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The River Urr

The River Urr is a picturesque river that nestles between the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee and Nith, entering the Solway at Kippford. It is 35 miles long and, like the other Galloway Rivers, is a spate river that fishes best on a falling water after a good fall of rain. The Urr is one of only three Scottish rivers that is open until the end of November and is renowned for its large ‘greyback‘ salmon at the back end of the sea- son. Fresh run fish can be caught right to the end of the season, which runs from the 15th March until the 30th of November. In most years fish over 20 lb are caught. A 15lb fresh salmon caught in September 2004 is shown below. Sea trout are caught in fair numbers on the Urr

from April onwards and can the very uppermost reaches sea trout weigh between 1 best recent sea trout being

be found even in of the river. Most

and

3lb, with the

8lb.

Wild brown

trout can be caught on Association and Castle ciation’s beats.

both Dalbeattie Angling Douglas Angling Asso-

Things to do in the local area

The stunning scenery in the Urr Valley is one of the reasons that fishing on the Urr is so pleas- urable. With the nearby Colvend Coast being a National Scenic Area, there is plenty to see and do in the local area for any non-anglers in your party. Hotels, B&Bs, self catering accommoda- tion and campsites are available throughout the local area.

Dalbeattie For those interested in local history, the town of Dal- beattie is worth a visit. In the late 18th Century the town exploited the basin formed by the Dalbeattie Burn (also known as Kirkgunzeon Lane) and the mouth of the Urr in its quest to develop as a port. The town later became a mill town and a granite quarrying centre. Dalbeattie is also the birthplace of William McMaster Murdoch, First Officer (First Mate) of the RMS 'Titanic' of the White Star Line, which sank after its collision with an iceberg in 1912. More information from www.dalbeattie.com

Castle Douglas Castle Douglas is a small market town, which has over fifty specialist food shops and is recognised as a ‘Food Town’. There are numerous other shops of interest in the town and it’s easy to while away a few hours here. For bird-watchers, the town is situated beside Carlingwark Loch which supports a host of bird species as well as a variety of plant and insect life. Further information from www.castledouglas.net

Kippford The pretty village of Kippford is positioned directly on the Urr estuary. It is a popular yachting centre and is also a base for many pleasant coastal walks.

Urr Fishing Season:

Salmon

th 15 March until 30th November

Trout

th 15 March until 6th October

  • River Board rules apply

  • No Sunday fishing on any rivers in Scotland

The Urr DSFB strongly encourages ‘Catch and Release’ until the 1st of June to protect spring fish. If you return fish you may qualify for a free side of smoked salmon - see www.gallowayfisheriestrust.org

Pool descriptions and contact details

The available fishing on the Urr is currently controlled by two angling clubs.

Castle Douglas Angling Association (CDAA) - For the visit- ing angler, CDAA has over 5 miles of the middle reaches of the Urr, starting at Step End and finishing

at Grange Water. Pools that are particu- larly popular include Step End, Cauls, Davie Craig, Red Brae, Spottes Dam, Battery, Jeans and Grange Water. A map

with pool names is available from ticket outlets. The fly water upstream of Spot- tes Bridge is a delight. Fishing methods are restricted dependent upon water height in the pools above this point, but below the bridge worming is permitted all year at any water

height on the CDAA stretch.

For tickets please

contact

McCowans, Castle Douglas (01556 502009).

Dalbeattie Angling Association (DAA) - DAA controls 3.5 miles of the lower Urr, all good fly water, with spinning per- mitted in high water conditions. The lower beat, Craignair,

is tidal at its bottom end and has nine named pools plus a number of other good spots. The upper beat, Firthhead, on which worming is permitted, has a pleasing mixture of pools glides and runs and is ideal fly water in most conditions. DAA extends a warm welcome to responsible visiting an- glers, with daily and weekly visitor tickets available through-

out the

season.

number

of visitor

However, on Saturdays in Oct/Nov the

tickets

is

limited to 10.

Every effort is

made

to

ensure

that

the

visiting

angler

can

enjoy

his

or

her

day.

A

map

with

beat

boundaries,

pool locations and parking areas is provided with the ticket. Access to all parts is relatively easy, with the

Firthhead beat being particularly suitable for less anglers. For tickets contact McCowans, 50 King Castle Douglas (01556 502009).

mobile Street,

See www.fishgalloway.co.uk for recent catches and river flows

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