The Forth flows from Loch Ard in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park which lies west of Aberfoyle. Although the river generally flows eastwards its course to the tidal waters of the Firth of Forth is erratic with countless changes in direction as it meanders across Flanders Moss to Stirling. The river has a number of tributaries - The Duchray, Kelty, and Goodie Waters, the River Teith and the Allan Water. The Duchray rises on the eastern slopes of Ben Lomond and flows through the Ard Forest to enter the Forth upstream of Aberfoyle. Approximately six miles downstream from Aberfoyle the Kelty Water joins the river at Gartrenich Moss, and the Goodie Water - which drains the Lake of Mentieth - joins the river further downstream near Coldoch. The rivers main tributary - the River Teith, enters approximately 400yds north of the A84 road bridge at Drip on the outskirts of Stirling. Downstream of the Teith junction the Allan Water joins the Forth at Netherton.
When to fish
Salmon are normally in the river on opening day and in recent years a good number of spring fish have been caught up to 20lb in weight. Sea trout runs are normally from April to August and summer salmon/grilse enter the river in June/July and the runs continue through the summer months. From August to the end of the season good runs of large Autumn fish enter the system and fish in excess of 20lb regularly feature in catch returns. In the region of 1000 salmon/grilse with an average weight of 11lb, and 100 sea trout are caught annually. Season: 1st February to 31st October.
Where to fish
Some of the best fishing is below the confluence of the Teith downstream to Stirling. At this point the river is slow flowing and over 50 yds wide and best fished by spinning. Permits are available on the town water. Fishing is also available from Aberfoyle down to Gartmore Bridge and downstream of the bridge on the Gartmore Angling Club waters.
Where to stay
Many fishers stay in lodges or cottages provided with the fishing, but for other alternatives, some of whom can offer fishing packages, please see our list of Firth of Forth accommodation providers.