Latest Bankside News from Cairnton
  • Tough Conditions
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    -4"
    68f
    Light South Easterly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:

    2
    1
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    70
    34
    5

    Comments

    A very tough week for our anglers with the low clear water, very high water temperatures ranging between 66f & 70f and a few of the anglers suffering with a bit of sleep deprivation due to the hours they were all putting in but needs must as they say. Monday started off fairly promising with a 4lb grilse from the Cottage on an Ally's and quite a few lost between both banks with the usual grilse on for a few minutes before departing company. On Tuesday Mike Richardson had a 4lb grilse in Upper Ferroch on a small Tosh and quite a few were seen lying in certain pools. On Wednesday Chris Notman had a 3lb Sea Trout in the Cottage and that was it until Saturday when a few more were lost but the conditions we were experiencing were as hard as you'll get for Salmon fishing anywhere with the high water temperatures playing the biggest part so we need some cooler daytime/night temperatures and rain soon and plenty of the latter.

    This coming week is looking slightly more favourable with some rain forecast along with sunshine and cloud so fingers crossed.

    Due to some of our overseas anglers not being able to visit us once again due to Covid travel restrictions we now have 1 week available for 4 rods on Cairnton 23rd to 28th August 2021 at the rate of £91.20 per rod per day inc vat. We also have some rods available on both banks throughout at other times in August, September and October so please email Sarah to enquire. All availability is listed on our website.

    www.cairnton.co.uk/fishing-availability.php

    sarah@cairntonestate.co.uk

    Cheers Brian


    Tough Conditions
  • Good sport but very hot
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    6"
    66f
    Light Westerly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    2
    11
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    70
    32
    4

    Comments

    Last week was a little patchier than expected with the good conditions we experienced. Height wise we were at 1'9" and overcast on Monday with the water gradually dropping away as the hot weather returned and the water temperature started hitting the mid 60sf which was going to slow up the daytime fishing and favour the early mornings and evenings as the week went on. However we finished up with 2 salmon and 11 grilse with all of them being liced or lice just off. Brad Collis's party had a few grilse from the Cairnton bank. Steve Kettlewell had the biggest fish at 9lb from Glister on a 12 Cascade and young Lewis Blair kept up his unblemished record landing a few grilse. The fish landed were caught from both banks with Chris Brynes party having a few from Middle Blackhall and pretty much everything using Cascades, Ally Shrimps and Executioners.

    This coming week looks like light cloud and light winds all week with sunny spells and still very warm but maybe an odd bit of drizzle so under the cloud early mornings and evenings will give us the best chance.

    We have some rods available in August, September and October on both Cairnton and Middle Blackhall. All availability is listed on our website along with details on how to book. www.cairnton.co.uk

    Cheers Brian

    Good sport but very hot
  • A mixed week
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    2'8"
    61f
    Moderate South Westerly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:

    4
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    68
    21
    4

    Comments

    This past week was very mixed for us. We had a good fishing height all week with a couple of rises in water levels and the first 3 days produced a few fish with quite a few were lost, mainly fresh Grilse. On Monday and Tuesday we couldn't keep anything on for very long but on Wednesday we landed 4 liced Grilse in the 3lb to 5lb bracket on Ally's Shrimps and Cascades size 12 with the 5lb er being landed by Colin Sewell on his first visit to the beat. The latter half of the week was strangely unproductive and although conditions were very good and there were fish about none were landed apart from a "very nearly" on Saturday. 

    There has been a reasonable rise in water today, sitting at 2' 8" and carrying a bit of colour but by tomorrow we should see it dropping and clearing and should give us good fishing this coming week.

    The forecast is for sunshine and light rain showers today and tomorrow with a breeze from an easterly direction with Tuesday onwards mainly sunshine and light cloud with a breeze from the west.

    We have a rod available on Cairnton next week (week beginning 19th July) so please email Sarah and she will get you booked in. £76.80 per day inc vat.

    sarah@cairntonestate.co.uk

    Cheers Brian

    A mixed week
  • Not as hot
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    -1"
    60f
    Moderate South Easterly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    2
    7
    2
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    68
    17
    4

    Comments

    This past week was certainly a better one for fishing and conditions. Although some days were fairly warm and humid it didn't seem to be as fierce as the previous week and the water height started off pretty good at 2" on the Cairnton gauge on Monday but it gradually dropped to minus 2 1/2" by Saturday with the water temperature sitting between 56f and 61f in the mornings and rising into the high 60's by afternoons. Martin Thompsons party fishing Middle Blackhall had 3 for the week with several others lost and mainly on small hitched tubes. Over on the Cairnton bank Tim Lawsons party had 6 and 2 sea trout for their week on Executioners, Stoat Tails and small Willie Gunns, so a fair variety of flies and methods.

