Caledonia Fly Co


This week so far

See each day's largest fish and individual beat catches on our Latest Catches page which is updated each time a ghillie uses our automatic telephone reporting system.

Last week

(Last updated: Friday 8th August)

We had another week of low water and anglers were again concentrated in the tidal reaches where three salmon catches were recorded.....including the largest catch so far this season! The salmon of 19 lbs was caught on Kirwaugh at the bottom of the Bladnoch by a Mochrum Park guest angler. Two grilse were also caught early in the week, again by Mochrum Park anglers, at Kirwaugh and Machermore on the Cree.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 30th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Newton Stewart AA 2, Machermore 4, Galloway Estate 5.
Total: 11 Largest: Galloway Estate 13lbs
SEA TROUT: None reported
TROUT: None reported

Fishing in Galloway
Jonny Haley returns the first Bladnoch springer of 2014 at Mochrum Park on Monday 17th February, weighing 9lbs. Scale readings have shown this fish was a repeat spawner from 2012

Fishing at Linloskin
Some decent water at last! Janet Richardson returns a 7lb salmon to Beat 1 of Clugston Estate on the Bladnoch, Tuesday 5th August

Fishing at Linloskin
Ken Hanks banked this beautiful 11 lb salmon at Beat 5 of Clugston Estate water on the River Bladnoch, 20th May 2013

Fishing at Linloskin
Peter Stafford returns a spring salmon to Barclye on Galloway Estates water of the Cree at the end of May 2013

Fishing at Linloskin
Dr Paul Nightingale releases a fine 16 lb Bladnoch springer at Nut Bank on Mochrum Park, Monday 20th May 2013.

Fishing at Linloskin
There are some wonderful large salmon showing this week. Jonny Haley returned this 14lb hen to Kirwaugh on the River Bladnoch on Thursday 23rd May

Season review

The 2013 season was dissapointing in Galloway, as it was elsewhere on the Solway Rivers and across most of the country.

For the River Bladnoch, the 2013 season began very slowly with the first spring fish not reported until the 10th April on the lower Bladnoch. Things did improve in May and during the week of the 20th, a couple of cracking 14-16 lb salmon were landed middle and lower river. Clugston Estate finally recorded their first catch of the season on the 20th May. Some nice 9lb salmon emerged the following week but overall, spring catches were very poor this year.
Catches were sparse during the summer months – but the arrival of the first grilse by the end of June improved hopes. However, very low water and high temperatures throughout July scuppered any chances of landing a fresh fish and no catches were reported during the month. Thankfully, rain returned in August and fresh fish began to gather in the tidal areas – beginning on the 1st with a 10 lb salmon caught at Kirwaugh. Catches improved again around the 13th and for the final two weeks of August. During September, conditions were the best so far this season. From mid-month, the Bladnoch was fishing fairly well (always not quite getting the rise of the Cree) and 14 salmon were recorded on Clugston. The final week produced four salmon, including a nice 14 lb from Clugston. In October, early month catches included a 16 lb hen salmon at Mochrum Park on the 12th. Conditions improved again for the final two weeks and a reasonable head of fish were caught on Clugston and Mochrum Park waters.

For the River Luce, the river was on its bones for much of the June/July sea trout run and although a lot of fishing effort was put in on the lower beats of the main river, the sea trout catch was disappointing with only 25 sea trout recorded during the season. Most sea trout catches came from the Cross Water of Luce from August onwards. Salmon trickled into the river from June but there was no sport for these until better flows in August. In fact, the bulk of salmon catches were made during the week of the 16th September this season – when 37 salmon were recorded – including the largest salmon this season of 20 lbs. The tail end of the season saw the river in perfect condition but very few fish. Overall, catches this season were very disappointing to say the least with a noticeable lack of late running salmon.

For the River Cree, when rain eventually arrived in August, the fish did not appear in their expected numbers with one beat recording a salmon and grilse catch of less than half that of 2012. On a brighter note, sea trout numbers were felt to have been on the increase. On Glentrool Estates water of the Minnoch, returns of 61 salmon and grilse were made during the season which again, is almost half of catches made in 2012 but similar to the 2011 season returns.

On the Urr, the Dalbeattie Angling Association reported a dissappointing season with a rod catch of only 62 salmon and grilse - 64% lower than the 5 year average for this beat on the lower river. The August/September catches were significantly higher than the October/November - a finding starkly different to recent years in which late season returns have made up a much larger proportion of the annual catch. November returns were particularly poor with only four salmon landed.