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(Last updated: Sunday 15th April)
April latest from Friars Carse.
Jus returned from 4 days up at the Hotel and the river was in fine form its was just a shame that there wasn't more fish in the beat, I did see a big boil at the tail of the Farm Pool & a nice clean fish at
the tail of the Policemans but no pulls. Regular guest at the Hotel Ashley had a brief encounter with a clean fish estimated about 8lbs in the Policemans but on its second jump it threw the hook.
Like Allan says hopefully with settled weather we'll see more anglers venturing out and more fish being caught.
The hotel will be running it's next Fly Fishing & Fly Tying course at the beginning of July, day visitors for both can be accommodated so why not give the hotel a call 01387 740388.
Orvis Endorsed Guide
March report from Allan
March will be remembered for poor weather, with rain, snow, frost and cold winds. Most anglers stayed at home. I've heard of a few seatrout caught at the Wee Green, also kelts have been caught, mainly up at
Lincluden. I'm sure if the weather improves springers will be caught. The trout season started on 15th March. The river holds some big trout. If we get some warm weather it's worth fishing for them – good
sport with fly or worm. Near the end of March we had a few warmer days and fresh salmon were caught. I heard Ian Griffin had a
13 lb springer at Friars Carse on a Willie Gunn fly. Well done Ian. I was lucky on Easter Friday when I had an 8 lb springer at Lincluden, fly yellow belly, and I am sure if we get more warm days, fishing will improve and salmon will be caught. Hopefully more rods will be out to catch them.
If you catch anything or have any fishy stories give me a ring.
April 3rd - Dalswinton.
Lee Thompson fishing the top beat of Dalswinton yesterday, fished through with the fly but switched to a green & yellow minnow due to strong winds and 6th cast was rewarded with a good pull and a lively
scrap from a cracking 20lb springer. Quick couple of photos and then safely released to continue its journey.
I've added a photo to the image page.
Well done Lee, cracking fish.
Orvis Endorsed Guide
Friars Carse Beat Report - 31st March 2018. Spent Tuesday to Friday this week back up at Friars Carse. Set up was an Orvis Clearwater 14' 9# and a Hydros SL reel loaded with a Hydros Spey Line with a fast sink
poly leader and short tippet ending in my go to pattern for the last 3 years a gold Willie Gunn.
River was dropping back very slowly and had just a touch of colour but just right for the fly.
Started at top of the beat on the Farm Pool, a good solid pull resulted in a nice fat fish just a slight hint of colour on its back, it looked really clean BUT if my measurements are correct it was 33 inches long which would have put it at about 15.5lb and it just didn't feel this heavy, so I'm putting it down as a very well mended Kelt just to be on the safe side. Had another strong pull in this pool but didn't stay on.
Riding Stone produced nothing, same with the Island but Policemans came up with the good a good fish of around 13lb, the first spring fish of the beat.
River continued to drop over the next few days with a few fish seen throughout the beat. Last couple of hours on the Island Pool before I headed for home produced a thumping take only for the fish to sit there and just keep shaking his head before finally spitting the hook, shame it appeared to be a big fish, but still there is always next time - well 10 days time actually.
The river is in fine form at the moment so its well worth getting out there and having a go.
The hotel will be running its next Fly Fishing & Tying Course in early July, day visitors for either can be catered for just give the hotel (01387 740388) or myself a call for more information.
Monthly update will start shortly.
An angler fishing on Frairscarse beat last autumn in the sun.