Last updated 07/06/2024 

Allandale Tarn Fishery is a  member of the Association of Scottish Stillwater Fisheries (ASSF)

Allandale Tarn issues a a warm welcome to all anglers and angling clubs.
The Tarn itself has had over 180 years to mature, ensuring the
large numbers of aquatic & terrestrial insects that make Allandale a superb venue for dry fly and nymph fishing. Top of the water action can usually be found at some point in the day with Damsel nymphs being a particular favourite throughout the year.
The Tarn is stocked daily with a wide range of quality fish, including Rainbow trout, Blue trout, Golden trout, Artic Char, Brook trout, Brown trout &Tiger Trout, ranging from 1.8lb's up to over 19lb's.


Permit options

Fly Fishing catch & keep -

(Fish limit + catch and release after limit reached)

Day (9am - 4.30pm)                3 fish+C/R       33.00

7 & 1/2 hours max    

Any 4 hours                            ~  2 fish+C/R       24.00


6 hours                                    ~ 2 fish+C/R        26.00


Parent and 1 child (under 14)                              40.00

up to 7 & 1/2 hours  ~ 4 fish limit shared + unlimited C/R after take limit reached. 

Family permit:                                                     50.00
Parent and 2 children (under 15) or 2 adults & 1 junior                                                           

up to 7 & 1/2 hours  ~ 5 fish limit shared + umlimited C/R after take limit is reached .                                                                                                      

Junior or senior (Mon~Fri)      ~ 2 fish + C/R      24.00

Any 7& 1/2 hours                    

Catch & release only

(Barbless hooks only on catch & release)

Any 4 hours                                                            18.00

7 & 1/2 hours                                                          22.00


6 hours                                                                    20.00

Junior or Senior (mon~fri any 7.5hrs)                  18.00

1.) All visitors please check in at the fishery office prior to going  near the water.
2.) Fly fishing only. Permitted flies only. - *Pre formed grub types or worms pushed onto a fly or bare hook is NOT fly fishing.
3.) All brown trout must be safely returned.
4.) If on a kill permit, you must take your allowed fish limit before going on to catch & release. No selective fishing except to release Brown trout.
5.) Maximum of 3 flies to a cast.
6.) Single hooks only. No doubles, trebles or tandems..
7.) Leader material should be a minimum of 5lb breaking strain.
8.) No Littering. The only thing you should be throwing in the water is your cast of flies. No food stuff in the water either.
9.) No gutting fish on site.
10.) No dogs or any other pets allowed.
11.) No rod sharing permitted. A maximun of 2 non anglers accompanying the permit holder allowed. We already restrict the amount of permit holders on the water at any time to allow plenty of space.
12.) Children under the age of 16 must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
13.) No Swimming.
14.) No alcohol alllowed.
15.) All catches must be weighed in before leaving.
1.) Flies must be barbless or de-barbed.
2.) No 'Booby' flies.
3.) When your fly is on the water, you MUST have your rod in your hands at all times. This is to prevent fish from swallowing down the fly.
4.) Fish MUST be kept in the water at all times. The use of landing nets is permitted. Fish should be returned quickly without handling them. No handling fish for photo's.

Opening times at the moment:

The gates open at 8am.
Our current hours of fishing are:
Monday CLOSED.
Tuesday CLOSED.
Wednesday 9am - 10.00pm.
Thursday 9am - 10.00pm.
Friday 9am - 10.00pm.
Saturday 9am - 10.00pm.
Sunday 9am - 10.00pm.

Annual Membership

Annual membership to the Tarn is available for only 10 for any 12 months from date of purchase. This gives anglers 1.00 off every permit, 1/2 dozen of The Tarns favourite flies & a Free 7&1/2 hour permit after every 10 purchased. (either 2+C/R or C/R only), depending if you normally get a take fish permit.


                                       Equipment hire
We do not currently hire equipment or loan nets. Please bring your own.

Best Flies and tactics

The excellent natural feeding in the Tarn makes it especially important that the fly fisher is aware of what is currently on the trout's menu. Click to find an up to date report on what tactics have been working best!

History of The Tarn

Allandale Tarn used to be called the Victoria named after the ruling Monarch of the day, Queen Victoria. It was originally used as a holding pool to refill passing steam trains and so is well over 160 years old. The biology has had this long to develop and is the secret to the incredible feeding in the Tarn. At that time, during the winter months it was also used as the local curling pool, however the Tarn has long since been deepend & the waters basin has been sculpted to create varied depths, suited to a wide variety of plant life & insect species.

Bait Fishing ~ Click here

to find out permit options & suggestions on how & what's catching best on the Bait pool.

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