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 […]

The Brown Trout season ends

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Just a wee reminder that today is the last official day of the brown trout season wherever you are in the UK. Local rules may apply with club waters but none over rule the official closed period for brown trout angling. It reopens on the 15th March 2019.

Willow Spiling on the Ayr

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One year has passed since ART installed willow spiling on the River Ayr at the new Tarholm sewage outfall This technique was used after SEPA recommended a green engineering solution rather than a traditional hard engineering approach that would have included rock armour or rip rap. Scottish Water asked for ART’s advice and assistance and […]