• River Ayr District Salmon Fishery Board Working For The River Ayr And Its Tributaries

  • River Ayr District Salmon Fishery Board Working For The River Ayr And Its Tributaries

  • River Ayr District Salmon Fishery Board Working For The River Ayr And Its Tributaries

What We Do

The River Ayr District Salmon Fishery Board manages the protection, enhancement and conservation of the Atlantic salmon and sea trout stocks in the River Ayr.

Salmon Fishing

The River Ayr is the largest of the Ayrshire salmon rivers and it has some excellent fly fishing water. As with all the Ayrshire rivers the River Ayr is primarily a summer and autumn fishery.

River Catchment

The River Ayr has a catchment area of 574 square kilometres and its principal tributaries include the Greenock Water, Lugar Water, Water of Fail and Water of Coyle.
 

The Ponesk in the Upper Ayr catchment

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ART walked the Ponesk on the Upper Ayr today for the first time in well over a year to see how things were looking and to check if any salmon or trout had spawned or were looking as though they might. It was perhaps a bit early to expect to see salmon here.  We didn’t […]

Date of next Board meeting

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The next Ayr DSFB meeting will be held in Ayrshire Rivers Trust office at 7.00pm on the 11th December. This is a public meeting and all are welcome.   Anyone wishing to raise questions are encouraged to contact the Clerk to the Board in advance with the question. This will help the board to provide […]

Trout spawning underway

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The colder air and falling water temperatures have brought a few trout onto the redds for spawning and there were signs that a few had been successfully completed in different parts of the Ayr catchment. We had already watched a pair of smaller trout cutting a redd in the Hareshaw before the end of October […]

Catch Returns

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Clubs and owners should remember that they must legally provide the Board and Marine Scotland with catch data from the season just closed. This should include all salmon and sea trout (including whiltling/finnock) caught on the Ayr system in 2018. As the river was Category 3 this year, no fish should have been killed but […]

Fish Rescue at Glenbuck

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ART biologists rescued over 1000 fish from the very top of the River Ayr immediately downstream of Glenbuck Loch. The road is being straightened and contractors were asked to allow ART to remove any fish within the site before it was dewatered. A new temporary bypass channel was prepared and the river is being diverted […]