|The Castle Beat Hut at 5.30am.|
|The interior of the hut with wooden fish on the wall as a reminder of good catches of days past.|
Kenny and I decided to start at the top of the beat and work our way down. The first pool we were to fish was the Bridge Pool. I started at the croy and Kenny went above and started just below the bridge itself. Just as I entered the water a fish showed just next to a boil which the handy beat guide suggests you will pick up a fish. I covered it several times but nothing doing. That was the only fish we saw in the pool so we made our way down to the next pool which was Tyndals.
|Looking upstream at dawn in the Bridge Pool.|
|Fishing down the Bridge Pool. A fish shown just as I started in the boil about half way down but it wasn't hanging about.|
Tyndal's is one of the most productive pools on the beat and looking through the catch book, it produces fish all season long. It is fished from the North bank so a wade across the river just above the pool is needed to fish the pool. Bill and Davie had fished this pool whilst we fished the Bridge and said they had seen several fish, mostly coloured showing up near the neck of the pool. Kenny and I fished down through the pool, covering the likely spots but to no avail. Kenny did however see a fish show on his way down but we couldn't temp anything.
|Tyndals Pool. A nice easy wade all the way down and the depth is over on the opposite bank right down the pool. Most of the fish seen were just off the current towards the North bank.|
|Looking downstream from the footbridge towards the Red Brae Pool on my way over to fish the Castle Beat.|
|Looking upstream from the Bridge into the Castle Stream.|
|Castle Stream. There are groins either side at the neck of the pool which gives it a nice flow down the far bank.|
|Kirkinn. Looks like an excellent summer sea trout pool.|
|The hut overlooking Pheasantry which is named David's Tree House Hut. As you can see, it's built around an large tree.|
|Kenny Carr sitting on the croy at the neck of Nine Maidens deciding what fly to try next.|
|The Viaduct at the tail of Beaches. Below the bridge is the Haugh's Pool on the Finavon Bogardo beat.|
We all headed back to the Milton Beat hut for a cup of coffee and a farewell dram before heading home. We had a good chat in the hut about all thing fishing and it was good to catch up with Alan again who we fished with on the River Don back in April. We said our goodbyes and left for the journey back up the A90 around 5.30pm.
I really enjoyed fishing this cracking part of the South Esk. We were lucky that there were 4 rods fishing in our party which gave us a bit more pools to fish given the lowish water. We all agreed that it was a good day and with a few more inches of water, we could have had some decent sport. The overnight rain, although heavy, didn't come to much but as it has rained all day today (Sunday 7th) I'm sure there will be fish caught this week if the water goes up. I will look forward to seeing the catches and what these beats can produce.
|Left to Right - Kenny, Bill, myself and Davie pose for a picture before heading home.|