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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-29-2019, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Ayrshire Wedding Nov 1st

Hello to all the Scottish spey heads.

I will likely be heading to a wedding at the Ardstinchar Castle either the last week of Oct, or first of Nov. I have done some research, and it appears as though only a select few rivers are open at this time (Tweed, Nith, and Annan). Is this correct?

If so, it looks like the tweed is my best bet(proximity). Does anyone here have experience fishing the tweed in late fall?

With so many beats available, should one focus on the upper or middle river sections?

Any suggestions for what I should be tying.

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The Stinchar, along with most of the other Ayrshire rivers, is open until the 31st October.
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Unfortunately our back end runs have collapsed this last 3 to 5 years. Each year steadily getting worse.
However their will still be some resident fish their, and if you lucky the odd fresh fish
Should you have water, no need travel to the Tweed. Stay local, fish Stinchar, Doon, Nith, URR. But they need water.
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Given water I would fish the Stinchar, ( Knockdolian beat )
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Forget the Tweed,be very nice to fish it certainly.However at best your faced with Black fish and not many of them either!-chances of anything fresh are small to say the least.Like as not you will also get a bill from between "HOW MUCH?" to instant Divorce!.
For very many years I've been fishing Tweed 1st full week in November with a party of my friends(all highly experienced).We fished the Upper River(and that's not cheap either!),this year however we've walked away from it as between the 9 of us we've had the sum of 6 fish in the past 4 years! and I hasten to add not silver either!.
You will see lots of availability and on beats that once were dead mens shoes, however you will still be charged a prime time price from the days of plenty!
Nith, although substantially cheaper is very much in the same boat, you will struggle to catch and anything silver will be rarer than hens teeth!.
Annan seemed to bomb out 1st and as such has fared from a very slight resurgence, but again it'd be very much an uphill struggle.
If you positively have to and very much want to fish, then Tweed would give the best %age of a fish.You'd get access to some historically good beats and water, probably Ghillied and boats too if you wanted.Just be prepared to lighten your wallet considerably.If you want to fish by yourself then the Upper river is the place.In all honesty?,I'd look to sampling the various Whiskies and have yourself a reet good old time at the wedding.
If you just have to fish, then PM me 1st and I'll give you some guidance with pleasure.

Just to whet your whistle if you want, the Lees beat will be available, prime time, prime week at £1300 a day!,a note from a highly unreputable physiatrist should grant instant access for you!,lol
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Thanks all for the help.

I am mentally prepared to not see a fish. A fish would be a great bonus, and I would like to put myself in the best position to do so, but my main goal is to wade in Salmon history, listen to the stories from the gillie, and check off my bucket list of fishing for salmon in all of their native countries.

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I wouldn't bother with the Nith, sadly.

For the best history I'd focus on the Tweed and its tributaries - the Ettrick for instance. That way, if you aren't lucky with the fish you can still say that you've wet a line on one of Scotland's 'Famous Four' salmon rivers.

The prices for the Upper Tweed are a bit friendlier - £50 a day to fish Dawyck (FishPal - Scotland - Tweed - Dawyck) and if you bring a trout rod there's the chance of some serious browns and grayling if the salmon are dour.
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