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(Last updated: Wednesday 7th February)
7th February 2018 - Not long now before the season opens again and I'm sure we're all hoping for a continued improvement on the last few years.
Friars Carse will be holding their Grayling Competition again on the 25th of this month, details are available from the Hotel. I will also be running the first course of the year from the Monday with fly tying throughout the day and evening. If you fancy having a go then day visitors can be accommodated, again just contact the Hotel for more information 01387 740388.
Ian Griffin (APGAI/GAIC)
Orvis Endorsed Guide
26 Feb Opening day is being held at Dalswinton beat in the Upper Hut and also Frairs Carse more details to in due course.
The catches are available for the 2017 season and although not great show and improvement and from tales on the river
last year suggested some good runs of salmon in the summer but very few anglers out to fish for them.
What is becoming clearer that the late running salmon have declined not only on the Nith but also the Tweed and Annan. However
there seem to be more spring and summer fish. So i might be an idea to fish earlier rather than later.
Nith Conservation Policy 2018
The Nith District Salmon Fishery Board have considered their Conservation Policy for the 2018 season. The Nith has been assigned Category 1 status with the exception of the continuation of Category 3 status downstream of a line taken from Scar Point on the East bank of the estuary to Airds Point on the West bank of the estuary.
The Board notes the mandatory total catch and release requirement for salmon on all River Systems throughout Scotland to 1st April in any given year.
The Board notes the voluntary total catch and release policy for salmon from 1st April to 31st May on the River Nith system in any given year.
The Board recommends for conservation purposes that wherever possible total catch and release policy be adopted for the whole river system, but taking into account the Category 1 status for the majority of the river system, if salmon are to be taken then no more than two salmon per person per season be taken with a view to achieving in excess of 80% catch and release of salmon for the 2018 season.
See you on opening day.
Liase with Ian Griffin 07760884450, Allan Blyth 01387-721211 Andy Edgar 07469 194127for tackle and helpful tips for the river
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An angler fishing on Frairscarse beat last autumn in the sun.