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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Wednesday 31st May)

After a very dry initial two weeks in May, we finally had some heavy rain on Monday 15th which brought river levels up to over 4 ft on the Cree and 5 ft on the Bladnoch. This paid dividends for getting smolts on the move, being the first significant rise locally since the end of March.

Following this rise, many more fish were seen within the lower reaches of the Cree and quite a number were lost. The Bladnoch had some good sport with Dave Walker, 10 year old Annabel Haley and Sandy Baldie each landing a fine sea-liced spring salmon on Mochrum Park across the 18th and 19th May. Each were grand looking specimens of 9 - 11 lbs. Fish weren't hanging about the lower Cree and six salmon were reportedly caught on the Minnoch.

Last week, water levels continued to drop off but a small rise on the Cree on Monday 22nd produced a 7lb fish for Rab Bell at the Brewery pool on the lower Cree. During an afternoon cast on Linloskin, Jamie Hyslop landed a fine 13 lb springer and was to lose another fish ten minutes later and two in the evening. Murdo Crosbie also landed a fish - of 9 lbs - on Linloskin during the afternoon of the 22nd. In low water again, on Thursday, Jamie Hyslop landed a 12 lb salmon at Linloskin and in bright sunshine on Saturday evening, Paul Greasley recorded the week's final reported catch, at Mochrum Park on the Bladnoch.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 22nd July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Mochrum Park 1, Newton Stewart AA 8, Machermore 1, Linloskin 4, Galloway Estate 1.
Total: 15 Largest: Newton Stewart AA 15lbs
SEA TROUT: Newton Stewart AA 16.
Total: 16 Largest: Newton Stewart AA 3lbs
TROUT: None reported

Fishing at Linloskin
Rab Bell caught and released this 9lb beauty above the cut on Newton Stewart Angling Association water of the Cree at the start of April

Fishing at Linloskin
Murdo Crosbie landed this cracking 11lb springer upon Linloskin of the Cree on 24th March

Fishing at Linloskin
Andrew Hemmings with his 8lb springer released at Mochrum Park on the 6th April

Season review

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.