Dalbeattie Angling Association extends a warm welcome to all its visiting anglers, and encourages visitors to ask Members for advice and guidance if required.
There are a number of Rules and Guidelines, designed to promote safe and sensible angling, and we would respectfully ask visitors to abide by these.
1. Your Permit is not transferable, and must be carried at all times - on demand it must be produced for inspection by the Water Bailiff or any Member of Dalbeattie AA.
2. The Water Bailiff or any Member of Dalbeattie AA has the right to inspect your bag or fishing tackle whilst you are visiting Dalbeattie AA waters
3. Spinning is only allowed if the Spinning Marks are covered - the location of the Spinning Marks is clearly shown on the Map
4. Worm Fishing is permitted on the Craignair Beat, between 1st April and 30th September, but not in Raikes Pool, Stone Pool, or between these pools, unless the spinning marks are covered.
5. Worm Fishing is permitted on Firthhead/East Logan beats, between 1st June and 30th September
6. Worm Fishing on all beats only by using Circle Hooks, maximum size no. 4"
7. No Prawn or Shrimp Fishing at any time
8. No Float fishing at any time.
9. All Parr, Smolts, Kelts, Gravid (coloured) fish and any fish under 8 inches in length must be returned to the water immediately and All Salmon/Grilse caught before 1st June must be returned unharmed.
10 . All Salmon/Grilse over 27" or 67cm in length must be returned unharmed and a maximum of two Salmon/grilse may be kept per rod per season.
11. All Seatrout over 20" or 51cm in length must be returned unharmed and a maximum of 3 Seatrout may be kept per rod per season.
12. No Rod Rest or any form of Set Line fishing is permitted. Bait fishers must give way to fly fishers
13. Any angler seen attempting to take fish by means of Rake, Drag Hook, Snatching, Stripping or otherwise Poaching will have his/her Permit withdrawn and will face prosecution. Any fish inadvertently foul-hooked must be returned to the river
14. No angler may carry or use a Gaff
15. Dogs are not allowed on the riverbank, under any circumstances.
16. No fires may be set in the vicinity of the river
17. All anglers, when fishing, must keep on the move and must not monopolise a pool or position therein if other anglers are following.
18. Anglers must take their turn when fishing any pool on the river, and must not start fishing a pool immediately downstream from any other angler.
Transgression of Rules may lead to suspension of your Permit!
ANGLERS FISH AT THEIR OWN RISK, and are advised to provide their own Buoyancy Aid, eye protection, hat and wading staff when fishing the river. Anglers should remember
that the river is tidal below Craignair Bridge, and familiarise themselves with the times of High Tide.
ANGLERS MUST MAKE A RETURN OF THEIR CATCHES (INCLUDING NIL RETURNS) TO:
43 High Street
DG5 4AD (or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 30th November.
Catch Returns must specify details of all fish, pool location, weight, and whether returned or retained. (We require this in order to comply with Fisheries legislation).
Gyrodactylus salaris (GS) is the single greatest threat to wild salmon in the UK's rivers and lochs, including the River Urr.
GS is a parasitic freshwater fluke originally confined to rivers in parts of Russia, Norway and Sweden, where salmon evolved a degree of resistance to it. However, GS gradually has spread to other rivers in Norway, also to Denmark, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal where native salmon have no resistance, resulting in mass mortality of juvenile fish - if left untreated, this will result in total 'wipe-out"of an infected rivers salmon population within 5 years.
The only "approved' treatment is to poison infected rivers to remove all fish hosts, thereafter erecting barriers to stop any salmon entering the river to spawn and generating more hosts. Even this radical treatment cannot guarantee against reinfection, and would render the infected river obsolete as a fishing resource for an absolute minimum of 10 years, more probably 15-20 years.
The most likely cause of GS arriving in the UK is via imported live fish, for instance Rainbow Trout and Carp, but since GS can survive for 5 to 7 days in damp conditions (eg. angling clothing, waders, wet reels, lines or landing nets), it is vitally important that anglers take precautions to prevent accidental introduction.
If you have fished in a location outwith the Urr catchment within 7 days prior to fishing the River or Buittle Reservoir, then potentially you could be carrying the GS parasite and be capable of introducing it into our waters!! (GS introduced into the Reservoir will reach the river within a few weeks, via the outlet stream!)
Currently the UK is entirely GSree, but if it did enter the UK it is calculated that it would spread throughout the whole country within 3-5 years. The economic and ecological consequences of GS entering the country would be catastrophic.
