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Annan River Fishing

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The Annan is about 35 miles long and most of it is available to the visiting angler. It runs from Moffat in the north to Annan on the Solway coast. It passes by Beattock, Wamphray, Johnstonebridge, Millhousebridge, Lockerbie, Lochmaben, Ecclefechan, Dalton and Brydekirk. Although it runs parallel to the M.74 motorway most of the river is a mile or two beyond the range of traffic noise. Depending on whereabouts on the river you are fishing and staying you should leave the M.74 at Gretna, Ecclefechan, Lockerbie, Johnstonebridge or Moffat.

Why not leave the motorway one junction early? The B.7076 is the all purpose road running beside the new road. It is one half of the old A.74 dual carriageway so it’s nice and straight and ideal for winding down from the pressures of high speed motoring – don’t relax too much though – in case you meet another angler going the other way.

The Annan is a spate river. This can be a great advantage for a visiting angler. If the river at the lower end is too high for comfortable fishing phone someone at the top end. You may well find that it’s already dropping towards ideal fishing height up there. On the other hand if the top end is in spate try the lower half. If the spate hasn’t reached there the fishing could be superb – the fish will know it’s on its way!

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