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River StincharThe River Stinchar District Salmon Fishery Board manages the protection, enhancement and conservation of the Atlantic salmon and sea trout stocks in the River Stinchar. We also have a duty to ensure the general protection and enhancement of the fishery. See About Us

Salmon Fishing

14 pounderThe River Stinchar is one of the most productive salmon fishing rivers in Ayrshire and has some excellent fly fishing water. This site provides useful information for the fisherman, with descriptions of the beats, contact details and advice on where to stay. See Fishing Guide.

River Catchment

returningThe river is 54 kilometers long, and rises in Shallochhill, in the Carrick Forrest, then runs through the beautiful Stinchar valley and the villages of Barr, Pinwherry, Colmonell and into the sea at Ballantrae. It has two main tributaries, the Duisk and the Assel. See The River.

RIVER STINCHAR DISTRICT SALMON FISHERY BOARD

Board Meeting

The next meeting of the River Stinchar DSFB will take place on the 14th of May, 2014 at Colmonell Hall, Colmonell on 14th May, 2014 at 5.30pm.

This meeting is open to the Public although only Board Members may contribute.

RIVER STINCHAR DISTRICT SALMON FISHERY BOARD

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the River Stinchar DSFB will take place on the 14th of May 2014 at Colmonell Hall, Colmonell on 14th May, 2014 at 6.30pm.

This meeting is open to the Public.

RIVER STINCHAR DISTRICT SALMON FISHERY BOARD

Public Meeting

The Public Meeting of the River Stinchar DSFB will take place on the 14th of May, 2014 at Colmonell Hall, Colmonell on 14th May 2014 at 7.30pm.

The season ended on the 31st October on Stinchar, and like last season, for the majority of the beats, most were pleased to see the end. I found it quite amusing on the last day as I drove to work over Colmonell Bridge. No cars to be seen, all the desperadoes who are usually there at first light had had enough, even with the water sitting at 3ft and free of leaves.
It has been a poor season compared to recent years. Some thought last year was poor, but the total was in keeping with the ten year average. This one is going to be well down.
The lower beats really suffered, the normally prolific Ballantrae Bridge and Balnowlart beats had a terrible season as did Kirkholm. Knockdolian were 50 fish down on last year, although to be fair, the period they had their full complement of rods, conditions were not ideal. The rest of the season it was very lightly fished. That said they had some very big fish and some anglers had some good sport.
Andrew Cowan was on Dalni and Scaur on Monday 21st October and landed four fish all in double figures. He also lost a very strong fish after 20 minutes when it headed off downstream; it straightened his hook as he tried to turn it.
I fished the same beat on the last Saturday and landed a good double figure cock fish, then witnessed a run of fresh Grilse coming into Dalni and indeed managed to land one which was around 5lbs and was carrying sea lice.
The Club Water at Colmonell fared no better regarding numbers but did have one huge fish in the mid to high twenties caught just below the bridge by George Grimmison while fishing on a day ticket. This is a great bit of water which fishes very well in high water.
Upstream of the Bridge to the conflux of the Duisk and Stinchar was undoubtedly the place to be this season as Kirkhill, Bardrochat, Dalreoch, Almont and Hallowchapel all returned pretty much their usual average. However this is the part of the river which is certainly well fished with three of these beats operating syndicates.
On the Wee Stinchar catches were nothing like last season. Roger Pirrie had a great time on Laggansarroch last year but failed to land a single fish this season. His only action was on the last week when he lost a big fish in the Colonel’s Pool after 15 minutes.
Minuntion had a few, but finished with half of last season’s total.
Overall, this year’s season saw a decent run of big fish between May and July and indeed some of these early fish when caught were slightly coloured which suggests they may have entered the river as early as late March or April.
We then had a fairly good summer which resulted in angling coming to a standstill right up until the beginning of September. There was a reasonable number of fish caught during the next couple of weeks, but after that it was hard going apart from the odd day. It just seemed as if we were fishing over residents with very few fresh fish coming through.
Through the winter we will get a better idea of the number of fish in the system when we head out to catch up fish for the hatchery, weather permitting. We will also get the final count for this season’s returns, although I can never understand why it takes so long to produce the figures.
Thanks again to all the guys who kindly provide the information to enable me to provide these reports.
Hope you all winter well and have an enjoyable festive season.
Gordon

Ross with his first from Mathews photo 129_0605_zps43d1c3dc.jpg

Ross McCulloch returning a fish on Knockdolian’s Matthews Wheel.

