Click a link below for the Spinfish Guide to where to fish for grayling by county.
Annan | Ayr | River Avon | Clyde | Earn | Ericht | Gryfe | Isla | Leader | Nith | Tay | Teviot | Till | Tummel | Tweed | Whiteadder
The Annan in the Western Borders of Scotland is an exceptionally accessible river with fishing for salmon, trout, sea trout, grayling and course fish available throughout its length. The river holds some exceptional chub, once holding the Britsh record for chub.
The river rises near Moffat and flows approximately 35 mile to Annan on the Solway Firth offering a full spectrum of fishing throughout the year. There is some spring fishing for salmon in the lower Beats in February, March and April followed by exceptional trout fishing through April to July with fish to over 5lb taken on the dry fly. From June to August there are sea trout and from September to November the main salmon fishing takes over. The Annan is a 'back end river' with the best runs in the Autumn.
It is also a spate river so it is worth watching the weather when choosing to make a visit. The received advice is to check water levels before booking, the upper river can be falling and fishable even when the lower river is out of sorts (check out the SEPA website for river levels, see the home page).
Fishing on the upper Annan near Johnstone Bridge. 5.5mls of water with grayling to 3/4 lbs. Good wilr brown trout. Fly or float (worm or maggot) only.
Salmon fishing best from September onwards sea trout from june onwards. 5 year average 84 salmon and 73 sea trout so the permit cost ir very reasonable, day and season available.
Call 01576 470317 to book permits.
Google Map Reference 54.975147, -3.276186
Kirkwood issue permits for Rotchell beat for coarse fish and trout only, bait fishing is allowed. They also have Jardine beat on the Upper river with salmon, great trout and grayling. They allow any method for chub and grayling from Mid Nov to late Feb. Call 01576 510200.
Google Map Reference 54.996797, -3.260877
Upper Annan Angling Association
Fishing on two beats The Upper river near Moffat and Applegarth near Lockerbie. Salmon, sea trout, wild brownies, chub and grayling to exceptional sizes.
There are a number of permit options covering trout, salmon and grayling. Under 18s need a permit but fish for free, well done! Day tickets through FishPal. Day tickets also from Benmar Petrol Station, Moffat and Annandale Arms Hotel, Moffat
The pictures on their web site of brownies and grayling caught (all C & R) are dreamsville.
Google Map Ref Moffat 55.329063, -3.445976
Ayr Angling Club
Offers fishing for grayling on the river Ayr, call 01292 268833 for permits. Google Map Reference 55.460323, -4.590391
Avan Angling Club have 18 miles of fishing for salmon, sea trout, trout and grayling on this river Clyde tributary. Inexpensive annual tickets for trout and grayling. Permits from tackle shops in the area.
Gill Brothers – 13 Townhead Street, Strathaven
Craigs Newsagents – Common Green, Strathaven
Ninas – King Street, Stonehouse
Hooked In Scotland – Shettleston Road, Glasgow
Anglers Attic – 55 Caledonian Road, Wishaw
Easthornes – Drygate Street, Larkhall
Shop Smart- 109 McNeil Street, Larkhall
Burns The Stationers – 40 Union Street, Larkhall
Pet & Aquarium Supplies – 86 Quarry Street, Hamilton
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Rises in the borders hills near Moffat and offers exceptional trout and grayling fishing in gin clear water. The ongoing rehabilitation of the lower Clyde, which was until recently deplorably polluted, has made it possible for salmon and sea trout to re-establish themselves in this once prolific river.
As with all major rivers in Scotland the Clyde is covered by a Protection Order under the Freshwater and Fisheries Act. Because of the pollution problem salmon had been excluded from the Clyde for over two centuries, as a result the Clyde became reknowned as a trout andgrayling water and the effect of the Protection Order has been to enhance access to fishing as there were no conflicts with salmon interests. Fishing permits are available along the length of the river from Angling Clubs, Post Offices, shops and hotels.
Lamington and District Angling Improvement Association
9 miles of mostly double bank from Boat Bridge, Thankerton to Bower Pool, Roberton. Stocked annually. Log on to www.lamingtonfishing.co.uk for full details of this quality value for money water.
Brownlie of Biggar Ltd, Licensed Grocer, 107 High St, Biggar
Anglers Attic, 55 Caledonian Road, Wishaw.
Cornhill Castle Hotel, Biggar.
Fishers, 9 John Street, Penicuik, EH26 8HN.
Tinto Trout Fishery, Thankerton.
