Latest Bankside News from Cairnton
  • Weather & water cooling again
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    3"
    55f
    North westerly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:

    2
    1
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    47
    43
    33

    Comments

    What a difference a few days can make. This week starting off with the weather and water temperature cooling down a wee bit after the previous weeks mini heatwave, even a couple of frosts with the windscreen needing a scrape. The mornings/days certainly have a more autumnal feel to them with a few skene's of Geese seen heading south also. The water height started off at 10 inches and gradually fell away and the water temperatures dropped below 60f to 53f as the week went on. The weeks catch was a 4lb grilse for Nick Williams from Wittocks on a small Willie Gunn & Chris Johnston with a 5lb grilse from Upper Ferroch and a 2lb sea trout, both on a Sunray  

    If we actually get what the forecast is predicting we should get a much needed lift in water levels with heavy rain tomorrow into Tuesday then turning more unsettled as the week goes on.

    We have limited availability on the Cairnton bank over the last few weeks of the season but we have a few more options on Middle Blackhall, so if you were thinking of having a last throw of the 2023 season better get in contact with Sarah soon to get booked in. 

    Cheers Brian 

    sarah@cairntonestate.co.uk

    Weather & water cooling again
  • Hard Conditions
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    3 inches
    64f
    Moderate Westerly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:

    1
    1
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    47
    41
    32

    Comments

    A difficult week with plenty of sunshine, a daily dropping river and water temperatures rising into the low 60s Fahrenheit. There was an odd fish or two about but they really weren't cooperating and we finished with one grilse and one sea trout. We definitely need some serious change in the weather to get things going and there's nothing like stating the obvious that it will be tuff with next week looking fairly dry again with only some light rain on occasions. 

    Cheers Brian

    Hard Conditions
  • Summer weather returns
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    3 inches
    57f
    Moderate Westerly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    1
    3
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    47
    40
    31

    Comments

    This past week the water conditions were fairly good on the whole with the water temperature sitting at roughly mid 50s Fahrenheit and levels at just under 1 foot on Monday and by Saturday was down to 4.5 inches. The first 3 days were nice and overcast with 3 grilse and 1 salmon of 16lb landed with the 16lb er coming from Invercannie for Adrian Brightly on a flamethrower, this was a particularly lovely end to Adrian’s visit with us as he was also collecting his new labrador pup Sedge who coincidentally was named after that very pool, we are sure Sedge, Bruachabhaan Invercannie, will continue to bring Adrian good luck and many more salmon. With what felt like the return of summer in the 2nd half of the week we experienced cooler starts to the day but it soon heated up with very little in the way of cloud but we did connect with a couple but only briefly. 

    This coming week looks as though the warm weather is to continue and winds swinging about from all directions as the week goes on. 

    It’s now only a few weeks until the end of the season so if you fancy a go before the close of the 2023 season check our website for rod availability and email to book. 

    Cheers Brian

    Summer weather returns
  • Blue Charms
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    11"
    58f
    Light south westerly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    1
    5
    1
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    46
    37
    31

    Comments

    This past week saw the return of Kim Michelsen's party from Denmark and it is now over 20 years that they have fished on Cairnton. Their weapon of choice, in keeping with Cairnton's history, is always the Blue Charm fly. This visit they accounted for 1 salmon,  5 grilse and 1 sea trout. Fishing conditions were pretty good but the fish we had been seeing the previous week had moved on with the rise from last weekend and it was a struggle with 3 and a sea trout for the first 5 days but a small rise on Saturday seemed to ginger a few up with 3 landed and another couple lost. This coming week looks to be a mix of sun and rain for the first half then dry for the last half of the week with westerly winds then swinging into a more northerly direction as the week goes on.

    Cheers Brian

    Blue Charms
  • A dour week
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    1' 2".
    62f
    Moderate Westerly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:

    3
    1
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    45
    32
    30

    Comments

    August can be a frustrating month for various reasons, fish switched off, no water, high temperatures etc and the past week was quite  frustrating for our fishers but they all did their part. We were seeing a fish or two in most of the pools but they really weren't cooperating although there were a fair few fresh ones amongst them as well. We did end up with, and well deserved, 3 grilse and 1 sea trout with a few lost here and there plus the usual pecks and pulls which did keep the fishers on the go. The week ahead looks more promising with a lift of water today and a mixed forecast for the week incsome rain and brighter spells with winds from the south west.

    Cheers Brian

    A dour week
  • Some more water would be nice
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    5"
    60f
    Moderate Westerly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    1
    7
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    45
    29
    29

    Comments

    This past week was pretty good for conditions with the water height on Monday sitting at 11" and slowly dropping as the week went on and the water temperature in the 56/57f area then climbing to the low 60s Fahrenheit with more humid/hot weather at the end of the week. Catches for the week were 1 Salmon and 7 grilse including a couple of licers and the others all reasonably fresh plus we had a few more lost up and down the beat. Noteable catches were Kevin Taylor (Cairnton proprietor) landing a fresh 4lb grilse in Rockhead and having a hold of another couple and Liam Roberts landing 2 fresh grilse and connecting with a few more for his first visit to Cairnton. Flies that were doing the trick were Cascades, Flamethrowers and Crathies. 

    Weather for the week ahead looks to be mixed with rain at the start of the week with more showery and brighter days plus more heavier rain towards Thursday.  Winds from a westerly direction then more northerly as the week goes on.

    Cheers Brian

    Some more water would be nice
  • The catches don't tell the full story
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    1' 2"
    58f
    Moderate Westerly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    1
    8
    3
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    44
    22
    29

    Comments

    This past week was a great week for fishing with fish landed and plenty more lost but that is sometimes the case with grilse and summer fish, it can be frustrating but keeps you on your toes. We ended the week with a reasonable 1 salmon, 8 grilse and 3 sea trout between the two banks, with everyone in the Jacobs party landing fish on the Middle Blackhall bank plus the Cairnton rods had their fair share of fish but the honours of the week have to go to Lena Sperring who has landed plenty fish in Norway and after a few visits to Cairnton managed her 1st Scottish salmon which was a lovely 4lb liced grilse from the Grey Mare & on a fly of her choice ( A lady meikleour).

    The week ahead looks to be mostly dry with some rain here and there with heavier rain appearing on Friday. Wind swinging about from a westerly to northerly direction and from the south aswell over the week.

    We have some availability this coming week so please check our website for the latest rod availability and then contact Sarah directly to book. 

    www.cairnton.co.uk 

    sarah@cairntonestate.co.uk

    Cheers Brian

    The catches don't tell the full story
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