Fishing on the River Annan

The River Annan is an intimate river that throughout most of its length offers quality fishing for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling. Almost the entire river is coverable by anyone with moderate ability with many of the beats offering some classic fly water.
The Annan has a slowly improving spring run of salmon with the main runs of fish starting any time from late May/June depending on water conditions, the Annan is a spate river and the presence of salmon as well as the quality of fishing is directly affected by rainfall and river conditions. During wet summers July and August can be prime months with the bulk of the run present in the river by September.
The main sea trout run happens during June and into July with a run of earlier fish (often bigger fish) during May and sometimes April. With little or no water the sea trout will quickly progress upstream to the middle and upper beats where there is plenty of good fly water for night time fishing for sea trout. In recent years the Annan has produced a number of large sea trout into double figures with the largest in recent years weighing 14lb 4oz.
The river Annan is fast growing a reputation as one of the best wild brown trout rivers in the UK with its prolific hatches and free rising trout to in excess of 6lb. the best of this fishing can be had during the spring and early summer before the main salmon and sea trout runs appear. Trout fishing is available throughout the Annan catchment.
There has over recent years been a surge in the popularity of grayling fishing with many of the beats previously closed to winter fishing now offering reasonably priced day tickets for grayling over the course of the winter. The Annan has some exceptional specimen grayling to over 3lbs although like with all specimen fish these are not commonplace.
During the winters and when conditions allow the River Annan Trust runs grayling fishing events that are open to all anglers. For more information check out their website/

An Angler fishing at Cleuchhead.

The Annan Rivers Trust works hard to maintain the river. It is a charitable trust and all donations are put to keeping the river preserved for all to enjoy.

A Specimen Annan Grayling of 3lb+.

Regulations for 2016

The Scottish Government has announced conservation measures to protect wild Atlantic salmon in Scotland's coastal and inland waters.
As of the 2016 season the River Annan will be entirely 100% catch and release for all salmon and grilse.
A voluntary code for releasing all sea trout on the Annan will remain in effect again this year while the Scottish Government consider their conservation status as part of the ongoing Wild Fisheries Reform.
Full details can be viewed on the following link

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The river has some good trout fishing on this link will show you the rivers fly hatches

An Autumn Grayling on the river.

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