Google Map Reference 55.566996, -3.619198
United Clyde Angling Protection Association
Salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling, permits are available from Fishpal or from:
Abingdon Post Office; Anglers Attic, Wishaw; The Wee Corner Shop; Crossford, Edinburgh Angling Centre; Scots- Sport Bathgate; Newmills Trout farm, Lanark; Crawford Post Office; Hooked in Scotland in Glasgow; Tackle and guns, Glasgow; Robertson Arms |Hotel, Carnwath; Glasgow Angling Centre; The family Shpper and PO, Motherwell.
Google Map Reference 55.783571, -3.981570
Crief Angling Club
Day tickets from Crieff Visitor Centre call 01764 652722.
Google Map Reference 56.372054, -3.855654
Trout fishing on the Forteviot and Aberdalgie beats, fly only, 6 fish limit, fly only. Priority to be given to salmon anglers. Grayling 15th November to 15th January, fly and float only.
Permits from PD Malloch, 259 High St, Perth PH1 5QN
Tel: 01738 622316
Google Map Reference 56.347778, -3.547607
There a several trout and grayling fishing opportunities on the Ericht detailed out on an excellent website www.anglingintayside.co.uk/fishingcentres.asp click on the Blairgowrie and Coupar Angus button. Google Map Reference 56.591589, -3.334801
Blairgowrie and Rattray Districy AA
Blairgowrie and Rattray Dist AA have 5.5 miles of fishing ot the river Ericht for Salmon, Sea Trout, Brownies and Grayling. Offering day, week and season tickets. They also have Fingask Loch, a small loch on the Lunan Burn a mile from Blairgowrie with access for disabled persons, a wheely boat is available. You need to be a guest of a member to fish the loch though. Permits for the river from local tackle shops, Kate Flemings 01250 873990 or James Crockart and Sons 01250 872056. Google Map Reference 56.571154, -3.361865
Salmon, Sea Trout, Brown trout and Grayling on the Gryffe from March Dyke to Kilmalcolm. Permits from Blackwood Butchers, 15 St james Terrace, Kilmacolm, The Cross Caf£, The Cross, Kilmacolm.
Google Map Reference 55.874155, -4.474073
Bridge of Weir AC
One of the oldest clubs established in 1874 BOWAC has fishing on the upper river Gryfe, some excellent trout water. All salmon and sea trout to be returned and only fin clipped stockies can be taken (1 per day). There are 8 named pools: Meetings Pool, Roman Bridge, Powmillan Pool, Powmillan Burn, Kennedys Pool, Chestnut Pool, Gottar Water, Weir Linn.
Google Map Reference 55.856863, -4.577964
Paisley and Abercorn AC have extensive fishing on the rivers Gryffe (Black Cart) and the Cart. Fishing 14 beats for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling.
The beats are:
1: Crookston Bridge to Hawksbridge
2: Hamils (Paisley Harbour)
3: Paisley Harbour to Inchinnan Bridge
4: Inchinnan Bridge to the Clyde
5: Gryffe to Linwood Weir
6: Inchinnan Bridge to Gryffe
7: Gryffe to Selvieland Bridge
8: Selvieland Bridge to Birkenhead Bridge
9: Birkenhed Weir to Sluice Gates
10: Sluice to Huston Burn
11: Houston Burn to Stepping Stones
12: Stepping Stones to Crosslee Bridge
13: Crosslea Bridge to Caves Pool
14: Caves Pool to Barrs Dam at Bridge of Weir
Now a Cat 2 river for salmon it is amazing how these rivers have bouced back after decades of abuse. I also note that they warn of the danger of losing your car in a controlled explosion if parked too near the Territorial Army base close to beat 5 (I'm sure they are joking?)
Full and Associate membership available plus day tickets (not for grayling) but at 2018 prices Associate Memership is £30, a DT is £7.50, simple sums if you fish regularly).
Full and Associate Membership and Day tickets from Hooked on Fishing in Paisley (0141 589 3783)
Day Tickets from:
Country Sports in Paisley 0141 889 5534
Rods and Reels 01505 337601
Contact through their Facebook page
Grange of Aberbothrie on the junction with the Ericht. Day tickets call 01250 873990.
Google Map Reference 56.589983, -3.345959
Keithick Angling Club
Day tickets available for fishing on the river Isla fpr brown trout fishing and on 2 lochan, Monksmyre stocked with rainbows. Permits from Kate Flemings in Blairgowrie.
Google Map Reference 56.534618, -3.297690
Strathmore Angling Improvement Association
11 miles extending from up past Airlie Castle down to near Coupar Angus with some exclusions fishing for brown trout and grayling on the Isla, Dean and Kerbet. Trout and Grayling to over 2lbs every season. The river is stocked annually.
Day Tickets available from:
James Crockharts in Blairgowrie
Kate Flemings Blairgowrie
Angler Choice Dundee
Angus Anglers in Forfar
Drunshadmuir Caravan and camp Site, Glamis
The Corner Shop Glamis
Thistle Cards Kirriemuir
The Blue Shop, Kirriemuir
Meigle Spar Store
Contact the secretary on 07518980445
For permits call 01382 667711.
