Anglers across the Clyde catchment play a vital role in looking after the freshwater resource. Few other people have the determination to explore the hidden burns and harder-to-reach stretches of river.
Consequently anglers are important eyes and ears on the river and notice the more subtle changes in the river – the abundance of fly-life, seasonal flow-levels, bank-side erosion and the condition of local populations of wildlife. Collectively this knowledge plays an important part in conserving and improving the health of rivers throughout the Clyde catchment.
Below is a list and brief information about some of the angling clubs and associations that control fishing around the Clyde catchment. There are also some web-links. If you are a representative of an angling club and would like to supply information for this page, please get in touch.Contact us
Angling Clubs/Associations (salmon lease-holders)
Strathgryffe Angling Association
Founded in 1904. Waters include the River Gryfe and tributaries from March Dyke between Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm (Grid Ref: NS 358 677) upstream and the Pomillan Burn.
Bridge of Weir Angling Club
Founded in 1874. Leases for salmon, trout and grayling fishing on the River Gryfe. Upstream limit of water is the March Dyke, roughly half a mile above Craigends Bridge. The downstream boundary on the North bank is at the East end of the former site of the Clydesdale Leather Works the South bank boundary is the fence/hedge at Bridge of Weir bowling club.BOWRAC website
Paisley Abercorn Angling Club
Waters managed are: White Cart Water – Crookston Bridge downstream to River Clyde; Black Cart Water – from White Cart upstream to junction with River Gryfe; River Gryfe – from junction with Black Cart upstream to Bridge of Weir Bowling Club on left hand bank and perimeter fence above Barr’s Dam in Bridge of Weir on right hand bank.PAAC website
Kilbirnie Angling Club
Waters managed are: Kilbirnie Loch; Maich Water from source to Kilbirnie Loch; Dubbs Water from Kilbirnie Loch to Lochwinnoch Road; Barr Loch
St Winnoch Angling Club
Founded 1927. Waters include Castle Semple Loch, Barr Loch, 5 miles of the River Calder Queenside Loch in addition to Dubbs and Millbank Burns.SWAC website
Castle Angling Club
Water boundaries are Castle Semple Loch- Black Cart Water. Boundary is where the Black Cart meets with the River Gryfe
Walton Angling Club
Founded over 100 years ago. The club manages approximately five miles of the White Cart Water upriver from the weir at Waterfoot. It also has fishing rights for the Earn Water, a tributary of the White Cart that enters the main river at Waterfoot and the Polnoon water that meets the Cart below Mains Farm south of Eaglesham.WAC website
Busby (White Cart Improvement) Angling Association
Founded 1967. Waters managed include seven miles (middle stretch) of the White Cart Water from Waterfoot downstream to Crookston; four miles (lower stretch) of the Levern Water from Gateside/Barrhead to Crookston, and all tributaries
East Kilbride Angling Club
Founded 1963 East Kilbride AC enforces a moratorium on salmon fishing in the Rotten Calder and as such no permits nor permissions will be issued to anyone wishing to fish for salmon.EKAC website
Avon Angling Club
Established in 1958, the club manages 18 miles of water. The club water runs from Browns Bridge through Stonehouse, Millheugh and Larkhall to the confluence with the River Clyde at Hamilton.AAC website
United Clyde Angling Protective Association Ltd
The Association presently manages the River Clyde in three areas.
Upper: This is the area of the river which also includes the Daer Water, downstream from Daer Reservoir, the River Clyde and its feeder burns – Potrail Water, Clydes Burn, Elvan Water, Camps Water, Glengonnar Water and Wandel Burn, downstream to the Roberton Burn at Roberton Village.
Middle: The River Clyde downstream from Thankerton Bridge at Moat Farm, Thankerton to Easter Sills Farm which lies upstream of Hyndford Bridge, Lanark. Included in this part of the river are the North and South Medwin and the Douglas Water.
Lower: This part of the river lies between Kirkfieldbank Old Bridge, Lanark downstream to Bothwell Bridge. In this area lie the Mouse Water, River Nethan, Fiddlers Burn and Mashock Burn.
There are exceptions to the waters available due to access being restricted by Riparian Owners. These are: the left bank at Ross Estate, Hamilton; Strathclyde Country Park (between Motherwell and Bothwell Bridges); Southwood Farm, Abington; St. Charles Nursing Home, Carstairs; Milton Lockhart Estate, Crossford and Scottish Power property at Stonebyres.
Mid-Clyde Angling Association
The Association controls 8 miles on the River Clyde between Hamilton in South Lanarkshire and Rutherglen.MCAA website
Kelvin Angling Association
Manages waters over the entire Kelvin catchment with the exception of the Luggie Water and the Glazert Water and the main stem of the River Clyde from Rutherglen downstream to Erskine Bridge.RKAA website
Campsie Angling Association
Manages the Glazert Water.CAA website
Manages waters on the River Luggie from the River Kelvin to Oxgang Bridge, Kirkintilloch
Waterside Angling Club
Manage the Luggie water from Oxgang Bridge, Kirkintilloch, upstream
Angling Clubs/Associations (not salmon lease-holders)
Lamington & District Angling Improvment Association
Lamington was formed as a Club in the late 1800’s. A stretch of the Clyde from Boat Bridge, Thankerton, to the Bower Pool at Roberton is managed. Nine miles in all, made up of eighteen leases.LDAIA website
Douglas Water Angling Club
Formed in 1925. Manages the Douglas Water and Duneaton Water.
Hosier Angling Club
Manages a section of the River Clyde from Eastersills Farm upstream of Hyndford Bridge to Kirkfieldbank Bridge.
Upper Avon Angling Association
Manages the Glengavel Reservoir and has fishing rights on sections of the Avon Water: upstream from Craig Bridge on the Strathaven to Sandford/Lesmahagow Road (B7086) on the south bank; from Browns Bridge on the Strathaven to Muirkirk Road (B743) both banks upstream to the source.UAAA website