Upper Annandale AA
Want to fish the Annan, Southern Scotland?

Salmon are catch and release this year

Only 20 miles north of Carlisle - UAAA for Salmon, Sea Trout, specimen Grayling
and seriously BIG wild Brown Trout

Upper Annandale Angling Association has 8 miles of this 35 mile river.

There is plenty of fishing available. We have one 4 mile beat north of Lockerbie (Applegarth Beat) and another 4 mile beat south of Moffat (Upper Beat), mostly both banks.

Brown Trout are ALWAYS catch and release on our water and yes they are that big and that wild. WILD Brownies from 4 to 8 pounds are caught every year on dry fly and nymph, mostly in April, May, and June and on both beats.

By May there are Sea Trout available and in the last couple of years we've had Summer salmon to 20 pounds starting in June and July, even though Annan is typically considered a "back end" river with the main Salmon runs in September, October and November.


IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICES

New Legislation continues in place, 2017

The Scottish Government has brought in legislation to help salmon numbers in some rivers. Rivers have been classified as Categories 1, 2, and 3. Categories 1 and 2 may kill some salmon, Category 3 which applies to the Annan and lots of other rivers are entirely catch and release for this year. To be reviewed yearly.

The prohibition on the retention of salmon caught in coastal waters remains in place due to the mixed stock nature of the fishery and limited data on the composition of the catch (this will reviewed in 2018)The high seas net catch which peaked at 12,000 tons on the 70s is down to under 1,500.

Many UK rivers, including the Esk, Eden, Annan and Nith are showing returning salmon numbers to be below their Conservation Limits. Not enough fish returning from the sea to sustain the population.

It looks like the hooks part of the legislation will be roughly this:- Fly anglers after salmon or grilse can fish one hook though the fly can be tied on a single, double or treble hook.
Spinners etc can have a single treble hook.
Bait anglers can have one hook and it must be a single no larger than size 4

Latest information on the subject is updated on the Scottish Government website here Government website


Salmon catches

Catches on the whole river dropped from the five year average of 1,500 to 330 in 2014 and 450 in 2015. In 2016 there was light fishing pressure due to the Catch and Release regulations and the catch FOR THE WHOLE RIVER fell to 125 The fact remains that salmon can only breed in fresh water and if we don't send enough young fish back to sea so that at least SOME can return to breed then local extinctions will happen, and soon


Flood picture



This is what I mean when I tell you it's in the fields! This was the view from my house of Woodfoot Bridge at 9am on Wednesday, 30th December, 2015 when it was 8 feet 4 inches up and rising. It later got to over 9 feet, just short of the highest ever 9 feet 6 inches and stayed at that height until dark. The car park never floods, although water crossing the road between the bridge and the farm in the distance gets deeper and faster until only brave people in big tractors can get across


DO CHECK BEFORE TRAVELLING


CHECK river height in the mornings before travelling to fish. Feet and inches Usually updated 6pm and 6am ish at this time of year
Annan at Three Waters Meet gauge applies to both beats
Kinnel at Bridgemuir gauge is on our stretch of the Kinnel tributary and can sometimes be a very different height but only affects the main river below Applegarth


Huge wild Brown Trout

Brown Trout are always and entirely catch and release on our water

During April, May and June each year we have seriously BIG wild Brown Trout taking dry flies and nymphs all over the Upper Annan. Fish of 4, 5, 6, 7 pounds and upwards are being caught year after year. The Association introduced total catch and release for Brown Trout some 10 years ago now and since then the numbers of massive fish have kept on increasing. Check out the Big Fish page


2017 Season permits NOW on PayPal.

NO CHANGE to permit prices for 2017
Under 18's need a permit but fish for free

Permits are available for either Upper or Applegarth beats. They are not interchangeable, except the Winter Grayling permits which cover both beats
Cheques/Postal Orders to Secretary BUT payable to UAAA

If you wish you can pay for your season permit by PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to pay by credit or debit card. There is no charge to you for this service. However, this facility is for season permits only. For day permits you need to deal with Fishpal for Grayling Permits and either Fishpal or local shops and businesses for Salmon/Trout permits

First select type of Season Permit from drop down list. If you don't have a PayPal account, when you get to the PayPal sign in page look below and you will see an option to Check out as a guest, click on that and have your credit or debit card ready.
REMEMBER it's the angler's name I need! If it's a birthday surprise or something use the "Special Instructions" section to give the anglers name, and remind me to take my return address off the envelope!!

