Tackle advice

Fly fishing

The Ayrshire rivers are generally small to medium in size and it is only in the lower River Ayr where a double handed salmon would be considered essential. However many local anglers use smaller double handed rods, in the 12 to 14 foot range, as they do provide better water coverage and control of the fly. Lines to suit, although typically 7-10 weight, are all that are needed with a floating line and a range of polytips to control depth. In high water in the back-end a sinking line will help to get the fly down to the taking depth.

During the summer and in low water single handed rods provide excellent sport and can allow more delicate and accurate presentation.

Regarding flies everyone has their favourites but if there the one colour that is particularly associated with salmon fishing in Ayrshire it is red. Flies such as the Red Ally's Shrimp or a favourite on the Stinchar, the Red Dart, are very popular. There is a number of local patterns and advice should be sought from your beat or in local fishing tackle shops. As the fishing is mainly in the summer and autumn flies tied on small double hooks (8 - 14's) are popular with small 3/4" - 1 1/4 inch tubes used in higher water conditions.

Spinning

Medium weight spinning rods in the 8-10' range will be adequate to cover the Ayrshire rivers. A range of lures are used locally but the Rapala in its many guises is currently the most fashionable and productive. Gold fluorescent red, Firetiger and black/silver patterned lures in floating or countdown versions and the most popular. However on heavily fished water a change of lure can be effective with Flying C's, Tobies and Mepps still popular and effective.




River Stinchar

River Stinchar



Hiring/buying tackle

There are a number of tackle shops in Ayrshire, many of which will be able to supply you with all of the tackle you require. They may also hire a limited selection of items, although it's always best to check your requirements in advance of your visit.

Tackle shops & suppliers
Fishing Tackle online
Fishing Tackle online,Glasgow
Glasgow
0871 7161670
The UK's largest Fishing Tackle Superstore and your one stop shop for every aspect of angling. Our experienced staff ensure you get the best possible customer service and fishing tackle to suit your budget and requirements.
Gamesport
Gamesport,Ayr
Ayr
01292 263822
60 Sandgate, Ayr, South Ayrshire KA7 1BX
Now under the ownership and personal management of Mr Matt Vance who was shop manager for the Colis for 23 years. Why not come and pay us a visit to discuss your requirements or feel free to just browse around the shop.
Tay Salmon Fly
Tay Salmon Fly,Uk
Uk
01350 727625
Here, you can find proven successful patterns for Atlantic Salmon. Based on the River Tay in Dunkeld, Scotland, Tay Salmon Fly offers great quality affordable salmon flies. Please feel free to browse through our various patterns and if you have any queries please get in touch with us via our contact us page.