Border Esk at Langholm


About 4 miles mixed, single and double bank fishing with 28 named pools.


The Langholm beat provides fast flowing stretches and can provide some excellent sport when water conditions are favourable.

The beats on the Esk form much of the middle section of the system whilst on the Liddle the two beats are in the middle and lower sections.

Both the Esk and Liddle flow through picturesque countryside typical of the Border area and much of the bankside is wooded with indigenous hardwoods.

The rivers are generally fast flowing and with beds of rock outcrop or pebble shingle with no natural weed growth.

The Esk may be regarded as "gin clear" except during periods of high water. The Liddle, except during periods of fairly low levels, often carries peat stain, although this does not have a detrimental effect upon fish taking.

The Salmon season opens on April 1st and continues until 31st October. Spring runs of fish, in common with many other rivers, have sadly declined and only odd fish enter the system during the February/May period.

However, given good river levels from Iate June or thereabouts, fish start to run into the lower beats such as Canonbie and Lower Liddle.

Late July usually heralds the arrival of the summer run and, if conditions remain suitable, will continue until they merge with the main autumn runs around mid September, which generally increase until the season closes.
Both rivers produce fish weighing well into the teens of pounds and twenty pounders plus are taken every season.

The Sea Trout season commences on the 1st April and continues until 30th September, given good running conditions, fish in the 4 - 7lb class are usually present on the opening day.

A gradual increase in numbers continues until early August or later in some seasons. The average weight of the main runs is usually 1 -2 lbs with a few larger specimens up to 10lbs.

Tickets can be purchased locally from:

Canonbie Post Office (half day closing Wednesday and Saturday) - 01387 371201

Stevenson & Johnstone, 28 High Street, Langholm - 01387 380248 (office hours)

Douglas Hotel, High Street, Langholm - 01387 381547

Holm Hardware, Douglas Square, Newcastleton - 013873 75257

Grapes Hotel, Douglas Square, Newcastleton - 013873 75680

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Border Esk and Liddle Angling Club
Stuart Campbell
Tel 013873 71409