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    Not sure why I'm starting this thread tbh, been hard going the last few years with most nights going by without even hearing a splash never mind hooking a sea trout, but the ticket has been bought and here goes another season.

    Been out four times to date and yet to hook even a parr, there does seem to be a shortage of smaller stuff in the river as well. First night out I did hear/see three sea trout splash but the other three nights has been deathly silent.

    The river is low and clear so have been trying to spot fish but apart from the odd one or two here and there it really as been a poor start to the season, hopefully as we move further into June things will start to improve and us Nith fishers will get a bit of sport.

    The Hut pool as the light starts to fade.
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    Good to hear from you Tote. The Nith is a beautiful river, it would be rear to see it return to former glory...

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    We had serious rain late Tuesday and through the night which saw the river rising to over 5ft on Wednesday morning, the first proper rise for months. It did start dropping quickly though so I headed down to the bottom end of the Thornhill beat with my son at 6.30pm. On out arrival an angler was just leaving, he'd done 5 hours and not seen a thing, two other anglers were down and their report was that the river was empty.

    Well we got tackled up and spun through Red Broos and Hedge End without touching or seeing anything. By now the other two had gone so we headed to Scaurfoot and I spun it from top to bottom, [it's too dangerous for the boy], same result as earlier.

    Spoke to an old lad I know today and he told me he was at Camplefoot last night and this morning and he sounded really disappointed because like us he hadn't seen or touched a thing. Really hope things start to pick up soon.

    Brodie spinning Red Broos and Hedge End last night.
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    A mate of mine, John, who has a visitor season ticket was making an appearance for the sea trout last night so I told him I'd go down and give it a bash as well. We both knew we were up against it due to the drought and the river at near record lows, added to that was a lack of flow in most of the pools and the river carrying a lot of floating algae which clung to the flies on contact.

    I drove down to Scaurfoot and got there at 9.15pm, John was already down and had crossed the Scaur and made his way down to the Rock Pool and was sitting well back on the bank having a coffee. With the waders on and rod in hand I made to cross the Scaur but out of the corner of my eye I noticed a good sized sea trout make a lovely head and tail rise just below were the Scaur runs into the Nith. I stopped to watch and a minute later another rose so I decided to try them with a dry fly, Although I covered them well enough and they kept on feeding I couldn't trick them with my offering so decided to head down and see John.

    By now John had been through the fast water in the Rock Pool but had had no offers so we headed round the corner to the Red Broos pool, I left him there while I headed to the bottom of our beat, Big Porters which I'd had a look at earlier in the day. This pool isn't usually fished from the right bank which was my only option as the far side is Closeburn Castle water, anyway the plan was just to roll cast the line out as only a short cast was required.

    Half way down I hooked into a small but lively sea trout of about 1.25lb which took the silver stoat variant which I'd knocked up on a size 10 double, the fish had been in the system for a wee while and was returned to carry on it's journey. I continued on to the bottom of our beat with no further offers and didn't see anything break the surface in the time I was there. It was now 1am so I made my way back up to see how John was getting on.

    When I arrived back at the Red Broos John was getting fired into his piece box and flask, he said he'd fished from the top of Red Broos all the way to the tail of Hedge End and hadn't touched a fish, he had heard three splash in the Red Broos pool though. He offered me a Boost [chocolate bar] which I greatly accepted and really enjoyed, in fact it could've been the highlight of the session.

    John then decided to put on a wake fly and go through both pools again while I headed up river, crossed over and fished the bottom half of Scaurfoot which gave me no joy. I then opted to fish the bit were the sea trout were rising on my arrival but from the left bank this time. As I made my way there I had to come down a steepish bank covered in nettles, thistles and long grass, well I was doing fine with just a couple of feet to go until I was on the gravel but I miss placed my foot in the dark and ended landing on the gravel side on with my right shoulder, arm and hip taking a fair belt, luckily I was holding the rod in my right hand.

    After picking myself up I got organised and on with the task in hand, as I was making my way down the pool in the darkness I felt a touch on the line and when I lifted the rod kicked and buckled, the water erupted and line started to rapidly depart the reel. Yes I'm into a good fish I though to myself and was set to enjoy the battle when to my disappointment as the splashing started again a duck started quacking furiously. It took a bit of getting under control but eventually I had it in, took the hook out and it swam away in rather a hurry. By now it was 2.45am and time to head home, John was only 15minutes after me and on talking to him today he'd neither seen or touched anything after I left him.

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    Big Porters.

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    Sea Trout rise at Scaurfoot.
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    The Scaur entering the Nith, this will give those that have fished here an idea of how low it is at present.
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    John was back down last night so I decided to have a bash as well, when we spoke on the phone at 4pm conditions were perfect with plenty of cloud cover as we knew the moon was going to be high in the sky and near full. But as so often happens when John arrived at Scaurfoot at 8.30pm the sky was clear.

    As he was sat watching the river two other anglers arrived and shortly after at about 9.15pm I got there. With the others having moved down to the Red Broos and John at the Rock Pool I decided to have a cast with the dry fly as one or two sea trout were seen rising just below were the Scaur enters the Nith.

    Getting no joy I headed downstream to the thin water at the tail of Scaurfoot and stood watching sea trout moving about, there did seem to be a few in there but it's that thin that even in the dark they get spooked easily. By now it was starting to get darker and as I changed my leader and put on a size 10 single with silver body and black hackle on the dropper and a size 10 double silver stoat on point I had the crack with John who'd been through the Rock Pool once with no luck.

    I decided to head down to Big Porters at the bottom of the beat and fished it down for an hour, thankfully for me the moon was behind the trees on the right bank which was ideal. Other than a couple of pooks from small troots I felt nothing and only heard 2-3 fish splashing further down the pool.

    At 12.10am I headed back up, the two other anglers had left at midnight and had blanked, John was in the process of going down the Red Broos and he was yet to hear or see his first splash. I left him to it and headed back up to the neck of Scaurfoot and put the wet flies through it without success, at 1.15am, with a cold mist on the river it was time for me to head home.

    John phoned this morning to say he chucked it at 2am, he did hear a couple of fish splash but had no offers, it's fair to say this season has been pretty hard, we really need a lift in the water and a good clean out and we'll go from there.

    Looking up from Scaurfoot towards Lakefoot last night while fishing the dry fly.

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    Thanks for taking the time to write the reports Tote, really enjoy reading them. I have never fished these waters but it looks very low, like it needs at least six inches or so of water? I bet It's a pleasure to fish, lucky man

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobelowe View Post
    Thanks for taking the time to write the reports Tote, really enjoy reading them. I have never fished these waters but it looks very low, like it needs at least six inches or so of water? I bet It's a pleasure to fish, lucky man
    It's been too low for a while now, needing a good clean out as well but it's going to take some serious rain to do that.

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    Great report,keep them coming ����

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