The ASSF is the recognised trade association for commercial trout
fisheries in Scotland. Its main roles are to promote and represent
member interests at all levels throughout the UK and beyond, and to
actively raise the professional standards of commercial fisheries in
1. “Can any fishery join the ASSF ?”
No, only fully commercial
fisheries are eleigible to join the ASSF. This means most club waters
2. “What makes ASSF waters different from other commercial
Professionals manage all our member waters and
therefore you know that the fishery will be well run on a day to day
basis.Only waters that can comply with our minimum levels of standards
are eligible to join the ASSF. These minimum standards include
everything from the state of the car park and toilets to good fish
management practices.”What happens if I have an accident at an ASSF
water?” Hopefully that will never happen as our members pride themselves
on the levels of maintenance they carry out at their waters.However, if
the worst does happen then it is good to know that at all ASSF waters
you are guaranteed to be covered by Public Liability Insurance. It is a
condition of membership that fisheries must have Public Liability
Insurance. This is not always the case with other fisheries as there is
no requirement in law to have any cover whatsoever.
3. “Am I guaranteed to catch a fish if I come to an ASSF water?”
Unfortunately there are no guarantees when it comes to catching
fish! What our members do provide is a professionally run fishery that
is well stocked with good quality fish. Free advice is always available
to anyone who needs it, be they beginner or expert. Never forget that
our members really want people to catch fish so that they will have a
day out to remember. We all know that if anglers keep having blank days
then they will simply stop coming back to the fishery. Our fisheries are
run as businesses and we therefore want anglers to come back again and
again, and continue to enjoy their angling.
4. “Do ASSF waters run any special events or competitions.”
Yes, the ASSF runs events that only take place at member fisheries as
well as taking part in other national events.
5. “Does the ASSF have a complaints procedure?”
Yes the ASSF
does have such a process that anglers can use if necessary. If an angler
has a serious complaint with a fishery then he should initially take it
up in writing with the relevant fishery. If the problem cannot be solved
then the angler should contact our Secretary in writing and it will be
raised at the next Council meeting. We do take any complaints very
seriously and we will do our best to sort things out in a quick and
professional manner. We are pleased to say that such complaints are few
and far between due to the high professional standards that we maintain.
6. “I have never fly fished in Scotland before. Do I need any special
The simply answer to that is no. There are obviously
special flies etc which are peculiar to a certain area but they are not
essential. Just bring along your normal fly fishing gear and it will
probably be fine. If you are still not sure then do not hesitate to
contact the fishery and they will be able to supply you with all the
information you need. ASSF waters attract anglers from all over the
world and are therefore used to answering these sort of questions.
7. “Can I get casting tuition or tackle hire at a fishery?”
Many member fisheries will happily arrange casting lessons for you. Even
if they do not have an instructor on site then they can usually supply
you with a contact name and phone number. Tackle hire is often available
but this varies from fishery to fishery and therefore it is always best
to enquire in advance to check details.
8. “Can ASSF waters arrange accommodation for me?”
fisheries do have accommodation on site or have contacts locally. If
not, then they should be apply to supply you with the telephone number
of the local Tourist Information Office where full lists of
accommodation etc can be obtained.
9. “When is the trout season in Scotland?”
The brown trout
season in Scotland runs from the 15th March to 6th October, inclusive.
There is no official close season for rainbow trout in Scotland. Because
of this many ASSF fisheries stay open all year and the fishing can still
be very good in the winter months. However, some of the larger waters do
close in the winter months, due to their geographical position etc, and
therefore it is always best to enquire in advance. As a general rule of
thumb, nearly all fisheries will be open for a minimum of April through
to October. All member fisheries are open seven days a week.
10. “Do I need a rod licence in Scotland?”
There is no system
of rod licences in Scotland (the situation is different in England and
Wales) and therefore all you need to do is buy a permit for the day you
wish to fish.
11. “Do I need to book fishing in advance?”
ASSF waters are
extremely popular and therefore it is always advisable to book in
advance. However, on many occasions fishing can be made available at
very short notice. As we all hate turning anglers away it is recommended
that you contact the fishery in advance if you are travelling any
distance. Bookings can usually be made anything up to a year in advance.