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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Saturday 7th October)

7th October - Friars Carse Beat. Latest information from the beat is that anglers are seeing fish throughout the beat which should be the case at this time of year. Regular Pete Behan had a salmon a couple of weeks ago when he was there and this last week the Smith party had 3 salmon a 12lb fish on worm another on spin and a lovely fish of 16lb again to the spinner.
The beat offers a variety of pools to suit different methods so if you've not tried it get out there and give it a go before the season ends.

Don't forget our fly fishing/tying course at the hotel November, give the Hotel or myself a call for more information.

If you need any information on the beat don't hesitate to call.

Tight lines
Ian Griffin (APGAI/GAIC)
Orvis Endorsed Guide
07760 884450

September Report
In September, like August, the river was very unsettled with rises every week. Anglers who did venture out had a fish or two with all methods doing well. Speaking to anglers, some were saying there were no fish in the Burgh, next day salmon would show in all the pools. On Saturday, the 9th, Richard Little and Rodney Bryden had a fish each, the biggest 7 lb, both on the worm. A few days later Richard Murdoch caught a very fresh 16 pounder on the worm at the Wee Green. Well done to him. Then it was my turn with two at the Purls, biggest 18 lb, on a Yellow Waddington fly.

Two days later I had a 5 pounder, again at the Purls, same fly. Downstream at the Castledykes, David Hughes caught a 5lb grilse with a mepp, fishing for herling. Next day Richard Little had a very fresh grilse at the Wee Green, spinning.

On the 23rd Rodney Bryden had a 5 lb salmon on the worm at the College Pool. On the 26th it was my turn with a 10 pounder on the fly at the Purls. The following day Billy Clawson lost a 20 pounder, after a hectic battle it took the worm.

On Saturday the 30th a visitor had a 5 lb salmon at the Cairn mouth. With plenty fish showing and more rain that's September finished. It's been a good month with good numbers caught and lost. Some days the Burgh was very quiet, then the next day fish were showing in most pools.

Tight lines for October.

Hear of any fish or fishy stories, give me a ring.
Allan Blyth
01387 721211

15th September - Friars Carse Beat. Just back from 4 days at the hotel running a course and guiding for some clients and despite the changing river levels it was good to see that there were a good number of salmon showing most days. Fish were seen throughout the beat but most seemed to be in Island, Marsdens and Policemans although a couple of big fish were seen in the Riding Stone.
After giving visiting angler Peter Ayton some advice on the river and where best to go given the conditions it wasn't long before he managed to hook into and successfully land a lovely silver fish of around 12lb on a Toby whilst casting from the steps of the Riding Stone (see the photo page), he also had another salmon come short to the fly whilst fishing down at Policemans.
Keith Irons and his brother Alastair were out with me Thursday morning and he managed a fish of around 13lb taken from the Farm Pool on a Rapala, only photo of this was as it was released. An even bigger fish was seen further down the run but wasn't in the mood for taking.
There seem to be plenty of fish in the system it just needs anglers on the river and I'm sure that the catch rate will go up.
If you've never fished the beat it's well worth it, fly, spin or worm all will work well on their day.
Don't forget our fly fishing/tying course at the hotel November, give the Hotel or myself a call for more information.
Tight lines
Ian Griffin (APGAI/GAIC)
07760 884450

Beat catches reported
(week ending 14th October)
SALMON & GRILSE: Dalswinton 1.
Total: 1 Largest: Dalswinton 16lbs
SEA TROUT: None reported
TROUT: None reported

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An angler fishing on Frairscarse beat last autumn in the sun.