Fishing the River Nith

The River Nith in Dumfries & Galloway is one of Scotland's most productive rivers, both for salmon and sea trout, making it a particularly attractive watercourse to fish. Its character varies from steep-sided wooded gorges and long glides in the upper river, through fast moving pools and runs in rich fertile pastoral land further downstream.
Given the correct water levels, there are few Scottish rivers which can match the quality of the fishing to be had on the River Nith, and the majority of such fishing is readily available to visiting anglers. There are no major lochs or dams in the catchment so the flow is largely rain dependant and relies on the input from a series of tributaries.

-Opening day on the river at Frairscarse hotel.

Whilst the river Nith is famous for its large 'greyback' salmon, several thousand salmon of all sizes are captured every year, along with similar numbers of sea trout - though recent years have seen a marked decline in the sea trout fishing. In addition the river has a good population of wild brown trout and grayling, many of which are of specimen size.

Blackwood beat on the Nith

For news on the river from education to catches photo's please look at the Facebook page here


Following the announcement on Tuesday 19th of January 2016, by the Scottish Government we can confirm that the River Nith will be compulsory 100% Catch & Release for Salmon for the 2016 fishing season. For details of the announcement please follow link:

The Nith at Dumfries.

About the Nith website

Some of the Nith's salmon beats are included here, with more expected to join shortly. You can read about each one, see its current fishing availability, and book fishing permits online or by telephone.

In particular you have free, unlimited access to:

Daily river levels - updated twice daily during the salmon season
Daily salmon catches - updated automatically on ghillie notification
Find fishing - rods updated hourly
Online booking - with immediate issuing of permits
Call centre - back up for manual bookings or advice.

There is a host of information in the left hand menu to help you arrange your fishing on the Scotland/Nith and organise your visit to Nithsdale.
If you require further details, please use the
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5 Aug. A lovely Fish for Brian Hodgson from Carnsalloch today on the Fly Estimated at around 18lb.