The Trout Anglers Club Edinburgh (1899 ~)





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 Secretary:    Alan W. Gray.


Club Membership For 2017

As we approach the start of another new season anglers will be digging out their tackle in anticipation of the new challenges ahead. Dates will be getting churned out on the calendar for club outings and the beginning of a new competitive season.

Whether it is at national or international level the majority of anglers all belong to an angling club. Out on the angling circuit we are constantly being asked where and how join  a fishing club.

 There are several recognised clubs in and around the city area, all with their own merits.One such club is the Edinburgh Trout Anglers who have over 100 years of angling history.The club is well-established with fine premises based in central city place Edinburgh and is currently on the lookout for new members to join its ranks.

No matter the angling ability of each individual the club makes everyone welcome and has outings to both river and city.


Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland;

Those members of the club who do not have a personal echo sounder and fish finder, may find these depth maps of hundreds of Scottish Lochs very useful URL Link Below.

Scottish Lochs:

Loch Leven.

Linlithgow Loch:

Lake of Menteith:


Submitted By John G Langlands,Esq. 

Edinburgh Trout Anglers Club

If you are interested in joining our club and/or finding out more, please come along on a Tuesday night after 5 pm to have a look round and have a friendly chat with our club members. All are welcome..


The Edinburgh Trout Anglers Club 29 Dundas Street.

  • Over the years the club has been graced with several anglers who have gone on to achieve international honors on both the rivers and lochs and any new members will only learn from their experience.

  • Apart from social outings the club meets annually for dinner and the presentation of Silverware and prizes.Contact in the first instance can be made through the secretary at Address

    29 Dundas Stree

  • Edinburgh, EH3 6QQ

    or telephone 0131-556 6656 –

    Opening Times: Monday – Friday 5:oo pm till 11:oo pm


    or contact Alan Gray on 0131-334 1255.

    or E-mail Address


         Tight Lines On the River, Edinburgh, Scotland. By J.P. Burleigh: 

I had the privilege of living in Edinburgh, capital of Scotland. Apart from whiskey, kilts and bagpipes, they also lays claim to the origins of fly fishing. 

During the fall of 2016, I had the immense privilege of living in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Apart from whiskey, kilts and bagpipes, Scottish culture also lays claim to the origins of fly fishing. Although historians disagree about where and when fly fishing began, there is strong evidence to suggest that Scotland gave birth to the sport centuries ago. Fly fishing is heavily rooted in Scottish history, and the waters of Scotland still teem with beautiful fish.

My first stop exploring Edinburgh was neither the castle nor any museum, but the Edinburgh Trout Anglers Club, the meeting grounds of a group of like minded individuals bound by a common love of fish and drink. I was welcomed by Alex Bell, the president, and introduced myself to the members who were intrigued to meet an eager young American angler. Over a few pints and games of snooker, I listened to fish stories and soaked in the wisdom of how and where to fish in Scotland.

All inland water of the United Kingdom is privately owned, which means fishing requires written permission—usually at a fee—from the landowner. This cultivates an exclusive spirit for the sport; the best runs are often expensive to fish for the day. At the same time, competition for business encourages landowners to take good care of their fisheries. Many times a full-time “ghillie” is hired to take care of the water.

My first catch in Scotland came the next weekend on a hike on Mt. Roshven, which overlooks Lochailort, a sea loch on the northwest coast of Scotland. After a four-hour adventure to the summit, my two friends and I found our way down the mountain by following a trickle of water until it grew into a stream. It led us down the side of the mount into a valley, over rolling hills until we at last reached the bottom. Before the stream met the loch, I assembled my trusty 5-weight, tied on a Prince Nymph and cast. To my delight, a wild brown trout eagerly nailed the fly as I crawled it back to me.

Relaying this story gave me a bit of credibility back at the Trout Anglers Club. I received an invitation to join them on their last outing of the year to Loch Leven, home to Loch Leven Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner. I went out with club members and fished from a “clinker” – an old wooden rowboat that had been fitted with an outboard. Once a world-renowned brown trout fishery, the loch has fallen victim to farm runoff. Although a majestic place to practice casting, we caught no fish that day.



Hungry for more, I recruited my friend Joe Bell from the club, whom I fished with on Loch Leven, to go on a salmon expedition on the River Earn one Saturday. Although not the most expensive river to fish in the area, we were taken good care of by the ghillie Sandy MacIntosh, a short man with rosy cheeks who dressed in green overalls. He treated us to coffee with whiskey in the lodge before walking us along the river, showing us the best spots from which to cast. Even though none of the four people Sandy hosted that day landed a fish, getting the full experience of fishing a Scottish river is something I will never forget.


