WALTON ANGLING CLUB

River Management

The main aims of the programme are:

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To provide and maintain the best possible conditions in which to sustain a healthy trout population.

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To maintain river banks in order to minimise the effects of erosion.

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To promote good angling practices in conjunction with a voluntary catch and release scheme.

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To encourage all anglers to act responsibly when visiting the river.

Habitat Improvements

dam under construction 

Encouraging trout to stay in club waters is by no means an easy task. Much of the river flows through open farm land where the majority of banks have little or no cover.

All too frequently banks become badly eroded by cattle or sheep coming down to the river to drink.

Many projects have been undertaken over the years to try and improve the trout's habitat.

 

Recent improvements have included planting trees at and above Kirkland Bridge to strengthen the river bank, provide cover for the trout and help to attract fly life.

Dams have been built both at Kirkland Bridge and below the Ford and have resulted in the depth of water above the dams increasing, creating holding pools for the trout.

Below the dams the water flow has increased creating a scouring action on the river bed.These fast flows also help oxygenate the water, encouraging fish to hang about during hot weather and when the river is low.

 

 dam completed

Bank Erosion

Bank erosion can be caused by :

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Cattle or sheep coming down to the river to drink – usually at the same place every time.

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Loose soil being washed away when the river is in spate.

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Unstable banks due to lack of bank-side vegetation and/or trees.

 

There are several ways to protect vulnerable areas:

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Plant trees along the bank sides and encourage the growth of vegetation.

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Fence off areas of livestock erosion, repair the bank and encourage new growth of vegetation.

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Protect vulnerable areas of loose soil using gabion baskets etc.

 

Good Angling Practices

angler 

It's important that we, as anglers, employ good angling practices when fishing. There are many organisations who believe that, like fox hunting, fishing for sport is fundamentally cruel and should therefore be banned.

We must at all times be seen to be responsible anglers by treating the trout with care during playing, landing and releasing.

 

The club actively encourages:

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Catch and release.

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The use of barbless hooks.

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Releasing the fish in the water without netting.

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Ensuring the trout is fully recovered before releasing.

 

Be a responsible angler

We all have a responsibility to look after the environment so please follow these few basic rules when out on the river-bank.

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Dispose of all litter properly.

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Take old nylon home with you. Don’t discard it on the river-bank.

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Please respect farm property. Use gates or stiles where possible and don’t walk through fields where crops are growing.

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Be on the lookout for pollution and report any suspected incident to a member of the committee or to SEPA.

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Handle fish properly to minimise stress and ensure its full recovery before releasing.

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Remember it’s better to kill an injured fish quickly than to return it to the river to die slowly.

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Use a priest to dispatch a trout. Hitting it against a boulder is not acceptable.

NEWS

Wild Trout Trust on Stocking. Interesting read.

Wild v Stocked Trout?. The dangers of introducing farmed trout into wild waters

Members, please use the Catch Return.

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