Salmon Fishing River Girvan Scotland
O. S. Map 76
The River Girvan
flows the twenty five miles from Loch Bradan, past Straiton and
Kirkmichael to the sea at Girvan. The river has a moorland character
as far as Straiton, where it widens to form good holding pools and
streamy runs. After a short sluggish stretch, the river then gathers
pace again, flowing through the fine fishing water of Blairquhan.
The Girvan, like many others, has seen its natural flow modified by
commercial forestry and river impoundment for electricity generation.
Salmon catches are now in the order of 100 per season with an average
weight of around seven pounds. The main runs might begin as early as
July, given water, building to a peak in September and October. The main
fishing beats are managed by various estates, among them Blairquhan,
Kilkerran and Bargany and Carrick Angling Club have about two miles of
fishing on the lower river, upstream of Girvan harbour.