Fishing on the River Stinchar, Ayrshire
Fishing on the Stinchar
In recent seasons the salmon fishing on the Stinchar has undergone a revival with excellent fishing. The stock of salmon in the river in 2007 was particularly impressive with long term tenants commenting that the fishing was the best they had experienced. The effect of the removal of the Irish drift nets from 2007 may be a contributory factor, the benefits of which should be cumulative in future years. In its heyday the salmon fishing on the Stinchar was regarded as "dead man's shoes" but this is no longer the case with a number of beats offering day tickets.
Many beats on the Stinchar are fly only, indeed the river is regarded as a fly fishers paradise with a succession of magnificent pools when the river is at a good fishing height, whilst a variety of methods are permitted on other beats.
Management of the river
The Stinchar fishery is managed by the River Stinchar District Salmon Fishery Board
with scientific monitoring and advice provided by the Ayrshire Rivers Trust