The River Nith

The fishing on the River Nith comprises mainly double bank fishing. The river broadens from a rocky gorge into a mainly gravelled riverbed with suitable pools and reaches which provide good accessible fishing for Salmon, Sea Trout and Grayling. This is divided into stretches known as the Nith Linns, The Castle Beats (divided into Upper, Middle and Lower Beats) and the Boatford Beat.

Providing weather conditions are favourable, Salmon will run early in the year. Sea Trout also run early and can be expected in quantity from May onwards whilst Grayling abound in the winter months.

Although slightly differing in lengths, the Castle beats are balanced for quality and each contains a proportion of low and high water pools, thereby ensuring fishable water at all times except perhaps during periods of extreme drought or high flood. Nith Linns runs for two miles immediately above the Upper Beat and is mainly fished from the true left (East Bank). It has many streams and pools which provide good lies for both Salmon and Sea Trout as well as Brown Trout. Rocky in nature, it has steep banks. The Boatford Beat runs for three and a half miles below the Lower Beat with a number of streams and pools. Three miles of this beat provide double bank fishing.

The River Scaur fishing comprises eight miles of double bank fishing plus half a mile of single bank fishing.

Child fishing at Drumlanrig

Discover our Beats

The Queensberry Estate gives you access to 10.5 miles of the river Nith, plus 8.5 miles on the River Scaur (split into 2 stretches). There are now 5 beats on the River Nith (Nith Linns, Castle Upper, Castle Middle, Castle Lower and Boatford Beats) and approximately 40 pools.

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