No continuos fishing in one spot or fishing infront of another angler without their consent.

Anglers are also requested to abide by the FDSFB recommended code of practice.



SEPA River Levels:

Bridge of Allan (downstream) – http://apps.sepa.org.uk/waterlevels/default.aspx?sd=t&lc=14889

Kinbuck (upstream) – http://apps.sepa.org.uk/waterlevels/default.aspx?sd=t&lc=14890


Discussion of the fishery:

Website – http://www.allanwaterangling.com/home.html





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