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Up until 2005 this was two beats .
It now incorporates the whole of the top beat and the famous Shaw
pools from the lower beat from where the heaviest salmon caught on fly was
grassed by Mrs. T Morison in 1924 at 61lb.
As a result of this amalgamation remedial work has been undertaken during
the close season in 2004 and many pools have been improved on the upper
beat. This work will continue at the end of 2005.
The old top beat is opposite Dunlugas.
The upper pool Points is a good high water pool and is usually
left alone as the bank was crumbling
Although this has now been fixed on it and we will see how it fishes in
Points leading into Greenbank
Greenbank is the next pool down and can be a good sea-trout pool.
It usually holds salmon in spring and autumn and is amongst the best on
the beat. Boghead is a fly only pool and fish lie at the Dunlugas
The Cobbles is a good low water pool and sees fish again on the
far bank. This flows into The Rabbits which again fishes well in low
The Canada comes next and is a long still pool. Obviously due to
its nature it fishes well in a spate but it does hold fish and is
always worth a go with a sink tip and a large fly.
Next down is The Rats Tail and it fishes well in higher water.
Fish can be found under the near bank as well as off the stream on the far
Mausoleum is the next pool and it again has had work done to the
There is a small burn at the top and fish - especially sea-trout can be
found there. The next part spins well in high water and as you pass through
the croys you can pick up fish off them, especially the last one.
The Island fishes well for sea-trout at the bottom of it and
the next two pools Shingle and Hen Ford are not that
productive but I have taken or spooked fish lying into the bank.
The Upper, Middle and Lower Shaws are really
excellent pools. The glide at the top can hold fish and as you make your way
downstream to the rough water fish can be picked up almost everywhere. As
you round the bend fish are lying at the far side of the flow and then
either side before it shallows up. Middle Shaw is quite fast but holds fish
off the stream and as you enter Lower Shaw fish can be off the points of the
croys then farther over towards the hut. Fish hold station under the pipe
bridge and the slack water is good for spinning in high water all the way to
the beat end. this part of the beat is double bank. However the plan is to
split the whole beat into two on the old upper beat and two
on the Shaw pools with the possibility of three on the upper beat once all
the bank work is complete. The beat split / changeover will be determined by
which cottage you have.
There are Two cottages available to rent on this beat and priority is
given to fishers taking the accommodation.
Daily lets are available through Turriff Tackle up until the month of May
and any weekly bookings available, not booked with the estate, can also be
had through Turriff Tackle.