(Last updated: Friday 10th November)
The Annan salmon season ends on Wednesday 15th November and after a good rise in water earlier this week the river height should hold well until then, particularly on the lower and middle river. There is the possibility of rain Monday evening but it looks unlikely that it will affect the river too much in the final two days of the season, so for those looking to venture out for a final cast, conditions should be fairly good throughout the river but please keep a check on the river levels through Fishpal.
On the 16th November the grayling season kicks off on most of the Annan, although some beats have already been offering grayling tickets during the autumn. The long range forecast shows very little rain and generally cold weather over the course of the next few weeks making for good grayling conditions throughout the river.
Colder weather should help to shoal up the grayling and in these conditions attractor patterns with added bright colours work very well, often out fishing the more natural looking flies. Try heavy tungsten bugs with flashes of pink, orange or purple to hold bottom with a smaller more natural looking nymph on a dropper hung above the river bed, it often pays to add small amounts of colour to these natural patterns as well with a coloured tag or bead, again using pink, orange or purple.
Winter grayling fishing is becoming increasingly more popular on our rivers now using short and long line deep nymphing techniques but don't forget that even on the coldest of winter days there can be a short hatch with dark olives and midge coming off, even if it's just for an hour at lunchtime. Any kind of a hatch will likely get a response from grayling and it can be a good way of targeting a good sized fish giving you a short break from bouncing bugs along the bottom.
Most beats on the Annan also allow bait fishing and the Annan is well suited to trotting maggots below a float. Please check the fishery description pages for the rules on bait fishing.
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