Fishing in Dumfries and Galloway
Fly fishing on river and loch
The various rivers flowing in to the Solway Firth are all available to the occasional angler. The FishPal website provides a wealth of information about fishing the rivers of Galloway. Spring salmon are scarce generally in all the rivers and the best run of salmon is in September, October and November. Sea trout fishing is best in June, July and August with the best bags taken at night.
FishPal also gives a list of where both wild brown and stocked rainbow trout might be found. For the really adventurous angler there are some spectacular out of the way lochs and burns which are hardly ever fished.
The nearest river fishing to Orroland is on the River Urr, just 15 minutes drive away. The Urr is a medium sized river, well known to anglers in the south west of Scotland. Permits can be bought locally from M McCowan and Son in Dalbeattie on the High Street and also their shop in Castle Douglas. They have a range of fishing equipment, bait supplies and their knowledgeable staff can offer more information about fishing in the area including details of any local sea angling opportunities at the time of your holiday.
The Urr's claim to fame goes back three generations when farmer Scott inspected his fields after a night of heavy rains. A huge "Greyback" had lost its way and was flapping about in a flooded part of the field. It was soon gaffed with a handy fork, weighing in at something like 45lbs. Ever since, fork fishing has been discouraged!
Thigh waders are adequate as most of the water can be fished comfortably with single handled rods. From September onward we recommend 12-13ft rods to cope with the heavier autumn fish.
Your Urr permit also allows you to fish the Dalbeattie Reservoir, where the limit is 3 trout per day.
There is a small loch at Orroland, which WHEN STOCKED, can provide fun for your party, perhaps in conjunction with a picnic in the pavilion. We ask you to fly fish only. There is a rowing boat for your use. The loch does tend to weed when the weather gets warmer so if it's very important to you to fish here please enquire as to the state of it before you book.
Sea Fishing at Orroland
Fishing on the shore in Orroland Bay can be very rewarding. There are a variety of species available to catch from the rocks at various points along the shoreline. This is a favourite spot for local sea fishermen for cod and bass in the summer months. Local sea fishing expert Paul Muir (known as Jester) is available to act as your Ghillie, a great way to spend a few hours and if you fail to catch anything, he doesn't charge! (usually £10 per hour for a group of up to four people). He will supply rods if required and will take you to local hot spots along the coast and help you time the tides. He will instruct beginners, supply suitable bait and generally introduce you to the secrets of the successful shore fisherman. You can discuss and make your arrangements with Jester directly by calling 07938 890 250 and mentioning that you are a guest at Orroland.
There are a large number of coarse fishing locations throughout Dumfries and Galloway, the biggest being Loch Ken, just North of Castle Douglas, whose Carlingwark loch also harbours some big pike.
Again refer to FishPal for a list of many locations available locally, together with the telephone numbers of contacts.
Sea angling boat charter
Boat fishing trips are available and most established operators fish the waters round the western end of Galloway. M McCowan and Son can help with further information as the owners are members of the local Sea Angling Club, they may be able to suggest any trips open to visitors during your stay at Orroland.
Fishing charter is provided by Isle Adventures run by Derek Farr, operating out of Isle of Whithorn. Derek offers sea angling and wildlife watching excursions. 01988 500 344 or 07979 423 584.
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