I am a member of the Allan Water Angling Improvement Association, which manages most of the fishing on the river. The AWAIA is efficiently run and the annual subscription of £60 represents excellent value, allowing members to fish for brown trout, sea trout and salmon on about 10 miles of river between Greenloaning and Bridge of Allan. Reliant on rain to bring migratory fish up from the Forth, the main salmon months are August, September and October, with many of the October fish coloured. Sea trout are usually in the upper river by May.
Allan Water at Greenloaning
For more information, see the association website at:
Afraid I can't claim any expertise myself. In my first, and best, season as a member some years ago, I had five salmon/grilse from the river at Kinbuck. If I recall, most of these were taken in the morning around 8 am through August and September, on size 10 shrimp patterns (Ally's and Magus) fished on an intermediate line.
Last year, despite quite a bit of time spent on the river (though not, perhaps significantly, in the early morning), I had only two small grilse and lost two others, while I heard of others catching up to thirty fish for the season. Some seem to have success with sinking lines.
Fish are caught on fly on all parts of the river. Kinbuck is one of the more popular stretches owing to its accessibility and ease of fishing. If the water is running high, it is worthwhile fishing the stretch above Cromlix bridge. In "perfect" water, there is good streamy fly water below right down to Ashfield. Quite a number of fish are taken from the short stretch at Greenloaning and there is some productive, though less accessible, water around Balhaldie and Cambushinie. I have yet to really explore the many attractive streams around Ashfield, Dunblane and Bridge of Allan.
Last Edit: Aug 1, 2005 6:10:37 GMT -5 by John Gray
Post by greenkingfisher on Aug 1, 2005 6:58:47 GMT -5
Thanks for the info John
I have fished it quite a bit below Ashfield and around Kinbuck. There is some great fly water there. I took my fish in Keeper's pool, in the strong current just under the bridge. Quite an amazing place to take one on the fly, now that I look back.
I have focused on the section below the bridge before now. I find the catch returns hard to believe sometimes -I have fished it so many times in what seemed like perfect water height, without a sniff. Somewhere there are some locals have the secret I think!