Five year average: 79 salmon/grilse
and 29 sea trout
Extent of fishing: 3.5 miles, double bank
Dalbeattie Angling Association is keen to encourage online booking for its waters, with 2 visitor tickets available online on each day Monday-Saturday, from 15th March until 30th November (during the month of November there are only 4 Scottish rivers which are still open - Tweed, Nith, Urr and Annan, with the Annan closing mid-November). Saturday rods bear a surcharge over weekday prices. If the online tickets are booked, other tickets often are available (see below).
Prices: £18 - £40 per day/rod
The Dalbeattie Angling Association leases 3.5 miles of the lower Urr. Within this section there is a large amount of good fly water with spinning permitted in higher water conditions. The lower beat, Craignair, is tidal at its bottom end and has nine named pools plus a number of other likely spots. The upper beat, Firthhead, has a pleasing mixture of pools glides and runs and is ideal fly water in most conditions. Worming is permitted under certain conditions (see Fishery Conditions).
Good numbers of salmon and sea trout are taken from the DAA beats every year, with fish running into the river from late spring onwards. The main runs are from late summer until the end of the season (30th November). Given favourable conditions, it is possible to find fresh fish even in late autumn, when the Urr's famous 'greyback' salmon are the prize quarry. Anglers are encouraged to adopt a sensible approach to conservation, by not keeping coloured or gravid fish there is also a daily limit of 2 Salmon/Grilse and 1 Sea Trout (see Fishery Conditions).
Access to all parts is relatively easy, with the Firthhead beat being particularly suitable for less able anglers.
The best flies to use for salmon are shrimps through the summer, particularly Ally's Shrimps. In the autumn it is the turn of Waddingtons and tube flies, with Willie Gunn, Cascade, Temple Dog, Shrimp and black flies, such as Stoat's Tail, all being successful. For sea trout, try Teal, Blue and Silver or the Dunkeld, Peter Ross and Butcher's.
Maximum rods: Throughout most of year, visitor tickets are readily available but on Saturdays, visitor tickets are limited to 10 during March to September, reducing to 6 on Saturdays in October and November.
"Paper" tickets for weekdays and Saturdays will also continue to be available through McCowans in Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas (see below). Day ticket prices range from £16 to £40 depending on the time of year.
You can see a map of the beat by clicking here.
Dalbeattie AA also has rainbow and brown trout fishing on Buittle Reservoir
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Please take the availability link below and check that the days you want are available. Then follow the instructions at the bottom of that page.
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For 'paper' tickets for DAA beats please contact:
McCowan and Son
50 King Street
Tel: 01556 502009
43 High Street
Tel: 01556 610270