An Angler's comments
The beat is the left bank looking downstream from just below Applegarth
to just above the Lockerbie to Lochmaben road bridge. It has both the
Kinnel confluence and the Dryfe confluence. Wading is excellent in most
parts, being small shingle, and would seem to fish best with about one
foot of a rise. Apart from salmon and sea trout it holds a good head of
grayling and brown trout.
Location - The River Annan is in the
South-West of Scotland. The mouth is at Annan, 15 miles East of
Dumfries, on the Solway Firth. Dryfeholm is about 10 miles upstream,
slightly to the West of Lockerbie, just 5 minutes drive from the M74.
Access - Three car parks divide the
water into three sections, allowing easy access on foot. The majority of
the water is within a quarter of a mile of the car parks.
The stretch of water at Dryfeholm has a good flow of water and is
easily fished, being without steep ledges or trees. There are 2 1/2
miles of single bank fishing on the Eastern side opposite Halleaths,
with nine named pools. Sea Trout numbers have improved in recent years
with a good grilse and salmon catch in the autumn of 2000.
Four year average catch returns - Sea
Trout 117 average 2.2 lbs, Salmon 23 average 9.3 lbs.
Pools - Kinnel Mouth, Cow drink,
Wire, Stannochs, House Pool, Creels, Redgate, Dryfemouth, Cheesefactory.
Best flies - Green Highlander, Jock
Scott, Black Fly. Best lures - Yellowbelly Devon, Flying "C".
Methods allowed - Mainly fly but
spinning and worming allowed in certain water conditions.
Season - 25th February - 15th November.
Availability of rods - Season Permits only and there is a waiting list
Permits from - If you feel strongly enough about the beat and are willing to go on the waiting list then write to the owner, A D Guthe, Kepwick Mill, Thirsk, N Yorks, YO7 4BH
Ticket prices -2007 permit prices were £300
Your source for online booking/availability of permits is Fishannan.co.uk or phone 01573 470612
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