Scottish Flyfisher

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West of Scotland

River Black Cart

The Castle Angling Club controls fishing on both banks of the Black Cart Water.  The river runs for some six miles from its  source in the Castle Semple Loch catchment, near Lochwinnoch, to it's confluence with the River Gryffe at the "Junction Pool" which is located between Glasgow Airport and the M8 motorway.  On it's way, it skirts Howwood, Johnstone and Linwood.  Most parts of the river are freely accessible.

The Black Cart consititutes part of the Clyde system and as well as indigeneous brown trout and coarse fish species, it increasingly enjoys substantial runs of migratory sea trout and Atlantic salmon.  Brown trout levels are maintained by means of a twice-yearly stocking of prime quality mature brown trout.  

New Member (Adult) - Annual £45.00

New Member (Junior) - Annual £12.00 

Senior Citizen - Annual £12.00 

Day Permit  (Adult) £8.00 

Day Permit  (Junior) £5.00

For permit sales please visit
Rods and Reels
17 High Street
Or call 01505 337601 for more information.

River Kelvin

The Kelvin’s total length is 34 kilometres from its source at Wyndford to its confluence with the Clyde at Partick.The river offers a remarkable variety of fishing opportunities due to its length and nature – starting as a meandering stream crossing flood plains and ending as a dramatic river that runs through a wooded gorge through one of the UK’s largest and most industrialised cities

For a century its weirs and dams impeded the spawning salmon and the waste from industry killed all invertebrates and trout.

However, the river now teems with life – the Salmon are returning and good trout can be caught along its whole lengh.

A permit is required for the entire river – no section is excluded – the boundary extends approx a half mile below the mouth of the Kelvin and up to Dalmarnock Bridge on the Clyde.

Season permits are available at Glasgow Angling Centre, and online through Currently the cost is £55 per season for existing members with concessions for people who are disabled or pensioners (£45). For new members the permit is £75 (concession £65) 

Under 18s can fish for free as long as they are with an adult member who has a permit. Any under 18 (who wants to fish without an accompanying member) can obtain a permit for free, they must complete the form on the website.

Lochshiel Limited,
10 Market Place,
Shipston on Stour,
CV36 4AG.

Loch Shiel estate owns the north bank of the River Shiel along the entire length of the river. The river is well known as a famous salmon and trout river although in common with other rivers on the west coast of Scotland catches have declined in recent years.

To help increase fish stocks a hatchery has been established and 40,000 to 80,000 salmon fry are raised and introduced to the river system every year from the estate hatchery. This has recently been expanded with the establishment of two further hatcheries on the river system.

Effective management and conservation are helping to arrest the decline in salmon numbers and improve fishing. Fishing is organised by arrangement with the owners of the south bank in a two beat system fishing both banks of the upper part and then the lower part of the river for half a day each. A catch and release policy has been adopted

This is a pretty river with a great variety of fishing along its length, from wading where the loch feeds into the river to fishing off stages at the house pools and attractive fishing at the bottom of the river where the river flows into the sea

For further information or if you would like to book fishing please contact the estate office, telephone 01608 663904 or by e-mail,

River White Cart

Busby Angling Association has a Crown Salmon Lease for the middle stretch of the White Cart Water a belated tributary of the Clyde. Our lease extends from the weir just before the village of Waterfoot downstream to the road bridge at Crookston at Rosshall: that is approximately 9 miles both banks. As part of the same lease we also have, approximately, 4 miles of the Levern Water from the weir at Gateside downstream to its confluence with the Cart at Crookston plus all tributaries. eg Auldhouse Burn, Brock Burn, Broom Burn, Capelrig Burn, Kittoch Water and Thortonhall Burn.

There are 3 game species of fish in our waters, salmon, sea and brown trout as well as coarse fishes however the Association does not allow for coarse fishing within the river. 

All legal methods are acceptable however the Association does not like set lining and insists that a) only one rod is to be used b) this must be hand held at all times and c) set lining is not appreciated nor is any form of ground baiting. 

Membership season permits are available from Roddy Finnie eg by emailing or telephone 07904332868 or via our Facebook Page White Cart Angling. 

Alternatively you can buy a non member permit from Village News, Busby, Cathcart Mini Market, Cathcart, Tackle and Guns, Pollokshaws Road, Inex Store, Victoria Road all Glasgow. 

Note: season permits bought directly from the Association ie via myself or our Facebook Page, will automatically make you a member however if buying from a shop then you will be a non member. Also the membership permit is £5 cheaper. 

Contact: Roddy Finnie, Secretary Flat 2/1 14, Brisbane Street Glasgow G42 9HX Tel: 07904 332868 E: 

Permit Prices

Working Adult £30, 

Unemployed Students or Disabled £20 

Pensioner £25 

Juniors Free 

Non Member Season: 

Adult Working £35 

Unemployed Students or Disabled £20 

Pensioner £25 

Junior Free Day permits £7 (All juniors seeking a free permits must contact Secretary) 

Other information is printed on the permit and we insist that all permit buyers read their permit as ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse.