Lochan na Lairig Reports Loch Dochart East

There are various monitoring methods in place to collect and address the way in which the control of the management of the Tay Protection Order is being carried out. Members of the Liaison Committee continually visit areas within the system to ascertain whether the agreements on access are being complied with. The reports are given the Secretary for action if required, and then passed to the Recorder for inclusion in the annual report.
On every permit there is the address where first instance complaints can be sent. If the complainer is not satisfied with the response then he or she has the right to address the complaint to the TLC, together with any documentation. All complaints are responded to after investigation at a local level, within a 28 day period, then filed for reference.
This Web Site has a page which lists all permit sale points. Any enquiries or complaints should be addressed to the issuing Club or Riparian Owner. The information is regularly updated with new details and lists the minutes of the committee meetings.
The annual report, which is published in January each year, contains details of the number of permits sold, complaints received, the monitoring reports by committee members, improvements made by clubs and riparian owners to the access or waters and stocking, the results of any surveys, a financial report and other relevant information and comparisons from year to year. The future management of the system depends on this report which is widely circulated.
It is available prior to the AGM on the Minute Page
Should any visiting angler have difficulty in obtaining a permit, or encounter problems in accessing a specific section of water, then, as a first point of contact they are asked to speak to Local Angling Club or the Owner whose beat they wish to fish..
If satisfaction is not given then the TLC contact should be informed. Any complaint will be investigated and a reply sent. Visitors are requested to follow this procedure, which will address any issue, and not take the advice of other anglers, who with the greatest of best intentions, may give further wrong advice thus compounding the problem.

Funding the River Tay Protection Order

The administration of the River Tay Protection Order depends on raising the required money through setting a levy on Club Members, Visitors and Riparian Owners. Every angler enjoys the access given, under certain conditions, and Riparian Owners have the redress of the Criminal Law should it be necessary to involve the legal authorities if anglers refuse to abide by the access conditions.
It is therefore in the interests of every one who either is a Club Member, an Owner or a Visitor to support the work of the TLC.

The Aquaculture & Fisheries Bill

The Aquaculture Bill was tabled in the Scottish Parliament on the 29th of June 2006.
Through out the lengthy consultation process, there was ample opportunity for all anglers, and interested parties, to express their views and put forward suggestions on the content of this new legislation.
The Tay Liaison Committee representative Alex Stewart gave evidence before the Select Committee and answered questions put from the Members. This was an opportunity, not just to have a member of the TLC speaking to the Members of the Select Committee, but due to the Scottish Government Web Site, the hearing was broadcast live. On this important occasion the TLC Secretary Bob Stewart sat in on the hearing.
The Aquaculture & Fisheries (Scotland) Act came into operation in August 2007.
The 2012 consultation process on the future management of all aspects of angling is now at report stage to come before the Select Committee. The Select Committee hearings are shown as they happen and can be found on the Scottish Government Web Site.

The Wild Fish Review under the Chair of Andrew Thin has reported and further consultation of specific issues is taking place.

A True Tale of a Large Pike

One of Killin Breadalabne Angling Club Members was enjoying an evening drift on Loch Tay trout fishing when he saw a bank angler gesticulating widely for assistance.
Douglas McRobbie took his boat closer and the angler explained that he was playing a pike which had swam into the reeds behind him and snagged the line. At that moment there was a huge splash some 40 meters out from the cranog and the line strained with the pressure. The boat was maneuvered under the angler's rod so as not to cross his line and eventually Douglas was able to release the line which ripped through the water when the pressure was off.
After a battle of almost 45 minutes the pike came to the net and with assistance was weighted tipping the scales at 38.50lbs. It was photographed and carefully returned to fight another day.
A memorable catch bettering the previous recorded pike by 1.50 lbs., and to cap a good evenings sport, Douglas came home with some fine Loch Tay brownies, an ample reward for his help.
The best Pike weight has now been established at 46lbs in August 2007 and the best Brown Trout is 9.25lbs.in June 2006.

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