Hundreds, and certainly thousands, of years ago the Clyde was a salmon river which probably would have rivalled the Thames of London. But, as with the Thames, untreated sewage and industrial effluent have polluted the lower river. The Anglers’ Co-operative Association is still fighting over Clyde pollution and perhaps, in time, the Lower Clyde might be induced to accept a stock of migratory fish into the wonderful headquarters that lie above Glasgow and some of its polluted tributary streams. At present very few salmon venture near the shipyards of the Clyde. They are not, however, unknown and several reports indicate that salmon -probably ‘strays’ bound for the River Leven – have taken a chance -and lost.
The Clyde rises not far from the watersheds of the Tweed which flows to the east, and the Annan which drops down southwards towards the Solway. It is about 100 miles long and in its middle and upper reaches offers excellent -but difficult – fishing for the trout angler. The Clyde is hard-fished, not in a canal bank sense, but Clyde enthusiasts know their water and do not linger long if intuition tells them of better promises in waterside pastures a few fields away.
Match Catch Record:’ 5-8-0 B Hewitt Nov 1
Chub:,22-15-0WTonnerOct 1971 Perch:3 3-5-0 R Southgate Feb 1 Roach: 2-9-0 B Hewitt Oct 1966 Trout: 15-4-0 G Blackmore Apr 1 1the result of the only official match ever held on the Clyde, fished in spateconditions 2the only club reported caught in this river ,3the official Scottish record perch
It is well governed by an excellent angling association and costs are extremely moderate. There are some private or separate permit stretches.
In a trouting sense, the Clyde is very different from other Scottish rivers. Many fish ‘Clyde’ flies, spe-cially tied, very lightly dressed pat-terns of standards or concoctions unknown elsewhere. Bait fishing is also popular with worm, minnow, stone or caddis fly larvae being the most popular. Clyde trout fishing is not easy but anyone who can take good baskets from this river in its middle and upper reaches should be able to catch trout anywhere.
The Clyde is also well-fished during the winter months for grayling and the river holds some excellent specimens of this fish, often neglected by Scottish anglers.
The Clyde has also developed an excellent reputation recently for its roach fishing. It is best between Hamilton and Rosebank with fish to 23 lb reported with the biggest shoals located above Bothwell Bridge. Grayling sport can be specially good, too, a 4 lb fish being caught in 1968 at Hyndford Bridge. SOS: Feb 11-Aug 26 (Net); Feb 11-Oct 31 (R&L)
Biggar, Lanarks, StrathclydeT 8milesfromRobertonto
Dumbarton, Dunbartons, StrathclydeTSTSFrom junction with River Leven at Dumbarton to Ardmore Point (RB). NB: thisticket also covers fishing in Loch Lomond and the River Leven
Dtand WT: ATS (at Dumbarton, Glasgow and Clydebank)tf Lanark, Lanarks, StrathclydeC (Grayling only)T4 miles from Kirkfield to Easter Sills Farm BB DT: BorAAA (Lanark and District AC)=Mar15-Oct6e Motherwell, Lanarks,
StrathclydeCT20 miles from
Motherwell to Elvanfoot (except waters controlled in LanarkAC&
DT: ATS (in Glasgow, Motherwell,
Hamilton, Wishaw or Edinburgh)P (Station Hotel, Carstairs) or AAA (United Clyde A.P.A.)
Note: Permits for most sections of this riverand its tributaries can be obtained from Valley Sports, 134,
Main Street, Newmilns, Ayrshire.
Maps of available fishing also obtainable.