Canterland conditions

FishPal conditions

Bookings made through FishPal's help desk or on line booking system are subject to FishPal's standard conditions. If you haven't already read these, you can see them here

Fishery conditions

All worm, shrimp and prawn fishing is prohibited
Traditional spinning is allowed only at the ghillie's approval and is generally restricted to high or coloured water and there should be no weights attached to fly lines
No hook exceeding size 4 is permitted and multiple hooks are banned, but throughout the season please consider using doubles rather than trebles and also barbless, especially in Sept-Oct when more coloured fish are being returned
Lures and flies with multiple treble, double or single hooks are prohibited
Wading; Please move through the pools steadily and allow other anglers the chance to cover the pool as you would like to cover the pool. Always start above anglers on the opposite bank, where we share the fishing with the South Bank (Craigo). We have double bank from Dam Pool to Long Bank and Guage Pool.


Compulsory catch and release of all salmon/grilse/sea trout from 16 Feb to 30th April inclusive. This is in line with general EDSFB recommendations.
If a fish, during this period, is badly bleeding it still must be returned and the ghillie must be contacted.
Guidelines for 1st May to 31 October are:
Salmon: all hens, coloured fish and fish over 12lbs to be returned
The only fish therefore which can be retained are male, silver and below 12lbs.
Of eligible fish caught, only 1 fish per angler to be retained per day.
Sea trout: all coloured fish and fish over 2lbs to be returned


Fishing may commence from 8.30am each morning. Earlier starts are permitted only if specific prior arrangements have been made with the beat ghillie in advance.
Anglers should meet and agree rotation amongst themselves, with the help of the ghillie, before commencing fishing.
Rods should not commence fishing if any of their equipment needs disinfecting
It is important that all anglers advise the beat ghillie of their catch before leaving
The normal quota of rods is 5.
Lifejackets are advised to be worn and wading sticks used if wading.
In the event of severe weather conditions please stop fishing and return to the hut
In the event of an early finish please contact the beat ghillie.
Please drive slowly on the tracks next to the river.
Please return all garden furniture back inside the hut after use.
The Dam pool rota (which we share with Gallery) must be strictly adhered to. If in doubt please contact the ghillie

Jimmy Sinclair is the ghillie and river manager. Tel: 01561 340360 or 07851 748226

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Esks conditions

The use of shrimps and prawns are banned throughout the district.

The season extends from the 16th February until 31st October.

As of January 2016 it is a criminal offence to retain a salmon or grilse prior to 30 april. By law any salmon or grilse that is killed before this date must be returned to the River.

After this date Catch and release is voluntary but recommended for both salmon and sea trout to the 15th June.

Esk Board's Recommendations for the Conservation of Spring Salmon and Sea Trout in 2018 are as follows:

Fishing methods
*The Esk Board recommends the use of barbless hooks to promote the safe return of salmon and sea trout. To refrian from the use of treble hooks. In addition anglers are respectfully reminded that fish destined for release should not be taken out of the water for photography. The length can be estimated by using the rod as a measuring stick and the weight estimated from standard weight/length relationships

North Esk Cat1
*The Esk Board operates a policy of voluntary Catch-and-release which is important to protect all salmon stocks and sea trout

South Esk Cat2
*The Esk Board operates a policy of voluntary Catch-and-release which is important to protect all salmon stocks and sea trout

* Insists that all tackle which has been used abroad is disinfected to prevent the accidental introduction of Gyrodactylus salaris.