Caledonia Fly Co


This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Sunday 28th August)

When there has been good water, there have been good catches and over the last few weeks, a number of spates have brought fresh fish, particularly grilse, into the rivers Cree and Luce where most catches have been reported.

Some days have been outstanding, for example during the week of 8th-13th August, had you been fishing towards the end of the week when on the rise and fall of a spate that reached 4 foot on the lower Cree, you may have been as fortunate as one angler on the Luce - Peter Crawford - who landed six salmon in one day! At the same time, upon the upper Cree on the Minnoch - Malcolm Middleton caught four salmon across two days. These catches came during the week that a 9.5 lb sea trout was also landed on Stair Estates water of the Luce.

Overall, the lower Cree beats continue to provide good sport and given water, the NSAA and Linloskin beats have been doing well, recording 8 of 12 salmon this week during low water. Kirwaugh on the Bladnoch and Kenmure on the Tarff also recorded catches this week.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 24th September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Mochrum Park 1, Machermore 3, Galloway Estate 2, Dalbeattie AA 1.
Total: 7 Largest: Machermore 14lbs
SEA TROUT: None reported
TROUT: None reported

Fishing at Linloskin
Upon a rise on the week of the 22nd August, Mrs Botham landed this fish of around 7 lb at Rogers on Mochrum Park, Bladnoch

Fishing at Linloskin
Jonny Haley returns a nice salmon at the 40 footer on Mochrum Park, River Bladnoch towards the end of July

Fishing at Linloskin
Sea trout fishing has been good this season, particularly for the River Luce which reported a 9.5 lb fish on Stair Estates in mid-August. The picture shows a 2 lb sea trout caught on the Urr by Hamish Leslie on the 22nd August.

Fishing at Linloskin
Jamie Hyslop with his fourth fish of the season – a fresh 9 lb salmon returned at Linloskin on the Cree in May

Fishing at Linloskin
The Newton Stewart Angling Association water is amongst the best on the River Cree. This picture was taken at the Ghyll back in June

Season review

The river Bladnoch opened on the 11th February with the first week producing many well-mended kelts.

In March, the River Cree opening day fell on a large flood. Although free fishing was available across the lower beats during the first week of the season, no spring fish were hooked. The first recorded spring catch from the Cree came on 22nd March. This was a fine 12lb salmon caught by Roger Thomas from North Wales, fishing a black francis fly upon the Machermore stretch of the lower Cree.

The first week of April brought better conditions and three spring salmon were recorded including the first fresh fish from the Bladnoch - a 10 lb salmon caught by Chris Hockley upon Clugston Estate. Jamie Hyslop added the second Cree springer to the catches with an 8 lb salmon from Linloskin and Richard Bellamy, the third, with a 9 lb salmon from the Minnoch upon Glentrool Estates water.

Arctic conditions brought a sudden dump of snowfall at the end of April and across the weekend leading into May, snow melt and sleety showers provided a good rise for the Cree and Bladnoch and two days of favourable conditions. In this time, three fish were recorded - at 12 lb, 10 lbs and 8 lbs for Roddy Crosbie and Keith Wilds within Newton Stewart AA water and Richard Bellamy upon Glentrool Estates Minnoch water - among a number of lost on the Cree and Bladnoch.