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(Last updated: Friday 23rd June)
We finally got some proper rain overnight on the 5th of June after an extremely dry April and May. With river levels well up on the 6th of June it wasn't going to be long before we were hearing of fish being landed.
The Stinchar reported their first fish on the 7th landed by Owen Samson, a lovely sea liced 12lber from the Kirkhill beat, Owen had a 2nd fish in the afternoon around the same size and John Patterson had a fresh fish up at Minuntion. The Stinchar continued to fish on and off right up to the 17th and have landed at least 19 fish that we know of, most of the fish landed in the 10-15lbs bracket. It is also encouraging to see a few sea trout in the river this year and some good sized fish landed up to 5lbs.
On the River Ayr fish have been landed as far up as Muirkirk with a decent number of fish reported running the weirs at Stair and Catrine. Fish were landed throughout the system since the spate on the 6th of June with fish landed in the Annbank, Stair, Mauchline, Sorn and Muirkirk areas.
On the Irvine fish have been landed as far up as Galston and Hurlford with both clubs landing a few each. We have also heard of fish landed further down the system and anglers are reporting a number of fish in the river, there have also been fish landed on the Annick water.
Reports from the Garnock and Girvan have been slim on the ground but i'm sure there will have been fish landed since the rain finally came. Reports from the Doon have been few and far between but we have heard of fish landed at Doonholm and Smithston, i'm sure there will have been others. Anglers in the Dalrymple are have also been seeing fish in the club water.
Unfortunately this week the rivers were back to summer level but we did have some rain overnight last night. This may allow for some fishing today and tomorrow.
April and May were doomed due to extremely dry weather. June finally delivered some decent rain and some fish to go with it.