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(Last updated: Wednesday 27th September)
Over the past couple of weeks there have been reports of salmon from most beats on the Annan and with good water there were continued runs of grilse during the first couple of weeks in September with the river remaining fairly well topped up since then.
Despite losing some fishing days due to high and coloured water earlier in the month, the lower beats have been at a good height for most of September with copper tobies and vision 110's doing well during a spinning water. As the lower river settled and dropped in runs of grilse were seen moving through some of the lower beats and there were similar reports from the middle beats where there have also been reports of a number of fish in the high teens and twenties with the most notable fish from Halleaths, a salmon of 25lb.
There are salmon present on the upper beats of the Annan and the lower Kinnel and with anglers starting to venture out onto the Association beats and Annandale Estate water, further reports of salmon should start to come in. On the upper river the colour has been clearing up quickly after rain and the river levels can also drop quickly, often within a few days, so it is advisable to take advantage of that and plan any visits to the upper beats to coincide with a recent lift.
The brown trout fishing is all but done with less than two weeks of the season lest now although with recent settled and warmer weather the hatches have improved with various olives and caddis coming off as well as falls of black gnats. The grayling have been taking full advantage of this throughout the river with some very good sized fish rising during the afternoons.
The grayling are in peak condition at the moment and will respond well to dries, light nymphs and spiders. Check the bookings on Fishannan for grayling availability as both Cleuchhead and Annandale Estate currently offer Sunday grayling tickets.
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season review to follow.