• 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.
 

Giant Hogweed Control

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Those who have fished the River Ayr over the last 15 – 20 years, can’t help but notice the decline in Giant Hogweed on the river since 2008 when Ayrshire Rivers Trust first started controlling this plant. Giant Hogweed is a non native and invasive species that out competes native species to the detriment of […]

Smolts in slow motion

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Here’s a link to a slow motion video shot at Catrine as smolts were rising in the lade. While this is an appreciation of the agility and athleticism of smolts (juvenile salmon) the video highlights one of the main problems facing smolt emigration from the River Ayr when they become drawn into an artificial lade. […]

An update of the situation facing smolts at Catrine

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On the Ayr at Catrine where there has been severe problems for smolts migrating to sea over the last 3 years, we are again seeing smolts within the lade between penstock and screens and an occasion fish trapped in the voes. Hopefully the problem areas where smolts accessed the voes through the screens have been […]

More details of smolts at Catrine

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ART had  a frank discussion with SEPA today over arrangements at Catrine to allow smolt migration. SEPA attended this morning and witnessed a few smolts (12-15) entering the by-wash chamber with most eventually going downstream back to the river. They are of the opinion that there’s no evidence to suggest that the current arrangements aren’t […]

New DSF Board

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A new DSF Board was elected at the last AGM in April and will meet fo the first time on the 30th of this month in ART’s offices at Auchincruive, KA6 5HW. This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. It would be good for the Board to have support […]