The salmon seasons opens on the 25th February and
closes on the 15th November. The Annan fisheries Board directs that
all salmon caught before the 1st June must be returned unharmed to the
river. This measure was agreed in an attempt to increase the spring
run of fish. The Annan used to have a very healthy run of spring fish
which have declined. The Fishery Board are seeking to restore the
spring run and hence the conservation measures imposed up to the 1st
June. There is considerable work being undertaken in the background to
improve the spring salmon stocks.
Salmon will be in the river from March/April but
not in large numbers. They will be there holding station in the
deeper pools. The first “Springer” of the year normally falls to a
well present yellow or red belly minnow from the lower reaches.
JD Creedon USA grilse on "Snowys" shrimp fly
Newbie normally has the distinction of producing the
early fish as it is closest to the tide. The capture of the first
spring fish is celebrated every year in traditional style.
In the early months we begin our Spey Casting
Courses whilst the river is relatively quiet. We always have a single
handed rod ready for the amazing hatches of March browns. It would be
a shame to waste a good fly hatch even if you are learning to Spey
Hoddom river Annan July 2008
August normally heralds the arrival of the first
grilse. Given rainfall then 2SW salmon will also run the river. This
is truly sport par excellence and represents amazing value for money.
A week on the Spey in August would cost over a £1000 but you can fish
the Annan for less than a quarter of that. Fishing in your shirt
sleeves for fish that may be 15lbs in weight and covered in sea lice.
Pick up the phone and call Keith on 01461 206750.
September through to the end of the season will see
fish run the river every day. Even small rises in water will encourage
the fish to leave the salt and get on with what nature intended. Some
of these fish can be very large indeed. 20lb fish are caught every
year and 30lb fish are caught most years. Fresh silver fish run right
through to the end of the season. A rise in water can see hundreds of
fish run off the tide.
We have access to almost every beat on the river and
depending on the water height can select a beat to suit the
conditions. Be warned the fishing in October and November is normally
fully let by the middle of September.
There is a lot of sense in arranging to learn to
Spey Cast in the spring and then putting it into practice when the
fish are running in the autumn. We offer a full guiding service for
those unsure of the river. We can provide everything you require to
ensure your time with us will be memorable.
We will even arrange to have your fish smoked
locally, vacuum packed and couriered to your front door.
In the event that the river becomes unfishable with
the fly then we have quality rods and reels for spinning. In addition
we keep a good stock of minnows, Toby’s, Blair type spoons and flying
To book, call Keith on 01461 206750 or e-mail
TACKLE FOR SALMON
On the upper beats a single handed rod is eminently suitable. Bring
your normal reservoir trout fishing equipment. A 9’-10’ #7-8 is fine.
We can help with leader material and flies if required. The ability to
Spey Cast a single handed rod is useful particularly on tree lined
pools. We will teach you.
For the middle to lower beats a double handed rod is
more suitable unless the water is very thin. A 13’-15’ rod is ideal.
We have a selection of quality double handed rods for you to use
balanced with quality fly lines and reels.
We specialise in teaching our clients to Spey Cast
from both banks and with sunken lines. In the event of heavy water we
will teach you to fish the bait using both fixed spool reels and
multipliers. In the event that the river reaches the football field
(very high) we will teach you to fish the worm if required.
We actively encourage our rods to wade with caution.
To wade when it is not required is foolhardy as the sea trout in
particular can be rather quick at disappearing. Safety is the first
lesson we teach. We will supply wading staffs and life jackets upon
request. We always carry spare protective glasses and have first aid
kits in our vehicles. We are qualified first aiders. Keith wanted to
be a brain surgeon and is very good at removing body piercings!!!!!
We will teach you to read the water and to
understand what the river is telling you by the way it moves. Water
height and temperature are crucial to salmon fly selection. Let us
teach you. You may find yourself on your belly trying to cast, the sea
trout can be very suspicious of careless anglers. We will teach you
We want you to succeed; it makes us feel so much
better. We will laugh if you miss a take and cry if the fish throws
the hook. We will get frustrated as you will and will celebrate your
first Atlantic salmon almost as much as you will. Fishing is fun and
days spent fishing never count towards your allocated life span, or so
we are told. We cannot guarantee fish but we will most certainly do
everything we can. The rest is up to you.
To book call 01461 206750 or