Fishing on the River Annan

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.

An Angler fishing at Cleuchhead.

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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.

Notice to all anglers
On the 19th January the Scottish Government introduced new legislation placing the whole Annan System into the Category 3 classification. These new regulations mean that during the 2016 angling season it will be illegal to kill any salmon or grilse anywhere in the Annan district and any salmon that you do catch, including any fish that has died or is bleeding, must be returned to the water.
You can access further information on the new regulations by following these links

A Specimen Annan Grayling of 3lb+.

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An Autumn Grayling on the river.

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