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(Last updated: Monday 19th June)
Last week (commencing 12th June) saw the river fall back nicely after considerable flooding the previous week. The middle river was sitting at just over two feet on the Monday morning so spinning was the best way to cover the water. Newbie and Hoddom both produced fish despite being high and coloured. One was also landed from the Dryfeholm syndicate on the Monday evening.
As the week progressed it became clear the middle river beats were holding good numbers of fish Anglers fishing Halleaths had the best of the fishing, finishing with 7 fish for the week including some specimens up to 15lb. The most notable catch of the week was a 16lb salmon landed by local angler Sandy Rankin from the Upper Annandale Angling Association Applegarth beat on the Tuesday evening. The successful fly was a black & yellow Gladswood Shrimp. The average size of the fish running the Annan in the early summer is always excellent and we would strongly advise that anglers use strong leader material and check their knots frequently.
AAPGAI instructor Derek Kelly saw a pod of fishing running through Newbie beat on Thursday afternoon while guiding and indications are that fish are still arriving in the Solway which is very welcome news. A short burst of heavy rain on Thursday evening saw the river rise 6 inches overnight and this did the lower no favours as the colour refused to drop out until late Saturday. Hoddom managed two on both Friday and Saturday.
The forecast looks very nice for the start of this week and lower river beats should fish nicely until Thursday or possibly Friday. There is some light rain forecast Wednesday and a small lift would be very welcome, especially on the middle river. The evenings look very promising for sea trout fishing and we would strongly recommend anglers fishing late evenings, especially if it has been bright during the day. The sea trout are well spread through the system now and as the river continues to drop we expect catches to markedly improve.
Keep an eye on the weather and contact the Fishing team on 01576 470600.
season review to follow.