Latest Bankside News from Cairnton
  • Cool temperatures for June
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    5ins
    60f
    light south west
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    6
    3
    3
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    46
    4
    12

    Comments

    Another reasonable week for us at Cairnton and Middle Blackhall with 6 salmon, 3 grilse and 3 sea trout being landed, all on a variety of flies from 5" Sunrays to small Cascades and Executioners and the fish were all fairly well spread across the beat. 

    Condition's on the whole weren't too bad this week bar a fairly big dirty rise on Wednesday afternoon but by Thursday the river had dropped back, it was still carrying a peaty stain but in good enough order. The coming week looks like it will be warmer air temperatures with sunshine and cloud and the possibility of a few showers.

    As we continue to be affected with restrictions due to COVID-19 our fishing parties from England and further afield who were due to be fishing with us over the next couple of weeks are unfortunately unable to visit us and therefore we have availability on both banks. All availability and how to book can be viewed on our website for those who can travel. Bookings taken 7 days a week and card payments accepted with no booking fees.

    Cheers Brian

    www.cairnton.co.uk

    Cool temperatures for June
  • A good week
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    6ins
    58f
    light easterly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    11
    1
    3
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    40
    1
    9

    Comments

    This past week was a good one for us at Cairnton and Middle Blackhall with 11 salmon, 1 grilse and 3 sea trout landed. Both banks were producing and all the fish were liced, bar one which had been in a few weeks. The fish that were landed were pretty well spread over the beat and a similar amount of fish were lost. Ally's Shrimp, Cascades and Usk Grubs on 10's and 12's seemed to do the trick. Although a few of the rods fished well into the evenings it seemed that the easterly raw breeze put things off a bit for the sea trout fishing. 

    This coming week looks overcast until Wednesday then brighter but still a light easterly breeze so all in all good prospects.

    We have rods available on both banks over the next couple of weeks and all availability and how to book can be viewed on our website.

    Cheers Brian

    A good week
  • First full week after lock down
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    1'1"
    53f
    North Westerly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    5

    6
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    29

    6

    Comments

    This past week started off the way the previous one had ended with blistering heat, cloudless skies and high water temperatures but a change was on the way on Tuesday when cooler and overcast weather arrived which did drop the water temperature gradually as the week went on. We finished the week with 5 Salmon and 6 Sea trout with successful flies from Long Winged Monkeys to small Cascades and Executioner's. The levels remained low all week, between 1" and 4" on Cairntons gauge until Saturday when we did get quite a significant and dirty rise of 3 feet in the space of half an hour which should do us all a bit of good for the coming week.

    The forecast looks overcast and a bit cooler for the coming week with some rain floating about on Wednesday and Friday.

    We have rods available on both banks over the next few weeks so please check the availability page on our website. www.cairnton.co.uk.

    Cheers Brian

    First full week after lock down
  • Strange Times
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    5"
    64f
    light easterly
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    2

    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    24

    Comments

    This past week saw the fishing resume on Friday in Scotland after a 9 1/2 week lockdown due to to the coronavirus outbreak which has happened to coincide with the driest May for sometime and a bit of a heat wave. The daytime temperature on Friday was 27c but that wouldn't put off any fisherman/lady after such a layoff who were just glad to be out fishing again although with the various restrictions that we have in place.

    Friday started with things looking pretty promising with the height at 6" on Cairntons gauge and the water temperature at 61f. There were a few fish showing here and there and there were a couple of connections with fish which unfortunately failed to hang on. Saturday the rods decided on an early start given the days forecast for another hot and sunny day but it was through the heat of the afternoon that two fish were landed in the Grey Mare on a size 14 Shadow Shrimp and a full floater.

    This coming week looks a bit better condition wise with daytime temperatures cooling down a bit with some occasional light rain so hopefully we will be on the scoresheet for June pretty quickly.

    All our availability for the coming weeks and rest of the season can be found on our website and you can contact Sarah to book. She will advise at time of booking the restrictions that are in place relating to Covid19.

