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“You are the eyes, ears, and most importantly the voice of the river.” says Adam Henson.
The day started as the weather forecast predicted which was a treat in its self. A snow covered Ben Ledi stood larger than life, imposing its significance over the main street in Callander.
The traditional angler’s gathering at Ancaster Square for 9am with a photo opportunity on the steps of St. Kessog’s Church put a great mix of the community in one place. Pupils from the surrounding schools, many anglers, supporting members of the local constabulary, special guests, Council dignatories and thier staff and of course the good people of Callander, Doune & the surrounds all got together for a cheerful celebratory start to a long awaited morning.
With the gurn of the pipes, the parade of some 200+ in attendance headed to the Meadows Car Park and along the waterfront to the sponsor’s tents. The smell of Deanston whisky & Mhor Scotch Pies welcomed us all.
…“Without further a’do”, Stirling Council Provost Mike Robbins started the proceedings by thanking the pipers and welcoming everyone to the annual event. Awards were presented to those anglers whom deserved particular aknowledgement for salmon conservation on the Council waterways for the 2014 season.
Stewart Carruth, Cheif Executive of Stirling Council, spoke very highly of the Council Fisheries Team and their exemplary efforts in his speech. Mr Carruth is a keen angler which made his presence all the more beneficial for the day. He went on to further aknowledge that conservation is key and that we must maintain this focus.
Adam Henson, BBC Countryfile Presenter, was the special guest for the event. Mr. Henson is ‘through and through’ a conservation minded individual and told the community that they are “the eyes, ears, and most importantly the voice of the river.” He went on to say that we need to use traditional means of communicating what our goals are for the river, but also to “use modern technology eg. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr etc. to really shout about what we have here.”
The pipers started up again after the school photographic competition winners were presented and they led everyone to the river’s side. A quaich of Deanston 12 year old malt was toasted ‘and tasted’ by Mr. Henson, and then offered to the river to bless the salmon. This announced the very opening of the river and within seconds, lines where flying out across the pool in the background.
Reports of hook’ups of a few kelts were flowing through the onlookers satisfied with the complimentary coffees and delicious pies supplied by Mhor, and of course the exquisite Deanston malt.
Stirling Council fisheries are now open; everyone is optimistic for a more successful 2015 season than last, still remembering the record breaker season we had here in 2010. Even although the day did not supply any springers for the Council waters, there were reports of 2 springers caught at Lanricks on the Teith on the opening day on Gold bodied Willie Gunn tubes.
The Blairdrummond beat of the Teith hosted Adam Henson and his business partner to fishing for the remainder of the opening day. Both anglers were complete novices to the fine art of spey casting, but under the exceptional guidance of Tom Monaghan, they quickly developed the skills and were throwing better lines than we had ever seen from any novices before. To impress a pun, they were hooked!
The end of the day came under a stunning sunset illuminating the Trossachs in pinks, and the close of the first day of the season.
The resounding theme of the day was “Conservation” and with no spring fish to be killed, the celebrated tagging system, and the best foot forward approach of the anglers, the fishery is on its way to being better, healthier and more productive.
“Here’s to tomorrow”, the Salmon anglers toast.
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The excitement of a new season ahead is triggered here at Angling Active by the announcement that permits are now available to purchase in-store for the 2015 season on the River’s Forth & Teith. The river is due to open by Countryfile presenter Adam Henson on the 2nd February, where the traditional piper led parade of anglers and opening ceremony will take place from 9am in Callander.
Stirling Council Fisheries have put together a range of fishing permits to suit everyone’s needs. 1, 3 and 5 day permits are suitable for visiting or occasional anglers. Cost effective season permits are available that make excellent financial sense to those who intend to fish frequently. Alternatively, an angler can purchase a roving ticket, which allows the angler to fish both the Forth and the Teith on the same permit and offers further savings.
For adults who wish to fish with their kids, up to three named children under the age of 16 can be added to an adult permit for a single additional fee.
