River Ayr unfishable today!

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River Ayr unfishable today… on many beats. That’s the situation many anglers must have faced when they turned up at the river this morning. From Catrine downstream at least as far as Failford was affected early on following very localised heavy rain overnight. The pollution was travelling downstream and I expect by mid day, most […]

Work continues at Catrine to assess the smolt run

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As normal in May, the Grannom hatch has commenced and this evening and smolts are often seen rising for these emerging caddis on the Ayr. It is both fascinating and worrying as there are still hundreds of smolts in the voes but we are attempting to encourage them out overnight, bypassing the turbine house (which isn’t […]

Warning

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The Ayr Bailiffs asked me to warn anglers visiting the left bank of the river upstream of the Dam Park weirs (Nether mills); there appears to be many used syringes with needles lying about. This has been reported to the Council who will deal with it but it’s obviously a well used area for drug […]

Slurry incident on the Fail

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Ayrshire Rivers Trust received a call at lunchtime today about foam on the Water of Fail at Failford. Two members of staff were diverted to investigate. ART  determined it was slurry and reported the incident to SEPA with rough directions to the source of the pollution.  About an hour later, ART and SEPA met up and pinpointed […]