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.
Mr Jason Whiteford with his
first ever salmon 22lbs and returned unharmed
Mr L Logan with his first ever
Salmon a 10-1/2lb fish.
Mr McLoughlan from South Africa
with his 10lb fish
N Kinnell with his returning a 12lb springer taken on the opening day
Fishing on Pert
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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.
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12th to 31st
so often happens the fishing came good in the last 2 weeks of the
A total of 62 fish were caught over the period with 52 fish
returned. Surprisingly of the fish caught there was only 1 Sea trout
and 1 Grilse amongst the 62 fish all the rest were Salmon. The weights
ranged from anywhere between 5lbs and 22lbs.
Noteable fish were the afore mentioned 22lbr taken by Mr J Whiteford
from Ayrshire from the Boat pool on an Allys Shrimp. Mr I MacDonald
from Glasgow caught a 21lb fish again on the Boat pool using a Devon
Minnow. Mr N Kinnell from Kelty had a 16-1/2lb fish from Upper Stobb
using a Flying C. There were another 11 double figure fish in the 10lb
to 15lb range but the majority (46) were between 5lbs and 10lbs. As an
aside, of the 62 fish caught 38 were taken on fly and 24 on lures
7th to 12th
hight has dropped back again but fishing is holding up. 12 fish caught
this week 10 Salmon and 2 Grilse. The highlight of the week was Mr R
Grey's 24lb Salmon caught in the Boat pool using a Cascade, Mr Grey had
another 4 fish all from the Boat pool and all on the Cascade in fact
apart from a 4lb Grilse caught at Black Burn by Mr J Fry from Aberfeldy
and an 8lb fish from the Upper Weir caught by Mr P Gordon also
from Aberfeldy all the fish for the week were caught in the Boat Pool.
Of the 12 fish caught all were returned.
(to be cont)
the rain finally came and the river had a significant rise for a day or
so and what a difference in the fishing. Between the 2nd and 5th incl
the beat saw 11 fish grassed and all were returned . 6 of the fish were
into double figures ranging from 12lb to 15lb. With more rain forecast
things are looking up. Mr J Murray from Ayrshire had a great day on the
5th catching 4 fish the biggest being 15lbs Mr P Dickenson from
Yorkshire also had a 15lb fish and Mr P Haley from Bristol had one of
fishing on the North Esk has been really compromised this year due to
lack of water. For the whole of September only 12 fish were caught on
the Pert beat, as a comparison in the 1st week of September last season
10 fish were caught. A good spate is needed to allow fish lying
off the mouth of the river to run the system. There were a couple of
notable catches in September though, Mr J Murray from Ayrshire
had a 20lb Salmon from the Luther Pool, Mr S McLoughlin
from Dundee had a 12lb fish from the Weir Pool and Mr M Cunningham
caught a 10lb fish on Upper Bridges, all 3 fish were returned. The rest
of the catches consisted of 4 Sea Trout and 5 Grilse.
of 6 fish were caught this week, 4 Grilse and 2 Salmon. Mr N MacLeod of
Inchture had an 11lb Salmon and a 6lb Grilse both on a micro Stoats
Tail and both were taken in the Upper Weir Pool. Mr E Bate from
Warrington also had a 6lb Grilse on a Stoats Tail from the Blue Stone
Pool. Mr N Johnstone had a 7lb Salmon from the Boat Pool.
fish caught this week, 3 Grilse and 2 Seatrout. Mr D Keenan from
Ayreshire had a Seatrout and 2 Grilse the best being 5lbs taken
on a Silver Stoat at the Luther Pool. Mr K Lynch from Greenock had a
Seatrout and a 3lb Grilse taken on an Ally Shrimp again from the Luther
of 6 fish were caught this week, 3 grilse and 3 salmon. All the salmon
were caught by Mr G Duncan from Kirriemuir the best being 11lbs
and caught using a Black Pennel. All the fish were returned to the
of 12 fish have been caught since the last report. The river
is still very low which has had an adverse affect on the
fishing. Fish over the period have all been around the 5 to 6lb
mark Mr A Atkins from East Kilbride had 3 fish all between 3-1/2 to 4lb
and a 2-1/2lb sea trout taken on a micro tube. Mr J Miller from
Ayrshire and Mr C Candlin from Stirling both had fish of 6lbs.
w/e 27th July
is still very low but some good Sea Trout are being caught. There was 1
Salmon of 5lbs caught by Mr R Pickup of Essex at the Bridges pool on a
Pert Shrimp. Mr G Duncan from Kirriemuir had 6 Sea trout
over 2 days fishing the best of which was a cracking 6lbs all his
fish were caught on the Black Pennel. Mr G Wyllie also from Kirriemuir
had 2 Sea trout the best being 3lbs. All the Sea trout were returned.
As this report was finished we had thunderstorms in the area over the
weekend and the river rose accordingly. There has been no more rain so
hopefully the freshwater will have encouraged a run of fresh fish.
is showing its bones now and fish are hard to come by. Never the less
Mr M Smith from Clithero managed to catch an 8lb Grilse from the Lower
Weir using a Red Francis. Mr J Gorman from Dundee had 2 Sea trout from
the Luther Pool on Micro tubes one was 2lbs and the other 2-1/2lbs. As
stated in the last report the river is desperately in need of some rain
to freshen things up.
