Briefing will be held outside office at 8:30am. All competitors MUST attend! 

Everything is in place  once again for this prestigious event.  Preliminary Championship heats will be held between fisheries scattered throughout Scotland. Allandale's preliminary heat will be held on Saturday March 17th.  Qualifiers from the primary heats will then go onto fish one of the two semi final heats before qualifying for the final match.  I am please to announce that Allandale once again will also host a semi final heat on September 1st.


The Scottish National Stillwater Championship is open to all anglers, resident in Scotland, over the age of 16 years.
The top 6 +1 reserve make the 2019 team to represent Scotland in ireland 2019 . Entry is £20 plus £20 fishing fees (inc lunch ). You can enter more than 1 heat and you only pay for fishing should you enter more heats. All rules are also on the SANA website:


Each heat will commence with a briefing & peg draw at 8:30am, with fishing commencing at 9am.


Entrants details are being taken now, up to & including the day of the competition if places are available!..


Competition rules, including our local rules!


Obligation of Competitors:



•This competition is open only to those anglers who meet the eligibility criteria to fish for Scotland as described by the governing body. This can be found here:####~
• The fishing will be carried out in the spirit of and with respect for the traditions of our sport.
• Competitors must respect the competition and local rules.
• It is responsibility of each competitor to take all safety measures, including eye protection and if wading, life preserving equipment. There is strictly No wading here at Allandale, bank fishing only.
• Competitors are not permitted to engage in any form of betting, including sweepstakes.
Duration and format of Competition
• Heats and then the final will be held over 1 day.
• Each competitor will draw a peg number prior to going on the water. The peg draw & briefing will be held outside the fishery office at 8:30am.
• Competitors will fish pegs on a rotation basis. A whistle will ring every 30 minutes to indicate that you must move in a clockwise direction.
. Competitors shall fish from, and not move from their allocated peg during any session.
• The competition will be points based. (explained further down)
•All competitors must gather outside the office by 8:45am for a debriefing  & to ask any questions you may have. Fishing will be 9:00am -4:30pm.
Eligible fish/Care of fish

• All species of trout caught of 12 inches or above will be counted.
• All fish must be netted to count. Fish must not be removed from the water and all nets must be both knotless & micro mesh nets, suitable for catch & release purposes & must be kept wet at all times.
• Only fish hooked in front of the rear edge of the gill cover will count.
• A fish hooked in a session must be landed within 10 minutes.
• All hooks must be barbless or debarbed.
• If a hooked fish swims into the adjacent peg, the
competitor must play and net the fish from their own peg.

• One conventional fly rod of no more than 12ft in length
may be used.
• Competitors may have up to a maximum of 3 rods made
up for use.
• Any factory made floating, sinking or sink tip lines may
be used, but no lead core lines.
• Neither sinking nor floating devices may be added to fly lines
• Neither sinking nor floating devices may be added to leader
• A single monofilament leader may be used, maximum length no grater than twice the length of the rod to be used.


• All hooks must be  barbless or debarbed single hooks, this also means *NO TANDEMS.
• Competitors may use floating or sinking artificial flies.
• Weighted flies are permitted, provided the weight is hidden in the dressing. *Beaded flies - The International rule will apply where only one 4mm bead can be visible in the dressing. This means the worm pattern for example can only have 1 bead showing, any other beads or addition weight must be hidden in the dressing.
• Each fly must be a single hook. * NO TANDEMS
•Painting alone does not constitute dressing.
•Strictly No Boobies allowed.
• Indicators may be used, but must be a dressed hook. This must be a dressed fly hook, not a manufactured sight indicator. The indicator counts as one of the three permitted hooks.
• Maximum of 3 flies permitted.
• All flies must be attached to leader in such a way that neither they nor the droppers slide along the leader material.
Scoring and placings

• Competitors will receive 2 points for every 1st fish at every peg
• A further 1 point will be awarded for any further fish
• There will be a limit of 5 fish per peg, i.e. maximum 6 points
• Anglers will then stop fishing and remain at peg until move is indicated
• Competitors must record time of 1st fish on scorecard
• In the event of a tie in number of points winner or qualifier will be based on time of 1st fish caught.
• Competitors must record and confirm catch with controller after each fish is caught to prevent confusion.
• Controller will normally be the angler nearest on your right.
• Failure to record fish after any session will result in no points being awarded for that session.
Results, Objections and prohibitions

• Results will be considered provisional for 30 minutes after official announcement.
• Any protest must be made within 15 minutes of end of heat or final to official present.
• Heat Official may be fishery or competition officials. They will be named at the briefing prior to each heat.
• The Senior Officials decision will be final.
• Any action by any competitor which would produce fraudulent or biased results is prohibited.
• Any competitor found to be in breach of fishing rules e.g. using barbed hook, will have all points removed up to time of infringement.
• Lack of sportsmanship towards other competitors, fishery staff or officials is prohibited.
• Competitors may not receive material help during the competition. Phones MUST be switched OFF!..
• Any consumption of alcohol is prohibited
. Competition officials and fishery staff have the right to check any competitors fishing tackle, including flies & clothing & have the right to confiscate any dubious items for analysis, including any flies, chemicals or substances.
• Any competitor who deliberately through any action does not comply with the Competition Rules may be subject to disciplinary action by the Governing Body of Game Angling in Scotland, SANA.

Tight lines to everyone in this superb event!..
*Questions & clarifications:
* I have been asked to explain a rule under sub heading 'Flies/hooks'.
Q. What constitutes a dressed indicator?
A. A dressed indicator must be an actual dressed fly pattern, this can be many things. However an artificial foam/plastic indicator or clump of yarn tied on to a hook is not acceptable. Heavy dressed CDC patterns such as High Rider Sedge variants are allowed, as are Floating Fry, Sedge Hoggs, other deer hair patterns, dry Blobs and anything else you can come up with. One of my own favourites is the Bubble Sedge Hogg CDC.
Remember, that as the indicator will be a dressed fly, it will count as one of your maximum of 3 flies to a cast

Netting & releasing fish /score cards -
For fish to count the fish must be netted. The fish should not be removed from the water or banked at any time. The angler must identify to their controller (the person immediately to their right will verify the fish to count. All cards should be marked immediately after fish are released & signed by your controller)
* Please note that the nets permitted for use in catch & release must be both knotless & micro mesh to prevent damage to the fish & should be kept wet at all times.

The list of 2017/18 semi final qualifiers are: (no specific order)


*Please note, we had a couple no shows at last years event on the day. This is simply not on & not fare to those anglers who wanted to fish the comp & were on the reserve list, when they could have fished if the no shows had made a simple phone call to withdraw their names from the event. As a result, I am insisting on a minimum of a £5.00 deposit per entrant being paid to secure places. This should be paid to the fishery at the latest,  1 week prior to the comp date  in order to give reasonable notice to the next listed anglers on the reserves list if places have not been confirmed by anyone & should then become available!..

If anyone has any questions, I will do my very best to help where I can. You can PM me here, call the fishery direct or pop in if you're passing.

This has always been a great competition and I hope you have a great day no matter how you are placed come the final whistle!..
Tight lines everyone in the comp & Tight lines Team Scotland 2018/19!..

*Iona @ The Tarn*



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