The main stem of the River Clyde, from Daer Reservoir to Bothwell Bridge, is covered by a Protection Order thus making it illegal to fish for any species without a permit. Permits must be carried at all times and shown to all UCAPA River Wardens. Fishing without a permit will render you liable to prosecution. If fishing for salmon or sea trout a migratory fish permit is required. This must be shown to Salmon Bailiffs on request. Note: These officials are appointed by Scottish Government Ministers giving both River Wardens and Salmon Bailiffs the power of search and seizure where they identify a need ensuring compliance with Scottish Law.


Anyone in breach of the following rules is liable to have their permit confiscated

and may be prosecuted.


U.C.A.P.A. will not be held responsible for the loss or damage to any permit holder or their personal equipment.


Permit holders are instructed to adhere, at all times, to the Country Code and to approach the river by recognised routes only without causing damage to property.


Permit holders must not be accompanied by dogs.


Permit holders must not light fires.


By Law, anglers fishing for freshwater fish must give way to salmon anglers.


It is the policy of the Association that replacement permits will attract an admistration fee. The permit will not be replaced “free of charge”. The permit holder is responsible for his/her actions on the river. In the event of loss or damage to the permit this should be immediately notified to the Secretary.


Permit holders must report all incidents of poaching to Police Scotland at 01698 483000.


Permit holders must report all incidents of pollution to SEPA 0800 807060 and the U.C.A.P.A. secretary.


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Many anglers already voluntarily choose to release salmon, and other fish, as part of wider conservation measures.


Coarse anglers have always adopted Catch & Release.


UCAPA LTD encourages all anglers to adopt Catch & Release.

For the Salmon Angler, Catch & Release gives your salmon the best opportunity of reaching the spawning redds.


Barbless hooks are strongly recommended if fish are to be released. Treble hooks should be avoided and there is less risk with smaller hooks.


If worm fishing, skill is required to ensure that the fish does not swallow baits. Use circle hooks to reduce the chances of deep hooking.


Always use as strong a leader as possible as this will ensure that the fish can be brought to the net quickly and safely.


Fish should be played quickly and as firmly as possible to ensure that they are not exhausted when released.


Never lift your salmon from the water by its tail, or gill covers, and keep it in the water if at all possible.


Fish should be allowed to recover and returned facing upstream in steady clean water, not in a fast flow.




The Permit for Freshwater Fish does not give permission to fish for migratory species. It is valid for parts of the Mouse, Douglas Water, Medwin, Duneaton Water and the River Clyde, upstream of Motherwell Bridge, with the following exceptions:


¨ Crookedstane Farm, Elvanfoot.

¨ Southwood Farm, Abington

¨ Lamington Association stretch from Roberton Burn to Thankerton Bridge

¨ Lampits Farm, Carstairs

¨ Hozier Angling Club stretch from Easter Sills Farm, Pettinain, to Kirkfieldbank Bridge

¨ Stonebyres Falls to Stonebyres Bridge (both banks)

¨ Overton Farm, Crossford

¨ Ross Estate. Hamilton




1. The Scottish brown trout season is from 15 March to 6 October, both dates inclusive. UCAPA endorses this.


2. UCAPA applies a grayling season from 7 October to 14 March, both dates inclusive. Fishing for freshwater species is allowed on Sundays.




Holders of permits may take up to 2 trout or grayling, in their seasons, per day. However, in the interests of fish stocks, anglers are encouraged to adopt catch and release. All coarse fish must be returned alive.




All trout and grayling less than 30 cm (12 inches) in length must be carefully returned alive and unharmed to the water.




The Association would like to receive information about catches of freshwater species to help with the future management of the river.




1. Fishing with set lines, bubble floats, or similar devices, is illegal.

2. The practice of “shuffling” is also prohibited because it can disturb redds, damage the river bed and cause damage to insect life.

3. Terminal tackle must not exceed 4 lbs breaking strain monofilament, for freshwater fish excluding pike and barbel.

4. All legal methods of fishing will be carried out by means of a single hand held rod, using only tackle suitable for each method of fishing.

5. Only knotless mesh landing nets may be used.

6. Ground baiting is prohibited.

7. Rapala type lures must not be larger than 5 cm long.

8. Spinning, or the use of Rapala type lures, is not allowed upstream of Roberton Burn.

9. The use of fish roe, or similar paste products, is illegal at all times.

10. Lead-cored lines and wire-casts are prohibited

11. Keep nets must not be used except for coarse fish.




1. Coarse Angling methods will only be recognised between Motherwell Bridge and GarrionWeir, in the lower reaches.

2. There is no statutory close season for Coarse Species in Scotland and UCAPA endorses this. All coarse fish must be returned to the water alive and unharmed.

