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.
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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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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
Slight improvement in conditions this week.
F Josenci from France had a good week with 2 fish a 9lbs fish from the
Weir pool and an 8-1/2lb fish from the Luther pool he also had a
2-1/2lb Seatrout from the Boat pool.
Mr R Telfer fron Chorley Lancs
had a 10-1/2lb fish from the Luther pool. More rain is forecast for the
coming week which will hopefully freshen up the water and improve the
have not improved over the week though rain is forecast for the coming
week which hopefully will improve the fishing. Only one Sea trout
caught this week by Mr G Luke using a Black micro tube on the Luther
Mr F Trzebnatonskies 12lb fish
Mr R Galloway
Mr L Sandground
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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
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