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(Last updated: Monday 1st May)
Despite the low water, three salmon were landed last week; two for Jamie Hyslop at Linloskin on the lower Cree and one for Chris Atkinson upon Mochrum Park of the Bladnoch. These fish were between 6 and 9lbs and all were fresh with sea-lice still attached.
On the Saturday previously (22nd April), the Minnoch reported their first spring catch of the season. Altogether, it has been a slow April with low water spanning most of the month.
The river Bladnoch opened on the 11th February 2017 - a Saturday - with a surprise 7lb sea-liced spring salmon for Jock Rennie on his second cast at Barhoise Dam near Kirkcowan! Apart from kelts, nothing else was turned during February.
The Bladnoch faired better at the start of March with the first catches reported on Clugston Estate water for Chris Hockley and Paul Greasley at Mochrum Park. Over on the Cree, Peter Woodfield landed the rivers fist salmon of the season upon Galloway Estate - a beautiful sea-liced 13lb fish caught on the fly at Learies on the 6th March. On the 24th, Murdo Crosbie secured an 11lb fish at Linloskin. By the very end of the month, the Bladnoch had a small run of catches with Jonny Haley securing his first fish of the year at the very bottom of the river and Barry Strachan landing two salmon much higher up the system at Barhoise near Kirkcowan.
Apart from the very start of April, there was not a lot of water to speak of for both the Cree and Bladnoch during the month. The first week faired better with the first spring fish on Newton Stewart Angling Association water for Rab Bell and another for Linloskin a day later on the 5th. Across on the Bladnoch, Andrew Hemmings landed an 8lb salmon at Nut Bank on Mochrum Park. It was not until the 17th that another fish was reported; an 8lb salmon for Dennis Dyson at Nut Bank on Mochrum Park. On the 22nd, Duncan Baillie landed the Minnoch's first fish of the season on Glentrool Estates water. Within the final week of the month, three salmon were reported including two for Jamie Hyslop at Linloskin on the Cree and one for Chris Atkinson at the Market Pool of Mochrum Park on the Bladnoch.