Welcome to all new and existing members. This cold blast has kept most people away from the river with very little to report.

It has been confirmed, despite our appeals, that the Eden will be a category  3 river this year. No salmon can be killed. We still need to fish for salmon and give an accurate catch return or we will remain as category 3. It is now obvious that all categories will be determined by the catch numbers.

To date, we have still not received any information from SEPA regarding the lack of weed in the river. We will continue to press them for an answer.

Hopefully the weather will improve soon and we can look forward to an enjoyable season.

Happy New Year.

A happy new year to everyone. Here's hoping it will be a better one for the Eden and the Association. At present there has been no further news regarding the category 3 status. If we receive any update we will publish it as soon as possible.


A local area group, headed by Dr. Andrew Black of St. Andrews University, are looking into drought and it's effects on the river Eden environment. Anyone wishing to attend a public meeting on the subject please see below

  1. Public meeting on Sat 20th Jan from 9.30, Lomond Hills Hotel, Freuchie - focus on the effects of climate change on farming and the wider environment in the Eden catchment . Registration link & further details here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/climate-change-agriculture-in-ne-fife-tickets-41887744371

I would imagine that entry would be possible on the day, but please use the link to gauge response.


The secretary would like to thank all those that attended the meeting. Considering the size of the membership the attendance was disappointingly low. The main point of interest for the members was the decision to keep ticket prices the same as last year. The following report was given to the meeting by the secretary.



The secretary was unhappy to report that Marine Scotland had given the Eden a category 3 status for the 2018 season. On behalf of the membership he had appealed this decision. He understood that other appeals had been lodged on our behalf including an appeal by the TDS FB. Whether these appeals are successful remains to be seen but as yet Marine Scotland have not produced any reliable scientific data to back the decision to make the Eden a category 3 River.



The secretary reported that once again the annual catch returns were poor. There has been encouraging use of the catch return form on the website but the majority of members did not send in their annual catch return. Without this information it is very difficult to assess the actual health of the River. At this point in time, it would appear that the salmon and finnock catch would be down from last year’s figure.


Several members including the secretary had noticed that there was no weed growing in the River below Springfield. This could have a catastrophic effect on the ecology of the River. The lack of weed meant that there was little or no cover for the fish and left them wide open to predators. The whole ecology of the River was in jeopardy. The secretary had contacted SNH, the TDSFB and SEPA. None of these government agencies offered any practical help. After contacting the local MSP, SEPA agreed to investigate the situation with an ecology unit. As yet the secretary has not received any reports on their findings.


The secretary had attended several of the Tay board committee meetings over the year. He hoped to highlight the River Eden and its ongoing problems. So far the board will not commit to taking salmon from the Eden for breeding purposes nor did they seem particularly interested in this year’s problem of all the weed dying out. They had conducted a survey of juvenile salmon in 2016 and 2017 however none of the data from these surveys has been made available to the Association. The secretary intends to attend that the Tay board AGM to raise points on behalf of the Association.