Cree

This is a fascinating river system. Standing on the bridge in the traffic-ridden town of Newton Stewart, the angler might swear this wide river should be carrying more water than it does. Then comes a downpour of rain and, next morning, the view from the bridge haschanged-to the sight of a turbulent stream rushing seawards and the realisation that maybe that width is necessary in such circumstances. For the Cree, though a beautiful fishing river, is very much a spate water. Unlike many waters in south-west Scotland, it has a spring run of salmon, not big but apparently improving. It is a river that always needs water. Most consistent salmon – and sea trout – sport inevitably comes with the summer months but it is a river of considerably more potential than many would imagine. It is a mixture of fast flowing streams from its birth in Loch Moan down its 25-mile course to the sea in Wigtown Bay with sluggish reaches as it passes through rich farmland. Access for visitors is good. SOS: Mar 1-Sept 13 (Net); Mar 1-Sept 30 (R&L) Ban-hill, Ayrs, Strathclyde TSTS7J miles from Creebridge DT: AH (Commercial Hotel, Barrhill):oMar15-Sept305S

Drumlamford, Ayrs, Strathclyde CTSTS (except C)3 miles in area DT: (L40)AK (W. Stevenson, The Kennels, Drumlamford Estate, Barrhill-also sells tickets for 4 Lochs on Drumlamford Estates x (lochs only)x(lochs only)=Apr 1-Sept 30 Newton Stewart, Wigtowns, Dumfries and GallowayTSTSAt Newton Stewart (The water known as the Town Beat of Cree) AB DT: A (Hotels and caravan sites in area)AA (Newton Stewart AA)H (Galloway Arms, Newton Stewart -also arranges fishing on R. Bladnoch and on lochs in area -Mar 1-Sept 30 (S); Mar 15-Sept30

Cree Tributaries

MINNOCH

Also known as Water of Minnoch, thisisatrulydelightful water, more Highland in character than anything one would expect to find in this part of Scotland. Even failing to catch, fishing the Minnoch can be an enchanting natural experience with rocky gorges and gravelly streams. It has small riverfishing of supreme quality at the right time-probably late Aug and early Sept after a good spate. Like the Cree, the Minnoch offers salmon, sea and brown trout. Newton Stewart, Wigtowns, Dumfries & GallowayTS2 miles above Glentrool villageLB DT: A(Hotels and caravan sites in area)AA (Newton Stewart AA=Mar 1-Sept 30 (S); Mar 15-Sept30

PALNUREBURN

This small river rises near Brock-loch Hill and flows south-west to join the Cree below Palnure. It is most rated for salmon and sea trout.

Newton Stewart, Wigtowns, Dumfries &GallowayTSTSFrom Cree Junction upstreamLB DT: A(Hotels and caravan sites in area) or AA (Newton Stewart AAMar 1-Sept 30 (S); Mar 15-Sept30

PENKILN BURN

Rises in Kirroughtree Forest and flows south-west to join the left bank of the mainstream near Newton Stewart. It offers the chance of salmon, sea trout and trout.

Newton Stewart, Wigtowns, Dumfries & GallowayTSTS Above Mattie White’s Bridge, near Newton Stewart, to sourceBB DT: A(Hotels and caravan sites in area) or AAA (Newton Stewart AAMar 1-Sept 30 (S); Mar 15-Sept30

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