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The River Urr

Sea Trout Fishing on the River Urr

The Urr flows for thirty five miles from Loch Urr to its outflow into the Solway Firth near Dalbeattie. The Urr has a moorland character in its upper course but becomes rather sluggish, flowing through relatively rich agricultural land in its lower course.

The Urr has always been a spate stream but rises and falls more quickly now owing to afforestation in its upper course combined with agricultural drainage schemes. Unlike other Solway rivers, The Urr attracts fewer sea trout that its Solway neighbours Nith and Annan but this sporting fish may be encountered from April onwards. Most are in the 1 to 3 pound range. The river can fish well for salmon if you catch it on the heels of a spate. Around 60 salmon are taken in a season, with the chance of larger fish, perhaps one of the renowned Solway Greybacks, from September to November. The best of the fishing is from the Old Bridge of Urr down to the estuary.

The River Urr at Dalbeattie


River Urr Sea Trout Fishing

Castle Douglas Angling Association

Castle Douglas Angling Association (CDAA) has over 5 miles of the middle reaches of the Urr, beginning at Step End and finishing at Grange Water. There is a range of different types of water within the Association's stretch and methods used will depend upon the water height. Fly fishing upstream of Spottes Bridge is particularly popular, while downstream, worming is permitted throughout the year on the CDAA stretch. The association fishing on the River Urr and on Loch Roan is available to visiting anglers. Permits from Tommy's Sports, King Street, Castle Douglas.

Dalbeattie Angling Association

The Dalbeattie Angling Association leases 3.5 miles of the lower Urr. Within this section there is good fly water with spinning permitted at higher water levels. The lower beat, Craignair, is tidal at its bottom end and has nine named pools plus a number of other likely spots. The upper beat, Firthhead, has a good mix of pools and runs and is ideal fly water in most conditions. Worming is permitted under certain conditions. Good numbers of salmon and sea trout are taken from the DAA beats every year, with fish running into the river from late spring onwards. The main runs are from late summer until the end of the season on 30th November. Given favourable conditions, it is possible to catch fresh fish even in late autumn, when the Urr's famous 'greyback' salmon run. Access to all parts is relatively easy, with the Firthhead beat being particularly suitable for less able anglers.

Throughout most of year, visitor tickets are readily available but on Saturdays, visitor tickets are limited to 10 during March to September, reducing to 6 on Saturdays in October and November. Prices: £18 - £40 per rod/day. For permits, contact M McCowan, Tackle Shop, 43 High Street, Dalbeattie

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