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Loch Achonachie Angling Club

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL REMINDER

I've now processed 117 renewals since start of February to 4th March. Members who haven't renewed yet will receive email reminders this week. Season 2024 is approaching fast - don't be caught out. Although a membership form is available to download from this website it is OK for you to renew simply by email and pay by BACS bank transfer using our banking details below. If you have any address or phone changes etc just add them in to your reply and we'll update for you. Alternatively, if you still wish to pay by cheque or cash just post it to the address on the form.

Renewals 2024 : Adult membership £70 : Seniors £50 : Disabled £40 : Juniors (under 16 ) free

We look forward to getting your renewal as soon as you can if possible, remembering that the exchange tickets on several rivers opening in February are now available to all renewed and new members before the start of our own season. (We currently have Exchange Permit arrangements with 12 other clubs). Any questions please get in touch.

Stephen Dowds, LAAC Chairman/Secretary email achonachie.angling@gmail.com


BACS DETAILS FOR ONLINE RENEWALS/JOINING

Royal Bank of Scotland Sort Code 83-18-01

A/C LOCH ACHONACHIE ANGLING CLUB 00122465


New members can email or post a completed form to the club chairman Stephen Dowds at achonachie.angling@gmail.com with note of your BACS payment - please use your name in your bank’s reference entry – if you are renewing as a member from last season please include your name AND usual membership number - same as last season.

ALL VISITOR PERMITS WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR BOOKING AGENT CONTIN FILLING STATION 01997421948

– CHECK OUT THE ”CLUB WATERS” PAGES TO CHOOSE YOUR VENUES FOR SEASON 2024

PLEASE NOTE: NO OUTBOARDS AVAILABLE ON OUR LOCHS

New members can download an application form from the website by following this link Click here .... all details for joining online are on the downloadable form.

Loch Achonachie Angling Club controls Salmon fishing on the Upper Conon and Upper Blackwater rivers in the Ross-shire Highlands and wild Brown Trout fishing on both of these rivers along with Loch Meig, Loch Achonachie and Loch Scardroy.

Amongst our waters you can also find fine Sea Trout, Arctic Char, Perch and Pike. Details of permit prices and membership costs are available here. The season in all our waters mainly extends from 1 April to 30 September inclusive for all species. Back in season 2020 we began opening our waters for Brown Trout on 15 March running until the 6th October. The season for salmon on the Conon system starts 1 April and ends on 30 September.

The club has a membership of over 300 anglers including some keen junior members in 2023 some of whom have enjoyed salmon fly fishing lessons over the past three years. Fishing is open from 1 April for visitors buying day tickets and it is still possible to join the club by completing the application form via email and paying by BACS or posting the form and paying by cheque. To join the club email achonachie.angling@gmail.com

A full set of Club Rules can be downloaded by Clicking Here and are also available by email from achonachie.angling@gmail.com

General safety information for anglers can also be downloaded by Clicking Here.


Disabled Access

The club makes some provision for the disabled, near the pontoons on Loch Meig and at the riverbank on North No. 1 beat of the Upper River Conon. There is reasonably easy access to fish in these designated areas.

Gift Vouchers

The club has available our own Gift Vouchers and we can arrange for suitable gifts for Christmas, birthdays and special occasions in any required sum or a gift membership subscription. These are available from achonachie.angling@gmail.com

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About Us

Loch Achonachie Angling Club was formed in 1953 by local anglers, to administer the fishings on the Upper Conon, Loch Achonachie, Loch Meig and the Upper Blackwater, on behalf of the then Hydro Electric Board – now SSE.

In 1985, Hydro Electric decided to sell their fishings on the Conon and Blackwater rivers and the club was faced with the possible loss of access to the Upper Conon and Upper Blackwater salmon and trout fishing.

Starting with only £300.00 in the bank, the club set up a fund-raising committee. Through a number of innovative fund-raising schemes, together with grant aid from Ross and Cromarty Leisure Services, help from HIDB, and a sizeable monetary gift from Lochluichart Estate, the club were able to purchase the Upper Blackwater and Upper Conon Salmon and Trout fishing.

The fishing on Loch Achonachie and Loch Meig was retained by Hydro Electric and is let to the club.. Hydro Electric gifted the five wooden boats they owned on the two lochs to the club in 1991. In addition, the club has trout fishing on Loch Beannachrain (Loch Scardroy) at the head of Strathconon, leased annually from the estate owners.

Organisation of the Club

The club is formally constituted and an Executive Committee, which consists of the officers of the club and up to 12 other members, conducts the affairs of the club. The officers of the club consist of a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, and Treasurer. The immediate past Chairman is also an office bearer. All are elected annually at the AGM held in December and will have previously served on the Committee. The Executive Committee appoints the club Secretary.

The club has well over 350 ordinary and junior members and 50 life and honorary members. These members reside primarily in the locality e.g. Strathpeffer, Dingwall, Strathconon, Beauly, Black Isle, Fortrose, Inverness etc. but we do have members from as far away as Glasgow, Orkney, Wolverhampton, London, Wales and Devon. Membership is growing at present and we always aim to increase the number of junior members over each season.

Download our Aims and Objectives document here

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