The Shetland Anglers Association was formed in 1920 and has, over the years, done much to protect and improve the fishing, both for brown trout and sea trout. It owns certain fishing outright and rents or has permission to fish on most of the other mainland waters. Since 1995 the Association has been pursuing a comprehensive stocking programme of both sea trout and brown trout, principally in waters on the mainland and Yell, aided by grants from the Shetland Islands Council, Shetland Enterprise, Shetland Community Councils and also European funds. All these fish have been reared in Shetland and it is hoped that the increase in numbers of fish in the lochs and burns which have been stocked will continue and we can look forward to a bright future for angling in Shetland.
Fishing permits can be purchased at either the Lerwick Tourist Office or the tackle shop, Rod and Line, which is in Harbour Street in Lerwick. The SAA organises a number of fishing competitions during the season running separate boat and bank leagues and the visiting angler will be made most welcome at these. Details will be supplied with your permit.
Boats for hire – The Association has a number of boats for hire and at the present these are located at the following lochs – Loch of Benston, Loch of Asta, Loch of Northouse, Loch of Clousta, Loch of Tingwall, Sulma Water and Punds Water. These can change but details of boat locations and hire can be got from the tackle shop.
Clubhouse – The SAA owns an unlicensed clubhouse, situated in Burns Lane in Lerwick, to which the visiting angler is most welcome. Hours of opening are from 8.30pm and 11.00pm on most Tuesdays and Fridays.
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