Culdrain Trout Loch
Dumfries and Galloway
Tel: 07500 724892
or 07824 313966
Stocked with rainbow, tiger and brown trout between 2lbs and 15lbs, Culdrain Trout Loch is about four miles from Dalbeattie and offers 8.00am to dusk fly fishing from the bank or two boats, the hire price of which is included in the ticket cost. Anglers are recommended to wear life jackets or buoyance aids when fishing from the boats.
An attractive water with some lovely fish, Culdrain has a small 'Members Lodge' which is often open when season ticket holders are fishing the loch.
Depths vary between six feet at the far end of the loch to just over 15 feet at the dam end so it pays to fish at a depth suitable for the weather conditions and temperature, although it is often not necessary to fish far out as plenty of fish congregate fairly close in to the edge.
When it comes to tempting the fish, popular flies and lures include the Black Rabbit, Cat's Whisker and Yellow Dancer.
Anglers fishing Culdrain must use only barbless or crushed barbed hooks and fish only conventional single hook flies. All tiger and brown trout, as well as rainbows over 5lbs, must be returned after capture. Anglers are also not allowed to fish boobies or egg flies.
Culdrain is open seven days a week from 8.00am until dusk and a six hour Sporting ticket costs £20.00 whilst a six hour two fish followed by catch and release costs £25.00. A four hour one fish plus catch and release is £20.00. Permits must be purchased in advance of fishing and be available to be inspected on request when fishing. Season tickets are available at £250.00 with a limit of two fish per week.
Day and season tickets are available from the local tackle shop M McCowan and Sons in Dalbeattie who have a website at www.mmccowanandson.com
How to get there...
From the centre of Dalbeattie turn left up Alpine Street and bear right at the roundabout continuing on Alpine Street until it becomes Southwick Road and then Moss Road. Continue along Moss Road until the T-junction where it meets the B793. Turn right and then immediately left and continue all the way along here until you reach the next T-junction where you turn left and then immediately right. The entrance to Culdrain Loch is a short way down here on the left.
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