Caledonia Fly Co


This week so far

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Last week

(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.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 20th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Kirwaugh 1, Newton Stewart AA 7, Linloskin 1.
Total: 9 Largest: Linloskin 13lbs
SEA TROUT: Newton Stewart AA 1.
Total: 1 Largest: Newton Stewart AA 4lbs
TROUT: None reported

Fishing at Linloskin
Linloskin on the lower Cree has recorded 32 salmon so far this season, including a wonderful 18 lb fish back in July. Jamie Hyslop returned this lovely 7 lb fish in low water during the week of 10th August

Fishing at Linloskin
Jonny Haley returned this 12 lb beauty to the Slaughter House Pool on Machermore water, lower Cree

Fishing at Linloskin
William Kilte fishing on Dalbeattie AA water, this is one of two fish on his day!! 7 August.

Fishing at Linloskin
Peter Woodfield caught this lovely 15 lb Cree spring salmon at Learies, Galloway Estates water on 29th May. The fish was safely returned

Fishing at Linloskin
Georgie Botham holds a 12lb springer from Nutbank, Mochrum Park on the River Bladnoch on Thursday 28th May. The fish was safely returned

Fishing at Linloskin
A cracking 12lb fish from the Brewery pool on the Newton Stewart Angling association beat. The Fish was caught by local angler Roddy Crosbie on a tube fly this morning and was safely returned after photo was taken.

Fishing at Linloskin
this 9 pounder came from Glentrool Estates water on the Minnoch.

Fishing at Linloskin
A lovely fresh 10 lb salmon caught by Neil Crickmere on Monday 13th April upon Beat 1 of Glentrool Estates

Fishing at Linloskin
"The first Cree springer to be reported to the website was caught on 10th March by Jonny Haley beneath the A75 road bridge, weighing around 9 lb. The fish was safely returned"

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.