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This page will regularly be updated with information from the Association, news from the river, details of the best flies and tactics, and hints and tips to help you catch more fish.

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GAA Summer Outing 2017 – 3 Sept.



TD11 3PE

Please use own / shared transport; be at the Watch at 0900hrs for a 0930hrs start.

Pay for your own permit on arrival so please bring cash – 8hr permit / 3 fish = £25.

Members can register by contacting our Competition Secretary, Alan Simpson, on Mobile No. 07751332092 or via the “Contact Us” page on this site .

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Competitions – revised dates

The Crichton Cup and Alex Gall Quaich are both being re-run as no fish were weighed in at the original competitions in April and May.  The Wintrup Cup, Bill Hill Trophy and Loch competitions will go ahead as planned. 

26th July 2017 – CRICHTON CUP – 1700 to 2200hrs on GAA Water – Weigh in 2215 to 2230hrs.

29th July 2017 – ALEC GALL QUAICH – 0800 to 1600hrs on GAA Water – Weigh in 1615 to 1630hrs.

Entry to these Competitions is open to all LOCAL (TD1 postcode) members.  Entries can be registered by contacting our Competition Secretary, Alan Simpson, on Mobile No. 07751332092 or via the “Contact Us” page on this website

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1st Loch Comp – Stantling Craigs – 11 June

The Association’s first loch competition will be held on Sunday 11 June from 9am until 4pm at Stantling Craigs.  Entries should be made at Border Angling Centre, Galashiels.

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2017 Tickets On Sale Now

Salmon, Trout and Grayling season tickets for 2017 are now on sale from Border Angling Centre, High Street, Galashiels ((01896) 751620).  You can also get your season tickets at Clovenfords Hotel and Kingskowes Hotel.  Day tickets can be obtained from these outlets and can also be purchased online at FishTweed.

Ticket pricing and structure have remained the same as in 2016 so still deliver fantastic value for money.  See Tickets page for details.


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AGM 2017 – 21 Feb









An open invitation is extended to all Life Members


Ordinary Members (resident within the TD1 Postcode area.)


Any “Ordinary Member” wishing to raise any business or introduce any proposal at this General Meeting should give written intimation of such business / proposal – along with details of Proposer / Seconder via the ‘contact us’ page on this site.

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On Friday 11th November we held our Annual Dinner & Presentation evening in the Kingsknowes Hotel, Galashiels. 

This year saw another increase in the numbers attending and we had a mixture of 21 Life Members, Members & guests around the table for what proved a very relaxed and enjoyable evening. 

After the Chairman’s welcome, introduction & toast to “absent friends”, Life Member & Entertainments convenor – Mr Tom Dalgleish said Grace and a minutes silence was observed in remembrance of the fallen. 

Following Dinner the presentation evening commenced, the Trophies were presented by Life Member Mr Les Thin to our 2016 Competition winners and the 2016 Champion Angler. 

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Watch Water Proposal

valve toeThe Committee members of Gala Angling Association are currently looking to expand the benefits of membership of the Association and try to increase access to fishing waters for our members.

One of the options being looked at is taking a weekday membership at the Watch Water Fly Fishery near to Longformacus in Berwickshire. The option on offer to us at the moment is a one weekday membership (Monday to Friday) – for two rods, fishing from a boat – or bank if the weather conditions do not permit use of the boat.

  • Fishery will remain open until the end of October.
  • Fishing will be between the hours of 9AM till dusk.
  • We would have the same nominated day & boat each week.
  • Fishing Catch & Release – any fish killed would be charged for over & above permit price.
  • Use of & access to the lodge toilets.
  • Costings are still to be finalised bearing in mind we would need to purchase life vests, outboard, batteries etc.

There are other terms & conditions however, before YOUR Committee make any decision on what will be a significant cost item of expenditure for 2016, we want to make sure that YOU -the members of the Association – would use The Watch Water Fishery.

Please use the “contact us” link to let us know what you think about this idea – would you support / use the fishing on offer?

REMEMBER – it’s your Association and this is another opportunity for you to have your say.

Tight Lines for 2016..!!!

Huntley Wells

Chairman – Gala Angling Association


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