Guided fishing is no longer permitted on Lamington & District Angling Improvement Association water without prior written permission and where permission is granted the permission letter must be carried for inspection by the bailiff. This new rule is highlighted on this years permits as well as here on the website and the secretary will also be writing to different angling bodies. As such ignorance of the rule will not be deemed an acceptable excuse and any guides found to be working the river without carrying the written permission letter will be asked to leave the river.
The Association respects the role of guides and instructors, especially when it comes to helping newcomers to the sport however with limited space on the riverbank our season members access to the fishing must remain our highest priority. When the subject of guiding was raised at the AGM several proposals were offered by members and the committee with the rule now in place being passed with a unanimous vote. We believe this rule is being introduced for all the right reasons and while it is not an outright ban on guiding it will be used to prevent large guided parties restricting the access to fishing for season members, especially at known busy periods of the season.
Following our constitution it should be noted there is no burden of proof put on the bailiff, he has full authority to make judgements on the riverbank as he see's fit and any anglers put off the river have an appeals process to follow that the bailiff will inform them of. In the event an angler disagrees with the decision of the bailiff they are required to follow his instruction on the riverbank and advised to make their objection known to the secretary in writing by e-mail to email@example.com or by post to L&DAIA Secretary, 71 Russell Street, Wishaw, ML2 7AL. The secretary will raise the matter with the committee and reply at the earliest convenience.
We appreciate the assistance of all recognised angling bodies and their members as we police this new rule in the coming season.
Jim Lees (Sec), LaDAIA.
Unfortunately the picture above only represents half of the debris picked up from only a mile of water on two banks. A lot of that is of course washed downstream from other places and gathers on the flood plain, so it's not quite as bad as it seems and we are lucky in that the vast majority of our members either take their rubbish home or make use of the bins provided near some of the parking areas.
But the picture does show that maybe we could all make a little more effort, we all get to enjoy good fishing in beautiful countryside and taking good care of that is in all our interests.
Thank you all for your continued help in keeping the riverbanks clean, your efforts are appreciated.
Jim Lees (Sec), LaDAIA.
George, known to many as Geordie, died 21st April 2010 following a short illness.
George was a lifelong Association member and served on the committee as Association treasurer for many years, providing stability, continuity, local knowledge, enthusiasm and encouragement to all who worked alongside him for the benefit of Lamington & District Angling Improvement Association and the Clyde.
George could be seen almost every day on the river, and was always delighted to stop and talk about fishing in general, and fly fishing for wild brown trout in particular – it can be said that he had Clyde Water running in his veins. He was generous with his time and expertise, happy to pass on tips and knowledge to beginners and experienced anglers alike. Many times he’d go home with his fly box lighter, happy to have helped a struggling angler to catch trout.
His commitment to educating the next generation of anglers was demonstrated in his support for the Clyde in the Classroom project run by the Clyde River Foundation, who will benefit from the retiring collection held following his funeral.
He was passionate in his defence of the river, and over the last year, worked unstintingly as a founder member of CRAG (Clyde River Action Group) against a proposal for a sand and gravel quarry at Overburns, Lamington. His knowledge of the river environment and ecology was greatly appreciated and valued by all who served with him on the action group committee, and he will be sorely missed.
George’s greatest pleasure was reserved for his family – his wife of 41 years, Nancy, daughters Joanne, Lorna and Rebecca, and his grandchildren Logan, Lyle, Louis, Olivia, and twins Ava and Freya.
The Clyde has lost a great champion, and I have lost a good friend.
M Martin (Sec), LaDAIA