Salmon and Grilse are Catch and release for 2017 by law. Applies to many Scottish rivers

Select from Full Salmon Season for all species from 25th February, 2017 to 15th November 2017 and select one beat or both
or Salmon Season Concession for the same period for State Pensioners or Blue Badge Holders and select one beat or both.

If you are paying for a permit and need a free permit for an under 18 as well, just enter their name and date of birth in the text box provided by PayPal, where it says "add special instructions to the seller" - I will know its for the same beat(s) and will send it to YOU. If you re buying for a buddy as well as yourself, then again put their name and address in the "Special Instructions" and I will send their permit with yours


PAY BY CHEQUE

All species full season permits from 25th February to 15th November. These remain a considerable bargain if you intend to fish the Annan for more than a few days.
Under 18's must have a permit but fish free.
No Sunday Fishing. No Rod Licence required.

Applegarth Visitors Season permit 140
Upper Beat Visitors Season permit 140
Both Beats 220

State Pensioners or Blue Badge Holders
Concession Applegarth 70
Concession Upper Beat 70
Concession both beats 110

FREE DRAW

Permit holders who submit an accurate and timely catch return will be entered into a draw at the AGM for a free season permit for the following season.

The 2015 lucky winners of free permits are Stuart Eckerslie from Powfoot and Harry Patterson from Formby


Permits available Locally

Day or week permits from:-

Benmar Esso Petrol Station, Moffat,(website) open 6am to 10pm - on your right as you drive in from Motorway junction 15; Day permits for both our beats on the Annan available 25th February to 15th November

Annandale Arms Hotel, High Street, Moffat (01683 220013) Red House Guest House (Formerly Hotel), Wamphray, MOFFAT, DG10 9NF. (01576 470470). Couple of miles north of Johnstonebridge on the B.7076 all purpose road beside the Motorway turn East for Newton Wamphray and its the first building you come to.
Also from:-
Sports and Trophy Shop, High Street, Lockerbie, (diagonally across from Kings Arms);
Pettigrews Pet Shop, High Street, Lochmaben (on the right near the bus stop opposite King Robert the Bruce when driving in from Lockerbie)


A word about Rainbow Trout.



Even catching rainbows can be fun

There are a few fish farms on the Annan system and every now and then one or other will have escapes of Rainbows. When they first escape, 9 inches long and a few hundred in one pool they can be a total pain and may be removed from the river without restriction on numbers. They do eventually spread out and most get eaten by BIG Rainbows or Brown Trout or other predators

A few of these little nuisances survive and flourish in the system and can become big naturalised assets, full finned fighting fish which have been caught to 6 1/2 pounds. There is still no restriction on taking them, but anglers who feel they are an asset to the river usually return such fish



Some people curse rainbows, but not when they are fin perfect and 18 1/2 inches. Upper Beat August 2007, returned, Jim Lees


Annan and Borders Flyfishing Keith Snow is a fishing instructor/guide based in Annan. Can arrange a fishing holiday package with instruction, guiding, tackle and safety equipment or whatever combination you require.

Ghillie Services Scotland wide Service, accompanied fishing holidays, Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout fishing tuition. Click the link, or call 01332 824652, or mobile 07748 002797, or E mail bill@egsscotland.co.uk

Damselflyfishing Sue McNiven - Flyfishing guide and instructor


Reel service and repair

Winter always comes around again, ideal time to have that precious reel serviced.
Here's THE place to send your reels of ALL kinds for overhaul or repair. Reel Value Prices start at 8.50 for a service, and your reel is worth how much??
They also sell fishing tackle, including some unbelievably low prices


Wader Repair

Oh yes and waders - ideal time for them as well. This guy started off repairing divers wet suits and dry suits and now repairs all kinds of waders as well - yes including breathables Diver Dave - even has a collection service organised with Fed Ex for 10 to 15


Secretary, Andy Dickson, Braehead, Woodfoot, Moffat, Dumfriesshire, DG10 9PL. Tel No. 01683 300592.
Mobile 07971 764022
E-mail andy.dickson1@yahoo.co.uk My house overlooks the river so I can tell you height and condition instantly. Phone or E mail for more information.