    We could really do with a bit of a rise in water now and this week looks as though it will be warm and showery most days with light to moderate wind from a south easterly direction so we might get a wee freshen up.

    We have had a rod cancel unfortunately in week beginning 19th July from a client overseas and therefore we have 1 rod available on Cairnton 19th to 24th July 2021 at the rate of £76.80 per day inc vat. We also have some rods available on Middle Blackhall in late July. For further availability please check our website www.cairnton.co.uk. If you would like to book please get in contact with Sarah.

    sarah@cairntonestate.co.uk or 01224 872702.

    Cheers Brian

    Not as hot
  • Very Testing Conditions
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    3"
    58f
    Moderate Westerly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    1
    2
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    66
    10
    2

    Comments

    Quite a hard start to the week for us with hot and bright sunny weather and really very quiet on the fish front compared to the previous week with only the odd fish seen. The water temperatures were between 55f and 64f and water levels between 3" and 0" on the Cairnton gauge so a freshen up wouldn't have gone a miss but that wasn't looking very promising although on Friday the weather and water levels took a turn for the better with a rise from 0" up to 2" and much more favorable over head conditions and although none were landed we did see a few more fish about. On Saturday the conditions were pretty good with overcast skies and the water height at 2.5" and the couple of inches rise did pay off with Martin Wilson landing a lovely 11lb fish in Potters on a small black and blue double and then got a 5lb Grilse in the Cottage on a Sunray. Ian Anderson also had a liced Grilse in Glister on a small Sunray. We also lost a few and had quite a few offers throughout the beat.

    The week ahead looks to be dry with high pressure dominating and a mix of sunshine and cloud so plan of action will be fairly small flies and floating lines in the early mornings and last thing at night which will hopefully give us the best chance.

    Cheers Brian

    Very Testing Conditions
  • A Good Week
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    3"
    60f
    Light Westerly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    5
    8
    1
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    65
    8
    2

    Comments

    This past week saw the return of Iain Wilsons party to Cairnton & Middle Blackhall and as usual they had a few fish with a combined catch of 5 Salmon, up to 15lb, 8 Grilse, all about the 3lb bracket, and 1 Sea Trout of 3lb. The fish landed were fairly spread throughout the beat on both sides of the river and quite a few others were lost here and there. Successful flies were small Gledswood Blue's, Tosh's and Hitched Sunrays. Water temperatures were varying between 56f to 62f all week with the water height starting off at 6" on Monday and by Saturday down to 3" on the Cairnton gauge. We could certainly do with a freshen up of the water now and today looks as though there's a few showers floating about. It looks to be fairly dry weather on Monday and Tuesday with a band of light rain coming  from the west midweek onwards. Winds will be North Westerly up to midweek then swinging back to South Westerly.

    If you are thinking of making a trip to Aberdeenshire for some fishing with us this season please get in contact with Sarah as soon as possible and advise her of your requirements and she will put together some options for you. You can check availability yourself also on our website www.cairnton.co.uk and then let Sarah know specifically what dates you are interested in.

    sarah@cairntonestate.co.uk 

    Cheers Brian

    A Good Week
  • A few grilse coming through
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    7"
    62f
    Moderate South Westerly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    3

    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    60

    1

    Comments

    This past week the conditions weren't too bad. We had a bit of cloud and a light breeze most mornings which then got quite bright and fiery by the afternoons. The water levels on the Cairnton gauge were at 1ft on Monday and only dropped a few inches by Saturday with water temperatures varying between 56f to 62f.  On Monday we got off to a good start fairly quickly with Stuart Norris landing a lovely liced 10lb er in Glisters on a Sunray.  On Tuesday Stuart did his same trick again, this time in the Upper Salt Vats on the same fly and was a beautiful 9lb er. Wednesday was a bit quiet with only the odd fish seen. On Thursday Douglas Campbell got off to a great start with a 12lb er from the Floating Bank on a small Pot Bellied Pig on his very first cast which goes to show if your names on it you'll get him. Friday and Saturday were looking promising but we drew a blank. Over the course of the week we lost half a dozen fish annoyingly but it looks like the odd Grilse are now coming through as they were seen the last couple of days of the week which is encouraging.

    This coming week looks like a bit cooler and fresher with a bit of light rain possible mid week and winds from the South West

    We are fully booked on both banks this coming week but the following week we have 1 rod available on Middle Blackhall Monday 21st to Friday 25th June and then 2 rods available on Middle Blackhall on Saturday 26th June. We also have 3 rods available on Middle Blackhall 5th to 7th July and also 3 rods on Middle Blackhall 22nd to 24th July. We have rods available on Cairnton 12th to 14th August and also 16th to 18th August with further rods available in September and October on both banks. All availability can be views on our website and then booked with Sarah. sarah@cairntonestate.co.uk www.cairnton.co.uk

    Cheers Brian

    A few grilse coming through
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