Prospects

Prospects for coming week

(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.




Fishing at Linloskin
Phil Burgess takes an early evening cast upon the magnificent Linloskin Pool on the lower Cree, having already landed a beautiful 12 lb hen salmon earlier in the day on September 14th 2011.

Fishing at Linloskin
Against the backdrop of Larg and Lamachan Hills, Steve Morris fishes the wonderfully diverse winding Water of Minnoch upon Beat 2 of Glentrool Estates, September 2011.

Fishing at Linloskin
Colin Richardson fishes the fly at the meetings, just below the junction where the Tarff water meets the River Bladnoch on Clugston Estate Beat 1 .

Fishing at Linloskin
In high water upon the Newton Stewart Angling Association beat of the Cree. This section, known as the Ragg Run can be one of the most productive parts of the beat and is easily accessible, lying just upstream of the A75 road bridge.

Fishing at Linloskin
The Dalbeattie Angling Association upper beat on the River Urr becomes particularly productive from August onwards. On this day towards the end of August 2011, a short walk down the beat saw us witness a magnificent fresh 16 lb cock salmon and 3 grilse being caught and released on the water, which is open right up until the end of November.

Fishing at Linloskin
When Earlstoun Power Station generators are being switched off, this section of the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee just below Ken Bridge can be quite productive for New Galloway Angling Association with brown trout and the occasional salmon caught.

Fishing at Linloskin
An angler fishes at the very top of Beat 1 on the Double Water daily-let section of Stair Estates, where the Cross and Main waters of Luce meet. This three and a half mile stretch of river is very productive up until the end of July for sea trout and thereafter, salmon and grilse.

Weather information

In a sport where success can be directly related to the particular weather and water conditions, accurate information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is invaluable. By regularly checking our links to the sites listed below anglers can be well informed on how the week's weather pattern is developing.

www.metcheck.com
www.metoffice.gov.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/weather/
www.greatweather.co.uk