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River Border Esk - Scotland

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4 miles double bank fishing
17 named pools
2 huts, ghillie at additional cost with prior notice.

THE CANONBIE DAY TICKET HAS NOW CHANGED TO AN "ALL WATERS " TICKET, VALID FOR 24 HOURS FROM DATE & TIME OF PURCHASE.

This a part of the Border Esk and Liddel Angling Club water, and as a result there could be local members fishing the rivers as well. Members and travelling anglers are to fish in a sportsman like manner and fish down a pool to allow the next angler to start at the top of the pool.

The Canonbie beat is popular with both local and visiting anglers and has some good holding pools, long runs and is excellent for night fishing.

The Canonbie beat on the Border Esk forms much of the middle section of the system whilst on the Liddle the two beats are in the middle and lower sections.
Both the Esk and Liddle flow through picturesque countryside typical of the Border area and much of the bankside is wooded with indigenous hardwoods.

The rivers are generally fast flowing and with beds of rock outcrop or pebble shingle with no natural weed growth.

The Esk may be regarded as "gin clear" except during periods of high water. The Liddle, except during periods of fairly low levels, often carries peat stain, although this does not have a detrimental effect upon fish taking.

Both rivers rise and fall quickly, with optimum fishing conditions coming the day after a flood, ideal heights for the Border Esk range from 10" to 2ft, depending on method.

The Salmon season opens on April 1st and continues until 31st October.Early season salmon fishing continues to improve, given water salmon will be present from the start of the season,the best of the salmon fishing now takes place in mid summer, after a flood the river will receive runs of fresh summer salmon. The autumn fishing has diminished slightly, but still in the latter months the river will now be full of salmon, with some fresh fish still running.

Multiple catches can be made if you catch the river "just right".

Both rivers produce fish weighing well into the teens of pounds and twenty pounders plus are taken every season.

The Sea Trout season commences on the 1st April and continues until 30th September, given good running conditions, a small amount of early fish in the 4 - 7lb class are usually present on the opening day, these fish are hard fighting, tide fresh seatrout and will test any angler.
The last flood of May usually sees the main run start to build, given water most anglers should get amongst a fish or two, if water levels are low, night fishing is the method, with the deeper pools holding shoals of seatrout.

A gradual increase in numbers continues until early August or later in some seasons. The average weight of the main runs is usually 1 -2 lbs with a few larger specimens up to 10lbs.
Tickets can be purchased locally from:

Canonbie Post Office (half day closing Wednesday and Saturday) - 01387 371201

Crosskeys Hotel, Canonbie.
013873 71010.

Stevenson & Johnstone, 28 High Street, Langholm - 01387 380248 (office hours)

Douglas Hotel, High Street, Langholm - 01387 381547



 

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Sat 23rd January

Again our fishery is in the grip of local restrictions, we hope these will be eased by the time our season starts on the 1st of April.

WE WILL NOT BE HOLDING AN AGM THIS YEAR DUE TO THE ONGOING PANDEMIC.
Our club is open to all, new members are welcome to apply to join, day tickets are now listed.
Season tickets will be on sale from February 22nd, please email salmon2377@icloud.com for details.

We have again had several big winter floods, we hope this seasons eggs have survived and our fishery hasn't sustained any major damage.

Members of the Border Esk and Liddle Angling club have been busy over the winter, with bank side maintenance to improve the fishery, the majority of the work has centred around the Dubh and the Grey Staine, new paths have been cut, steps restored, gravel laid, bridges and walkways repaired, once spring comes we will be out trimming the banks and removing any obstructions.

2020 SEASON REPORT.
With the 2020 season being affected by Covid restrictions we didn't get out fishing until late May, seatrout were already in most beats, anglers were soon catching, although the main run seemed to peter out after 3 weeks the seatrout that were caught were in excellent condition. July and August brought unsettled weather, the frequent rain kept the river in good order, the Esk like most Solway rivers had a good run of summer salmon, with some superb fish taken. The club had reports of fish up to 23lb, with a lot of fish in the 12- 16lb range, with the majority being fresh from the sea.
Our Langholm beat again fished well for seatrout, with the fish running hard, most anglers reported good catches, strangely the salmon catches didn't mirror the amount of fish seen in the lower beats.
The Liddle produced reasonable catches, some good sized salmon were taken from this lovely little river and decent seatrout catches were also reported.
With the arrival of Autumn catches began to drop off, September saw a few fish taken, but most were older summer fish, October saw a small run of fresh grilse, some were taken, but anglers were left frustrated as stale summer fish splashed about, waiting to run.


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