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Last week

(Last updated: Tuesday 14th November)

14th November - Friars Carse Report. Arrived at the Hotel last Sunday to find the river at a nice height, walked part of the beat and saw a couple of fish crash out so things were looking quite promising for the course over the next few days. Monday on the river with David who was completely new to salmon fishing, we fished down the Riding Stone to the hotel, seeing fish but not hooking into anything. Overnight rain brought a lot of colour and a big lift to the river and it was unsafe to do any wading so we reverted to the spinner in some of the slacker areas but no luck.
The river was dropping back nicely on the Wednesday so I decided to fish the Rapala first then switch in the afternoon to the fly. A couple of small fish moved in Marsdens in the middle of the pool and a larger one tight to the far bank but I persevered with from the tail of that to the head of the Island it was here that there was a strong steady pull and the water erupted and I was into what turned out to be my PB salmon in its spawning colours a fish of 39" so against the Sturdy scale it was 25.5lb, it did actually feel heavier than that. Quick photo the released and it swam of strongly. Riding Stone run and another strong pull but it didn't stay on. Ray Dry who fished with me on Friday had a fish of around 6lb whilst fishing the fly on the Riding Stone.
When the river has been at a good height I've seen numerous fish throughout the beat this last week, some have even been bars of silver, so like Allan says there is always the chance of a River Nith Greyback - get out there and give it a go.
I've a couple of weeks to wait before I'm back for the last few days of the season, but if I hear of anything of the beat I'll update you.
If you need any information on the beat don't hesitate to call.

Tight lines
Ian Griffin (APGAI/GAIC)
Orvis Endorsed Guide
07760 884450

Burgh Water October Report.

Allan's report on the Nith for October.

Again it has been rain, rain and more rain, and the water temperature high. Fish have been running through, keeping their heads down as we say. Fishing has been hard with few fish caught and lost. Rodney Bryden had a small grilse on the worm at the Cairn Mouth and I had one at the Castledykes, 12 lb on the fly. I've heard of a few caught and lost at the Purls. Again the old story, not many rods out to catch them. We need frost and settled conditions to hold them back as we say. November is the time for the famous greyback salmon. The are big and strong and will give you a great fight. If you hook one you will know all about it. When you fish you need strong nylon, not less than 15 lb. You will need it when they charge downstream – they take some stopping. So come and have a go on the Nith, with a bit of luck you may catch a famous Nith greyback salmon, and it's not too expensive. Give it a go, you may catch a fish of your dreams.

If you catch any fish or have any fishy stories give me a ring on 01387-721211

Allan Blyth

1st November - Friars Carse update. A few anglers have been lucky enough the find some fish in between the changing river levels. 24th October hotel guests managed a 2lb sea trout and an 8lb salmon whilst fishing the spinner. 26th Mr Rimmer had a 12lb fish from the Hotel pool again on spinner. Yesterday 31st October regular at the hotel Peter Vale had a fish, which I'm still waiting on the size for).
Hopefully the river level will stay more settled and we all enjoy the last month of the 2017 season.
I'm up there myself all next week running the last course of the year and then some social fishing.
Don't forget our fly fishing/tying course at the hotel next week, give the Hotel or myself a call for more information. Day fly tying can be accommodated for a small fee

If you need any information on the beat don't hesitate to call.

Tight lines
Ian Griffin (APGAI/GAIC)
Orvis Endorsed Guide
07760 884450

Beat catches reported
(week ending 18th November)
SALMON & GRILSE: Dumfries Burgh 2, Dalswinton 4.
Total: 6 Largest: Dumfries Burgh 22lbs
SEA TROUT: Dalswinton 3.
Total: 3 Largest: Dalswinton 3lbs
TROUT: None reported

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An angler fishing on Frairscarse beat last autumn in the sun.