Junior & Youth Members


  1. Introduction. It is the policy of the Association to promote angling as a worthwhile and educational pastime for young people. It offers an excellent opportunity for parents/guardians and children to enjoy a shared experience.


  1. Categories of membership. There are two categories of membership for young persons – Youth and Junior. Junior members are aged 16 years and under. Youth members are aged 17 years to 21 years. This page applies to Junior members specifically, whereas Youth members enjoy the same privileges as Senior members.


  1. PDAA Junior Members. Junior members must obey the following rules:


  1. Junior members can be on the PDAA system, (Database and Booking system) provided that the parent or guardian of the junior member approves of this and advises the Association Secretary accordingly. 
  2. The Junior member must have an email address. If the junior member does not have his/her own email address, a @pdaa.co.uk address can be supplied. The parent or guardian must advise the Association Secretary of the Junior’s email address. If the Junior member’s parent or guardian is a PDAA member,  the Junior member cannot have the same email address as the parent/guardian otherwise the PDAA database system cannot function correctly.
  3. Junior members will not take part in ballots and cannot book fishing on-line. To fish on PDAA beats, junior members MUST be accompanied by the parent or guardian of the junior member.
  4. The parent/guardian, who must be a member of PDAA, will book a permit online or be allocated a permit via ballot.  The junior member can accompany the parent/guardian and rod share, provided this is allowable on the given beat (see below for allowable beats). Only one junior is allowed with one parent/guardian. Rod share is defined as having only one rod set for fishing on the river at any time between the junior and senior member. It is mandatory that only ONE rod is on the river at any one time; the other rod should be left on the river bank, at the fishing hut, or at the vehicle.
  5. Beats that allow rod sharing are as follows:
    1. Logierait
    2. Upper Delvine
    3. Upper Redgorton
  6. In certain cases, a potential junior member may want to join but his/her parent or guardian is not a member. In this case, the parent or guardian must write to the Secretary confirming that the junior member is allowed to be on the PDAA system and what email address should be used. The only way the junior member can fish is via the buddy system – see below.
  7. The “Buddy” System.            The buddy system is designed to give confidence to new members and involves experienced members willing to share some of their time with a new member and “rod share” for a half or full day on a suitable beat. The way this will work for junior members will be as follows:


  1. Experienced members who wish to volunteer as “Buddies” will have their names and email addresses promulgated on the website and updated as necessary. They are shown on the buddy system page.
  2. The junior members wishing to avail themselves of the “buddy” system will note the names and then go online to view the bookings on the appropriate beats.
  3. Note that the junior member can only view the booking system – bookings or changes cannot be made.
  4. When the junior member views the rod sharing beats and sees a “buddy” with a permit he will contact the “buddy” via email, agree the date and times and then turn up on the beat at the appropriate time. The parent or guardian must stay with the junior for the period of rod sharing whether the buddy is Disclosure Scotland certified or not.
  5.  The junior member should bring his/her own tackle and clothing or, with sufficient notice, PDAA can supply suitable tackle.
  6.  The role as “buddy” is to share experience of salmon fishing, talk about fly fishing (and spinning) techniques and make helpful suggestions on tackle, casting etc.
  7. Rod Sharing.   Note that when operating the buddy system only one rod should be at the river to ensure we keep within the rules of the beat and the issued permit i.e. both members can have their rod set for fishing but only ONE rod must be fishing at any one time - Permit holder fishing, new member beside him watching and learning (his rod at hut or car), or new member fishing, permit holder beside him chatting and commenting, permit holder rod at car or hut. 
  8. Note that for junior members learning salmon fishing, Upper Delvine is by far the best beat with good wading, few obstructions and good fly water.


  1. Tuition. It is important that Junior members receive early guidance in safety, sportsmanlike behaviour, stock preservation and the natural surroundings. Parents and guardians will be responsible for basic tuition. The PDAA committee can advise on potential coaches for more advanced tuition.


  1. All Fishing. The following rules apply:
    1. An automatic life preserver must be worn
    2. Eye protection should be worn, whether fishing or watching.
    3. Appropriate (for the weather) clothing must be worn, including head protection.
    4. The Junior member must be aware of what to do when a fish is caught (by junior or senior member)
    5. Fishing should not be attempted in adverse weather conditions, in particular, strong winds
    6. The Junior member must be aware of what to do if he/she falls in or if the senior member accompanying falls in.
    7. When boat fishing at Glensherup:


  1. Check the weather and take advice from the fishery managers.
  2. The Junior member and parent/guardian MUST wear life preservers.
  3. the Junior member must have received basic tuition in fly fishing before going out in the boat.
  4. Boats must only be taken out by competent boat users.
  5. When boarding the boat. Make sure the boat is moored and stable, always step into the middle of the boat, ensure both oars are in the boat before setting off.
  6. The number of persons must not exceed the limit stated for the boat.
  7. Do NOT stand up to fish.
  8. Do not lean too far over the side to net a fish – use a long-handled net.
  9. In rough choppy weather, never allow the boat to be driven ashore by the wind because submerged rocks in the beach area could capsize the boat.
  10. Always try and keep the boat in line with the waves/swell so that the boat is not being swamped sideways by the waves, better to have the waves hitting the bow of the boat.
  11. If you do have to turn the boat, pay attention to the freeboard, (distance between the top of the boat and the water), on the side of the boat, that it is not submerged on the turn.
  12. If someone falls in:
    • No one should ever try to climb back into a boat in deep water, because such action is liable to capsize the boat. If rowing the person who fell in should hang on to the back of the boat until reaching a suitable landing place on shore.  
    • If an outboard motor is used, never run the engine if anyone is in the water near the boat because the propeller could do serious damage. The person who fell in should hang on to the SIDE of the boat. Only start the engine when positive the person is clear of the propeller.
  13. Ensure the boat is secure before disembarking. Do not step on the side of the boat to access the shore or jetty.


  1. Child Protection Policy. PDAA has a vacancy for Child Protection Officer (CPO). Until further notice any member can contact the PDAA President if there are concerns for a Junior member’s safety. Telephone Number is 01738 620702.
    1. The Perth and Kinross Council Child Protection Helpline is 01738 476468