Stirling Council Fisheries have a strong focus on accessibility and they have in place excellent facilities for disabled anglers on both rivers. Disabled Access Platforms have been erected on the Forth at Craigforth and also on the Teith at the Geisher Pool on the outskirts of Callander. Both rivers allow fly fishing, spinning and also bait fishing, so from beginner to the most experienced angler there is a real chance of catching the “king of fish”
Season Dates: 1st February( is a Sunday, therefore opening Monday 2nd February) – 31st October
Please note – when applying for a permit you will need to provide:
-Proof of address is required for ALL Permits.
-Two passport sized photographs are required for both resident and visitor season permits.
-Two proofs of address for resident permits and one proof of address for visitor permits, both will be -required to be supported by photographic evidence eg driving licence or passport
-A completed application form, with documentary proof, will be required for all concession permits.
Council rules state permits cannot not be issued unless this criteria is met. Passport photos are not required for day/week permits but please still bring your ID with you.
To establish if you require a Visitor or Resident permit, your main address is either within or outwith the Stirling Council.
River Forth & River Teith Stirling Council Fishing Map:
Resident Season Permit Prices
(must have a permanent address in Stirling Council area)
|Residents||Season Permits||Roving Permits|
|Up to 3 named Children (up to 16yrs) on Adult Ticket||£40||£40|
Visitor Season Permit Prices
(Not permanently resident in Stirling Council area)
|Visitors||Season Permits||Roving Permits|
|Up to 3 named Children (up to 16yrs) on Adult Ticket||£40||£40|
Day Permit Prices
|February – May|
|1 Day Ticket||£30||£11 (acc by adult)|
|3 Day Ticket||£69||£29 (acc by adult)|
|5 Day Ticket||£97||£40 (acc by adult)|
|June – July|
|1 Day Ticket||£40 (1 tag)||£11 (acc by adult) 1 tag|
|3 Day Ticket||£97 (2 tags)||£29 (acc by adult) 1 tag|
|5 Day Ticket||£142 (2 tags)||£40 (acc by adult) 1 tag|
|August – October|
|1 Day Ticket||£55 (1 tag)||£11 (acc by adult) 1 tag|
|3 Day Ticket||£137 (2 tags)||£29 (acc by adult) 1 tag|
|5 Day Ticket||£187 (2 tags)||£40 (acc by adult) 1 tag|
Concession permits are available directly from the council offices and cannot be purchased from Angling Active.
Saving the Forth and Teith Salmon
To promote conservation of salmon and sea trout that run on the Forth and Teith river system, catch and release is strongly encouraged. Stirling Council were one of the first in the UK to introduce carcass tagging in an effort to limit the number of fish removed. Continuing this policy, anglers are required to tag each fish that is kept and the number of tags supplied with each ticket is limited to the following:
Adult Forth season permits – 5 salmon tags
Adult Teith season permits – 5 salmon and 5 sea trout tags
Juvenile season tickets – 2 tags
No additional tags are provided for juveniles added to an adult ticket
A roving season permit will be supplied 5 salmon tags and 5 sea trout tags
Angling Active Ltd, Stirling is working in partnership with Stirling Council to promote conservation of Salmon & Seatrout that run the Forth and Teith River system. Anglers that clearly demonstrate conservation will be rewarded with a fishing cap with the message “Saving Forth & Teith Salmon” thereon. It is hoped this initiative will encourage anglers to consider catch and release, it should always be bourne in mind “dead salmon don’t spawn”.
For a full list of up to date rules and regulations please see the permit.
Also, further information can be found on the Stirling Council page: http://my.stirling.gov.uk/services/business-and-trade/countryside-and-farming/parks-gardens-and-open-spaces-facilities-information-and-events/fishing/fishing-permit-info/what-to-bring?theme=MyStirling
At Angling Active we are always in the spirit of things! This Christmas even more so than usual when we ran a “Seven Days of Christmas” competition for one lucky winner to be drawn at random each day. “Santa” visited all of our favourite spots on the Forth system namely the Pass of Leny, the Callander stretch of the Teith, the Lake of Monteith, the Forth below the M9 bridge overlooked by Stirling Castle, the Falkirk Wheel & the Kelpies at the Pheonix, and then at the very end of this magnificent system the Forth Road Bridge.
The competition went well and all 7 winners were drawn and awarded their prizes. Happy Christmas!
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