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 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.
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.