Scottish Flyfisher

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River Annan

The Annan is one of the best sea trout rivers in the south of Scotland, with catches of around 1500 in a good year, although, in common with other Solway rivers, the Annan has seen a worrying decline in sea trout stocks in the last few years. A range of fishing is available, including estate, hotel and club waters.

The Upper Annandale Angling Association has some ten miles of good water on the river between Moffat and Lockerbie, which is available to the visiting angler and there is an excellent stretch at Hoddom Castle, available at reasonable cost, to name only two of the many beats available to the visitor.

Permits available from the Upper Annandale Angling Association


River Nith

The Nith is the largest of the Solway rivers. It is arguably the most productive and varied of the rivers and offers excellent sea trout fishing. Much of the fishing is available to visiting anglers on a day or weekly basis on association water and hotel and estate beats.

The Nith has some excellent sea trout fishing, with a good year now producing around 2000 sea trout,

Sea trout fishing is available to the visiting angler on day, weekly and season tickets on Estate beats such as Drumlanrig Castle, Barjarg, Blackwood and Dalswinton; Association beats like the Upper Nithsdale Angling Association at Sanquhar, the former Mid Nithsdale Angling Association water at Thornhill (now administered by Drumlanrig Estate) and Dumfries and Galloway Angling Association at Carnsalloch, near Dumfries; Hotel water such as Friars Carse; and Burgh Fishing at Dumfries.

The Upper Nithsdale Angling Association who have 11 miles of mostly of double bank fishing. The Upper Nithsdale Angling Association beat covers fishings at the top end of the river. It has over 50 named pools, with a nice mixture of rocky, fast flowing streams, coupled with long slow flats which allows it to be fished with all methods. It takes its share of salmon and grilse, but it is best known for it sea trout catches. Although these have fallen from over 5000 in 1966, the last 5-year average return is still over 800.

Permits are available through Fishpal