Finavon Castle Water Salmon and Sea Trout Fishing on the River South Esk in Scotland


This pool is fished from the North bank and is accessed by walking up the footpath on the North side of the suspension bridge. In low water, the pool can also be accessed by wading across the river underneath the powerlines at below Bridge pool on the South bank, but anglers must take care when doing so, both because of the swift water, which is not deep, but more so because of the overhead powerlines.

For many people who fish Finavon's pools, Tyndals is the best of the best. It is a classic South Esk pool, a miniature of great pools on bigger rivers. The pool is good for salmon and grilse at all times of the year, but perhaps especially so in the spring months of March, April and May.

The pool falls into three sections - the streamy head down to the 'elbow' where the current is deflected away from the S bank into the centre of the channel, the main pool where the stream carries over boulders and lies at a good depth, even in low water, and finally the tail which is a constantly changing gravelly dub with excellent lies under the S bank. There's a morning's fishing in the 250 yards of this glorious pool when the river is at the right level. The best marker for assessing the fishing height for Tyndals is the armchair rock which is the one in the centre of our webcam. When the water is bulging upstream of the boulder and flowing freely around it's sides the height is perfect for a salmon from Tyndals.

The pool fishes at all heights for both salmon and sea trout and provides excellent night fishing for sea trout. Wading is quite easy but be careful not to trip over the submerged boulders of the Croy on the N bank, towards the tail of the pool. Otherwise it's all gravel. As you wade down the pool you will often see salmon and sea trout splashing around in the pool below, Willows.