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(Last updated: Friday 18th August)
18th August - Friars Carse latest info. Just back from fishing the beat since Monday and despite the varying river levels we've seen plenty of fish in the pools, they just seemed hard to tempt. Alan Gray did
loose a nice fish when I was talking to him the other night then followed it with a 13lber and I've just heard hot of the press he's just had a small grilse tonight.
I managed a small sea trout of about 1.5lb on a new #4 rod I was trying out and also got myself a grilse of 5.5lb on a Rapala just as the water was dropping back a bit.
If we could get some settled levels and anglers out on the beat I'm sure that they would catch. Despite not having as many anglers fishing the count is actually up on last year at this point which is good news.
Don't forget our next fly fishing/tying course at the hotel September, give the Hotel or myself a call for more information.
Ian Griffin (APGAI/GAIC)
I visited the river last Friday, and it was settling down after a big rise from earlier in the week.
July in the main has been a good month for salmon entering the river, and i have heard reports that some beats have had their best month for catches in a few years. The river remains very lightly fished for many beats and with few anglers out the news is very sporadic.
For the last two seasons we have been hit by heat waves in September and October and the river has not fished well at these times. It seems that the river might be following a pattern that the spring and summer
fishing is producing more fish and that the autumn fish are running later or they might not being running at all with the current weather patterns.
The Tweed could well be in the same camp as the Nith at present.
If you get a chance try and get out now and September because this could offer the you the best time to fish.
Barjarg had 26 seatrout in July and the best at 10lb.
Dalswinton since the weekend have been seeing grilse in the lower beat and salmon lost on the top beat. Very few anglers fishing.
Blackwood has been opening up and access to the pools and offers some cracking fishing with easy access and
and good assistance from andy Edgar.
DGAA and Fraise Carse have since the weekend.
July typically can be a quiet month on the Nith. Salmon and grilse have been showing as they move up river, but few rods were out to catch them. July is the time for herling, small seatrout, and I have had a
few on the fly, fishing for salmon, safely returned. It brings back memories of my younger days fishing for herling with small meps or early morning worm, fishing with red worms, just after the tide with 3
pound line. Great sport. If there was a flood the Wee Green would be lined with fishers trotting worms down the side of the wall, catching herling for the tea, good eating , and also float fishing on the Wee
Green with the fly - who remembers that? It was great fun. If the river was low we went down to the Nith estuary to Kelton or Glencaple to tramp for flounders just after the tide. How many of you fishers have
tried tramping for flooks? You don't know what you've missed. Flounders are great fish to eat and it's great fun catching them. Remember with your feet, if you have big feed you will do well.
If you catch a fish or hear of any fishy stories, give me a ring Allan Blyth
Liase with Ian Griffin 07760884450, Allan Blyth 01387-721211 Andy Edgar 07469 194127 for tackle and helpful tips for the river
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An angler fishing on Frairscarse beat last autumn in the sun.