    Cheers Brian

    Strange Times
  • The fishing has re-opened
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:


    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:


    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:


    Comments

    We are pleased to confirm that the Fishings re-opened this morning on Cairnton and Middle Blackhall after the closure due to Covid-19. 

    Although there are some restrictions in place we are happy to welcome anglers on a daily basis and all availability can be viewed on our website. 

    Please contact Sarah to enquire or book. 

    Cheers Brian

    The fishing has re-opened
  • Good Conditions
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    1' 3"
    39f
    south easterley
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    5

    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    22

    Comments

    This past week we had really good fishing conditions considering it's still the middle of March apart from a slight trouble some wind on occasions. Water temperatures were 38/39f and levels dropping gradually with most days being overcast and the odd blink of sunshine. Our first fish of the week was landed on Tuesday on the Middle Blackhall bank in the Kelpie pool by Andy Ashcroft on a Gold Willie Gunn and was about 8lb. Later the same day  Jeff Milligan landed his first of the season in the Middle Ferroch on a Monkey and was a lovely 7lbr. Wednesday Jamie McCulloch landed a cracker of 8lb in Invercannie on a Willie Gunn then we had a couple of blank days although we did see the odd fish here and there.Then on Saturday after persevering all week Martin Foulds landed a 12lbr in the Grey Mare on an Ice Maiden and although Martins fish wasn't brand new it was very welcome, also on Saturday Jeff Milligan landed his second of the week with a 9lbr from Kelpie on a Monkey.

    This coming week looks reasonably dry with a light band of rain moving across us mid week so here's hoping for some good sport. All availability can be viewed on our website and Sarah is available each day to take your bookings right up to 9pm the evening before you would like to fish.

    All enquiries and questions regarding bookings already made or possible bookings should be sent to Sarah. sarah@cairntonestate.co.uk

    Cheers Brian

    Good Conditions
  • A fantastic week
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    2ft 6ins
    38
    light south west
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    7

    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    17

    Comments

    This past week on Cairnton and Middle Blackhall turned out to be our best of the season so far. Monday started off with the height on the Cairnton gauge at 3' 9" which was a big drop from the Sunday evenings 8'. On Monday Will Shropshire landed a lovely fish of 11lb in Sandy Bay on a gold Willie Gunn and within minutes Mark Kemp landed his first Atlantic Salmon, a 14lb cracker in the Lower Ferroch on a Monkey. Mark has caught various species of fish from around the globe but reckoned that was by far the best fighting fish he had landed. Tuesday we had a few half-hearted offers which were probably from the odd kelt still lying about. Wednesday was a good day for both banks with Andy Ashcroft landing a nice 7lb er in Kelpie on his fail me never the gold Willie Gunn and Andrew Holloway landing an 8lb er in the Malt Steep (Cairnton bank) on a Monkey. Also on Wednesday Jamie McCulloch landed an absolute belter of 15lb on a Willie Gunn in the Lower Ferroch which turned out to be Jamie's first Dee spring fish. On Thursday we saw the return of Cairnton regular Allan Gowers who landed his first of the season in the Colonel on a Monkey, a lovely 7lb er, we also had another 7lb fish from the Middle Ferroch on an Ice Maiden. Friday and Saturday we had lovely conditions for a fish or two but with all good things and especially in salmon fishing they must come to an end and although we did see a few fish and had a few offers we blanked but what a fantastic week for our rods.

    This coming weeks weather looks not too bad with some wintery showers most days and wind's from the south west.

    Unfortunately 2 of our Danish clients have had to cancel their trip to Deeside this coming week due to a travel ban from Denmark but we hope to see them later in the season instead. So we have 2 rods available on Cairnton on Tuesday and Wednesday this coming week and then 1 rod available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday again on Cairnton at £94.80 per rod inc vat. We also have 3 rods available on Middle Blackhall each day at £66.00 per rod inc vat.

    For all bookings and enquiries please contact Sarah.

    Also for all clients who have bookings over the next few weeks and are concerned about how Coronavirus may affect their bookings please contact Sarah to discuss.

    sarah@cairntonestate.co.uk

    Cheers Brian

    A fantastic week
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