Google Map Ref approx top of fishings 56.662660, -3.179907 approx bottom 56.558518, -3.260331
Earlston Angling Association
5mls of the river Leader for brown trout and grayling. Grayling from 1st Jan to 30th Sept average about a 1lb, brown trout average about half a pound but there are some bigger fish as trout run up from the Tweed to spawn and byde a wee bit. Permits are a couple of quid from Rhymer Tower Services, call 01896 849326.
Google Map Reference 55.635819 -2.681170
2.5 miles os fishing from Auldgirth Pump Staion to Portrak Railway Viaduct. Salmon best from August onwards as the river is mainly back end but it does get particularly fish. Sea trout best May June.
They also have very big grayling.
Call 01387 740279 Mon to Weds for bookings.
While you are there why not check out the Garden of Cosmic Speculation, just a suggection.
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10 miles on the river Nith and 8 miles on the Scaur for salmon, sea trout and grayling (no grayling fishing on the Scaur). 5 beats available Nith Linn, Castle Upper, Middle and Lower, Boatford, a total of 40 pools.
Day tickets are available and from April to August 16yos and under get a 50% discount if accompanied by an adult.
There is also fishing available on three lochs:
Starburn Loch; 3 acres stocked with Rainbows, boat / bank.
Slatehouse; 2 acres stocked with rainbows, good peirs and bank fishing
Hillend is a coarse fishing loch stocked with tench
Call 0184 600415
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Beats, 2.5 miles double bank on the Nith and over 10 miles on the river Cairn (a good spate river) for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling. Long season to 30th November on the Nith.
Permits are available on a Full (10 mile radiaus of Dumfries), Regional Member (10 to 20 mile radius), Season Visitor (outwith 20 mile radius) and Day Ticket basis. Permits from McMillans Tackle, Friars Vennel, Dumfires and The Ree lnn, Friars Vennel.
The club also has fishing on Loch Drum a 7 acre loch stocked with rainbows of 2.5 to 3lbs, there are also some over wintered browns
and tiger trout.
Permits for Drum from; The Reel Inn (Dumfires) and the Friars Carse Hotel, Auldgirth, call 01387 740388
Google Map Reference 55.068897, -3.617821
Mid Nithsdale Angling Association have been very active providing excellent access to fishing on good pools on their stretch of the Nith.
The have build good road access to pools, automatic gates so there is no need to get out of the car to open them, dedicated parking bays, and an accessible hut between beats 1 and 2.
In total they have 3.5 miles of mostly double bank fishing for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling. 18 named pools. Any legal method allowed.
For disabled anglers ther are 3 set of parking bays;
Bay 1. 8 spaces at the junction of the rivers Scaur and Nith.
Bay 2. at the Cran Pool, excellent spinning and worm fishing.
Bay 3. At the foot of Mathers.
For permits call Memories Flowers & Gifts in Thornhill 01848 331777 or Pets Larder 01848 330555.
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There a several salmon, trout and grayling fishing opportunities on the Tay, here a few:
Aberfeldy Angling Club
Fishing on the Tay for trout and grayling, permits for Wade Newsagents Aberfeldy 01887 820397 and the SPAR Store in Grandtully call 01887 840203. Salmon day tickets are also available. The club has trout fishing on Loch na Creige for members.
Google Map Reference 56.621735, -3.867248
Perth and District Angling Association
Member have access to an enviable number of beats on the Tay, Almond, Isla, Ericht, Earn, Forth and Teith, no day tickets but members can get guest tickets. Membership is opeen to anyone and in 2018 costs £200, what a bargain!
Permits for trout and grayling fishing on several stretches of the river from Logierait just above the junction of the Tay and Tummel down to Scone, permits from Mallochs in Perth, Birnam Village Shop (01350 727395.
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Fishing for trout and grayling on 10 miles of the Tweed and Teviot, permits from the Orvis Shop in The Square, call 01573 225810 and Fin and Game on BridgeStreet call 01573 224066.
The club has salmon fishing for members only who reside in the parish.
In a recent initiative the Association has joined with St Boswell and Newton AA to take over the fishing on the Watch Reservoir near Longformacus in the hills above Duns, call the Lodge on 01361 890331 for bookings.
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Have 10 mile double bank fishing on the river Teviot. The largest Borders club they have a club house open to visitors.
They also have 3 lochs, Alemoor and Williestruther stocked with rainbows and Barnes loch with wild brownies. There is grayling fishing on the Teviot.
Permits from Post Office, Sandbed, Hawick, TD9 0HE and Fishtweed Day and some visitor season tickets available at very reasonable cost, no salmon day tickets on a Saturday.