Please do your part to prevent GS from decimating the UK's and the Urr's wild salmon by taking appropriate measures, as detailed below - wherever possible, BEFORE
Note: This is a "rolling" requirement, i.e. if you fish the River Urr (Dalbeattie) or Buittle Reservoir regularly during the season, you are requested to consider whether you need to DISINFECT before each visit; (the most effective "remedy' is simply to get into the habit of routinely taking anti-GS measures, as detailed overleaf, after each and every occasion when you may have been in an "at-risk' situation).
DISINFECT BEFORE YOU FISH
The most effective practical disinfection measures are as follows:
1. Drying equipment / clothing at 20C or more for at least 2 days
2. Heating equipment / clothing at 60C or more for at least 1 hour
3. Deep freezing equipment / clothing for at least 1 day
4. Immersing equipment / clothing in a Saline Solution (minimum 3% Sodium Chloride or equivalent) for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Note: This is a "rolling" requirement, i.e. if you fish the River Urr (Dalbeattie) or Buittle Reservoir regularly during the season, you are requested to consider whether you need to DISINFECT before each visit.
Anglers should be aware of the legal requirements in place before they book fishing. Each of the rivers within the Galloway area have separate sets of rules and/or recommendations outlined below. There are also conservation codes, individual beat and booking agency conditions to be considered. Fundamental legislation requires that all anglers have written permission to fish for salmon and sea trout anywhere in Scotland.
District Salmon Fishery Board regulations
UNDER THE ‘CONSERVATION OF SALMON (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2016', THE CONSERVATION STATUS OF THE GALLOWAY RIVERS HAS BEEN ASSESSED AND THE RIVERS GRADED FOR THE 2017 SEASON AS FOLLOWS:
RIVER CREE - Salmon season: 1st Mar - 14th Oct, Trout season: 15th Mar - 30th Oct
RIVER BLADNOCH SAC – Salmon season: 11th Feb- 31st Oct, Trout Season: 15th Mar-6th Oct. Fishing by fly only in October on Tarf Water.
WATER OF LUCE - Salmon season: 25th Feb-31st Oct, Trout season: 15th Mar-6th Oct. FISHING BY FLY ONLY.
URR WATER- Salmon season: 25th Feb - 30th Nov, Trout season: 15th Mar - 6th Oct.
(SEE 2017 CONSERVATION MEASURES IN PLACE FOR GRADE 1 and 2 RIVERS)
WATER OF FLEET - Salmon season: 1st May- 31st Oct, Trout season: 15th Mar -6th Oct. Fly only in October.
RIVER DEE (KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE) - Salmon season: 11th- Feb* - 31st Oct *1st Apr recommended, Trout season: 15th Mar - 6th Oct.
ALL SALMON MUST BE RETURNED UNHARMED FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON ACROSS GRADE 3 GALLOWAY RIVERS. This is a mandatory requirement under Scottish Government Legislation and will be enforced.
DISTRICT SALMON FISHERY BOARD CONSERVATION MEASURES:
RIVER CREE DISTRICT SALMON FISHERY BOARD
1. All salmon and grilse caught between the 1st March and the 31st March (inclusive) MUST be returned to the water as soon as possible and with the least possible injury. This means that any badly bleeding fish or any fish which dies after being caught between these dates must still be returned to the water.
2. No prawn/shrimp fishing AT ANY TIME.
3. No livebaiting AT ANY TIME.
1. All salmon and grilse caught after the 31st March but before the 1st June MUST be returned. Any badly bleeding fish caught between those dates which are killed are to be the property of the beat owner. All salmon caught after the 1st June but which are marked by tagging or by cutting of the adipose fin are to be returned.
2. ALL sea trout OVER 2lb in weight MUST be returned for the ENTIRE SEASON.
3. NO worm fishing before the 1st June.
4. NO worm fishing after the 30th September.
5. Between the 1st June and the 30th September worm fishing shall be permitted only using a hook with a minimum size of 1/0.
6. A maximum of 1 salmon/grilse to be killed per angler per day PROVIDED that if the angler is a non-syndicate or visiting angler he or she has booked a minimum of THREE days fishing (which do not require to be consecutive days).
