New Syndicate opportunities for 2022

Feb 23, 2022 | Where To Fish

Smithston Fishings form one of the most productive salmon and sea trout fisheries on the River Doon in Ayrshire. The fishings comprises some thirty five named, streamy and varied pools along its 2.5 miles of fishing of which 1.75 miles is double bank.

The fishing is less than one hour from Glasgow and ninety minutes from Edinburgh.

The river enjoys a good flow, partly supported by the vast resources of Loch Doon and regulated by a dam. The river enjoys a compensation flow arrangement and the flow runs sweetly in summer when other uncompensated waters dwindle and stagnate.

Smithston is fished as three beats which have good access and easy wading.

To complement the improvements to the river itself, a spacious fishing cabin has been built on a site downstream of Carnochan Farm. There is good vehicular access to the fishings.

The ghillie is a keen and experienced angler who not only advises and generally assists the rods, but also works to keep the fishings looking at their best. The seasonal ghillie is on the water from May until the end of season.

Five year average catch 56.8 salmon and grilse.

The Doon opens on February 11th and closes on 31st October. Fishing is Monday to Saturday

The Smithston beat lies approximately 8 miles south east of Ayr and some 15 river miles from the estuary. The fishing is less than one hour from Glasgow and 90 minutes from Edinburgh.

Each member will be given the opportunity to fish a Saturday. The arrangement offers productive water to each rod irrespective of the beat being fished. There has already been significant interest in the membership and a limited number are available.

Price £350 per rod.

For more information please contact the Factor, Iain Campbell, email

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