This Solway river of great potential has suffered more than its share of misfortune over the years.

At the turn of the century angling chronicler Augustus Grimble noted the Nith as pretty useless. Over-netting, over-poaching and general neglect had led the river to virtual ruin. But anglers and riparian owners got together and set out to achieve a new Nith. It took many years of hard work and argument, cash and physical labour for the Nith to reach the stage where it was becoming a salmon river of some consequence.

The Nith was coming along splendidly until the UDN pestilence hit the river in late 1966. Perhaps because it had been fostered artifi-cially, the river seemed to take a harder knock from this disease than other waters. It is still suffering and much of the work of previous years will have to be undertaken again. But the Nith a great salmon river, maybe not in the same league as the Tay or Tweed but worthy and capable of producing much more than at present in the form of angling sport.

The Nith rises in the hills above Dalmellington in Ayrshire and flows 55 miles to the sea, largely through agricultural land which can cause heavy brown spates after heavy rain. It was never a spring river of any note although recent years have seen an improvement in this direction. The bulk of the salmon come in the summer and autumn months – and some of the latter can be very big. In 1812 a poacher by the name of Jock Wallace caught a salmon of 67 lb in the Nith around the Barjarg district. Whether he had it by the mouth or the tail is not known – although the weight is fairly well authenticated.

Sea trout fishing can be of note during the summer months. The Nith tributaries are of little account other than for occasional trout fishing. Grayling are to be found in most reaches of the river.

Access for visitors is good, some season tickets on the river being the price of day tickets elsewhere. SOS: Feb 25-Sept 9 (Net); Feb 25-Nov 30 (R&L)

Dumfries, Dumfries, Dumfries & GallowayTSTS3 miles in areaBB DT:(L5)ATS (McMillans, 6, Friars Vennel, Dumfries) e Dumfries, Dumfries, Dumfries & GallowayC(Grayling)TSTS

Nith Record

Salmon:’ 67-0-0 J Wallace (fly) 1 “Wallace is said to have been a well-known poacher and is believed to have played thisfish from 8 a.m. To 6 p.m., a battle whose duration suggests the fish wasfoulhooked or, in poacher’s parlance,’sniggled’.

Section above and below Dumfries as described on permit (including part of Cargen Burn) DT:ARO (Director of Finance, Nithsdale Dist. Council, Buccleuch Street, Dumfries)Feb25-Nov30 (S);Mar15-Oct6 New Cumnock, Ayrs, Strathclyde TS9 miles from source to Ayrs-Dumfries boundary BB WT: A(J. Weir, Blacksmith, New Cumnock; Tourist Information Centre, Glenafton Caravan Park)P (Crown Hotel)e

Sanquhar, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway TSTS Various sections arranged by hotel rNithsdale Hotel, Sanquhar= Mar 15-Nov30 (S); Mar 15-Sept30 (T);Jan15-Oct31 (Grayling) Sanquhar, Dumfries, Dumfries & GallowayTSTS(dependingon water level)11 miles from Ayrs-Dumfries boundaryBB DT: (L6)TO (W. & W. Forsyth, Solicitors, 100, High Street, Sanquhar)=Mar 15-Nov30 (S/ST)

Thornhill, Dumfries, Dumfries & GallowayTS-?-(at low water) 5 miles from Thornhill downstreamBB DT:(L8)ToorATS (Thornhill)l. Feb 25-Nov 30 (S); Apr1-Sept30

Nith Tributaries

Opportunities for visitors exist on a number of Nith tributaries for trout and salmon, the latter likeliest on lower tributaries like the Cairn Water.


New Cumnock, Ayrs, Strathclyde

T7 milesfrom source to junction withNithBB

WT: A(J. Weir, Blacksmith, New

Cumnock or Information Centre,

Glenafton Caravan Park)P(Crown



Rising on the southern slopes of

Bogrie Hill (1,417 feet), the Cairn flows south-east past Moniaive and Dunscore to link with the right bank of the Nith near Dumfries. It offers some chance of trout fishing for visitors.

Dumfries, Dumfries, Dumfries &

GallowayTSTSSection above junction with Nith as described on permit

DT: ARO (Director of Finance,

Nithsdale District Council,

Buccleuch Street, Dumfries) (S) e

Dumfries, Dumfries, Dumfries &

GallowayTSTS30 miles in area

DT: (L 5)ATS (McMillans, 6, Friars

Vennel, Dumfries) Apr 1-Oct30

Moniaive, Dumfries, Dumfries &

GallowayT2 miles from Craups


DT: B or ARO (Dellcairn House,



Sanquhar, Dumfries, Dumfries &

GallowaylTlSTlSldependingon water level)Section as described on permit

DT: (L6)TO (Forsyth, Solicitor, 100,

High Street, Sanquhar)=Mar 15-



Sanquhar, Dumfries, Dumfries &

GallowayTSTS (depending on water leve!)Section as described on permit

DT:(L6)TO (Forsyth, Solicitor, 100, High Street, Sanquhar)tMar 15-Sept30s-e


Sanquhar, Dumfries, Dumfries &

GallowayTSTS (depending on water level)Section as described on permit

DT: (L6)TO (Forsyth, Solicitor, 100, High Street, Sanquhar)Mar 15-Sept30)


Sanquhar, Dumfries, Dumfries &

GallowayTSTS (depending on water level)Section as described on permit

DT:(L6)TO (Forsyth, Solicitor, 100, High Street, Sanquhar)Mar 15-Sept30e Noran Water. See R. Esk (South) North Esk. See R. Esk (North) Oich. See R.Ness Orchy. See R. Awe Ord. See Isle of Skye