Lower Boat Pool - Milton Beat

Lower Boat Pool - Milton Beat

Ghillie's Wise Words

There is no such thing as a completely artificial salmon pool because the river itself has the last say in shaping the bed of the river. But Lower Boat Pool never existed before we built the rocky finger that makes Volcano, and it has now become the best high water cast at Finavon. By 'high water' I mean roaring spate, when you simply cannot fish any other pool except for Upper Boat Pool. You fish it from the South bank and the wading is quite easy, but beware of the occasional boulder. Fish it from Peter's Croy to the lip of the rocky weir that separates the Pool from the flats. (We call these upstream rocky V's 'RPJ's' or 'riffle – pool – joins' & they provide fishing above and below the 'V'). This is a pool which in high water invites you to open your shoulders and cast a long line.

I have seen large numbers of salmon congregating in the tail of Lower Boat Pool in a summer spate. By wading a few yards out from the South bank you can cover the tail section of the pool. In August 2008 we had fourteen salmon in one day, most of which came from this pool. It is quite simply one of the top spots on the South Esk in a spate. If you are lucky enough to be on Lower Boat in good conditions, stand by for action! My brother, Colin, is fishing the tail in reasonable conditions for picking up the occasional early-running fish, but you really need another foot of water for the fishing to become stratospheric!