River North Esk, 2.6 miles from Montrose


12 pools both banks fishing. Rents from £35 to 250 per rod/day.

De-luxe four bedroom fishing lodge sleeps seven. Rod limit three to four according to season is advised for group bookings.


Fishing Lodge offers four bedrooms en suite with bathrooms; and can bed upto 7 during the week. The lodg also offfers a Rod Room; with a cosy Rec Room. The Kitchen and a Bar give a great veiw of the downstream half of the beat - with rising salmon a mere fly cast away. Mod cons include drying cupboard, chest freezer, dishwasher, clothes washer, microwave, icemaker, oven, hobs, hangers, lockers, wader-friendly floor surfaces, wood stove, etc.

Kinnaber is numbered among the top fly beats in Scotland, thanks to its location as a streamy beat just above the mean spring tide mark. At all times therefore comes the chance of catching a licer straight off the tide. Quiet one moment it can come all aboil the next. It is the river's front hall and plaything of winds and tides, rains or sun to be fished in accordance.

Traditionally the N.Esk is a good spring river. The Government's fish counter logs an average escapement of over 2000 spring salmon in the early weeks of the season, or double what it was in the counter's first years (after 1980). A harbinger of further recovery may prove to be the tally of well over 6000 in 2011, or over a third of total count for the year.

Sea trout tend to start early at Kinnaber, coinciding with the best runs of spring salmon in May and early June. Preferred are parties who rest the water on sunny afternoons, instead fishing early and late, including an hour or two after dark for sport with the sea trout.

The incomparable July and August experience at Kinnaber is to hitch a tiny tube fly at summer levels and fish it dry skating across the stream. A rod took a dozen grilse this way one August evening at low summer level in 1998.

August has seen the biggest monthly increase, according to the fish counter. Meantime September and October maintain their pace undaunted.

SPINNING permitted when level is over the marker

INSTRUCTION Mr.Winder can demonstrate various methods originated or adapted on this innovative beat, particularly the microfishing and stealth techniques that go on scoring in drought low conditions, but also cold water methods peculiar to downriver North Esk.

UPKEEP The beat can be relied upon to stay the same each year due to the massive way it was restored in 2000/2002. The work survived intact the worst flood since 1828 which devastated beats upstream in November 2002.

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Mr. Peter Winder
Tel 01674 830018 or 07717 830666.