9th February 2018

Constitution and Rules

(UPDATED JANUARY 2019)

These rules are binding on all anglers. Acceptance of a permit constitutes an agreement to obey the rules. Ignorance of the rules will not be accepted as a reason for breaking them. The decision of the Committee in respect of the Rules and any penalties for breaches of them is final. At the loch, Club Committee Members are the sole arbiters of the rules. Anglers are expected to: ‘Fish with courtesy and in the spirit of the rules.’

  1. Fishing Rules:

1.1       Fishing on the Club’s waters opens on 15th March and closes on 6th October inclusive. Members, bank-only, winter rainbow fishing, subject to special rules (1.16), may take place at the committee’s discretion.

1.2       Membership Cards/permits, along with personal identification, must be carried when fishing Antermony.

1.3       Before fishing, Members must fill in the fishing log in the Howf. After fishing they must complete this entry.

1.4       Access to Antermony Loch is only by recognised roads, gates, paths and stiles.

1.5       Anglers must not pollute the club’s land and waters. All rubbish must be taken away. No bankside fires.

1.6       Fishing shall be restricted to a single rod and line per person, with not more than four flies.

1.7       All baits, floats and spinners are prohibited. (See Rule 12 for an exception)

1.8       Trout less than 10” long, from the snout to the fork in the tail, must be returned unharmed to the water.

1.9       The daily bag limit is four trout, of which no more than two may be rainbow trout.

1.10     Anglers fishing ‘Catch and Release’ must use barbless or de-barbed hooks.

1.11     Only thigh-waders and waist-waders, not rolled down chest-waders, are permitted.

1.12     Junior members under 12 years old must be accompanied by a Voting Member, at all times. They may fish using a spinning rod and reel, with one treble hook on a Mepp type spinner. Limit is two trout; releasing trout caught on a spinner is forbidden.

1.13     Junior Members in boats must wear a buoyancy-aid, or lifejacket and be accompanied by a Voting Member.

1.14     Day-Permit anglers are expected to fish from the bank and have no right of access to the boats or buildings.

1.15     Boat anglers must only use the nets and drogues provided. Bank anglers must ensure their gear is free of parasites.

1.16     Between Oct 15 and Feb 15, fishing from the bank, by members only, for rainbow trout, is permitted, with the following restrictions: No fishing from or between the outermost platforms/jetties; barbless hooks (1.10); two rainbow limit; brown trout to be released unharmed.

  1. Boats

2.1    If, when using a boat, you are called to the bank, by a member who is allocated it by the Boat-Plan, you must surrender the boat immediately. Members may obtain permission, to use another member’s boat.

2.2    Two rods are allowed to fish from a boat. A third person may row the boat.

2.3    The following are prohibited: tying up to buoys or other boats, anchoring, trolling (prolonged trailing of flies behind a propelled boat), fishing from the punt, studded footwear in boats, petrol motors, float tubes andpersonal boats.

2.4    Members in boats must not fish within thirty yards of bank anglers.

2.5    Outboards must not be used to hold station and powered boats must give way to rowed/drifting boats.

2.6    Boats must be left clean and tidy after use and all rubbish taken away.

2.7    Boat anglers are advised to wear a buoyancy-aid or lifejacket.

2.8    Boats must not be used in very high winds.

  1. General Rules:

3.1    Members shall challenge any persons suspected of illegal fishing or call the police.

3.2    All members may ask to inspect other angler’s permits, ID, catch and fishing tackle, and this may not berefused.

3.3    Anglers must ensure that gates, sheds and the boats are secured and locked, immediately after use.

3.4    Anglers must not interfere with any plant or equipment unless authorised by the Committee.

3.5    All anglers shall have regard for the safety of themselves and others.

3.6    All persons using the Club’s boats and facilities do so at their own risk. The Club will accept no liability for injury, damage or theft, occurring on the Club’s property, equipment or access roads.

3.7    Personal injury or damage to property must be reported immediately to the Club Secretary.

  1. Guests:

4.1    Voting Members may purchase up to ten Guest-Permits per season andare limited to two Guests per day.

They must accompany their Guest(s) at all times and use the same boat. Members must advise their Guests of the rules and are accountable for their actions and behaviour.Guests have a two trout limit.

