Nethermills Counter

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  The counter at Nethermills is operational and salmon have been passing through the fish passes throughout the summer months with little problem. However, when checking the counter operation this morning at Nethermills, Ayrshire Rivers Trust staff found two broken off lines on the upper dam beside the fish pass.   A gentle reminder is […]

Catch Returns from 2020 season

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The catch data from the 2020 angling season have been compiled. The River Ayr and its tributaries recorded a total of 446 wild salmon in 2020. All salmon were released. Only 5 sea trout were reported and 4 were killed. Additionally, 29 farmed salmon were reported of which samples from 12 were submitted to Ayrshire […]

Too Much Water

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It has been a disappointing season for anglers so far with virtually no water in the early part of the season followed by too much water since June. August was the wettest month in several years and the river ran high constantly. Of course that doesn’t mean there’s no fish but it does mean that […]

New Proposed Gradings for conservation in 2020 announced.

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The Scottish Government has undertaken an assessment of the conservation status of salmon in inland waters in Scotland announced their proposed gradings for 2020 season. This proposal is out for consultation at present and will be open to all to respond by no later than 19th September 2019. This is your opportunity to make representations […]

Rain at Last!

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Finally, after two months with very little rain, the weather has broken and the middle catchment received 18mm in a 24hour period on top of 6mm in the previous 24hour period. That led to the Ayr, Lugar and all the tributary burns coming into spate and giving the river a good clear out. The algae […]