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Salmon Fishing - River South Esk


O. S. Map 44

The South Esk rises high in the Grampian mountains and, like its near neighbour to the north, can give excellent sport with salmon, although it is perhaps better known for its sea trout. It is a longer river than the North Esk, offering more in the way of publicly accessible fishing. The best months for salmon, given rain, are August, September and October with June and July producing the bulk of the sea trout.

The upper course of the South Esk down to the foot of Glen Clova can provide excellent sport given good water, and here the Kirriemuir Angling Club issue visitors permits for seven miles of the river upstream of Cortachy, but the best of the fishing on the South Esk is from the confluence with the Prosen Water down to the Montrose basin. The river swells in size on being joined by the Prosen Water, near Cortachy, below which lie some excellent rocky holding pools on the productive sea trout beats of Inshewan and Finavon and the more gentle, gravelly runs and pools down past Tannadice and Brechin to the lower river beats at Kinnaird and Bridge of Dun, just above the Montrose basin.


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Angling Clubs and Associations

Kirriemuir Angling Club

Contact the secretary:

Ross Watson, 2 Angusdale, Main Road, Westmuir, Kirriemuir.    Tel: 01575 574597

Montrose Angling Club

Community Office, George Street, Montrose.

Brechin Angling Club


 Upper River South Esk Fishing Map

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Map of the South Esk - Upper River


River South Esk (Lower) Fishing Map

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Trout and Salmon Flies Online Fishing Bookshop Online Fishing TV Map of the Lower South Esk

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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