4.2    Guest-Permits may be purchased from and filled in by a Committee Member prior to fishing. For convenience, Members may use Day-Permits for guests.

  1. Competitions:

The Club has several competitions for members. The first six count towards the Club Championship (The Burgh of Kirkintilloch Shield). All competitions will be fished at Antermony, except the Doo Cup, which is restricted to Committee Members only and may be fished elsewhere.

  • Spring Cup – A L Stewart Trophy.
  • Brown Shield – JD Brown Memorial Shield.
  • Jewett Cup – R F Jewett Cup.
  • Summer Cup – Chriss Campbell Memorial Trophy.
  • Brown Cup – A L Brown Cup
  • Autumn Cup (A-CC-O) – Provost William Leslie Trophy
  • Cafaro Trophy – Cafaro Trophy for heaviest Fish in a Championship competition.
  • Last Cast Quaich – Secretary’s Quaich – last Sunday before Oct 6th
  • Doo Cup – Committee Members competition. Junior Cup – William Anderson Trophy (J)

During club competitions normal club rules will apply with these amendments:

  1. Club Championship Competitions will normally be held on the first Sunday of the month (except when this is a Public Holiday, in which case it will be the second Sunday)
  2. All cups and trophies are the property of the Club to be returned at the end of the season.
  3. The highest total points score over the six competitions will decide the Club Champion.
  4. The Club Champion will be eligible to represent the club in the Scottish National Championship. Second, third and fourth in the Club championship will eligible to represent the club in the Scottish Club Team Championship. The Club will pay entry fees.
  5. The Club’s Rules shall apply unless stated below.
  6. Only members duly signed-in may fish the loch during a competition.
  7. The conduct/rules of each competition may be modified by agreement of the Club Committee members fishing the competition, to suit the prevailing situation or conditions.
  8. Generally, there will be three bank and three boat competitions, with boats normally used in June, July and August. This may be varied – see Rule 7.

If more than 16 members want to fish, the competition will be fished exclusively from the bank.

Allocation of boat partners will be decided by a draw.

Members not wanting to fish from the boat may fish from the bank.

Outboard motors will not be permitted, unless all boats are equipped with them.

Boats anglers must not approach within 50 yards of a bank angler.

Late coming anglers should take up un-allocated seats in boats before a further boat is used.

If there are no seats or boats left, then latecomers may fish from the bank, after signing in.

Bank anglers shall allow mobile anglers to fish through.

Bank anglers are not permitted to wear chest-waders, even if they are worn rolled down.

  1. On competition days, all anglers must be off the loch, with boats moored up by 1pm.   Anyone fishing prior to a competition cannot take part in the competition.
  1. All competitions to start at 2pm, with the finishing time set on the day. (Rule 7).
  2. If no takeable trout are caught, an extra hour may be fished. If, after this, the competition is still fishless, the trophy will be withheld for that year.
  3. Anglers must present fish at weigh-in on time. Disqualification for lateness may be imposed.
  4. When boat fishing, control of the boat shall be shared equally by the two anglers.
  5. No more than four trout may be killed, of which no more than two may be rainbows.
  6. Subject to Rule 14, the first four trout of legal-size count for the competition.
  7. Trout being released, should be treated with care to ensure their survival.
  8. All trout over 1.5kg will be capped at 1.5kg, when calculating the total weight of the catch. This weight cap will not apply to the heaviest fish competition.
  9. In line with our stocking policy, the actual weights of both Brown trout and Rainbows will be counted. (This may be changed if stocking sizes become very different).
  10. After catching their four trout limit, should an angler wish to continue fishing, with catch and release; they must: put their ‘competition’ catch in the Howf, before resuming fishing. When fishing, they must give way to anglers still fishing the competition. Should they wish to leave, they must make arrangements for their trout to be weighed at the official weigh-in, or have their catch witnessed and recorded by a third party. Otherwise their bag will be disqualified