Prospects

Prospects for coming week

(Last updated: Monday 13th October)

I don't know if we can improve on last week's bounty of catches but with the good amount of fish now in the river's, you should really take advantage of the good water. Tomorrow is the final day of the Cree fishing season which is a real shame because the river has only just had good water for what seems like the first time this season...it's been a similar story for the other Galloway Rivers. The Minnoch has continued fishing a further two weeks than normal this year so there are also two days left on the Glentrool Estates water. The Luce, Bladnoch, Fleet and Dee will all close at the end of the month. The Urr remains open a further month. It is to be dry today and tomorrow but rain is to return on Wednesday.

On the Cree, rods are available online for the Newton Stewart Angling Association water in Newton Stewart (£30 rod/day). Up river, Linloskin offer rods from £25/day which can be purchased by contacting the proprietor Jamie Hyslop. Fishing on Galloway Estates can be purchased in three day blocks from £20 rod/day. The above beats will close at the end of the day tomorrow (14th October).

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 - minimum booking 2 rods/day (total £120) which secures one beat. On the Fleet, Murray Usher Foundation are letting their fishing again this season (£22/rod). 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). October is normally the month that brings a second peak in ascending salmon through the fish counter at Tongland. Until last week's rain, counts were poor this season but have since really stepped up so chance of a catch at Argrennan will be very good just now if water heights are fishable. Prices here are £25 rod/day during October. On the Urr, the Dalbeattie Angling Association offer fishing within a beautiful stretch of the lower river - this beat recorded it's best weekly catch last week (23 salmon) so is fishing well at the moment. The Dalbeattie Angling Association water will remain open throughout November. Tickets cost £38/rod in October, £40/rod in November.




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