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(Last updated: Tuesday 1st August)
The month of July has been encouraging for Ayrshire this season with some beats enjoying their best July for over five years.
During the month of July we enjoyed several lifts in water levels which allowed fish to run. The river Ayr has reported a good run of fish this year with most of the beats the length of the river enjoying sport throughout the month.
The Stinchar has also had some encouraging results during July with fish reported on the back of every rise in water levels. Knockdolian reported 23 fish for July and Dalreoch reported 18, other beats also did well with a number of fish reported throughout the month. The quality of the fish landed on the Stinchar during June and July has been excellent with the bulk of the catch being multi sea winter fish from 10-19lbs. There have also been a number of sea trout landed on the Stinchar this season with some crackers up to 7lbs among them.
The River Doon has had a slow start but anglers have reported fish landed along the length of the river. I did hear rumours of a good run of fish entering the river at the weekend so hopefully catches increase as the season progresses.
Reports from the Girvan have been few and far between so it has been difficult to assess how the river is doing this season. Girvan Mains did report 10 sea trout last week up to 4lbs.
Reports from the Irvine and Garnock have also been thin on the ground but by all accounts fish continue to be caught as far up the Irvine as Galston.
Grilse are now appearing among the catches across Ayrshire so fingers crossed the numbers continue to build over the coming month.
August can be one of the most productive months in Ayrshire, given water it is well worth a visit with some very affordable fishing available across the county. Check out our beat pages for further information. this page
April and May were doomed due to extremely dry weather. June and July have provided encouraging catches across most of the county. With grilse now arriving hopefully things continue to improve for the rest of the season.