**The Lower Estuary Beat is strictly fly only for Seatrout and the conservation policy of the CFFB must be adhered to **
For the determined Seatrout angler the Lower Estuary Beat can be very productive, the best times are June and July when the Seatrout are still feeding in the Estuary on shrimps and sand eels, warm days with a west wind is preferred, numerous Finnock can be caught anywhere with good Seatrout up to 3lbs a possibility, these fresh fish are fighting fit and give great sport.
Tackle & Flies
Single hand rod of 10 feet up to 8 weight is all that is required, switch rods or short two handed rods will also be an excellent choice. Breathable chest waders are preferred for the time of year and the amount of walking required, a wading stick is helpful for crossing the river to the Tree pool. Teal blue and silver in varying sizes in addition white flies and Conon tandem lures can be good flies for sand eel feeders. Takes can be of varying intensity some quite hard so leaders should be at least 8lb in strength if fishing a dropper a shrimp pattern in size 12 can also be good, as always use what you are confident with. Lines a full floater with attachable intermediate or sink tip is all that's needed. If you require assistance speak to the Permit dispenser, The Sports and Model Shop in Dingwall, who may be able to get you to tag along with a member who fishes there on a regular basis.
Access to the Beat is predominantly by parking before the stone terraced buildings on the right hand side as you enter Dingwall from the Maryburgh roundabout, the access is adjacent to the railway line watch out for traffic coming out of the town as you will be crossing oncoming traffic, an alternative is enter from the town as you head towards Maryburgh. The other option is to park at the public car park at the end of Ferry road.
For the first option cross the railway line ( beware of trains ) and follow the path towards the River, you will come to a T junction in the path, turn right and follow the river on your left hand side until you see the river split, at this point descend with care down the armour rock embankment to the waters edge and cross ( wade ) over to the island separating the river to the head of the Tree pool No 9 on map. The island is mud with deposits of seaweed on the gravel which makes it slippery underfoot, this Beat is easy wading having a gravel base and fishes all the way down round the corner to the Cairn pool No 10 on the map, this will take you 1.5 to 2 hours to fish its full length.
For your safety it is recommended that you only fish these pools on an OUTGOING tide in daylight hours, and during the summer months when there is less generation from the dams upriver as it is quite easy to get caught out as the river level can rise quite quickly, unless you are acquainted with the river it is best not to go there alone .
For the second option at public car Parking, walk back to the access where you entered from Ferry road , turn left and follow the path past the houses on your left hand side until you cross a small wooden bridge ( adjacent to the right turn towards first option ) follow the path as described In first option.
If you wish to fish the Upper section of the Beat which starts at the Maryburgh burn, continue on the path past the old Salmon bothy hut, cross a narrow wooden bridge and follow the path with the river on your left hand side until you get to a point where you need to cross from the path towards the rivers edge to the Bothy pool No 8 on map. Take care as the area is quite overgrown, this pool fishes from the fast water at its head called Blackwater into deep water which is hard to the West Bank, you can only fish from the bank at this point but be careful of standing too close to the banks edge as winter floods tend to undercut the bank and it is not obvious due to the vegetation. Again for safety's sake if you are not acquainted with the area it is best going accompanied.
Tight lines !!
J.Urquhart Feb 2018