E &OE. Any errors are mine and no fault of the people or organisations shown on these pages.

Copyright (C) 1999/2017, All rights reserved. Andy Dickson, UAAA
Most recent revision 26th April, 2017

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Fly Fishing Scotland Trout and Salmon Ring



Mike France, 17" Applegarth Beat, 9th April, 2014, returned




3 pound Grayling, Lisa Nash, Target Pool, Applegarth Beat, 22nd March, 2014, returned




30 pounder, returned, Applegarth 2012, Colin Grierson

Secretary, Andy Dickson, Braehead, Woodfoot, Moffat, Dumfriesshire, DG10 9PL. Tel No. 01683 300592.
Mobile 07971 764022
E-mail andy.dickson1@yahoo.co.uk My house overlooks the river so I can tell you height and condition instantly. Phone or E mail for more information.

E &OE. Any errors are mine and no fault of the people or organisations shown on these pages.

Copyright (C) 1999/2017, All rights reserved. Andy Dickson, UAAA
Most recent revision 26th April, 2017

RIVER REPORT

2017

A few Rainbow escapees reported on Upper Beat. Feel free to invite them home for tea!

SALMON SEASON ends on 15th November each year

Sadly it is still catch and release. Trout/Sea Trout Season starts on 25th March. Brown Trout are catch and release sea trout are not but show restraint
Grayling day permits for each beat are 10 from Fishpal and outlets until 31st March, then its Salmon and trout permits which cover Grayling as well, which are 15 to the end of May and then 20 per day

AFTER 15th NOVEMBER Grayling Season Permits are available for 40 valid until 31st March following. These permits cover BOTH beats and include Sundays.


River conditions

Tuesday, 17th October, 2017
3 feet 3 inches and falling this morning


Wednesday, 18th October, 2017
steady at 1 foot 9 inches today


Thursday, 19th October, 2017
Steady at 1 foot 7 inches this morning


Friday, 20th October, 2017
Dropped and then rose and then started dropping again, ended the day at 1 foot 6 inches and falling but a wet night forecast


Saturday, 21st October, 2017
1 foot 9 inches and rising this morning
Only 1.9mm of rain since midnight so its not rising much more
Steady at 1 foot 10 inches tonight


Sunday, 22nd October, 2017
Steady at 1 foot 9 inches this morning.


Monday, 23rd October, 2017
Steady at 1 foot 8 inches this morning.


Recent Catches





Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Tuesday, 14th September, 2017, a fine brace, 1 pound 7oz and 1 pound 14oz, Czech nymph




Colin Mcatemney, Applegarth Beat, Rapala, about 6 pounds, solo angler so not easy to take a quality pic and release fish safely




Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Tuesday, 29th August, 2017, 2 1/2 pounder, Olive emerger




Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Tuesday, 12th July, 2017, 15 inch Grayling, 1 1/2 pounds maybe, big dry Wickhams




Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Thursday, 22nd June, 2017, 20 inch, 3 pounds plus, black Gnat




He's done it again, George Littler, Applegarth Beat, Saturday, 10th June, 2017, Sea Trout this time






Craig Osborne, Applegarth Beat, couple of weeks ago, May, 2017, 5 pounder and a 4 pounder, Olive Nymph and a Deer hair olive. That's a hell of a brace of Brown Trout on any river




George Littler, Applegarth Beat, Monday, 5th June, 2017, 3 pounds plus fat as butter




Gwilym Hughes, Applegarth Beat, Monday, 22nd May, 2017, 46 cms




Tim Wood, Applegarth Beat, Friday evening, 26th May, 2017,




Tim Wood, Applegarth Beat, Wednesday, 24th May, 2017,




Dave Dick, Applegarth Beat, Monday, 22nd May, 2017, 4 pound 23 inch on a dry Wickham




