The North Esk
North Esk is formed in the southern
Grampians by the meeting of the
Water of Mark and the Water of Lee in Angus. It flows east and south
east through Glen Esk, before flowing through the southern end of the
Howe o the Mearns through rich farmland to enter the North Sea 4 miles
(6 km) north of Montrose. Its chief tributaries are the Water of Tarf,
Luther Water, West Water and Craick Water and its total length is 29
miles (47 km).
a point 2½ miles (4 km) north of Edzell until it meets the
sea, the North Esk forms the boundary between Angus and Aberdeenshire.
be up past the Loups of the Burn, a series of falls about fifteen miles
below Loch Lee, and into the upper beats by April. The lower river
flows through a series of long holding pools, giving excellent fishing
on the lower beats. . The North Esk is very much a spate river,
requiring rain to give good sport especially in the summer months. The
later months of September and October are usually the most prolific
months as long as there is sufficient water to let the fish run the
river. This is the time when bigger fish start to run the system, fish
between 20lbs and 30lbs are not uncommon.
trout also run the river from late may to august and may also be caught
following a summer spate, perhaps on a small silver stoat tube fly
fished on a single handed rod of about ten feet.
National Adult Salmon Sampling Project
The Esk District Salmon Fishery Board and Marine Scotland
Science in Montrose are engaged in a project with certain beats to sample
salmon caught by anglers on the North and South Esks.
As part of the sampling, a small number of fish will be
anaesthetised to allow more detailed sampling. Fish that have been
anaesthetised must not be eaten due to the toxic nature of the anaesthetic, and
these fish will be marked using floy tags (see attached photo), a small strip
of plastic injected into the back of the salmon near the dorsal fin.
Please note any floy-tagged
fish are NOT to be consumed if they have to be killed.
Please note Our fishing hut is allowed to reopen for the use of the toilet and hand washing facilities only.Fishing on Pert
Before entering the hut please sanatise your hands using the dispenser located on the outside of the hut.
On leaving the hut please use anti bacterial wipes / spray to sanatise all surfaces / handles you may have touched.
Please return the key to its usual place and sanatise your hands again on departure.
Many thanks for your continued co-operation at this difficult time.
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Weather and Tides
can now offer a
selection of high quality fishing tackle for sale. For a
listing of whats available click on the link below.
the North Esk is a
basically a spate river and the height of the water determines whether
the fish will be running it follows that the weather will play
an important part in how good the fishing will be.
weather information can be obtained here.
The beat is
only about 5 miles from the sea
therefore the state of the
tides can give an indication of when a run of fish may be expected to
enter the beat.
Local tide info can be obtained here.
Go to the entry for Montrose for the most accurate times
Latest News & Catches
All 2021 Returns can be viewed here.
thats the end of another season. It was hard going to say the least
with a cold spring at the start of the season and very warm summer with
low water conditions prevailing.
In saying that the returns for the
season were slightly better than the 2020 season although the
2020 season was curtailed by Covid there was no fishing at all in April
and May and fishing effort for that year was definately down. This year
the fish were certainly there but very difficult to catch due to water
hight and sunny conditions for most of the season.
There is a big head of fishthroughout the system so hopefully future fishing will be good.
David would like to thank all his clients and hopes to see you back next year.
Tight Lines for 2022.
Returns for this year were as follows:-
118 Sea trout
W/E 30th October
much the same as last week but the last day of the season was a
complete washout with the river running much too high for fishing. Mr J
Murray from Ayrshire caught a 12lb fish at the Luther pool with a
Flying C but best catch of the week was by Mr J Watson from Ayrshire
who had 5 fish the biggest at 12lbs and a Sea trout of about 2lbs all
caught at Upper Stobb using a Rapala. Mr M Helszajn from Dunblain had a
nice fish of 8lbs from Blue stone on the Ghillie fly.
Some of the fish caught in 2021
Pert returns for the 2019 Season were
232 Salmon, 185 Grilse and 82 Sea Trout
the 2020 season by comparison was
137 Salmon, 124 Grilse and 74 Sea Trout.
Roll on next season hopefully with no pandemic to contend with.
season starts Tuesday 16th Feb and as things stand fishing is still
possible as long as the Government rules are followed please see
here for details.
Due to the restrictions rods may become available if people have to cancel.
please call me direct on mobile no 07775690080 for latest rod availability.
There are a few rods still available for 2021 they are listed below :-
June 4th 1 rod on Luther/Bridges
July 12th 1 rod on Luther/Bridges
Prices and contact details are at bottom of page.
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:- 01674 840894
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prices for the 2021 season are as follows
note prices are per rod)
February :- £65
March :- £75
/ May :- £80
/ July :- £75
Fishings Ltd reserve the right to retain 1 rod for personal use)