Montrose and District AC 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

These conditions are subject to change to comply with new legislation and regulations.

1. The agreed rent is payable at the time of booking.

2. Guests must carry the permit issued at all times while on the beat. Anyone discovered fishing without proper written permission will be in breach of Section 1 of the Salmon and Fresh Water Fisheries Protection Act 1951, and may be prosecuted.

3. The permit allows the guest to fish for salmon, sea trout and finnock.

4. Between 16 February and 31 May, a single or double barbless hook must be used for fly or spinning and all salmon must be returned to the water.

5. You may fly fish the water at all permitted times. Sunday the beat is closed

6. Spinning is permitted throughout the season as follows: -

A. The whole beat from the South Bank.

B. From the bridge end of the beat to the tail end of the long shot from the North Bank.

A single treble hook no bigger than size 6 may be used between 1 June and 31 October. Spinning is not permitted at night. Night is defined as one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise. Lures with multiple treble, double or single hooks are not permitted.
Anglers spinning must allow fly fishing anglers to fish the river without hindrance.

7. The following are prohibited: worming, lead core fly lines, lead core sunk tips, high density fast sinking lines, additional weights on fly line casts, and natural or dyed prawns or shrimps

8. Any fish less than ten inches must be returned to the water alive and the law pertaining to parr, smolt, yellow lug and kelts must be strictly observed All red salmon, hen fish ripe with spawn and any fish which is not hooked by the mouth must be returned to the water alive. Fish killed must not be sold.

9. The Club will accept No responsibility for any loss or injury. Permit holders are required to hold suitable insurance cover to indemnify themselves against all claims of whatever nature, which may rise from fishing this beat.

10. This Permit must be produced on demand to any Bailiff or Club Member on production of their identification. The person may require you to state your name and address.

11. A completed Catch Return must be returned to the Club Secretary within seven days of fishing.

12. Any Ticket holder infringing these Rules will be warned and may be banned, without recompense, from fishing this beat.

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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.