Beeches - Castle Beat

Beeches - Castle Beat

Ghillie's Wise Words

Beeches Pool is fished from the North bank from the cauld (RPJ) at the tail of Nine Maidens until you are standing under the Aqueduct, which is the march between Castle Beat and Bogardo Beat's Haughs Pool.

Beeches is in three sections; the cauld and the top run where you can often pick up a sea trout or grilse in summertime low water. Then there's the middle section with the copper beech and a swirly pot under the tree. Finally there is the run down to the Aqueduct.

This pool is fast becoming a top FCW pool at any time of the year. While there are lies and the possibility of catching a fish anywhere in the pool, the main lie is beside the overhanging willow on the South bank where a post has been driven into the bed of the river and, in medium water, protrudes about a foot above the surface of the water. This spot, just beside and below that post, is a top taking spot. In the summer of 2009 I caught three salmon there in quick succession, all from that lie, and the smallest of the three was 11lbs!

It is important to fish the pool right the way down and under the Aqueduct. Please check that no one is fishing the head of Haughs from the South bank before continuing under the Aqueduct to fish the lies under the north bank.

My recommendation to anyone fishing Beeches is always to fish it very quietly. If you can, try to avoid wading and, if you do so, it is best to stay in the shallow water right at the edge of the river along the north bank. The second piece of advice is to fish it through twice, and to leave 15 to 30 minutes between each session on the pool. My experience is that this pool fishes best in the early morning or after sunset (but before full darkness sets in).

Finally, when you are fishing Beeches you are on one of the most private and secluded pools at Finavon. If you and you fishing companion make sure that you don't disturb this pool unnecessarily, and if you use your best field craft skills when fishing it - minimising noise, keeping shadows off the water and generally approaching the task in a measured and quiet way - you can have high hopes of at least some action. Tight lines!