(Last updated: Sunday 28th August)
The weekends rainfall lifted the Cree to around the three foot mark which provided some nice water across Monday and Tuesday. The Bladnoch also lifted, providing the first good water since July. The Bothams - guests fishing Mochrum Park water - landed four salmon on Monday. A further two salmon were added to their tally on Tuesday, including Braxton's 2.5 lb grilse - a delightful first ever salmon for the young lad!
Similarly, the Cree fished well across Monday/Tuesday and added 12 salmon to the catches, with 8 coming off Galloway Estates water which has been very lightly fished this season. Stair Estates on the Luce reported a lovely 15 lb salmon on Monday with the bailiff reporting plenty of fish now in the river, both for the salmon and sea trout angler.
Day tickets are available on the Stair Estates water - booked by the beat (which can accommodate 2 rods). Online booking is also available on Torhouskie (Bladnoch) where a nice grilse was landed by Abbie Ribbens during the Kirkcowan Fishing Competition on Saturday 13th August; The Murray Usher Foundation water on the Fleet priced this year at only £10/day; the Newton Stewart Angling Association water (which has been recording good numbers of salmon and sea trout catches this season). If you can get onto the Minnoch, you are almost certain to connect with a few grilse just now and on the Urr, this time of year can be very fruitful for the smaller salmon as well as large summer's.
Following the recent Scottish Government announcement on Conservation Limits - all salmon must be returned unharmed to the river throughout the entire fishing season across all Galloway Rivers.