Prospects

Prospects for coming week

(Last updated: Tuesday 9th June)

Given water, the Galloway Rivers have been providing fantastic sport this season with last week's catches topping up what has been a terrific May run of salmon. However, summer appears to have finally arrived and we are now not to expect rain until Saturday, with air temperature forecast to rise to 17 degrees celsius by Thursday. Tidal reaches will probably not disappoint and anglers may well be heading towards Kirwaugh (lower Bladnoch), Machermore (Cree) and big holding pools like Linloskin (Cree) this week.

Both spring rivers (Cree and Bladnoch) have had a good May run of fish with catches well into double figures, particularly on the Cree where there have been in excess of 40 salmon landed so far this season. Most fish to be reported this season have been a good size too and regularly between 9 and 12 lbs. The Luce and Urr have also reported their first salmon of the season.

If you're out fishing a Galloway River and have anything to report, please send a message and any photos of your fishing beat and/or catches to rowan@gallowayfisheriestrust.org.





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