Members

Membership

If you wish to join the association then download an application form (link) and send it to the Secretary. Day tickets are also available for non-members; see the Visitors page for prices.

Tagging

Each angler will receive a total of three coloured tags, allowing them to kill up to three salmon during the season. Each tag has a serial number and has been recorded by the Association along with the number on your membership card. The tags are unique to each member and must not be swapped between anglers.

If a salmon is killed, it must be tagged immediately after capture. Pass the thin end of a tag through the gills of the fish and out through the mouth. Lock the end in the slot provided at the other end of the tag . Ensure that it is firmly locked in place by gently pulling the tag from both sides of the locking slot at the same time. The tag is now tamper-proof and cannot be removed without breaking it, DO NOT practice on the tags you have been given as once they have been locked in place they cannot be re-used. Only one salmon can be tagged per day by a member and he or she may not continue fishing upstream of Bonar Bridge for the remainder of any day that he or she has killed a salmon.

 

Members’ Rules

All members of the Kyle of Sutherland Angling Association (KoSAA) are required to acquaint themselves with, and adhere to, these rules, which supersede all earlier versions.

Sea Trout & Salmon Fishing

Conservation

In common with other fisheries KoSAA supports and upholds a policy of conservation.  It is essential that all members of KoSAA should adhere to both the letter and the spirit of this policy.

Membership Cards

Membership cards must be carried at all times when fishing.

Fishing Season

The fishing season is from 1 June to 30 September inclusive.

Fishing Methods

Fishing on The Kyle is by rod and line using fly or spinning methods only.  The use of bait, including worm, prawn or any fish-based products, is strictly prohibited with the exception that worm may be used below Bonar Road Bridge.  The use of treble hooks is forbidden, including when spinning.

Fly Fishing Areas

All of the Kyle with the exception of the designated spinning and worming areas at Bonar Bridge is ‘fly only’.  Details of the designated spinning and worming areas are shown on the accompanying maps. It is the member’s responsibility to acquaint him or herself with these areas.

Sale of Fish

No fish taken from KoSAA waters may be sold or offered for sale.

Catch Limits

KoSAA strongly encourages the practice of `Catch and Release’.

Members are issued with tags.  A tag must be attached immediately to any salmon or grilse killed and removed from the water.  Once a member has used all of his or her tags he or she must practice only catch and release for the remainder of the season.

Any angler who kills a salmon or grilse must immediately stop fishing for that day above Bonar Road Bridge.  He or she may continue to fish only for sea trout and below Bonar Road Bridge.

When an angler hooks a fish and that fish is killed, irrespective of who kills it, that fish shall be deemed to have been killed by the angler who hooked it.

If a member has used all of his or her tags and catches a salmon or grilse the fish must be returned to the water irrespective of its condition.

No salmon is to be killed before June 15th.

All coloured fish must be returned.

All salmon 65 cm and longer, as measured from the nose to the fork of the tail, must be returned.

All sea trout 50 cm and longer, as measured from the nose to the fork of the tail, must be returned

Members may kill/keep up to four sea trout per day.

All finnock under 1 lb must be returned.

Anglers are asked to consider releasing sea trout caught while fishing for salmon.

Guidance on Catch and Release

The use of barbless or single hooks, whilst not obligatory, is strongly recommended when fishing Catch and Release.

A fish once hooked should be brought as quickly as possible into quiet water for quick release.

A fish intended for release should be kept in the water.  Exposing it to the air, even for a short period, can significantly reduce its chances of survival.

Handling should be minimised.  When necessary the fish may be supported from beneath but not squeezed or held by the gills.

After removing the hook, or cutting the leader if necessary, the fish should be supported facing into the current and allowed to recover until it swims off.

Etiquette and Behaviour

Members must behave with courtesy and consideration to other anglers.

Members must take their turn to enter a pool or beat.

Members must not enter a pool or beat less than 30 m above another angler.

Members must not enter a pool or beat downstream of another angler.

Anglers must move at least two paces downstream following each cast.

A member may re-enter the water at the point where he or she caught a fish.

Catch Returns

It is a strict condition that members submit an accurate catch return within two weeks of the end of the season.  Returns must be made to the Secretary.  Failure to comply with this requirement may result in refusal of membership for subsequent years.

Trout Fishing

Fishing Season

The fishing season is from 15 March to 6 October inclusive.

Methods

Fishing is by fly only.  Treble hooks are illegal and must not be used

Access

Access must be made using recognised roads/paths only.  No camping or fires are allowed.

Boats

No more than three rods are permitted in a boat.  Keys must be returned to the outlet from which they were obtained unless there is an agreement with the outlet to the contrary.

Any damage to boats must be reported immediately to the outlet or to the Secretary.

Anglers will be held liable for damage caused by abuse or neglect.

Safety

Water can be dangerous.  It is important that all members have and use appropriate safety equipment when bank fishing or wading, such as wearing a buoyancy aid and using a wading staff.  Special care must be taken when entering, moving in and leaving water to ensure that safe practices are observed.

When fishing from a boat appropriate safety equipment including a buoyancy aid must be used.

Junior members under the age of twelve years must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times whilst fishing.  Their use of chest waders is not permitted.

KoSAA’s insurance applies to all members with the condition that juniors under the age of 16 years must be accompanied/supervised by a responsible adult of at least 21 years of age.

KoSAA will not accept responsibility for any incident arising from failure by a member to use appropriate safety equipment and follow safe practices.

The Country Code

Members are asked to take great care not to damage, crops or fences or injure livestock.  Please keep to recognised access routes, keep dogs strictly on a leash, and leave all gates as you found them.

Please leave no litter, especially discarded fishing line.