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Salmon Fishing - River North Esk


O. S. Map 44

The North Esk is a fine east coast salmon river. It has its source in two streams, the Lee and the Mark, which join at Invermark to form the North Esk. Shortly after, it is joined by the Tarf, another important spawning tributary. The river runs south east for a distance of 35 miles to enter the North Sea north of Montrose. The North Esk can produce about 1000 salmon and grilse in a season.

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 of Invermark and Millden, by April. The lower river flows through a series of excellent long holding pools, giving excellent fishing on beats such as Gannochy, Arnhall, Dalladies, Stracathro, Inglismaldie, Canterlands and Gallery. The North Esk is really a spate river, requiring rain to give good sport in the summer months, when sea trout might also be caught following a summer spate, perhaps on a small Mepps spoon fished on a light spinning rod, or perhaps on a small traditional sea trout pattern, such as a Peter Ross or Black Pennell, fished on a single handed rod of about ten feet, or maybe a small silver stoat tube fly.

Enquiries to Joseph Johnston & Sons, 3 America Street, Montrose.

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River North Esk

North Esk - Burn Beat

North Esk - Burn Beat

North Esk at Gannochy

North Esk - Burn Beat

Angling Clubs and Associations

Montrose Angling Club

Brechin Angling Club

The club has eight miles of fishing on West Water, a North Esk tributary, available to visiting anglers.


Laurencekirk and District Angling Association

The Association has fishing on the North Esk, Luther Water and Bervie water, available to visiting anglers.

River North Esk Fishing Map

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North Esk River Fishing Map

The maps on this website have been reproduced with the permission of Collins Bartholomew. Please note that these maps may date back several decades. Much of the human detail will have changed but the character of the rivers and lochs, and the trout and salmon in them, will be much the same as they have always been.

In addition to the information provided here, I would recommend that anyone planning a fishing or walking trip in Scotland should equip themselves with a compass and the appropriate Ordnance Survey map. The most useful of the O.S. maps for the fisherman is the Landranger series, scale 1:50,000. For each of the lochs and rivers listed here, I have given the relevant O.S. Map number. 

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