Five year average 99* salmon/grilse and 109* sea trout
2.8 miles of double bank fishing divided into four two-rod beats, averaging about 100 salmon and 100 sea trout with 26 named pools, four well-sited and comfortable huts with heaters and cooking facilities, car parking and easy access to all pools. Hotel, cafe and provisions store nearby.
Price range per rod: £35 to £80 per day.
Finavon Castle Water (FCW) is a well known middle beat of the South Esk with a reputation for excellent sea trout fishing in June and July, and in the right conditions, quality salmon fishing in the spring and autumn. The Water is easily accessed from anywhere in the UK via the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen main road, with airports in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee and mainline railway stations in Dundee and Montrose.
The four beats each offer a variety of pools and streams where tenants have their own exclusive fishing in a natural and beautiful woodland setting with opportunities to enjoy wildlife - such as kingfishers, otters, red squirrels and an exceptional range of wildflowers. FCW gives its visitors a wonderfully peaceful environment, with opportunities in the right conditions to catch quality salmon and sea trout. The South Esk has a reputation for big salmon, with the heaviest ever recorded a 59lbs fish caught at Kinnaird near Brechin in 1922. Even today salmon of 20lbs + are caught in most years.
Fishing is offered on a 24 hour basis from 0700 on the agreed date to 0600 on the next day. Each beat has at least two good holding pools and a variety of pools, streams and glides, some of which are justly famous, such as Tyndals, Red Brae, Indies, Melgund and Haughs.
Prices per rod day range from £35 in the early spring to £80 in autumn peak weeks. Sea trout fishing in May, June and July is £70 per rod day.
The South Esk is prone to periods of low water when catches are reduced. While not a spate river as some west coast rivers are, the run-off after a spate or freshet typically lasts for two or three days, depending on the time of year. Catches until 2015 were severely affected by coastal netting. With all coastal and in-river nets now removed from the South Esk District there is a good chance of increased runs of both salmon (especially in the spring) and sea trout.
While we prefer to let beats to groups of anglers for multiple days we welcome individual rods booking through Fishpal on the understanding that it may be necessary to share the beat with a stranger.
For further details please visit the FCW website www.finavoncastlefishing.co.uk or contact the manager, Iain MacMaster, and ask for a 'ghillie's Guide' booklet.
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Finavon Castle Water Partnership
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