Top Ten Trout Streams in the United Kingdom

Freestone Rivers: The South Esk, Scotland
By Brian Clarke

The South Esk, Scotland

There are lots of Esks in northern England and Scotland—the word "Esk" means water—and this Esk is one of the smaller ones, tipping into the North Sea in the Montrose Basin. It is just 22 miles long, flows through beautiful countryside, has excellent salmon fishing, and can provide spectacular sport with sea-run browns. In general, Scottish sea trout are smaller than those found in Wales—the South Esk's fish average two to three pounds—but there are plenty of them and plenty of heavier fish to be had. As in most places in Scotland, a permit for fishing on the South Esk is much easier to obtain by the week than the day. And as everywhere with sea trout fishing, daytime reconnaissance before nighttime fishing pays off. Good base: Brechin.


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