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The beat starts at the confluence of the North Esk with its major tributary, the West Water. It is double banked for all but the last 400 metres of its two kilometres and comprises eleven well defined pools.
This is superb fly water, with easy access to the pools given the right water height. Spinning is only permitted in high water (over three foot on the gauge), and a mandatory catch and release policy is imposed until 31 May.
The beat fishes well throughout the season, and even in low water fish can be taken in the deeper pools. This is especially true of the Junction Pool, where many salmon and grilse will collect until conditions are suitable for ascending the West Water.
Stracathro is a beautiful beat, with stunning backdrops, excellent fishing and easy access.
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Fishery Letting conditions
Spinning is only permitted in high water (over three foot on the gauge), and catch and release is strongly encouraged.
All fish before 31 May must be returned. We would encourage the return of all seatrout.
We ask all anglers to use barbless hooks, and not to use trebles.
River Letting conditions
The use of shrimps and prawns are banned throughout the district.
The season extends from the 16th February until 31st October.