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Salmon Fishing River Ayr Scotland
O. S. Map 70
The Ayr is the
largest of the Ayrshire rivers running from its source near New
Cumnock the thirty nine miles to Ayr. The Ayr is a spate river but
drawing water from a larger catchment area than neighbouring rivers.
Spates, therefore, tend to last a bit longer, falling off in days
rather than hours. In a good season 500 salmon might be taken and a
few sea trout.
The main runs of
salmon on the River Ayr begin with the first July spates and continue
through to October, given the all important rain. A good proportion of
the salmon are taken on bait or spinner but there are also some nice
stretches of fly water. Visitors may fish most of the river, including
the Ayr Town water and the water controlled by local angling
associations. Most of the river is, in fact, controlled by local angling
clubs, which offer permits via Gamesport Tackle Shop in Ayr's Sandgate.
Angling Clubs and Associations
Auchinleck Angling Association
G McClue, 61 Coal
Road, Auchinleck, Ayrshire.
Mauchline & Ballochmyle Angling Club
Secretary: Max Stobbs (07916346774)
Day Permits £15 available from:
P & R Torbet
River Ayr - Fishing Map
view a larger scale map of a particular section of the River
Ayr click on a selected area of the maps below.
The maps on this website have been
reproduced with the permission of Collins Bartholomew. Please note that these maps may date back several decades.
Much of the human detail will have changed but the character of the rivers and
lochs, and the trout and salmon in them, will be much the same as they have
In addition to the information provided
here, I would recommend that anyone planning a fishing or
walking trip in Scotland should equip themselves with a compass
and the appropriate Ordnance Survey map. The most useful of the
O.S. maps for the fisherman is the Landranger series, scale
1:50,000. For each of the lochs and rivers listed here, I have given the
relevant O.S. Map number.