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(Last updated: Friday 16th March)
Fishing conditions have been extremely tough going so far this March. The river has seldomly been at a fishable height for salmon or grayling anglers with catch returns few and far between. Newbie reported that
a fresh salmon was hooked but sadly lost on the 6th of March by an angler spinning with a Toby. Newbie has had some rod effort most days but the river has generally been a little high and coloured. Since the
start of the salmon season water temperatures have struggled to climb above 38°F and we would advise anglers to wait for some warmer weather to arrive before trying for a spring fish further upstream at
Cleuchhead or Hoddom.
The weather last weekend ruined our final grayling day of the season scheduled for Sunday March 11th. Over the winter, 3 out 5 scheduled events took place and visiting anglers helped to raise £1080 for the River Annan Trust. This figure represents our best attendance in 11 years and we thank all of the dedicated anglers who turn up to support the river during the invariably challenging winter months. As we reach the end of the grayling fishing season it would be fair to sum up winter 2017/2018 as a game of two halves. Fishing conditions were generally very good up until around Christmas time and then hopeless thereafter. The most consistent fishing was certainly enjoyed in November and early December with a few specimens around the 3lb reported from St. Mungo, Shilla Hill and Annandale Estate.
Thursday 15th March marked the start of brown trout season which coincided with the arrival of another arctic blast which looks set to continue into next week. By late March anglers should expect to see hatches of March browns and large dark olives. Hatches early in the season tend to be short lived so make sure you are in position and prepared to cover rising trout when the fly start peeling off. The productive upper river beats all offer season tickets at competitive rates and day tickets are priced modestly at £10 on most beats for the next few weeks. As soon as the bitterly winds cease then it will be worth heading out.
Will post soon.