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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.
Dalbeattie Angling Association is keen to encourage online booking for its waters, with 2 visitor tickets available online on each day.
Dalbeattie AA also has rainbow and brown trout fishing on Buittle Reservoir
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Dalbeattie Angling Association extends a warm welcome to all its visiting anglers, and encourages visitors to ask Members for advice and guidance if required. There are a number of Rules and Guidelines, designed to promote safe and sensible angling, and we would respectfully ask visitors to abide by these.
1. Your Permit is not transferable, and must be carried at all times - on demand it must be produced for inspection by the Water Bailiff or any Member of Dalbeattie AA.
2. The Water Bailiff or any Member of Dalbeattie AA has the right to inspect your bag or fishing tackle whilst you are visiting Dalbeattie AA waters
3. Spinning is only allowed if the Spinning Marks are covered - the location of the Spinning Marks is clearly shown on the Map
4. Worm Fishing is permitted on the Craignair Beat, between 1st April and 30th September, but not in Raikes Pool, Stone Pool, or between these pools, unless the spinning marks are covered.
5. Worm Fishing is permitted on Firthhead/East Logan beats, between 1st June and 30th September
6. Worm Fishing on all beats only by using Circle Hooks, maximum size no. 4"
7. No Prawn or Shrimp Fishing at any time
8. No Float fishing at any time.
9. All Parr, Smolts, Kelts, Gravid (coloured) fish and any fish under 8 inches in length must be returned to the water immediately and All Salmon/Grilse caught before 1st June must be returned unharmed.
10 . All Salmon/Grilse over 27" or 67cm in length must be returned unharmed and a maximum of two Salmon/grilse may be kept per rod per season.
11. All Seatrout over 20" or 51cm in length must be returned unharmed and a maximum of 3 Seatrout may be kept per rod per season.
12. No Rod Rest or any form of Set Line fishing is permitted. Bait fishers must give way to fly fishers
13. Any angler seen attempting to take fish by means of Rake, Drag Hook, Snatching, Stripping or otherwise Poaching will have his/her Permit withdrawn and will face prosecution. Any fish inadvertently foul-hooked must be returned to the river
14. No angler may carry or use a Gaff
15. Dogs are not allowed on the riverbank, under any circumstances.
16. No fires may be set in the vicinity of the river
17. All anglers, when fishing, must keep on the move and must not monopolise a pool or position therein if other anglers are following.
18. Anglers must take their turn when fishing any pool on the river, and must not start fishing a pool immediately downstream from any other angler.
Transgression of Rules may lead to suspension of your Permit! ANGLERS FISH AT THEIR OWN RISK, and are advised to provide their own Buoyancy Aid, eye protection, hat and wading staff when fishing the river. Anglers should remember that the river is tidal below Craignair Bridge, and familiarise themselves with the times of High Tide.
Catch Returns must specify details of all fish, pool location, weight, and whether returned or retained. (We require this in order to comply with Fisheries legislation).
GYRODACTYLUS SALARIS Gyrodactylus salaris (GS) is the single greatest threat to wild salmon in the UK's rivers and lochs, including the River Urr. GS is a parasitic freshwater fluke originally confined to rivers in parts of Russia, Norway and Sweden, where salmon evolved a degree of resistance to it. However, GS gradually has spread to other rivers in Norway, also to Denmark, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal where native salmon have no resistance, resulting in mass mortality of juvenile fish - if left untreated, this will result in total 'wipe-out"of an infected rivers salmon population within 5 years. The only "approved' treatment is to poison infected rivers to remove all fish hosts, thereafter erecting barriers to stop any salmon entering the river to spawn and generating more hosts. Even this radical treatment cannot guarantee against reinfection, and would render the infected river obsolete as a fishing resource for an absolute minimum of 10 years, more probably 15-20 years. The most likely cause of GS arriving in the UK is via imported live fish, for instance Rainbow Trout and Carp, but since GS can survive for 5 to 7 days in damp conditions (eg. angling clothing, waders, wet reels, lines or landing nets), it is vitally important that anglers take precautions to prevent accidental introduction. If you have fished in a location outwith the Urr catchment within 7 days prior to fishing the River or Buittle Reservoir, then potentially you could be carrying the GS parasite and be capable of introducing it into our waters!! (GS introduced into the Reservoir will reach the river within a few weeks, via the outlet stream!) Currently the UK is entirely GS--ree, but if it did enter the UK it is calculated that it would spread throughout the whole country within 3-5 years. The economic and ecological consequences of GS entering the country would be catastrophic. Please do your part to prevent GS from decimating the UK's and the Urr's wild salmon by taking appropriate measures, as detailed below - wherever possible, BEFORE FISHING Note: This is a "rolling" requirement, i.e. if you fish the River Urr (Dalbeattie) or Buittle Reservoir regularly during the season, you are requested to consider whether you need to DISINFECT before each visit; (the most effective "remedy' is simply to get into the habit of routinely taking anti-GS measures, as detailed overleaf, after each and every occasion when you may have been in an "at-risk' situation).
DISINFECT BEFORE YOU FISH The most effective practical disinfection measures are as follows:
Note: This is a "rolling" requirement, i.e. if you fish the River Urr (Dalbeattie) or Buittle Reservoir regularly during the season, you are requested to consider whether you need to DISINFECT before each visit.
To book a Monday you must book before 23:00 PM on Sunday
To book a Tuesday you must book before 23:00 PM on Monday
To book a Wednesday you must book before 23:00 PM on Tuesday
To book a Thursday you must book before 23:00 PM on Wednesday
To book a Friday you must book before 23:00 PM on Thursday
To book a Sunday you must book before 23:00 PM on Saturday