For more detail - see BOOK DAYS below
2 per day
Five year average: 79 salmon/grilse and 29 sea trout
Extent of fishing: 3.5 miles, double bank
Dalbeattie Angling Association is keen to encourage online booking for its waters, with 2 visitor tickets available online on each day Monday- Saturday, from 15th March until 30th November (during the month of November there are only 4 Scottish rivers which are still open- Tweed, Nith, Urr and Annan, with the Annan closing mid November). Saturday rods bear a surcharge over weekday prices. If online tickets are booked, other tickets often are available (see below).
Prices: £18-£40 per rod/day
The Dalbeattie Angling Association leases 3.5 miles of the lower Urr. Within this section there is a large amount of good fly water with spinning permitted in higher water conditions. The lower beat, Craignair, is tidal at its bottom end and has nine named pools plus a number of other likely spots. The upper beat, Firthhead, has a pleasing mixture of pools glides and runs and is ideal fly water in most conditions. Worming is permitted under certain conditions (see Fishery Conditions).
Good numbers of salmon and sea trout are taken from the DAA beats every year, with fish running into the river from late spring onwards. The main runs are from late summer until the end of the season (30th November). Given favourable conditions, it is possible to find fresh fish even in late autumn, when the Urr's famous 'greyback' salmon are the prize quarry. Anglers are encouraged to adopt a sensible approach to conservation, please refer to fishery conditions for current catch and release limits. (see Fishery Conditions).
Access to all parts is relatively easy, with the Firthhead beat being particularly suitable for less able anglers.
The best flies to use for salmon are shrimps through the summer, particularly Ally's Shrimps. In the autumn it is the turn of Waddingtons and tube flies, with Willie Gunn, Cascade, Temple Dog, Shrimp and black flies, such as Stoat's Tail, all being successful. For sea trout, try Teal, Blue and Silver or the Dunkeld, Peter Ross and Butcher's.
Maximum rods: Throughout most of year, visitor tickets are readily available but on Saturdays, visitor tickets are limited to 10 during March to September, reducing to 6 on Saturdays in October and November.
"Paper" tickets for weekdays and Saturdays will also continue to be available through McCowans in Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas (see below). Day ticket prices range from £16 to £40 depending on the time of year.
You can see a map of the beat by clicking here.
Dalbeattie AA also has rainbow and brown trout fishing on Buittle Reservoir
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Season opens on the 15 March Get out there! Please remember to report catches via catchaphone see below this number will not be answered as it is for records only but we all are grateful if you can spare a min to leave a message. The number is 07530176012
Please take a few moments to have a look at our Fishing Rules and Guidelines for the river - you'll find these under **Joining^Conditions on our webpage. in particular, please adhere to the **Catch^Limits^
**The^CATCHAPHONE^reporting^system:- Anyone catching a fish, whether kept or released, is asked to text (or leave a voicemail message) to 07530176012, giving angler's name, date of capture, fish weight and pool. Analysis for 2014 showed that Catchaphone only recorded 30-40% of catches, so don't be shy, give it a try! As accurate as possible a catches record helps everybody, not least those considering whether to come and fish.
We look forward to welcoming all visitors, old and new, to our beats in 2017