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You may have driven over this won­der­ful spring trout beat while head­ing north or south on the M74. With just ten named pools over 5½ miles, its long glides are home to trout of more than 5lb. Spring (late May to early June) is the best time, among bud­ding leaves and flow­ers, nib­bled pas­ture, scented wood­land and hatches of large dark olives. Ini­tially, you’ll hear the mo­tor­way, but its sound will soon be muted by the noise of na­ture. Take a stick to ne­go­ti­ate a riverbed of un­even rocks and the odd shelf. Use a 9ft five-weight rod and a float­ing line – they will cover most pools and con­di­tions. Fill a fly-box with Olive Duns, Paraduns, Emerg­ers and Shut­tle­cocks in sizes 12-14, as well as a few al­ter­na­tives (Bee­tles and Stone­flies) to ring the changes. Beat maps (with park­ing spots) are avail­able on the An­nan­dale Es­tates and Fish­pal web­sites.

Book­ing Trout day-tick­ets £11 from fish­pal.com In­for­ma­tion river­an­nan.co.uk

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