The Cortachy beat extends over 2 miles of double-bank water for 2 rods.
The beat comprises Boundary/Sawmill Dam, Castle and Meetings beat and comprises pools including the well renowned Sawmill Dam and the Meetings Water fishes best in mid to lower water conditions and there is a mix of well defined pools and streamy flows.
Parties should realise that unless they take both rods, then another rod may fish at the same time.
Fishers should also note that there is a 3rd rod in place throughout the season for use by the Castle tenant/guest.
Fishing is by fly only.
Please note that the Pylons, Castle Stream and Willows pools are NOT available during 2023 fishing season.
In keeping with the Esk District Salmon Fishery Board recommendations, please note the following:
Please note that for the period 16th February - 15 June ALL salmon, sea trout, and grilse are to be returned.
If absolutely necessary, then the practice of killing the second fish and fourth fish etc, should be adopted between the 16 June to 30 June for salmon, and throughout the season for seatrout.
This decision has been made by the Esk District Salmon Fishery Board in an effort to conserve spring salmon stock. During this period, if a badly hooked or bleeding fish cannot be returned, it will remain the property of the estate, and must be handed in to the Estate Office.
SEA TROUT -Total Catch and Release encouraged throughout the season
Barbless single or double hooks only for the entire season. Treble hooks are not permitted. All seatrout over 2lbs are to be returned
Access to the fishings is directly off public roads and internal estate tracks. There are 2 comfortable huts located at the Meetings and at Lower Ben Hoose. The Meetings Hut is not exclusively for the use of fishermen. Please check with the Estate Office before arrival.
There is comfortable self catering accommodation available on the estate, Wellbank Cottage which is closest to the river sleeps 8 while Middlehill Cottage only a few miles away sleeps 4. For more details on the accommodation please visit Airlie Estates website.
Why you need to fish here
The beat is approximately 2 miles in total of double-bank fishing with 1-2 huts. 2 rods are available each day