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The North Esk

The 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).

From a point 2 miles (4 km) north of Edzell until it meets the sea, the North Esk forms the boundary between Angus and Aberdeenshire.
Salmon are likely to 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.
Sea 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.



For Information

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. 


Covid Restrictions

Please note Our fishing hut is allowed to reopen for the use of the toilet  and hand washing facilities only.
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.

Fishing on Pert

To view the video click here

 We can now offer a selection of  high quality fishing tackle for sale. For a listing of whats available click on the link below.
Tackle sales

Weather and Tides

As 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.
Local 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.

Well 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:-
187 Salmon
112 Grilse
118 Sea trout

W/E 30th October

Catches 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



2020 Returns

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.

New 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.

If anyone has suggestions for additions or improvements that could be made to the website please get in touch by e-mail to :- jeff@leysmill.com
All comments are welcome.

All enquiries and bookings should be made through the following :-


Pert farm by Laurencekirk
AB30 1QP
Tel :- 01674 840894
Mobile :- 07775690080

All bookings to be confirmed in writing

The prices for the 2021 season are as follows

(Please note prices are per rod)

February :-  65
March :- 
April / May :- 80
June / July :-  75
August :-   85
September :-   115
October :-   120

(Pert Fishings Ltd reserve the right to retain 1 rod for personal use)


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