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(Last updated: Thursday 2nd March)
Despite a good rise in river height, very few anglers have been out fishing and nothing was reported on the Bladnoch this week.
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.