Latest Bankside News from Cairnton
  • Bank Report 1st of September 2019
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    3’0
    58
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    5
    7
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    73
    34
    27

    Comments

    This was a good week for the  Danish team. Fishing with old school fly patterns from back in the days of A.H.E Woods. The Blue charm on singles & size 10 ,12 doubles with long tapered leader on floating line & casting at 45 degrees then letting it swing. 

    Once that become ineffective the team would switch to size  10,12 Hairy Marys with a sunray close by just in case of emergences.  The Cairnton bank landed 5 salmon and 7 Grilse for the week with the same again lost at the net. With a hand full of clean fish being hooked & landed. 

    This week I met with kim Michelson and his two friends Peter Jensen and Per Larsen at the Upper Ferroch hut. The beat was at a perfect height 1’1 on the the beat’s gauge.  Water temperature 58f. The weeks forecast was dry with rain towards the latter part of the week. The week looked promising especially with the numbers of fish I seen throughout the beat at the tailend of the week before. 

    I pointed out a few pools that would fish then we decided to split the beat into three. 

    Kim started in the old garden heading down Stream. Peter started in the Cottage pool & Par started in the Grey mare.  Monday was a slow day with only 1 fish being landed by Kim in the old garden with a size 10 blue charm on a long tapered leader. 

    The star of the week was Per Larsen who caught 6 fish and landing the biggest being 18lb, from the Grey mare on a Blue charm. 

    A big well done to the 3 fisherman. 

    Saturday afternoon the river started rising and sadly it killed the sport. 

    Fingers crossed this rise will pull in a few fresh salmon. 

    Tight lines 

    Terry

    Bank Report 1st of September 2019
  • Availability Update
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
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    Comments

    Due to a client having to postpone a days fishing with his party through unforeseen circumstances we now have 7 rods available on Saturday 14th September 2019. 4 rods on Cairnton at £86.40 per rod and 3 rods on Middle Blackhall at £63.60 per rod. Get in contact with Sarah to book.

    For all other availability for the rest of the season please visit the new fishing availability page on the Cairnton & Middle Blackhall website.
    Next week we have rods available on Middle Blackhall in the latter part of the week at £63.60 per rod per day inc vat so get in contact with Sarah to book.

    Bookings taken 7 days a week. Card payments accepted.

    For all enquiries or to book please contact Sarah Brogan.

    sarah@cairntonestate.co.uk
    01224 872702
    www.cairnton.co.uk


    Availability Update
  • Bank Report 25th of Aug 2019
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    1’1
    58f
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    1
    2
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    67
    27
    22

    Comments

    This was a  frustrating week due to an upset in water levels. We managed 2 grilse & 1 salmon.

    Sadly the unsettled water put the fish off the take. 

    This week I had a ghillie friend John Simm from the Tyne fishing Cairnton. On Tuesday John caught a 13lb salmon from Glisters on a home tied  1’ white willie Gunn with a fast sink tip.  

    Andy Ashcroft caught a grilse from the Kelpie on a Willie Gunn tube & a sink tip. 

    I caught a 5lb grilse with long tailed sea liced on a Triple Density F,H,I with a 10ft fast sink tip and a 1’ copper Willie Gunn. 

    We hooked a few others throughout the week, but couldn’t get them landed. 

    On Saturday the beat was looking fishy, 1’3 on the beat gauge. I had friends up from Newcastle,  Lucinda & Gary.  The pair fished the beat hard. We seen a lot of activity throughout the beat.  Lucinda had a chase from a salmon on a sunray in the Lower Ferroch but it didn’t stick. 

    The river is dropping back nicely so fingers crossed we have good week. 

    Tight lines

    Terry

    Bank Report 25th of Aug 2019
  • Bank Report 18th of Aug 2019
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    1’9
    58
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    2
    4
    1
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    66
    25
    22

    Comments

    This was a  frustrating week with a nice height of water but there was lots of grass to be cutting,  but we still managed 4 grilse, 2 salmon and a 2lb sea trout 

    On Monday I caught a lovely grilse in the colonels with a 1” 

    Willie Gunn on a 10ft tip. I then lost 2 in the lower Ferroch. 

    Wednesday Tim larkman caught a cracking 16lb from Glisters using a red Francis & a fast tip. 

    Wednesday evening I caught a clean 12lb hen fish at the tail of the Grey mare on last light using a  triple density shooting head a Float, hover, intermediate with a 10ft fast tip & a 1” copper willie Gunn. 

    On Thursday Ian Johnston caught a sea trout from Glisters on a red Francis. 

    I invited Martin Hayward up for a cast over at  Middle Blackhall he caught a 4lb grilse from the Malt steep on a copper willie Gunn. 

    Friday evening I caught a 6lb fish from the tail of the Lower Ferroch on a sunray with a Constant strip.Just before the rise.