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George Grimmison with his big fish from Colmonell Club Water

The season ended on the 31st October on Stinchar, and like last season, for the majority of the beats, most were pleased to see the end. I found it quite amusing on the last day as I drove to work over Colmonell Bridge. No cars to be seen, all the desperadoes who are usually there at first light had had enough, even with the water sitting at 3ft and free of leaves.
It has been a poor season compared to recent years. Some thought last year was poor, but the total was in keeping with the ten year average. This one is going to be well down.
The lower beats really suffered, the normally prolific Ballantrae Bridge and Balnowlart beats had a terrible season as did Kirkholm. Knockdolian were 50 fish down on last year, although to be fair, the period they had their full complement of rods, conditions were not ideal. The rest of the season it was very lightly fished. That said they had some very big fish and some anglers had some good sport.
Andrew Cowan was on Dalni and Scaur on Monday 21st October and landed four fish all in double figures. He also lost a very strong fish after 20 minutes when it headed off downstream; it straightened his hook as he tried to turn it.
I fished the same beat on the last Saturday and landed a good double figure cock fish, then witnessed a run of fresh Grilse coming into Dalni and indeed managed to land one which was around 5lbs and was carrying sea lice.
The Club Water at Colmonell fared no better regarding numbers but did have one huge fish in the mid to high twenties caught just below the bridge by George Grimmison while fishing on a day ticket. This is a great bit of water which fishes very well in high water.
Upstream of the Bridge to the conflux of the Duisk and Stinchar was undoubtedly the place to be this season as Kirkhill, Bardrochat, Dalreoch, Almont and Hallowchapel all returned pretty much their usual average. However this is the part of the river which is certainly well fished with three of these beats operating syndicates.
On the Wee Stinchar catches were nothing like last season. Roger Pirrie had a great time on Laggansarroch last year but failed to land a single fish this season. His only action was on the last week when he lost a big fish in the Colonel’s Pool after 15 minutes.
Minuntion had a few, but finished with half of last season’s total.
Overall, this year’s season saw a decent run of big fish between May and July and indeed some of these early fish when caught were slightly coloured which suggests they may have entered the river as early as late March or April.
We then had a fairly good summer which resulted in angling coming to a standstill right up until the beginning of September. There was a reasonable number of fish caught during the next couple of weeks, but after that it was hard going apart from the odd day. It just seemed as if we were fishing over residents with very few fresh fish coming through.
Through the winter we will get a better idea of the number of fish in the system when we head out to catch up fish for the hatchery, weather permitting. We will also get the final count for this season’s returns, although I can never understand why it takes so long to produce the figures.
Thanks again to all the guys who kindly provide the information to enable me to provide these reports.
Hope you all winter well and have an enjoyable festive season.
Gordon