3. Up to two rods can be used, in an appropriate rod rest (not forked sticks), when fishing for coarse species but anglers must be in close attendance of their rods at all times.

4. Ledgering with worm, maggot or natural grub is not permitted. These baits can be used, however, when trotting with a surface float.

5. For Pike and Barbel, the maximum breaking strain for terminal tackle is l5 lb test strength monofilament.

6. Maximum hook size is 6.

7. The use of worm as bait for Barbel is not allowed.

8. Spinning or lure fishing is not allowed for pike anywhere downstream of Stonebyres Falls. Dead baiting is the only permitted method. This rule is intended to prevent suspicion of salmon poaching. Spinning is allowed upstream of Stonebyres Falls.

9. All pike anglers must carry, and use, an unhooking mat when handling caught fish. An appropriately sized knotless landing net must also be used. The use of gags, when unhooking pike, is illegal. Long nosed artery forceps should be carried as an aid to safe hook removal.

10. Treble hooks used for pike must be semi-barbed and no larger than size 6.

11. A wire trace of at least 12 inches must be used, when fishing for pike.

12. Keep nets must not be used for holding game fish.




It is always illegal to fish for salmon and sea trout without a Migratory Fish Permit.


The season for salmon and sea trout is 11 February to 31 October, both dates inclusive.


However, in the interests of fish stocks, anglers are encouraged to adopt catch and release and all Hen Salmon must be released after 15 September.




The Migratory Fish Permit is valid only on that part of the MAIN STEM of the River Clyde between Stonebyres Falls and Motherwell Bridge with the exceptions of certain restricted areas:


Strictly NO FISHING from Stonebyres Falls to Stonebyres Bridge (both banks) Power Station Property. Permit holders fishing outwith the limits of their permits will be prosecuted and will, as a matter of course, not be entitled to further permits.


On stretches where the Migratory Fish Permit is valid, holders of this permit can fish for Migratory and Freshwater Species in their respective seasons.




In Scotland it is illegal to fish for Salmon and Sea Trout on Sundays. Those who fish for migratory fish between midnight on Saturdays and midnight on Sundays will be prosecuted.


During the month of October, fishing for Migratory Fish will be restricted to one hour before dawn to one hour after sunset.



1. Anglers fishing for Migratory Species must observe the “Spinning Marks” on or adjacent to the major bridges    downstream of Stonebyres Falls. There is strictly no spinning when the water level is below these marks.

2. Where spinning or bait fishing are permitted, such will be carried out by means of a single hand-held rod, and any weights will be consistent with the lure or bait employed.

3. The use, as bait, of natural prawns or shrimps and imitations thereof will not be permitted.

4.Worm fishing for migratory fish is not allowed beforeApril in order to protect Kelts. After April worm fishing is only permitted with circle hooks.

5. Worm fishing for salmon is allowed from 1 April but can only be done with circle hooks up to a maximum size 1/0.

6. When at least one angler is fishing a pool, “down and across,” for salmon, other anglers must remain at least l5 metres away from the next angler, must always await their turn to fish the pool from the head and adhere to the “step a cast” method.

7. Fishing with bubble floats, or similar devices, is strictly prohibited.

8. No Permit Holder is to be in possession of a gaff, tailer or similar device.

9. All anglers must carry and use knotless landing nets in order to ensure safe treatment of hooked fish.

10. Where multi hook lures (Rapala etc.) are allowed, they can be fished up to a maximum size of 9 cm for salmon.

11. For Migratory Fish, the maximum breaking strain for terminal tackle is 15 lb test strength monofilament.

12. All fly-fishing will be by means of a single rod only with reel, line and nylon leader. The maximum hook size permitted is 4.

13.When fly-fishing for salmon the use of weights, including loaded flies, is prohibited. Lead-cored lines and wire-casts are prohibited.




Holders of Migratory Fish Permits are entitled to take 1 Salmon per day. In the interests of conservation all Sea Trout must be returned unharmed.




It is a legal requirement that all Salmon and Sea Trout caught must be recorded on the Catch Return Form (issued with permit). Nil returns must also be reported. All Catch Returns must be submitted to the Secretary no later than 12 November. Failure to submit a Catch Return by the above date may result in a penalty charge being added

to future permits. Persistent offenders may be refused any further permits. The Association would also like to receive information about catches of freshwater species to help with the future management of the river.