June to 22nd June
is picking up a little bit but the river is very low and rain is sorely
needed to encourage more fish into the system. Only 4 fish caught
this week, Mr A Lawson from Grangemouth had a 12lb fish from the Boat
pool, Mr L Logan from Newport had a 10-1/2lb fish from the Luther pool
, Mr G Bell from Stirling had a 6lb fish from the Bridges and Mr S
Wilson from Falkirk caught a 3lb Grilse on the Boat pool
June to 15th June
period on Pert at the moment rain is desperately needed to get some
fresh fish into the system. Only 6 fish were caught over the last 2
weeks. The biggest fish was 18lbs caught by Mr R Crawford from
Ayrshire the fish was taken in the Boat pool using a Flying C. Mr S
McLoughlin had 2 fish from the Boat Pool using a Posh Tosh the fish
weighed in at 6lbs and 10lbs. The other fish caught were a 6lbr Mr J
Bateman, 5lbs Mr C Dickenson and a 2-1/2lb Grilse by Mr R Ross.
15th to 1st June
of 23 fish
were caught over the period. 19 Salmon 1 Grilse and 3 Sea Trout
14 fish were returned. Best fish was 14lb taken by Mr J Murray from
Dundonald Ayrshire which he caught in the Boat Pool using a Flying C.
Another 14lb fish was caught by Mr D Webster from Pitlochry, he took
his fish on an Ally Shrimp from the Weir Pool. A 13lb fish for Mr
S McLaughlan from Perthshire, a 12lb fish for Mr C Sandground, an 11lbr
for Mr N McGaw and a 10 lbr for Mr D Gow completed
the tally of double figure fish taken over the period. Good water hight
has seen consistent sport being enjoyed.
caught this week plus 1 Sea Trout of 2lbs.
5 fish were returned. Best fish of the week was
14-1/4lb caught by Mr A Harris from Ayrshire on the Boat pool
using a Munro Killer. A 10lb fish was caught by Mr T Walker from
Kintore again from the Boat pool using a Willie Gunn.
totals as last week on Pert 14 fish and one Sea Trout were caught. 6
fish were returned. Best of the week were a 141/4lb fish caught on a
Munro Killer from the Boat pool by Mr A Harris from Ayrshire.
Another fish again from the Boat pool weighed in at 131/2lbs it was
caught by Mr D Gregorde from Chester using a Flying C Although the
biggest fish came off the boat pool the rest ranging from 5lbs to 11lbs
were caught throughout the system.
starting to hot up on Pert now. This week saw 14 fish and 1 Sea Trout
landed. Of the fish caught 8 (including the Sea Trout) were returned.
Best fish of the week was a 12lber from the Upper Stobb caught by Mr P
Haley from Bristol, he also had a 10lb fish from the same pool both
took a Copper Toby. Another 10LB fish was caught by Mr A Oden from
Sweden fishing the Luther Pool, the fish took a Monkey Fly. The rest of
the fish taken were all around the 8 to 9 lb mark.
W/E 20th April
springers this week 8.5lbs Boat pool on a Gunladin fly caught by
Mr T Dalravide from sweden and an 8lber from the Upper Weir caught on a
Cascade by Mr T Monaghan from Stirling.
springer this week -8lbs Luther pool on a tube fly caught by Mr T
Callberg from sweden. River is running very high due to snow melt so
hopefully there will be an influx of fish when it settles.
on Pert this week.A 2 1/2lb sea trout , was caught on the boat pool on
a flying C by Mr I Niven , Letham Angus. The best fish of the week was
a 21 lb springer caught on Dovecote using a Melrosian fly.
It was caught by Mr S Antczak from Falkirk .
Mr S Thomson from Arbroath
had the only fresh fish of the week a 7lber from
the Lower Weir. The fish
was caught on an Orange Tube Fly
A Cossar from Carluke had the only fresh fish of the week a 7lber from
the Boat Pool. The fish
was caught on a Toby
A Gillespie from Falkirk had the only fresh fish of the week. The fish
was caught on a Flying C from the Upper Stobb and at 18lbs was the
biggest fish off the beat so far this season . The river is running at
a decent level and the recent snow storms we've had should ensure
good water hight for the coming weeks.
G Wyllie from Kirriemuir had the only fresh fish of the week of 4
1/2lbs. The fish was caught on a Bullet Flying C from the Luther Pool
and was returned.
start to the season. The opening day saw 3 springers caught , Mr N
Kinnell from Perthshire had 2 fish one at 12lb and one at 7lb
both fish took a Copper Toby. Mr D McDonald from Aberdeenshire had a
fish of 11lb on a Sunray Shadow.
On the 22nd Mr J Murray from Ayrshire had an 11lb springer on a Toby
from the Luther Pool and Mr J Whitefield also from Ayrshire also had a
14lb fish from the Upper Stobb using a Flying C. All the fish were
returned. There were also 21 Kelts caught during the week.
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