The river is patrolled and booking confirmation / beat cards should be carried and produced when requested. Guidance and advice both in advance and on the day can be provided free of charge, however please make contact with the Estate Office well in advance to ensure availability of staff if guidance / advice is required on the day.
The Tweed tributaries of the Rivers Ettrick and Yarrow which run through the Duke of Buccleuch's delightful Bowhill Estate, converge only 1.5 miles upstream of the characterful Selkirk.
The Ettrick water nestles and winds its way some 12 miles from the March pool passing through high hill ground used for stock rearing to the lower beats of the enchanting Ettrick Valley of mixed agricultural farmland and rolling scenery, where it meets the River Yarrow to form the confluence known as the Meetings Pool on the Estate's eastern boundary.
Our 5 different Beats hold a maximum of 4 rods with the exception of the smaller Beat 3 which can only accommodate 3 rods
The water is easily covered from the banks in summer but wading may be adventurous in the Autumn.
The whole river presents an excellent opportunity for fly fishermen.
Beat 1 WINDY BROW
Crosslee March to Deloraine Bridge
A long beat benefitting from double banked fishing. Wilderness fishing where catches increase with higher water levels as the season progresses. See Links page for Beat Map
BEAT 2 LADYLODGE
Deloraine Bridge to Hyndhope Bridge
The most productive beat of all, Ladylodge
is classed as one of the best beats along the river. It’s easily accessible and has good holding pools, providing idyllic fly water. See Links page for Beat Map
BEAT 3 NEWHOUSE
Hyndhope Bridge to Ettrickbridge
Fishing permitted along a single sided bank. Wide pools which rely on high water which is usually found towards the end of the season. See Links page for Beat Map
BEAT 4 BROCKHILL
Howfordmill to Shielshaugh Footbridge
A beat benefiting from double banked fishing. Although challenging to fish due to its fragmented pools, each pool is very good with high potential. See Links page for Beat Map
BEAT 5 POLICIES
Shielshaugh Footbridge to Meetings
A beat benefitting from double banked fishing and short walking distances. Split into two halves from the Carterhaugh Bridge, access with vehicles is available along most of the bank. See Links page for Beat Map
Successful patterns on both Rivers are Stouts Tail, Silver Stouts Tail and the Ally Shrimp in sizes 8 - 12. In high coloured water conditions try a 1.5" - 2.5" orange, yellow or gold bodied fly.
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