Gareth Davies, Applegarth Beat, Thursday, 18th May, 2017, another nice one




Mike France, Applegarth Beat, Wednesday, 17th May, 2017, another nice one




Don Brown, Applegarth Beat, Wednesday, 17th May, 2017, on a dry sedge




Dave Dick, Applegarth Beat, Wednesday, 17th May, 2017, 17 inch, 1.5 pound Sea Trout, Dry Wickhams fancy




Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Wednesday, 17th May, 2017, 17 inch, 2 pounds, Iron Blue Dun


Border Reivers are back from Wales - pillaging at least - and catching some crackers



Gareth Davies, Applegarth Beat, Wednesday, 17th May, 2017, another nice one






Eric Woodward, Applegarth Beat, Monday, 15th May, 2017, 55 cms, (21.5 inches in real money) estimated 5 pounds




Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Saturday, 6th May, 2017, Three pounds 11 ozs, and 21 inches, blue quill





Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Wednesday/Thursday, 26th and 27th April 2017, 2016, Nice pair one at 2 pounds and 1 at 15 inches. Small dry blue quill




Will Marshall, Upper Beat, Monday, 3rd April, 2017, 17 inches maybe a couple of pounds, very COLD day with nothing rising, Gold head nymph fished under a dry




Will Marshall, Upper Beat, Monday, 27th March, 2017, 20 inches fat as butter, 22 sparkle dun



Thanks Robert. Recent catch on Applegarth




12 Jan 2016 Nice day for Lisa and James on Applegarth Beat in pursuit of Grayling





Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Monday, 10th October, 2016, Nice pair at 2 pounds and 1 pound 10 oz. Small dry Greenwell again




Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Saturday, 8th October, 2016, Two pounds 8 ozs, small dry Greenwell




Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Tuesday, 4th October, 2016, Four Grayling to the above two pounder at 17 inches, small dry Olive dunn




Phillip Robson, Upper Beat, Thursday, 22nd September, 2016, worm, first salmon of the season




Dave Dick, Kinnel, Thursday, 22nd September, 2016, 4lb 3oz Allys Shrimp in flood




Martin Robson, Upper Beat, Tuesday, 20th September, 2016, wee wiggly worm, first ever Grayling!




Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Wednesday, 27th July, 2016, 2lb 4oz Butcher wet




Stuart Eckersley, Applegarth Beat, Thursday, 21st July, 2016, 4 1/2 pounder, Stoats Tail tube and barbless




Craig Osborne, Applegarth Beat, Thursday, 14th July, 2016, 46 cms - NICE - best of what would have been a nice basket in years gone by




Dave Dick, Applegarth Beat, Monday, 11th July, 2016, 3lb 5oz salmon, probable springer




Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Saturday, 25th June, 2016, 2lb 4oz Olive wet




Dave Dick, Kinnel, Thursday, 23rd June, 2016, 2lb 14oz 19.5in Olive wet






Will Marshall, Upper Beat, Monday, 2nd June, 2016, Pair of 18 inchers on a sparkle Dun




Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Monday, 30th May, 2016, 2lb 8oz 18.5in iron blue dun




Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Friday, 27th May, 2016, 19.5 inches, 2 pounds 13 ozs, and a couple of 13 inchers, all on Olive dry




Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Friday, 20th May, 2016, 15 inches, 1 pound 12 ozs, Olive dry


Gwilym Hughes brought a bunch of double Border Reivers, from Wales and such like places, up to stay at the Crown Hotel in Lochmaben this past week and fish Applegarth Beat for our bonny troots.
They had 10 on Monday, 5 Wednesday, 1 Thursday, 4 Friday, rained Off Saturday, and lots more pics to follow. Best fish is 3lb, best flies Sedge Emerger and Rat



Don Brown with a nice one in the net




Gwilym's best for the week so far




Another of Gwilym's




Terry Morrison this time




and Mike France looking pleased about something. Maybe because ALL his fish for the week were over 2 pounds





Ken Lea, Pleasant afternoon on Applegarth, 5th May 2016, and a couple of nice ones swam past and paused briefly for a portrait





Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Saturday, 30th April 2016, 17 inches, 1 pound 13 ozs, on a Partridge and Orange spider




Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Saturday, 30th April 2016, 15 inches, 1 pound 7 ozs, on an Olive wet




