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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.

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. 



For Information

Season 2024

David would like to welcome all his guests and wish them tight lines for the coming season.

Guests are advised that the policy on Pert for the 2024 season is to observe catch and release of Salmon and Sea trout for the full season. Fish must be handled as little as possible and preferably kept in the water at all times, quick photo if required and the fish allowed to recover before release.

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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

2022 Returns

2023 Returns
2024 Returns

W/E  13/07/24
Prolific week this week. Grilse have decided to arrive, Sea trout numbers steady and a few decent Salmon appearing.
7 Salmon, 11 Grilse and 11 Sea trout for the week. Mr G McKinlay from Montrose had a good day catching 4 Salmon, 15lbs, 14lbs, 12lbs and 9lbs from Upper Weir and Bridges. Mr G Donaldson stuck to the Boat pool and had 5 Sea trout to 3lbs and a 13lb Salmon. Mr J Miller from Dumbarton had 2 Sea trout and a Grilse of 8lbs from Lower Bridges and Mr M Davies from Sheffield had a Sea trout a 4lb Grilse and a 10lb Salmon from Blue Stone and Upper Weir. Mr D Scott from Ayrshire had 3 Grilse to 4lbs from the Boat pool. Mr J Murray from Dundonald had 2 Grilse to 6lbs from the Weir pool and Boat pool. Local lads Master R McGhee from Forfar had 2 Grilse both at 6lbs from The Boat pool and Master B Goulding took a 5lb Grilse from the Luther pool.

W/E  06/07/24

Sea trout dominating again this week with 11 caught plus 2 Grilse. Mrs M Anthony from Wales caught a 5lb Grilse at the Boat Pool on a Black Francis nice to have a lady angler on the beat and Mr J Anthony who i presume is her husband had a 2lb Sea trout from Upper Bridges on a Cascade. Mr A Atkins from Granton on Spey had 6 Sea trout from the Boat pool all on a Micro Tube, biggest was a cracking fish weighing in at 8lbs by far the biggest of the week. Mr P McGlyn from Falkirk had 2 Sea trout to 3lbs on a Daddy Long Legs. Mr S Langford from Motherwell took a 3lb Grilse from the Weir pool on a Dunkeld and Mr S Hunter from Glasgow had a 3-1/2lb Sea trout on a Micro Tube. The Boat pool was by far the most productive with 11 out of 13 fish caught there. Very wet week coming up with flood warnings issued for Wednesday but the river could do with an influx of fresh water.

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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 2024 season are as follows

(Please note prices are per rod)

February :-  70-GBP
March :- 
April / May :- 85-GBP
June / July :-  80-GBP
August :-   90-GBP
September :-   120-GBP
October :-   125-GBP

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


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