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