River North Esk

 River North Esk to the North of Edzell

River North Esk to the North of Edzell

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Salmon Season

6 Feb to 31 Oct

Description of the River North Esk

The North Esk is a famous 35 mile long salmon fishing river in Angus and Aberdeenshire. It produces over 1000 salmon annually. Sea trout and brown trout are also present.

The North Esk is formed by the joining of the Water of Mark, which flows out of Glen Mark, and the Water of Lee, which drains out of  Loch Lee. These two tributaries join at Invermark. For part of its course the North Esk forms the boundary between Angus and Aberdeenshire. It enters the North Sea 4 miles north of Montrose.

Other tributaries include Water of Effock,Water of Saughs/West Water and Water of Tarf  then finally Luther Water.

The Falls of Unich and the headwaters of the Water of Lee

The Falls of Unich on the Water of Unich a tributary of the Water of Lee

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Water of Lee

Water of Lee

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Loch Lee looking east showing the start Lee Water one of the sources of the North Esk

Loch Lee looking east. The Water of Lee enters the Loch at this end and flows out at the other end

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Water of Lee near Loch Lee

Water of Lee below Loch Lee at Kirkton

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Waterfall on the Water of Mark

Waterfall on the Water of Mark

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Rocks of Solitude along the River North Esk

Rocks of Solitude along the River North Esk

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North Esk just above Edzell

North Esk just above Edzell

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The West Water at Parklands.  This tributary starts as the Water of Saughs in Glen Lethnot and becomes the West Water.

The West Water at Parklands. This tributary starts as the Water of Saughs in Glen Lethnot and becomes the West Water. It joins the North Esk near Inchbare to the south of Edzell.

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Looking upstream at the Luther Water from the B974 bridge. This fine tributary starts near Laurencekirk and joins the North Esk upstream of Marykirk.

Looking upstream at the Luther Water from the B974 bridge. This fine tributary starts near Laurencekirk and joins the North Esk upstream of Marykirk.

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Viaduct over River North Esk at MaryKirk

Viaduct over River North Esk at MaryKirk

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River North Esk at Logie

River North Esk at Logie

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The Mill Lade from the Lower North Water Bridge

The North Esk from the Lower North Water Bridge

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North Esk Estuary By Fisherhills near Montrose

North Esk Estuary By Fisherhills near Montrose

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Local Tips and Advice on the River River North Esk

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Fishing Links for the River North Esk

  • Brechin Angling Club The club has fishings on Loch Saugh, 18 acres for brown trout only and West Water a tributary of the North Esk. The Club has approximately 8 miles which guests can fish from one bank only. Brown trout, sea trout and salmon. Day tickets and Memberships at very reasonable cost.
  • Dalhousie Estate Weekly salmon fishing lets on two beats of the River North Esk in Angus, Scotland as well as a traditional sporting lodge.
  • Esk Disctrict Salmon Fishery Board The Esk District Salmon Fishery Board (EDSFB) is the statutory body with responsibility for the management of salmon and sea trout stocks in the Rivers North and South Esk.
  • Fish Esks Comprehensive site powered by FishPal covering the North and South Esk.
  • Laurencekirk & District Angling Association Laurencekirk & District Angling Association waters include Luther Water a tributary of the North Esk for brown trout plus salmon & sea trout, the River Bervie for brown trout plus salmon & sea trout, Loch Odly for brown trout & rainbows. Memberships available at resonable cost.
  • Montrose & District Angling Club The club has salmon and sea trout fishings on the River North Esk at Craigo.
  • The Esk Rivers and Fisheries Trust Does conservation work on the North Esk, South Esk, Lunan Water and River Bervie.
  • The Pert Fishings The Pert fishings on the North Esk are about 7 miles from the sea and consist of approx two miles of single bank fishing comprising 12 named pools. The beat will cater for 6 rods and is primarily suited to fly but spinning is allowable when water levels permit. Day tickets available at reasonable cost.