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Sea trout fishing with the Nith Young Anglers


On the 19th July, members of the Nith Young Anglers Club joined Debbie, Jim and David to learn how to catch sea trout on the River Nith. Buccleuch Estates had kindly donated the middle beat for the Nith Young Anglers to use and Scott Kerr, the River Manager for Buccleuch Estates was on hand to guide some of our more experienced members and show them some of the best bits to fish. This is a lovely section of water near Carronbridge, Thornhill with mowed tracks meandering down the side of the Nith, wild raspberries in the hedges and lots of lovely pools to fish.

Some of our Nith Young Anglers!

Some of our Nith Young Anglers!

The weather forecast was not looking great for the day but having just had three very hot, bright days, we hoped that as long as the thunder storms held off, a bit of cloud cover and rain may help us catch. Unfortunately, that was not the case and we were fishing under relatively clear skies for the day.

Most of our members range from 7 to 12 years old and Derek, Glyn, Clive and Roger, angling instructors from Borderlines, set up a series of small groups to teach everyone how to fish for sea trout with the fly, worm and spinner. This allowed them to try out different methods of fishing and also allowed the younger children, who struggle to cast a fly rod, to have a good chance of catching a fish.

Setting up spinning rods with Clive

Setting up spinning rods with Clive

Setting up working tackle with Glyn

Setting up working tackle with Glyn

The bag for the day included 5 brown trout, a few parr and a lovely big Blue trout caught by Rory who stuck away, with his mum and Scott, and caught it and a Rainbow trout on the fly at Slatehouse Loch. This was the biggest catch for day and Rory looked very happy to be taking it home for his tea!

Rory with the blue trout caught on Slatehouse Loch (sneaky!)

Rory with the blue trout caught on Slatehouse Loch (sneaky!)

Andrew, caught the largest brown trout at 1.5lb.

Andrew, caught the largest brown trout at 1.5lb.

Checking out the blue trout caught by Rory!

Checking out the blue trout caught by Rory!

Abbie with a brown trout!

Abbie with a lovely brown trout.

Everyone had a great time and as these sessions progress we can really see everyone’s casting techniques improving. It is fantastic to see the parents getting so involved as well and we hope that this is what will really make this venture a long term success and that all the knowledge gained from these sessions inspires the whole family go out on fishing trips together.

At the next Nith Young Anglers day we will be sea fishing at Southerness for a mixture of flounder and bass. After that we will be fishing for Rainbow trout at Drum Loch near Dalswinton on the 26th August, Salmon on the Burgh Water in Dumfries on the 16th September, Rainbow trout at Slatehouse Loch on Buccleuch Estate on the 18th October, Grayling on the Nith, location to be confirmed on the 18th November and Pike fishing, location to be confirmed on the 9th December.

The Club has been such a success that we are currently fully subscribed for the rest of the 2017 sessions but are running a reserve list so please contact Debbie at trust@river-nith.com if you would like to know more or put your name on the reserves list.

This project is made possible through the kind donation of fishing venues by local fishing associations and landowners, staff time and resources provided by the Nith District Salmon Fishery Trust and Nith Catchment Fishery Trust and grants received from the Holywood Trust, D&G Nithsdale Area Committee and other local funds which pays for top quality angling instruction from Borderlines, equipment and bus travel.

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