Dave Dick, Upper Beat, Thursday, 7th April 2016, 19 inches, 2 pounds 14 ozs, on a dark olive wet




Tom Darling, Applegarth Beat, Friday 1st April 2016, 18 inches, on a Teeny Nymph - Brown Trout seem to be keeping a low profile so far




First Springer of the year on Newbie Beat, Saturday, 5th March, 2016, 14 pounds, Black and red devon, Local angler Iain Graham


Fishingtackle2u Harry Mckee. Belfast Angling Centre and Mckees Angling Centre. Belfast Tackle business, specially useful if you're thinking of heading across the sea - or even if you're not


RECENT CATCHES



Billy Colvin, 2 pounder on a Peeping Caddis, Applegarth, 28th January




Willie Adamson, Czech nymphing on Applegarth last week, nice pair of 16 inchers


CATCH

RELEASE Dave Dick, 19 inch, 3 pounds 2 ounces, Kill Pool, Applegarth, 13th January, 2016, gold head pink nymph




Fin Wilson, fishing Annan with the Grayling Society had 8 for the day after a lot of exploring, Sunday, 11th October, Applegarth Beat



Willie Adamson, Czech nymphing on Applegarth last week, landed and returned 5 Grayling including a hard fighting 18 incher at 3 pounds, one at 2.5 pounds and the rest around 1.5 pounds




Dave Dick, 17 inch 2.5 pounds, accompanied by a of pair of 13 inchers, and others mixed flies mostly surface. 18th September, 2015, Upper Beat




Dave Dick, pair of 14 inchers, size 16 olive. 14th September, 2015, Upper Beat




The Happy Angler - Martin Robson. The fish, fat as butter, still swimming. 27th July, 2015, Upper Beat




Dave Dick, 14.5 inch, Blue Quill, 6th July, 2015, Upper Beat




Dave Dick, 17 inch, 2lb 1 oz,Teal Blue and silver, 6th July, 2015, Upper Beat




Dave Dick, 1 pound 11 oz. 16 inch, tiny black gnat, 16th June, 2015, Upper Beat




Dave Dick, 2 pound 7 oz. 16 inch, Double Gold Head Hares Ear on a long point under a dry, 8th June, 2015, Upper Beat




Dave Dick, 2 1/2 pound 17 inch, March Brown silver, 3rd June, 2015, Upper Beat




Dave Dick, 4 1/2 pound, suspended black spider, 25th May, 2015, Upper Beat


Gwilym Hughes From North Wales, brought his usual couple of parties of anglers on a cross border raid on the Upper Annan in May, 2015. The guys fished Upper and Applegarth Beats and the Passport water on the Kinnel. They liberated 57 Brown Trout and Grayling during their visits. Browns to 4 pounds and Grayling to 3 pounds. More details on Gwilym's website, but a brief selection follows













Gareth Davies 5 pounder, best fish of the week




Will Marshall, nice 3 pounder on a suspended PTN, Saturday, 16th May, Upper Beat




Dave Dick, a hair short of 2 pounds, Salmon Hole, Applegarth, 14th May, 2015




Jim Kennedy over from Antrim had this large Grayling on Saturday, 9th May, 2015 - returned without weighing at Lochbrow but a very substantial fish






Will Marshall and Dad had a nice day on the Upper Beat on Saturday, couple of nice browns, one on a largish hopper and one on a BWO. A 19 incher and one a bit less but both in grand order




Dave Dick braved high water on the Upper Beat on our Trout opening day, 1st April 2015, and had 3 on wet fly, 10 inch, 15 inch and 16 inch






Dave Dick ditto on 2nd April but two at 17 inches. Top one 2 pounds 5 ounces on Dark Olive wet, bottom one 2 pounds 1 oz on dark olive dry




Peter Wagner, 37 inches long, estimated 21 pounds, Applegarth Beat, Wednesday,29th October, 2014, returned




Willie Adamson, Applegarth Beat, Saturday,25th October, 2014, 16.5 pounds, Rapala (returned obviously)




Mark Watson, Upper Beat, Meetings Pool right at the head of the river.
Monday, 20th October, 2014, Nice one, just over 6 pounds