Google Map Ref Hawick 55.422217, -2.790060
5 miles of fishing, 2 miles left bank 3 miles right bank between Jedburgh and Kelso, excellent fly water for grayling with fish of over 3lbs taken every year and reports of much bigger fish lurking in the pools, all grayling should be returned safely, permits from Taylors Newsagents, High St, Jedburgh call 01835 863936 or go to their web site on www.jedforest-angling.co.uk Google Map Reference 55.477635, -2.552756
Two rods on 1.5 miles right bank, sea trout, salmon, brown trout and grayling. Day tickets available.
Call 01890883060 / 07974416692.
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Pitlochry Angling Club
Salmon and Sea Trout, Pilochry Dam beat, Portnacraig, from 100 yards below the dam at Faskally to Aldour Road Bridge, south bank only 3 rods daily. Ruan Ruarie on the Garry available daily, 4 rods for visitors. Advance booking is recommended go online to the club web site to make booking http://www.pitlochryanglingclub.com/pac/visitors_scot.html. Prices vary with the time of year.
Brown trout and grayling permits are available on the lower Tummel and for brownies only on the Upper Tummel. Permits from the Tourist Information Office, in Pitlochry, call 01796 472215 or 472751 and the office in Dunkeld. Ballinluig Service Station also issues tickets.
The Club also has loch fishing on Loch Bhac (rainbows and browns) and Loch Kinardochy (browns)
Google Map Reference 56.696801, -3.722569
Clunie Dam Down to Faskally
Trout and grayling. Permits from the Pitlochry Tourist Office. Google Map Reference 56.720412, -3.794553
Coldstream and District AA
Have fishing on the Tweed between Carham and Milne Garden, brown trout and grayling, permits from Moffats Newsagents and the Vilage PO in Cornhill.
Google Map Reference 55.652350, -2.250258
Kelso and District AC
Have fishing for trout and grayling on the Tweed and Teviot, permits from: Forrest and Sons,1 Bridge St, Kelso; Intersport, 43, The Square, Kelso; Borders Hotel, Woodmarket, Kelso and Springwood Caravan Park, Kelso. Call 01673 226810.
Google Map Reference 55.595420, -2.433381
Ladykirk and Norham
Two miles of double bank fishing on the lower Tweed above and below the bridge at Norham, ok technically the north side is in Scotland and the south side in in England, but you don't need a passport, just a permit which you can by, day, week and season from any shop in Norham.
Nice water for the dry fly and nymph. Don't be surprised if you hook up with something a bit big and shiny. Just make sure you put it back safely. The Tweed bailiffs are sharp.
There good numbers of coare fish here.
Google Map Reference 55.718800, -2.163400
Peebles-shire Trout Fly Angling Association
A limited number of tickets are available each day for visitors to their fishing on 23 miles of the Tweed and 5 miles of the Lyne Water. There are trout and grayling, catch and release for wild brownies but there are dye marked stocked fish that can be taken.
Permits from a number of locations including these local ones:
Peebles: The Castle Warehouse, The Tourist Information Office, Tontine Hotel, Cardrona Hotel and the Village Store Cardrona.
Inerleithen: Tweedside Caravan Park, The Village Store, St Ronans Hotel, Traquair Arms Hotel.
Walkerburn: Scotts Vehicle Repairs
Google Map Reference 55.650478, -3.193367
St Boswells and Newton Distict Angling Association
Have trout and grayling fishing on 7 / 8 miles of the Tweed form Monksford to Littledean on the South Bank and Dryburgh to Dalcove Burn on the North Bank. Sunday fishing is allowed. As all of the trout are now natural (ie the club has stopped stocking) they ask that C & R is preferred but there is a 2 fish limit. They ask that all grayling are returned.
The beats are on Upper, middle and lower Mertoun, Ravenswood, Dryburgh, Monksford and Golf Course.
Permits from Frame's Newsagent in Newton and and the Gun Room in St Boswells. Resident and Visitor season tickets and fortnight and day visitor tickets available.
In a joint venture with Kelso AA the Association has taken on the fishing at the Watch Reservoir near Longformacus. Call 01835 822650 for bookings.
Google Map Reference 55.478414, -2.555073.
Berwick-on-Tweed and District AA
BDAA have a considerable amount of fishing on the river Whiteadder which includes salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing. In recent years there have been more and more reports of grayling up as far as Eddington Mill near Chirnside. Fish of over 2lbs have been reported. Permits from Gamefair in Berwick, Clarabad Mill, R Welsh in Duns, Allanton Inn and Chrinside Newsagents, Foremans Butchers in Norham.
Google Map Reference 55.782473, -2.107308