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(Last updated: Friday 15th July)
Fishing picked up this week with some very heavy rainfall across the weekend of the 2nd July bringing a much-needed lift to the Galloway Rivers.
From what has been reported to FishGalloway, the Cree was fishing well - producing three salmon on Monday (including a 16 lb beauty from within Newton Stewart Angling Association town water), eight salmon on Tuesday on a good rise of water, a single grilse on Wednesday, seven salmon on Thursday (including a cracking fish of 17lb from Galloway Estates) and nine salmon/grilse across Friday/Saturday. Total Cree/Minnoch fish recorded = 28 salmon/grilse.
There are a good number of grilse now showing, in catches up river and within the tidal beats. Salmon are dominating the catches in higher flows but sea trout are being successfully fished for whilst waters drop away. The Bladnoch is yet to experience a good rise. Until such time, there will be few anglers fishing the water. Jonny Haley has reported good numbers of fish nosing into Kirwaugh at the bottom of the river - they really now need a good rise to bring them up river. Dalbeattie Anglers have been catching the odd salmon and sea trout. Brian Maytum released a fresh 12 lb salmon on Saturday at Firthead.
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.