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(Last updated: Tuesday 28th March)
March started very unsettled with rain, snow, frost, storms and cold winds. Most of the time the river was in good order but few rods on the river. Worm fishing began on 15 March which brought a few more rods out. Kelts are still splashing about In the bigger pools and are easily caught, so take care when returning them. If you're not sure of the difference between a kelt and a Spring salmon, give me a ring and I'll put you right. I hear springers have been caught further up the river, so they are going through.
Monday, 27 March up at Lincluden at the Carnation Wood, fishing a monkey fly, I caught my first Nith springer of the season - est 10lb. This warm weather will encourage a few more fish into the river. Spring fishing is my favourite time of year and to catch a Spring Salmon is special, they fight very hard which you never forget, and take care when you return them.
Tight lines. Allan Blyth. If you hear any fishy stories or fish caught, give me a ring.
24th March - Friars Carse Hotel latest The beat reports no salmon this week but anglers who have been out have had some good sport with the brown trout, regular visitor to the hotel Sue Capes topped the lot with a fine fish of 3lb.
Salmon and the possibility of sea trout should be moving into the system and its well worth getting out there and giving it a go.
Check the with the Friars Carse Hotel for dates of 2017 Fly Fishing/Tying Courses, next one is April. Daytime fly tying may be available.
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An angler fishing on Frairscarse beat last autumn in the sun.