Willie Adamson, Applegarth Beat, Saturday,20th September, 2014, Grayling 16.5 inches, Czech nymph




Andy Banks and Neil Wilson got a bit fed up about the state of vegetation on our bank of the Kinnel so they did something about it. Path cleared from the back of Bridgemuir Cottage, right down to where the car park used to be


The last few weeks successful flies

Wickhams fancy, Iron Blue Dun, Yellow May Emerger, Coch y Bondhu, Shuttlecock Olive, Sedge Emerger, and the ever popular Black Gnat, all in sizes 18 or 20 or even heaven help us 22 (If YOU can still thread your cast through the eye of a 22 - enjoy!!) and a 14 red spider - thats better!

and never forget Stonefly, about an inch long - yes I'm serious, 8 longshank and some use 6 longshank

The average size Brown Trout being caught at the moment seems to be around 18 inches which is comfortably over 2 pounds. A 22 incher (4 and a quarter plus) on a size 14 red spider, Upper Beat 24th, and at least one real leviathan has been hooked and lost on Applegarth.


Catch and release

The Association of Salmon Fishery Boards have produced a useful leaflet on Catch and Release Catch and Release It's mostly common sense but there are some useful tips and well worth a look. Obviously aimed at Salmon, the principles apply to all fish





Dave Dick Upper Beat, Monday, 21st July 2014, 1 pound 4 ozs on a tiny Clyde style dry




Dave Dick Upper Beat, Tuesday 22nd July, 2014, 15 inch, 1 pound 11 ozs on a Blue Dun




Dave Dick Upper Beat, Secretary's Pool




Dave Dick Upper Beat, Friday 13th June, 2014, 17 inch, 2 pounds 4 ozs on a little Teal Blue and Silver




Gwilym Hughes Applegarth 21st May, 2014. Gwilym describes this one as 19 inches of rocket power!! Annan was up a foot today and they were still taking size 20 dries. Last I heard he'd had eight with six over 2 pounds




Stephen Hunter, 24 1/2 inches, 4 3/4 lb. Thursday 15th May, 2014, Annandale Estates returned




Dave Dick, 17 incher, 2 pounds 3 ozs, Blue Dun, Upper Beat, Thursday 15th May, 2014, returned




Dave Dick, 20 incher, 3 pounds 4 ozs, Coch y bondhu, Upper Beat, Thursday 15th May, 2014, returned




Dave Dick, 17 incher, 2 1/2 pounds ish, Wickhams, Applegarth Beat, Wednesday 14th May, 2014, returned




Dave Dick, 17 incher, 2 pounds ish, GRHE, Applegarth Beat, Friday 9th May, 2014, returned




Dave Dick, Silver March Brown, Applegarth Beat, Friday 2nd May, 2014, returned




Simon Olley, March Brown ish, Applegarth Beat, Tuesday 6th May, 2014, returned




Gwilym Hughes, Olive emerger, Applegarth Beat, Wednesday 30th April, 2014, returned




Will McIntosh, 17 inch Grayling, Partridge and Orange, Upper Beat, Thursday, 24th April, 2014, returned


Mapping

Upper Beat OS map at approx 2 1/2 inches to a mile AND smaller scale motoring map
Applegarth Beat OS map at approx 2 1/2 inches to a mile AND smaller scale motoring map
They are duly licensed and you may print them for your own use. Each will fill an A4 sheet, best to download to your computer and print from there



Of course not all the fish catchers in the river abide by the rules!!!
27 pounds - returned!



NEWSFLASH

New webcam watching the Annan at Hoddom. See the height of the bottom half of Annan for yourself Hoddom Bridge Web Cam


Secretary, Andy Dickson, Braehead, Woodfoot, Moffat, Dumfriesshire, DG10 9PL. Tel No. 01683 300592.
Mobile 07971 764022
E-mail andy.dickson1@yahoo.co.uk My house overlooks the river so I can tell you height and condition instantly. Phone or E mail for more information.

E &OE. Any errors are mine and no fault of the people or organisations shown on these pages.

Copyright (C) 1999/2015, All rights reserved. Andy Dickson, UAAA
Most recent revision 26th June, 2015