Caurnie Angling Club Scotland
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Antermony Loch, Milton Of Campsie, Fly Fishing Only
A brief history of the Antermony Loch.
In 1943, the Burgh of Kirkintilloch granted the Club the lease of Antermony Loch, which was the local water supply. The Club has held the lease of the loch since then. Through several changes of ownership involving Central Regional Council (1975), East of Scotland Water (1996) and the latest in 1998 when East Dunbartonshire Council obtained the loch. In 1998, a ten-year renewable lease was signed with East Dunbartonshire Council with a view to the Club making significant capital investment at the loch including building a clubhouse. This failed to transpire for a variety of reasons, but mainly because one of the buildings, the demolition of which would be necessary, was retained by the Water Board until 2005
Throughout the Club’s tenancy, its ethos has been the provision of quality, traditional trout fishing for the community, at prices all sections of the community can afford. Membership is open to residents of East Dunbartonshire at a very reasonable cost. A full season’s fishing (205 days) costs the same as four days on a commercial rainbow trout fishery. Day tickets are available in local outlets for non-members and visitors, and many bird watchers and locals visit the loch. This benefit to the community is reflected in our large membership, currently 246, with a thriving junior membership of over 40. This makes the Club one of the largest in Scotland.
Under the Club’s stewardship, Antermony Loch is now one of the few local waters to offer predominantly traditional brown trout fishing, in contrast to the many local rainbow trout ponds, two of which are located within quarter of a mile of the loch.
The Club stocks fish at scientifically recommended levels, to minimise harm to the loch. The Club also uses traditional algal control techniques such as barley straw bales
Over the years sympathetic management of the loch and its environs has produced a haven for wildlife. In addition to the fish, there a great variety of birdlife, plus abundant insect life and mammals such as; rabbits, stoats, pipistel bats, butterflies and moths etc. and in the summer we have ospreys and otters as visitors. To illustrate this diversity, below is a list of some of the birdlife recorded by one of our members: barn owl, blue tit, buzzard, carrion crow, chaffinch, coal tit, coot, curlew, goldeneye, goldfinch, goosander, great crested grebe, great tit, greylag goose, grey wagtail, heron, kestrel, lapwing, linnet, little grebe, mallard, mistle thrush, moorhen, mute swan, osprey, oyster catcher, peregrine falcon, pheasant, pied wagtail, pochard, raven, reed bunting, ruddy duck, sand martin, sedge warbler, snipe, song thrush, sparrow-hawk, swallow, teal, treecreeper, tufted duck, widgeon, wren, and yellowhammer
Recently, in addition to the other improvements, the Club has bought weeping birch trees, for planting at the lochside, built bridges over feeders, casting platforms and a special easy access jetty for less active anglers. The club has laid many metres of improved pathway to assist access for anglers and visitors. For a part of history Click on the following link
Records show the Club to have been in existence since 1925 when it was formed from the amalgamation of other local clubs including the Kelvin Valley Angling Club and Kirkintilloch Angling Club.
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