The Allan Water which rises in the Ochill Hills to the south of Blackford in Perthshire, flows 22 miles to enter the River Forth south of Bridge of Allan. Flowing as a small stream through Strathallan it is joined by the River Knaik at Greenloaning. Below this junction the river flows slowly until it reaches Dunblane where it becomes fast flowing through a series of deep pools and fast boulder strewn runs. Below Dunblane the river flows through the private fishing of the Kippenross Estate into the Bridge of Allan Glen where a series of long deep pools hold salmon and sea trout. From the township of Bridge of Allan the river meanders across flat meadowland to enter the Forth at Neatherton. Given good water levels between 400 - 500 salmon/grilse and 150 - 200 sea trout are caught annually. Apart from the fishing on the Kippenross Estate the Allan Water Angling Club hold the fishing rights on the river. The river is split into 2 beats which have 14 named pools. The main runs of salmon/grilse are in late July, August and September and sea trout runs are from May to July. Permits are available from outlets in Bridge of Allan (visitors permits restricted to 15 per day).
The rivers source is at Easter Hassockriggs and flows east for 24 miles through the industrial belt of West Lothian to enter the Firth of Forth at Cramond on the outskirts of Edinburgh. A number of small feeder streams add water after periods of heavy rain, and one the Linhouse Water joins the river to the east of Livingston. Given the right river levels towards the end of the season small numbers of salmon/grilse and sea trout can be caught from the junction down to Cramond (runs of migratory fish have increased in recent years). Trout fishing can be good and fishing the morning/evening rise with a dry fly can be very productive. Permits are available from the Cramond Angling Club.
The Lothian North Esk rises from Auchencorth Moss and flows northeast through Penicuik and Dalkeith. On the outskirts of Dalkeith, the South Esk which flows from Blackhope Scar in the Moorfoot Hills meets the North Esk at Castle Steads. From the junction of the two streams the Esk flows north for 4 miles to enter the Firth of Forth at Musselburgh. Given good river levels from August to October, small runs of salmon/grilse and sea trout run the lower reaches of the river as far as Dalkeith. Trout fishing on this narrow tree lined river can be good, and although bait fishing is permitted fishing a dry fly can be more productive.
Tyne (East Lothian)
NEW FISHERY:East Lothian Tyne.
The East Lothian Tyne is an attractive and secluded river of approximately 30 miles in length, rising in the Moorfoot hills and flowing westwards into Belhaven Bay, by Dunbar.
Where to stay
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