Ballantrae Bridge and Balnowlart are getting a few fish, around a dozen each for the week which is poor for the time of year.
Knockdolian had 27 both weeks commencing 9th and 16th September. Stuart Cronans party had 16 for the week; Mr Cherry’s party had 7 inc fish of 14 & 15lbs and a few sea-trout. Marshall Garret landed two at 14lb and a grilse from Shakieston on his first visit to Knockdolian. Ross Mc Culloch had two from Maggie’s and Mathews, the best being 11lb. Neil Mc Pherson had two at 14 and 15lb from Bankweil. Mr Holmes’ party had a 15lb from Shakieston
On the Club water, Les Howarth had three fish, Robert McIlwraith one at 8lb and I also had a report of another fish landed and returned in the mid 20s. This was caught by George Grimmison at the tail of the Bridge Pool. Stephen Challis had a fresh 5lb fish which he returned. Craig walker, Alexander and Sandy Wilson were also successful with a Grilse each
Kirkhill had sixteen for the week; Colin Douglas, John McColm, Bruce Hamilton and Tom Wallace all had two each. Owen Samson had 4, best being around 14lb. They also had 15 seatrout and all fish were returned. Wm McCutcheon also played a large fish but unfortunately lost it after a short time.
On Bardrochat, Archie Bryden had two grilse and an 11lb fish. Billy Gracie two fish, best 9lb. Paul Hainey had three fish from the Dub, biggest of which 17lb. Ian Gourlay also had a couple from the corner pool, best being 12lb.
Dalreoch beat has had plenty of action. Willie McNish had a brace of 6lb fish from the Grey Stanes. Jim Smith had one from Hairs Took of 6lb and another from the Battery, 15lb. Jim Frew also had one at 6lb from Hairs Took. David Cook had a 6lb fish from the Gunners; Mike Allan had three from Hairs Took, best being 15lb and another at 6lb from Dangart. Mike also had a huge 25lb cock fish from Hairs Took. James Sneddon had four all around 6lb, Victor had a 10lb fish from the Doctors and one at9lb from the Smiddy. Jamie Turner had 3, best 10lb, John McCulloch had a couple from The Doctors, both 6lb and Brian Robb also had a 5lb fish from the same pool. Bill Dungavel had six from the Smiddy, best of which were one at 12lb and one at 16lb. Chris (surname unknown) also had his first ever salmon from the Smiddy weighing in at 9lb. Gordon MacDiarmid had a 15lb fish from Hair’s Took while the estate owner, Lord Douro had two fish, one at 12lb from the Grey Stanes and one at 6lb from the Craig. Patrick Kensell had one at 5lb from Kelly’s, John McCulloch 5lb from the Doctors, Alan Scott 5lb Dangart and Paul Hainey, 5lb from the Willows.
From the Hut Pool on Almont, Simon Littlejohn had a 6lb fish and Adam Cairns had one at 12lb. From The Flats, Colin Hyslop had 2, best 9lb, Billy Morrison and his brother had three between them, biggest 8lbs, while Ryan Dunn and Steven Reid each had one around 9lb. Johnny Gaff had a 20lb hen fish from the Hut Pool and a 6lb from The Flats. Mr Blackwood also had two fish, 12lb from the Hut pool and 6lb from the Flats.
Hallowchapel did well when we had water. The best fish here, being 18lb by Mr Hopely.
On Minuntion, keeper Douglas Faulds had one at 10lbs, Paul Parker had a couple whilst Johnny and Jack Warrender had three between them, the best of Jack’s being 14lb.
Stincharlad

The River Stinchar Board will be convening in the month of October. On the Agenda one of the subjects to discuss will be the event that occurred on the river last week. Members of the Board will be looking again at our voluntary ‘Code of Practice’ and addressing why under such exceptional circumstances, its guide lines were not followed. Over many years now the Board has been extolling the virtues of ‘Catch & Release’ and the value to the river of good practice. By persuasion alone the numbers of fish returned have been rising year on year for which we are very grateful. We feel that the River Stinchar is keeping in line with other Scottish rivers, having a percentage return of over 50%.

The publicity this one event has created is in danger of distorting the reputation of this most productive spate river and the hundreds of responsible, unselfish anglers who each season enjoy its sport. Were the reports of the size of this hen fish correct, it was the biggest fish caught on the Stinchar in living memory. Had she been left to breed her offspring would have represented a quarter of a future season’s rod caught fish. RIP.

Johnny Warrender Chairman of the Board