(Last updated: Friday 8th August)
Rain fell again over the weekend and this time, it was enough to really have an impact on the lower and middle river. River levels on the Cree and Bladnoch reached the 2 foot marker and some sport was finally had. Catches have improved with fish being recorded this week mainly on the lower Cree - where there have been around 10 salmon caught between Machermore, NSAA, Linloskin and Galloway Estate beats. These fish have been mainly 7 - 10 lbs in weight. On the Bladnoch, Janet Richardson caught her first salmon of the year upon Beat 1 of Clugston (junction pool)on Tuesday morning.
Prospects are looking fairly good into this weekend with the effects of hurricane Bertha hopefully bringing in a windy and wet front to Britain come Sunday.
The Kirkcowan Fishing Competition will take place on Saturday 23rd August and anglers are invited to enter on the Saturday morning at the Craighlaw Arms from 08:30 - £6 adult/£3 Junior. This competition is held annually by Galloway Fisheries Trust to help with fund raising and is always a fun day out for local and visiting anglers who have the opportunity to fish the River Bladnoch and Tarf Water. The day ends at 5pm with a generous prizegiving and buffet laid out at the Craighlaw Arms in Kirkcowan. For more information, contact the Galloway Fisheries Trust on 01671 20 3011.
Given water, catches should pick up from now until the end of the season so keep an eye on the catches page for the latest reports and 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.