Scotland is world-renowned for its angling, and with the scenery and the variety of fishing available right here in the beautiful Scottish Borders, why not give it a try? You never know, you might land yourself a whopper.
The Jedforest Angling Association offers a wide range of angling options, and disabled accessible fishing is even available at one of the sites, so dust off that rod, pack some sandwiches and head to the waterside for a fishing experience to remember.
The Jedforest Angling Association holds the fishing rights for two fantastic sites very close to our historic town of Jedburgh: The River Teviot – a rather special tributary of the mighty Tweed, and Hass Lochs – two 5-acre lochs just to the south of town.
Excellent all-year-round fishing and a warm welcome await, so whether you’re a seasoned angler or you’re just looking for some-fin fun to do (sorry, couldn’t resist) while in the area, there are some absolute beauties lurking in there, just waiting to be landed.
And the scenery is as wonderful as the fishing – take your pick from a variety of locations in peaceful rolling farmland or deciduous woodland and fish your cares away. The secretary of the JAA has even been known to meet and greet newcomers, so he may guide you to the best spots and get you settled in on your first visit.
Check out the website at http://www.jedforest-angling.co.uk/ for more details.
Grayling and rainbow trout can be fished all year round, with catches over 3lb regularly landed.
Salmon and sea trout permits are available 1st Feb – 30th Nov (fly only from 1st – 14th Feb and 15th May – 30th Nov), although the biggest catches are to be found in the autumn, with fish over 20lbs.
Brown trout permits are available 1st April – 30th September (fly only 1st – 30th April).
The Teviot can be fished from as little as £7/day – or only £3 for juniors or OAPs.
Hass Lochs cost £15 per session per rod or £5 for a supervised junior.
At these prices, you can fish to your heart’s content, leaving you plenty of funds to test Scotland’s other famous water – the ‘water of life’ (whisky) as you swap fishing stories in one of Jedburgh’s famous hostelries.
Permits and booking
Book via the form on the JAA website: http://www.jedforest-angling.co.uk/
Alternatively, some types of permit are available from Taylor’s Newsagents on Jedburgh High Street and The Abbey Bridge Tollhouse at the southern edge of Jedburgh on the A68.
Hass Loch even has facilities for disabled fishing.
The upper loch has one excellently appointed disabled-accessible fishing spot, shown here, whereby the jetty is accessed over firm ground and is directly adjacent to, and almost level with the car park. Other jetties could also be disabled-accessed, but assistance may be required, as there is long grass and soft ground in places. The lower loch could also be accessed with care and/or assistance as it is necessary to go through a gate and down a slope to reach the lochside.
With such excellent angling facilities right on your doorstep, your trip to the Scottish Borders is sure to be one to remember. A limited number of fish can be bagged – check when booking – so you could be having freshly-caught fish for dinner.
And we won’t tell if you’re not entirely truthful about the size of your catch – it is a fishing tradition after all.
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