7. A maximum of 2 salmon/grilse to be killed per angler per week SUBJECT to paragraph 6 above.
8. A maximum of 2 sea trout (under 2lb) to be killed per angler/day.
9. A maximum of 4 sea trout (under 2lb) to be killed per angler/week.
10. ALL FEMALE salmon to be returned after the 30th September.
11. All beat owners shall endeavour to keep a record of angling effort for the season (preferably indicating the numbers of angler-days fished in each month of the season) and will pass that record to the Chairman of the Board after the close of the season.
RIVER BLADNOCH DISTRICT SALMON FISHERY BOARD
1. All salmon/grilse MUST be returned before the 1st June.
2. All hen salmon/grilse must be returned throughout the season.
3. All cock salmon/grilse over 27in (8lb) long measured from tip of snout to fork of tail must be returned.
4. Syndicate members and fishing club members may kill 1 cock salmon/grilse under 27in (8lb) per week with a maximum of 2 per season.
5. Visiting anglers, on a weekly ticket, may kill one cock salmon/grilse under 27in (8lb), limited to 2 per season.
6. Day ticket anglers should be restricted by beat owners to limits less generous than those offered to syndicate member, club member or weekly angler.
7. All gravid salmon/grilse must be returned.
8. All salmon/grilse caught, returned or retained, must be reported to the beat or fishery administrator on the day of capture.
9. All anglers are encouraged to have pliers with them when fishing.
10. Worming by single hook only. No worming before 1st May or after 1st October.
RIVER URR DISTRICT SALMON FISHERY BOARD
1. Angling for salmon should not commence prior to 15th March to protect kelts.
2. All salmon and grilse caught before 1st June should be released.
3. Between the 1st June and 30th November, ALL SALMON (male and female) above 27in (8lbs) in length should be released unharmed.
4. Trout Conservation - All trout less than 10" (25cm) in size should be returned unharmed.
5. Worming by single hook only. No worming should take place during November.
RIVER DEE (KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE) DISTRICT SALMON FISHERY BOARD
ALL SALMON MUST BE RETURNED UNHARMED FOR THE ENTIRE 2017 SEASON
Trout Conservation: All trout less than 10" (25cm) in size should be returned unharmed. Bag limits - Maximum: One sea trout per rod/day. Fish caught subsequently should be released.
GALLOWAY RIVER RULES
1. It is illegal to sell rod caught Salmon and Sea Trout.
2. No Sunday Fishing.
3. No angler fishing for salmon, sea trout or trout may fish with more than one rod at any time.
4. No set lines.
5. No prawn, shrimp or live bait fishing. No ledgering or gaffing. No fishing by net, hook or other illegal instruments, including snatching.
6. Any crayfish caught accidentally must be killed immediately and left on site, as required by Scottish legislation.
7. All fry, parr, smolts, kelts, foul hooked, coloured fish and all salmon (male or female) caught must be returned unharmed immediately.
8. The killing of any gravid fish salmon is ILLEGAL and the water bailiffs duty includes strict enforcement of this law.
9. Fishing permits must be carried at all times whilst on the river.
10. You must show your permit when asked by watchers or other authorised persons and allow inspection of your tackle and fish.
11. All rods must make a return of fish caught at the end of each day/week to the owner (even if this is a nil return) and should include any fish involved in catch and release.
12. You must do everything you can to help prevent poaching and illegal fishing.
13. Dogs are not allowed except by express permission of both the landowner and the fishing proprietor. People are requested to leave NO LITTER, no lengths of nylon or equivalent are to be discarded as this is a danger to wildlife.
14. Anglers must ensure that they do not cause damage to property, fences, dykes etc. and always leave gates as found.
15. No permit holder shall, in the event of a pool being already occupied, fish that pool in front of the angler already in possession but must go in behind them and the angler in front shall move on one step with every cast. Members and permit holders are expected to fish in a courteous manner at all times.
In the interests of conservation, the catch and release of migratory salmonids is encouraged throughout the season.
Fleet - No spinning except when the water level is above the red line on marker. No night fishing when river in flood. The use of lead is not permitted.
Luce - All guests must carry permits that have been signed by the tenant. Fishermen are required to hold suitable third party liability insurance cover to indemnify themselves and their guests against all claims of whatsoever nature arising out of the exercise of the fishings let. If in the opinion of the owner anglers are responsible for unreasonable behaviour he may completely at his discretion dismiss you or/and guests for all time
Bladnoch - Wading is generally unnecessary and is strongly discouraged. Do not return pike under 5lbs - perch or other coarse fish. Maximum of two hooks on a rapala.