• River Stinchar District Salmon Fishery Board

  • River Stinchar District Salmon Fishery Board

  • River Stinchar District Salmon Fishery Board

What We Do

The River Stinchar District Salmon Fishery Board manages the protection, enhancement and conservation of the Atlantic salmon and sea trout stocks in the River Stinchar.

Salmon Fishing

The River Stinchar is one of the most productive salmon fishing rivers in Ayrshire and has some excellent fly fishing water. See more about the beats, contact details and advice on where to stay.

River Catchment

The river is 54 kilometres 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.
 

June 2015

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I received a report of an 11lb fish from the Little Pinmore stretch up on the wee Stinchar. It was caught just below the railway viaduct on the 3rd June by Angus McTaggart. Things are very slow here on the fishing front due to a lack of water. Last Sunday (28th June) we had a […]

May 2015

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The first salmon of the season was caught on the 29th May from the Scaur at Knockdolian by myself (Gordon Hyslop) It was late evening just after 9pm, the fish took a Stinchar Flamethrower Tube, it was around 11lbs, a hen fish, no lice but spanking fresh and after a quick photo swam away strongly. […]

Spring catch and release now law in Scotland

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The Scottish Government has banned the killing of Salmon by rod and line and nets before April 1st. The law comes into force on Jan 9th 2015. If a fish is killed accidentally it MUST BE RETURNED TO THE RIVER. Many district boards are strongly recommending that this law should be extended to July 1st. […]

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October 20th

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At Ballantrae Bridge Robert Redhead’s party caught 9 salmon and four sea trout during the week beginning 6th October including an 18lb cock fish from the Lower Bridge Pool caught by Robert Stock. Following week, water level dropped to low summer height and the Bond party caught 1 grilse and 1 sea trout with Saturday […]

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October ’14

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The dry spell finally ended with torrential rain on Friday October 3rd. On the Saturday morning the river was just below 5ft on the gauge on Colmonell Bridge. Farther heavy showers all morning kept it running high and dirty and also full of leaves rendering it unfishable all day. Sunday, the water had fined down […]