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Last week

(Last updated: Thursday 18th May)

18th May - Friars Carse Hotel latest. The recent lift in levels should have encouraged more fish to enter the river despite this there are no reports of salmon being caught on the beat , however a few guests at the hotel have been out with the trout rods and have had some good sport with the browns best around the 13 inch mark so nice fish. A good fish was also lost due to the hook snapping, this may have been a decent sea trout. Give the hotel a call and give the beat a try, its well worth it. Let me know your catches and like Allan we'll get them posted on here.

Check the with the Friars Carse Hotel for availability on the July Fly Fishing/Tying Course.Daytime fly tying will be available at a small cost.
Tight Lines

Ian Griffin
Fly Fishing Instructor (APGAI/GAIC)
Mobile: 07760884450

2nd May - Friars Carse Hotel latest. A few anglers have been out and trying their luck despite the low conditions. Regular guests at the Hotel Alan & Julie Johnston have fished hard for the last few days and Alan was finally rewarded with a nice Sea Trout of around the 3lb mark still with sea lice on. It took a tiny dry fly fished on a 3# rod during the day. Like Allan says the river is in desperate needs of rain but once it does be ready to get out there and take advantage of it

Check the with the Friars Carse Hotel for dates of 2017 Fly Fishing/Tying Courses, next one is in July. Daytime fly tying may be available.
Tight Lines

Ian Griffin
Fly Fishing Instructor (APGAI/GAIC)
Mobile: 07760884450

2 May
Dumfries Burgh Water April Report
April started well with good spinning and fly water. Two salmon were caught, both at Lincluden pools. Lee Thompson had a very fresh fish on the fly at the Purls and a visitor had a 10 pounder at the Cairn mouth. I was unlucky losing a salmon at the Wee Green and also the Purls, but that's fishing! The river dropped away, we had frost and cold winds and fishing was poor but anglers we're seeing fish. John Binns saw a large shoal of seatrout at the Cairn mouth, and Charlie Wilson said there was a big shoal of seatrout at St Michael's bridge. Also seatrout and salmon were building up at the Caul. We need rain, the Castledykes is unfishable - big tides brought mud and silt up and it will need a flood to send it back to the sea. I'm on the river most days and what has impressed me is the large shoal of smolts their showing on most pools as the head for the sea then disappear with not many coming back - I won't go there, enough said. Back to the river, we need rain and warm weather to bring salmon and seatrout and I'm sure we will have some good sport. From the Burgh Water up to Thornhill there are still few rods out. Seatrout night fishers will be getting excited with warm weather forecast for May.

Tight lines.

Allan Blyth
If you hear any fishy stories or fish caught, give me a ring.

18th April - Friars Carse Hotel latest. Arrived last Thursday for a few days fishing before I ran the 2nd Fly Fishing Course of the year to find the river quite low and clear, fished throughout the day with the double and single handed rod and managed to pick up a few OS grayling the best going to 19 inches. Despite the low conditions we did see a number of clean salmon throughout the beat, one of which I decided to target if it was still there the following day. A quick fish over the area the next day without any luck then left it for a few hours before going back part way down the run just as I was lifting off it lunged at the fly and missed, gutted but stepped back up a couple of paces and re cast and on the second one he was on a cracking 14lb bar of silver a beautiful Nith springer.
Moved another fish later that day without success, but what was pleasing was the number of fish we had seen. Saturday a few more seen but no contact. Monday and Tuesday I ran the course at the hotel and salmon where again seen but no takers. One of the clients on the course a complete beginner managed an lovely os grayling of about 1.75lb on a dry fly.

The fish are definitely there you just need to get out there and give it a go.

Check the with the Friars Carse Hotel for dates of 2017 Fly Fishing/Tying Courses, next one is in July. Daytime fly tying may be available.
Tight Lines

Ian Griffin
Fly Fishing Instructor (APGAI/GAIC)
Mobile: 07760884450

Beat catches reported
(week ending 20th May)
SALMON & GRILSE: Dumfries Burgh Waters AA 2.
Total: 2 Largest: Dumfries Burgh Waters AA 10lbs
SEA TROUT: Dalswinton 2.
Total: 2 Largest: Dalswinton 3lbs
TROUT: None reported

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