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Trout and Salmon Fishing on the River Clyde, Scotland

O. S. Map 64, 72, 78

The River Clyde is one of Scotlandís great rivers, renowned, in its lower course, more for shipbuilding than for fishing. The upper river has long been highly regarded as a trout and grayling stream, with some of the nicest fly water you could imagine. In addition, salmon and sea trout fishing is now improving on the lower river. 

The River Clyde has some great fishing for wild brown trout, grayling and, more recently, salmon and sea trout in the lower part of the river. Virtually the whole river is accessible to visiting anglers by day or season permit, at very reasonable prices, from local angling clubs, the most prominent being the United Clyde Angling Protection Association (UCAPA) and the Lamington and District Angling Association. The lower river flows through the Glasgow conurbation and until fairly recently suffered from heavy industrial pollution. With the demise of much of the heavy industry, the river is now much cleaner in its lower course, so much so that salmon and sea trout, absent for two centuries, are now returning in increasing numbers. Stocks of salmon and sea trout are now at a level where fishing is worthwhile and salmon and sea trout are being caught regularly on the lower river. Unfortunately, the migratory fish are restricted to the lower section of the Clyde below the impassable Falls of Clyde at New Lanark. Salmon fishing permits for around twelve miles of river are available from the Secretary, U.C.A.P.A., Civic Centre, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Trout fishing permits may be purchased from most fishing tackle shops in the Clyde valley, post offices in Abington, Crawford and Leadhills and local tourist information offices. Permits for the Lamington Association water are available from the newsagents in Biggar.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

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Willie Gunn Salmon Needle Tube Fly

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Munro's Killer Needle Tube Fly

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Badger and Yellow Needle Tube Fly

Bright Spark Needle Tube Fly

Spring Green Needle Tube Fly

Magus Needle Tube Fly

The Coy Shrimp

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River Avon

Migratory fish also have access to the River Avon, the major Clyde tributary which passes Strathaven, Stonehouse and Larkhall on its way to join the Clyde at Hamilton. Salmon and sea trout fishing is improving throughout the length of the Avon, where the Avon Angling Club has approximately 14 miles of fishing, offering excellent brown trout and grayling fly fishing with improving runs of salmon and sea trout. Annual membership of Avon A.C. available at reasonable rates. Enquiries should be directed to fishing tackle shops in the area.

Angling Clubs and Associations

United Clyde Angling Protection Association

Secretary, c/o Civic Square Post Office, 39 Civic Square, Motherwell, Lanarkshire ML1 1TP

Lamington and District Angling Association

Enquire H Bryden, newsagents, High Street, Biggar

Avon Angling Club

Hozier Angling Club

 Lower River Clyde - Fishing Map

To view a larger scale map of a particular section of the River Clyde click on a selected area of the maps below.

Lower River Clyde Map

 

Middle River Clyde

Middle River Clyde Map

 

Upper River Clyde

Upper River Clyde Map

 

The maps on this website have been reproduced with the permission of Collins Bartholomew. Please note that these maps may date back several decades. Much of the human detail will have changed but the character of the rivers and lochs, and the trout and salmon in them, will be much the same as they have always been.

In addition to the information provided here, I would recommend that anyone planning a fishing or walking trip in Scotland should equip themselves with a compass and the appropriate Ordnance Survey map. The most useful of the O.S. maps for the fisherman is the Landranger series, scale 1:50,000. For each of the lochs and rivers listed here, I have given the relevant O.S. Map number. 

See Ordnance Survey Maps

Interactive Map of the River Clyde

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