(Last updated: Monday 21st July)
Similar to last week, we had some very heavy rainfall on Saturday. This brought the Cree up substantially yesterday but unfortunately the water has quickly subsided to around the 2 foot marker today. Saturday's rainfall has done nothing for the Bladnoch. If anything, it will have at least cleaned up the lower reaches of Kirwaugh which, later in the week given better tides, should hopefully draw fish into the lower river. The Bladnoch really needs a lot of rain to have any chance of drawing fish up river. This does not look likely upon the weather forcast for this week. However, there may be the odd fish around. Incidentally, Colin Richardson lost a salmon at the junction pool this morning (the pool where the Tarff and Bladnoch meet upon the Clugston beat). The towns water in Newton Stewart looked decent this morning and there is an (unconfirmed) report of a salmon being caught here. It was good to finally see an angler fishing the river upstream of the Cree Bridge early this morning - expect there are a number also down in the tidal area.
The prospects are not great this week for freshets but better tides towards the weekend will keep the lower river fishing better than elsewhere. Tomorrow is to be another scorcher of a day. It has been a very slow season which has not been helped by the lack of water. Sea trout fishing may be the way forward during the low flows - we will keep you updated on reports from the Luce and Fleet which usually fish best out of the Galloway rivers for sea trout.
When conditions improve on the rivers, keep an eye on the rod availability for booking opportunities. On the Cree, rods are available online for the Newton Stewart Angling Association water in Newton Stewart. Up river, Linloskin offer rods for £25/day which can be purchased by contacting the proprietor Jamie Hyslop. Fishing on Galloway Estates can be purchased this season in three day blocks from £20 rod/day. Tickets can be purchased for Beat 1 of the Glentrool Estates water on the Minnoch (Borgan to Roman Bridge) by contacting Neil Skelton via the Glentrool Estates page.
On the Bladnoch, fishing is available through Mochrum Park (Kirwaugh, High and Low Barness, Mochrum Park water), Torhouskie, Clugston and Dalreagle. On the Luce, Stair Estates offer some terrific water downstream of New Luce where the Cross Water and Main Water of Luce meet. On the Fleet, Murray Usher Foundation are letting their fishing again this season. On the Dee, look out for Argrennan Estate Fishery - new for this season. This stretch of water lies at the very bottom of the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee and can be very rewarding during the right flows (depending on The Galloway Hydro operations). Most Dee salmon enter this beat during July, August and October. On the Urr, the Dalbeattie Angling Association offer fishing within a beautiful stretch of the lower river - well worth a look when river levels improve.