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Dumfries & Galloway

River Annan

The Annan rises on Annanhead Hill, five miles north of Moffat, near the source of the Tweed (1.9 kilometres (1.2 mi) away), and also close to the source of the Clyde (10.4 kilometres (6.5 mi) away). It then flows through the Devil's Beef Tub, where it is joined by a secondary source that rises on Hartfell. It then flows past the town of Moffat and Lockerbie. Two miles out of Moffat, it is joined by the Moffat Water flowing westward from Loch Skene and the Evan Water flowing eastward from the upper part of Lanarkshire. Below this, it is joined by the Kennel Water from the west and the Dryfe Water from the east. It reaches the sea 2 miles past the port of Annan

The Annan can be divided into three sections. Lower reaches from Annan to Dormont. Middle; from Dormont to the principle tributary the Kinnel and the higher reaches from the Kinnel to Moffat. These three boundaries reflect the flow and gradient of the river. 

  • The higher and lower sections are shallow and faster flowing than the middle section.

  • The middle section is slower and deeper and meanders through the valley flood plain. The large number of significant tributaries throughout the length of the river effectively stops the fish running to the top in spates.

From an upland torrent the river evolves into a stately glide and flows south through pastoral grazing land, the principal economy in Annandale, then increases in speed as the gradient increases until it meets the Solway. The vast majority of the river is eminently suitable for fly fishing whether your target is the superb quality brown trout or grayling, sea trout fresh off the tide or the mighty salmon.

Dry fly fishing for truly wild brown trout costs a fraction of the southern chalk streams. Unlike the southern chalkstreams you are unlikely to see another fisher all day, the cost will be significantly less and the ambience and tranquillity will surprise you.

River Stinchar


Clerk To The Board

Mr Austin Thomson
46 Dalblair Road

Tel: 01292 272603

The Stinchar has its headwaters in the Carrick Forest to the north of the Galloway Forest Park, and only one kilometre from the source of the river Girvan. It has a main drainage course of 54 kilometres and from its source initially flows north before turning south westward through Barr, Pinwherry and Colmonell to enter the sea at Ballantrae. The river has a catchment area of 253 square kilometres, which includes the main tributaries of the Muck Water, the River Duisk, the Water of Tig and the Assel.

The Stinchar is one of the most productive of the Ayrshire salmon rivers and it has some excellent fly water. 

The Stinchar is a typical west coast spate river – fishing is at its best in a falling water immediately after a summer or autumn spate.

Fishing Season

Salmon & sea trout season: 25th February to 31st October


Brown trout season: 15th March to 6th October

River Nith

The Dumfries and Galloway Angling Association controls the fishing on the river Nith, for all species, on a 2.5 mile double bank stretch of the lower river Nith.  

Being at the lower end of the river, fresh fish can be encountered throughout the season, from the first day to the last. The season runs from the 25th of February until the 30th of November for migratory fish, one of the longest open seasons in the entire country.  

Grayling fishing is practised during the migratory fish close season also. Our beat winds its way through pastoral farmland in the beautiful Dumfriesshire countryside. Wading is generally easy, over a Stable gravel bottom, although caution is advised.

The DGAA beat is home to some notable and productive pools.  On their beat you will discover a variety of water, suitable for all methods.  Holding pools such as the Top Boards, Stab and Dalscone, which can yield fish in low water as well as high, are complimented by steamier, shallower sections such as the Railway, Bluffs, Denholms and the Back of the Woods.  

The Nith is a large spate river.  Although on the lower reaches of the river, our beat fishes best for salmon on a falling spate. Different pools come into their best at different heights. 

Full Membership - open to residents living within 10 miles of Dumfries town centre:

Nith and Cairn:

Full Member (18yrs +): £140   (no joining fee until 01/05/20 then £50 joining fee)

Concession (over 70rs with 21 consecutive years membership) £70

Juvenile Member (13 - 17 yrs): £30

Junior Member (up to 12 yrs): £10

Regional Membership - open to residents living between 10 and 20 miles of Dumfries town centre:

Regional Season Ticket: £140  (no joining fee until 1/5/20 then £50 joining fee)                                                  


Visitors Season Membership- open to anyone living outwith 20 miles of Dumfries Town Centre:


Visitor Season Ticket: £260

This was previously £370, but has been reduced to £260 for the 2020 season.