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.

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.


River Nith

River Nith

Fishing on the River Nith

Releasing a fish.


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:
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.