My greatest achievement fishing in Scotland came on an individual trip. Early one morning, I boarded a train to the town of Galashiels, in the Borders area near England. I hopped off the train, took a bus for a bit, then hitchhiked the rest of the way to the famed River Tweed—one of the premier salmon rivers in Scotland. Salmon season was over, though, and I was there for grayling—a less targeted species and subsequently far cheaper to get a permit for. I searched the water by Czech nymphing, which is high-sticking heavy flies along the very bottom. With less than an hour of daylight left, I finally felt a tug and set the hook in a mouth of a beautiful grayling. There is nothing like the feeling of success on a self-guided fishing trip.



Those are the highlights of my time fly fishing Scotland, where the sport itself emerged. I made many friends, some with legs and some with fins, and saw some of the most beautiful rivers and country in the world. If you ever have the chance to visit the northernmost nation of the United Kingdom, leap at the opportunity. The people, the land, and the fish there are unlike anywhere else, and you’ll be sad to leave them.


Bucket List: Edinburgh, Scotland


(2017 Season Outings) (CLOSED)

Linlithgow Loch ————— Thursday 20th April——Day Outing——5 Boats.

The Lake of Menteith ——– Thursday 4th May———Day Outing——-5 Boats.

Linlithgow Loch ————— Thursday 18th May——-Evening Outing–5 Boats.

Black Loch ———————- Friday 9th June————-Evening Outing–5 Boats.

The Lake of Menteith ——– Thursday 27th July———Day Outing——-5 Boats.

The Lake of Menteith ——– Thursday 10th August——Day Outing——-5 Boats.

The Lake of Menteith —— –Thursday 31st August——–Day Outing——-5 Boats.

The Lake of Menteith———-Tuesday 26th September—Day Outing——-5 Boats.

Linlithgow Loch.  (Outing 1)

 Linlithgow Loch 20th April (Day outing)

Conditions; Good, a bit windy in the morning
9 rods
24 fish caught, with a combined weight of 57.5lb
Heaviest basket, 5 fish weighing 14.5lb.


Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.  Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

 Lake of Menteith.  (Outing 2)

The Lake of Menteith – Thursday 4th May (Day outing)
Conditions; Good to start with, slight wind and overcast.
Stronger wind later in the day, clouds disappeared
12 rods.
19 fish caught, with a combined weight of 47lb 9oz
Heaviest basket,4 fish weighing 10lb 8oz
8 fish returned.


A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work. 

Linlithgow Loch.  (Outing 3)


Linlithgow Loch – Thursday 18th May (Evening outing)
Conditions; good with a slight wind
10 rods
29 fish caught, with a combined weight of 71lb 7oz
Heaviest basket, 5 fish weighing 12lb 4oz
11 fish returned.

There are two types of fisherman - those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish.

The Black Loch.  (Outing 4)

The Black Loch Fishery – Friday 9th June (Evening outing)
Conditions, good with a slight wind
9 rods,35 fish caught, with a combined weight of 77lb 4oz
Heaviest basket, 5 fish weighing 11lb 5oz
Heaviest fish, 4lb 4oz.

May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it.

The Lake of Menteith.  (Outing 5)

 The Lake of Menteith – Thursday 27th July (Evening outing)

Conditions; good with a slight wind. Fish difficult to catch.

9 rods,19 fish caught, with a combined weight of 57 1/2lbs

Heaviest basket, 4 fish weighing 12lb 10ozHeaviest fish (2) 4lb 8oz

 May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it.  ~Irish Blessing



The Lake of Menteith.  (Outing 6)

The Lake of Menteith – Thursday 10th August (Day outing)
Conditions, Good to start, with a slight wind. Overcast. Wind
strengthening as day went on.
9 rods
22 fish caught, with a combined weight of 57lb 1oz
Heaviest fish, 3lb 14oz
3 anglers had bag limits. 

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.

Lake of Menteith (Outing 7)


Tuesday 5th September (Day outing)
Conditions, good with a brief period of rain.
9 rods
19 fish caught, with a combined weight of 55lb 6oz
Three anglers had bag limits.


I fish better with a lit cigar; some people fish better with talent.  ~Nick Lyons, Bright Rivers, 1977


The Lake of Menteith (Outing 8)


Tuesday 26th September (Day outing)

Conditions; good all day, 9 rods

Catch and release only due to algae,

22 fish returned.

All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish.  ~Harold F. Blaisdell, The Philosophical Fisherman, 


The 2017 Edinburgh Trout Anglers Club Whisky Tasting Evening


Our Whisky tasting  evening will be held on Friday 19th May, at Edinburgh Trout Anglers Club,29 Dundas Street, the tasting event will consist of a 10-15 minute entertaining presentation about the history of Whisky and the different types and why it’s so popular, followed by a discussion on how best to savour your Whiskey. Normally we will select a variety of single malt Whisky to sample, with a selection of fruit and crackers to nibble on, we also have a fun no prize quiz after the tasting. The key objective is for you and your guests to have an enjoyable and memorable occasion. Your Whisky presenter for the evening will be the connoisseur of Whisky and strong Drink David Williamson 



BBQ  Trout Anglers Club (2016)


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Rutland Waters Centenary Outing Year 2000 ( Fun Had By All)



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