• 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.
 

Nethermills counter is installed and operational

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We are pleased to report that the Nethermills counter has been installed in the upper fish pass at Dampark, Ayr. This counter will allow Scottish Government and Ayrshire Rivers Trust to count and video salmon and trout entering  and leaving the river via the fish pass. Once the system has been operated for a few […]

New River Ayr DSFB elected at the Triennium meeting

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At the AGM and Triennium Elections on the 5th April 2022, a new District Salmon Fishery Board and convenor were elected. Members of the new River Ayr District Salmon Fishery Board include: Alan Hill – Barskimming Estate Fishings (Chair) Max Stobbs – Mauchline and Ballochmyle Angling Club Alex Reid – Cumnock Angling Association Robin Wilson […]

Nethermills Hydro is Operational

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Nethermills Hydro Scheme opened earlier this month and after testing the turbine over the last few weeks, they are now producing green energy. Robin Wilson from the DSFB and Stuart Brabbs from Ayrshire Rivers Trust provided comments and input through ought the consultation stages and since the scheme received the green light, ART has had […]

Greenock Culvert receives long awaited baffles

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After years of deliberation, there are now baffles installed in the Greenock Culvert under the B743 near Muirkirk. This culvert was a difficult obstacle for salmon and trout as water flumed through it and access was only possible during a very short window of opportunity on a rising and falling water. Ayrshire Rivers Trust  negotiated […]