Buittle Reservoir

Galloway - Scotland

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Loch fishing for stocked rainbow trout, plus indigenous brown trout from bank & boat (depending on water levels)
Season: 1st April to 30th September
Method: Fly fishing only

Maximum Rods: There is currently no limit on the number of rods allowed to fish the Reservoir, which is normally lightly fished. There are 3 Adult Day Visitor tickets available for online booking, each day throughout the season, at a cost of £20 per rod per day.

'Paper' tickets will continue to be available through McCowans in Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas (see below). Half-day and junior tickets are also for sale from McCowans.

Catch Limits: Limit of 3 fish per rod, thereafter catch and release.

Dalbeattie AA also has salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing on 3.5 miles of the Lower River Urr: Dalbeattie AA

12 acre spring fed reservoir with exceptional water quality stocked (approx. monthly) with high quality rainbow trout of 1.5lb to 3lb, plus occasionally with some browns/blues/golden trout. The reservoir also contains a small head of indigenous brown trout often of a noteworthy size.

A great deal of the charm of this fishery comes from its peaceful and natural setting, and although it can accommodate parties of up to 20 anglers, it is exceedingly rare to find yourself within a practised 'double haul' of your next angling companion and not unusual on a weekday to have the place to yourself.

Most of the usual flies work well at Buittle although lures can lose efficacy a week or so after one of the regular stockings, then the clever angler switches to imitative patterns. The water clarity and abundance of natural fly life seems to enable the trout to make an easy switch to 'naturals'. Fishing is allowed until one hour after dusk and this is often a time for the dry fly to be most effective, with small dries and 'Sedges' or later in the year 'Daddies' all having their day. Although a day at the reservoir can be enjoyed productively with a floating line a switch to an intermediate can result in a change of fortune - for those who prefer to fish 'deep and slow', a sinking line fished off the dam may produce a 'trophy' fish!

The reservoir is well signposted from the A745 Dalbeattie to Castle Douglas road, at Buittle, with adequate parking at the roadside overlooking the water.

Fishing from the bank is easy and there is plenty of scope, with only two areas are inaccessible because of trees. There are boats available, at a small additional charge, although their use is dependent on the water level, which can fluctuate (the reservoir is not part of the public water supply, but remains in Scottish Water's ownership pro tem., and SW has the right to maintain the level at its preferred height through manipulation of sluice valves).

In addition to the fishing, the reservoir and its environs is a haven for birds, flora and fauna - always something interesting to see!


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Tue 21st February

BUITTLE RESERVOIR IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO ALL FISHING latest reports and updates on reopening will be posted on the face book page https://www.facebook.com/groups/482227511809430/
Thanks for your cooperation.

The quality of the fish is as always first-class, many thanks to our long-term stocking partner, Ae Fishery of Parkgate, Dumfries.

**Good^news - the prices for visitors to fish the reservoir are unchanged this year! A day ticket is only £20.00, and an evening ticket (from 1800 onwards) is £14.00. Anglers may keep a maximum of 3 fish per day, or 2 fish per evening, but in both cases there is a weekly limit of 6 fish for anyone fishing on more than one day in a week. Anglers are welcome to carry on fishing once a limit has been reached, but must practise (safe) Catch and Release thereafter.

**Not^so^good^news - At the very end of the 2013 season we made the shocking discovery of **North^American^Signal^Crayfish in Buittle Reservoir. Trapping undertaken through the close season has shown this to be a small infestation - although less than 20 crayfish have been caught, all were adult, and several were female, so we have to conclude that this is a breeding population. We are working in close collaboration with Scottish Water, Galloway Fisheries Trust, the Urr District Fisheries Board and SEPA to assess the best options to help us try to control this outbreak, and most importantly, to try to prevent the crayfish reaching the main river.

Trapping will resume shortly, and we would ask all anglers to respect and avoid the trapping zones, which will be clearly signed - also to follow the guidelines and advice in terms of what to do if you find a crayfish, steps to prevent spread etc. Information in these respects will be displayed at the reservoir. The main thing for anglers is to keep eyes open and report any sightings - dead or alive - to the angling association. Crayfish will not affect the actual fishing, at least not in the short-medium term, but it's the prevention of spread that we are really focused on at the moment.

Once a daily and/or weekly limit has been reached, anglers are allowed to fish on, but must carefully unhook and release all fish - we strongly recommend the use of barbless hooks under these conditions.

We also have 2 boats that can be hired. These can be hired from McCowan's shop in Dalbeattie.

We believe that our prices continue to represent excellent value - particularly an Evening Ticket, although these are not available online, and must be purchased at McCowan's in either Dalbeattie or Castle Douglas.

Last plea!! Please help to keep the reservoir and its lovely surroundings as nature intended, by TAKING ALL YOUR LITTER HOME!!! It never ceases to astound how some people will spend time and effort stuffing their litter into holes in the dykes (reasonable risk of the offender getting bitten by an adder by so doing (we live in hope!), when for half the effort, they could so easily just put the litter into their bags and TAKE IT HOME!!

We warmly welcome all visitors to our beautiful reservoir, and if you haven't been before, come and try, you'll be in for a treat!

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