Fishing the River Nith

The River Nith in Dumfries & Galloway is one of Scotland's most productive rivers, both for salmon and sea trout, making it a particularly attractive watercourse to fish. Its character varies from steep-sided wooded gorges and long glides in the upper river, through fast moving pools and runs in rich fertile pastoral land further downstream.
Given the correct water levels, there are few Scottish rivers which can match the quality of the fishing to be had on the River Nith, and the majority of such fishing is readily available to visiting anglers. There are no major lochs or dams in the catchment so the flow is largely rain dependant and relies on the input from a series of tributaries.

Opening day on the river at Dalswinton.


Whilst the river Nith is famous for its large 'greyback' salmon, several thousand salmon of all sizes are captured every year, along with similar numbers of sea trout - though recent years have seen a marked decline in the sea trout fishing. In addition the river has a good population of wild brown trout and grayling, many of which are of specimen size.


Blackwood beat on the Nith


For news on the river from education to catches photo's please look at the Facebook page here

Nith Conservation Policy 2018

The Nith District Salmon Fishery Board have considered their Conservation Policy for the 2018 season. The Nith has been assigned Category 1 status with the exception of the continuation of Category 3 status downstream of a line taken from Scar Point on the East bank of the estuary to Airds Point on the West bank of the estuary.

The Board notes the mandatory total catch and release requirement for salmon on all River Systems throughout Scotland to 1st April in any given year.

The Board notes the voluntary total catch and release policy for salmon from 1st April to 31st May on the River Nith system in any given year.

The Board recommends for conservation purposes that wherever possible total catch and release policy be adopted for the whole river system, but taking into account the Category 1 status for the majority of the river system, if salmon are to be taken then no more than two salmon per person per season be taken with a view to achieving in excess of 80% catch and release of salmon for the 2018 season.





The Nith at Dumfries.

About the Nith website

Some of the Nith's salmon beats are included here, with more expected to join shortly. You can read about each one, see its current fishing availability, and book fishing permits online or by telephone.

In particular you have free, unlimited access to:

Daily river levels - updated twice daily during the salmon season
Daily salmon catches - updated automatically on ghillie notification
Find fishing - rods updated hourly
Online booking - with immediate issuing of permits
Call centre - back up for manual bookings or advice.

There is a host of information in the left hand menu to help you arrange your fishing on the Scotland/Nith and organise your visit to Nithsdale.

If you require further details, please use the
Contact us page



Toasting the river on opening day.