Forth

Hardly one of Scotland’s tidal jewels, the Firth of Forth suffers industrial and domestic pollution and yet, miraculously, migratory fish venture up it, perhaps because the pollution is diluted by the firth’s width and its tidal currents. After forming near Aberfoyle, the Forth flows nearly 80 miles to enter the firth. Though not a salmon river of current note, it has always had the reputation of being ableto produce a few big fish. A salmon of 100 lb was said to have been poached near the mouth of one of its tributaries, the Devon, towards the end of the last century. In the upper reaches, there is fair trouting.

This river also offers excellent roach fishing. Huge catches have been taken near the junction with the Teith, the best reckoned a bag of 532 lb taken by five anglers in 1967. The best fish went 1 lb 12 oz and the biggest single catch, 140 lb. It is emphasised that roach fishing is not encouraged in this section of the river and permission should always be sought. Upstream of this junction, the roaching remains good and can often be enjoyed simply by asking the permission of the relevant riparian owner. SOS: Feb 11-Aug 26 (Net); Feb 1-Oct 31 (R&L)

Aberfoyle, Perths, Central TSTS Umilesintown DT: A(Ferguson, Newsagent, Aberfoyle)(S/ST) Aberfoyle, Perths, CentralTSTS 6 miles from Aberfoyle bridge to Buchlyvie (known as the Gartmore Fishings)RB

DT: AK (at Gartmore)TS (at Glasgow, Kirkintilloch & Stirling)P (Rob Roy Hotel, Buchlyvie)Feb 1-Oct31

Stirling, Stirlings, CentralTS 3 milesfrom Lands of Hood to junction with TeithBB DT: TO (Municipal Buildings, Stirling) or ATS (Stirling) or ARO (Stirling District Council, Municipal Buildings, Stirling)

Forth Tributaries

ALLAN WATER

After rising above Blackford, this river flows south-west down the valley of Strathallan through Dunblane to enter the Forth below Bridge of Allan. It offers reasonable trouting and, from summer on, the chance of salmon and sea trout. Dunblane, Perths, CentralTS 10 miles from source to junction with Forth (except small private section)BB

DT: B or ATS (Crockart & Son, Stirling)P(Allanbank Hotel, Greenloaning)(forS)w ALMOND

This river rises in Midlothian near Whitburn and flows north east to enter the Firth of Forth near Edin-burgh. It offers some possibilities for visitors.

Harthill, Lanarks, StrathclydeT From Harthill to Mid-Calder Free fishing Forth Record

Match Catch Record: 46-0-0 A Lambie date unknown

AVON

Forming south of Falkirk, the Avon flows east and then north to enter the Firth of Forth near Grangemouth. Polluted in its lower reaches, it offers trout higher up with the best results in summer.

BALVAG

A tributary of the Teith, flowing from Loch Voil to Loch Lubnaig.

Balquhidder, Perths, CentralTS milesfrom Loch Voil (Balquhidder) to Loch Lubnaig (Strathyre)BB

DT: BorAfHotel, villageshopor

SinclairCaravanSiteat

Balquhidder)

DEVON

This river rises near Crook of Devon to flow south-west through Dollar to join the Forth near Alloa. It offers trout, sea trout and salmon.

Clackmannan, Clackmannans,

CentralTSTS21 milesfrom

Tillicoultry to GiendavonBB

DT:(L10)ATS(inarea)P (Mucishart Inn, Crook of Devon Inn, and Glendavon Hotel) or AAA (Devon AA). -Mar 15-Oct 6(T); (S/ST) autumn only, closing Oct 31l

Dollar, Clackmannans, CentralT

Almost entire riverBB

DT: ATS (Hobby & Model Shop, 10/12, New Row, Dunfermline)5

TEITH

The major salmon river of the Forth system and said to be underrated by many, the Teith is basically a spring river with the best results in March, though there is another run later. The sea trout run is in summer. Draining from Loch Ven-acher, the Teith flows first to Callander. Here, where there is public fishing available, the river has a canal-like appearance but lower down, nearer Doune, it has more of that salmon look. It finally enters the Forth near Stirling. Callander, Perths, CentralTS- 3 milesfrom Bullshed Pool upstream of town to Gart March (private sections at Palace Woods, Roman Camp and Mollands marked on map supplied with permit)AB

DT: Kor ATS (in area)RO (Stirling District Council, Municipal Buildings, Stirling)tf WATER OF LeiTH Edinburgh’s own water flowing through the capital, this trout stream is recovering from pollution and is regularly stocked. It is worth the consideration of any trouting tourist visiting the city. Edinburgh, LothianT -113 miles from Balernoto RedbraesBB Free season ticket obtained in advance from Lothian Regional Council, Department of Administration, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh=Apr20-Sept30

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