Prospects for coming week

(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.

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.

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