    Saturday afternoon I caught up with Chris Johnston In Grey Mare I suggested we head up to Lower Ferroch where it looked fishy. After a few points Chris was on his way. 10 minutes down the pool he was rewarded with a grilse around the 4lb mark. 

    The river is dropping back nicely fingers crossed we have good week. 

    Tight lines

    Terry

    Bank Report  18th of Aug 2019
  • New Fishing Availability Page Launched
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
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    The new fishing availability page is now live and can be viewed on the Cairnton & Middle Blackhall website. The availability table lists how many rods are available each day on each bank and the price of rods inc vat.

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

    Next week we have rods available on both Cairnton and Middle Blackhall so get in contact with Sarah to book.

    In September we only have 2 rods left on Cairnton on 12th September so get in quick for the last Cairnton rods in September.

    Bookings taken 7 days a week. Card payments accepted.

    sarah@cairntonestate.co.uk
    01224 872702
    www.cairnton.co.uk

    Get in touch now to book.


    New Fishing Availability Page Launched
  • Bank Report 11th of Aug 2019
    Conditions Fish Caught in the Past Week Fish Caught this Season so far
    River Height:
    Water Temp:
    Wind:
    2’6
    58f
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    2
    3
    Salmon:
    Grilse:
    Sea Trout:
    64
    21
    26

    Comments

    This has been a very wet week. With the river reaching 7ft & very dirty towards the middle of the week. 

    But we still managed two salmon & three grilse. 

    On Monday morning I met Mr M Price at the hut, along with his friend and family. 

    Martin introduced me to James and Liz Eyre-Walker. Who were going to Share a rod for the week. James was a complete beginner, Liz had some experience on trout fishing.  I suggested we use a floating line and intermediate tip on specific pools. James and liz started in Grey mare with a floating line & black and yellow shrimp Size 10. About 20 minutes into the tuition I suggested we move down the pool where the taking spot is. I pointed at the rock and asked James too cast out and to do a fast retrieve.  Halfway through the swing the line tightened,  after a tug of war I slipped the net under a 4lb Grilse. After a few pictures of his very 1st fish,  It was released to continue its journey. 

    On Wednesday the river was rising & was carrying a lot of colour. On the beats gauge it was sitting at 7”. It was un fishable. 

    Thursday morning  the river started to drop back so we changed tactics. I started them off with a 10ft fast sink tip and bigger colourful flys and i set of strimming.

    Late afternoon I made my way up to lock the hut but as I was driving up river I could see Liz who looked very distressed,  waving her arm around looking for help in the distance. On arrival I could see James struggling with a very angry fish. After a few minutes I netted a very coloured cock fish.  I must say it was very lucky as the hook come free in the net.  The fish tipped the weight net on 18lb. After a few pictures the fish was on his way!  

    On Friday the river was looking fishy so I decided that I would ghillie as the end of the season is not that far away,  I’m behind on where I would like to be on fish numbers for this time of year. 

    I met up with Martin at the hut and I suggested that we put on a 10ft fast sink tip.  After scratching around in his bag Martin could only find a 5 ft tip. So I gave Martin a 10ft fast tip & a size 8 fly that I tied the night before as I noticed that his flys were on the small size for the river conditions.  Off we set for Lower Ferroch I pointed out a few likely spots but i suggested to focus on the tail end of the pool. Martin cast a long line, I suggested the he speeds the fly up. With a down stream mend and fast figure of eight, and halfway through the swing the line stops. Martin was rewarded with a 5lb grilse. Very fresh but no lice!  After a few photos the fish was on its way. 

    I received a phone call from liz asking for help as James was into a fish at Grey Mare I shot down and landed a cracking 6lb salmon 

    A few pictures and the fish was on its way. About 10 min after he was in again, this time landing a 4lb grilse and on a 1” Orange Ally shrimp. I must say what an achievement, 4 fish for his week with only picking up a rod for the 1st time at the beginning of this week. Well done that man! 

    Sadly the river started rising later afternoon and killed the sport. 

    Saturday morning the river was sitting at 5’6 and coloured. 

    Let’s hope this river settles over the weekend & pulls a few fish in. 

    Tight lines 

    Terry

    Bank Report 11th of Aug 2019
  • Availability Update
    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 in the process of adding a new page to the Cairnton & Middle Blackhall website which will show all the availability we have for each day of the season on both banks. This will be a great addition to the website and will be available shortly, we will keep you informed when it goes live, but as a sneak peak click on the following link and you will be able to view the availability page. Please note this is best viewed on a desktop computer as it does not have a mobile version.

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

    The way to book will be the same as always, so please contact Sarah Brogan.

    Bookings taken 7 days a week. Card payments accepted.

    sarah@cairntonestate.co.uk
    01224 872702
    www.cairnton.co.uk

    Get in touch now to book.


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