03 JULY 2020
Well, the last few weeks have certainly been unprecedented and very challenging for us all.
TODAY, Friday 3rd July, marks the day that many of our members who live further than 5 miles away from our glorious fishing, can now travel to the water.
We have had remarkable success in providing our Digital Permits scheme over the past 2 months and my personal thanks go to those committee members who devised and worked through the system on behalf of us all.
Happily, our usual local retail outlets are now open and permits are available from Alyson’s Flowers and Bert’s Tackle shop.
Currently our secretary is seeking detail of companies or insured individuals who have tools and could undertake grass cutting to assist us in riverbank maintenance fairly soon. Please let us know of any contacts you may have. Email:
We have had reports of lovely Brown Trout being caught throughout our waters and, recently, sightings of Salmon in our favourite pools. Let’s see some photos.
Finally, and following an absence since March, I am today & tomorrow, about to experience the sheer joy of fishing our Rivers Irvine and Annick and would encourage ALL our members to do the same. Please say “hello”
when you see me (or any fellow member) – but maintain social distancing and follow all the government rules and guidelines.
All my very best wishes.
Tight lines.

Best regards. BILL GIDDINGS (

25 May 2020 – NEW DIGITAL PERMIT – COVID – 19

There are particular constitutional difficulties in linking an outside payment platform direct to the Club’s accounts. We have arranged a way to circumvent the problem to enable prospective members to purchase their memberships prior to easing of the lockdown on Thursday 28th May and prior to the usual outlets reopening.

Once operational again, Alyson’s Flowers and Bert’s Tackle shop should be the main port of call for Permits to fish etc.

The management committee have arranged for a Temporary Digital Permit to be made available. This can be purchased through a link on an email and will be operated through our Webmaster’s business Paypal account. We have confirmed with Cliff that ONLY season permits for Adults and Juniors will be available in this way, and that fees will be the same as the outlets would have been following the usual sale nights at Townend Centre. Fees are Adult age 16 to 17 years £15.00 Adults aged 18 years and over £35.00. Juniors age between 10 and 15 years £5.00, Juniors under 10 years FREE and Senior Citizens £15.00.

No day tickets meantime until the opening of our usual outlets.

The procedure is as follows:

  1. Send an email to requesting a temporary permit and NAME THE INDIVIDUAL AND FULL ADDRESS required. There could be more than one individual – but name each name and address separately.
  2. You will receive a reply to your email confirming the cost and giving a payment link to Cliff’s Paypal account and a reference to use when making payment.
  3. Once your payment is made and confirmed to us you will also receive confirmation and email copies of the permits requested or immediate use. Original hard copies will then be posted to you.
  4. The digital permit can either be shown on a smartphone or printed should you need to display your legal written permission to fish.

Please remember that Social Distancing is still required and we still follow the guidelines issued by the Scottish Government.

Please stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.

Best regards. BILL GIDDINGS (

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