HOW TO FISH THE BORDER ESK AT CANONBIE
For daytime sea-trout, fish two size 14s, 2ft 6in apart on 7ft of 8lb Maxima. Jackie’s preferred duo is a Greenbottle and a Bloody Butcher double, with the Bluebottle and Thompson’s Terror as back-ups. For night-time sea-trout, fish a 1in aluminium tube with a simple black wing of squirrel or bucktail on 7ft of 8lb Maxima. Jackie sometimes fishes a size 6-8 single Bloody Butcher or Alexandra on the dropper to good effect. Jackie’s sea-trout hotspots are the tail of the Dead Neuk, the tail of Mill pool (left bank), the whole of Skelly Hole down to the tail, and New Bit all the way to Bell’s Weir. Jackie starts fishing the Esk at the beginning of April when there is the chance of a springer or a big seatrout, but recommends mid-june for the start of the main sea-trout run and August for the best salmon fishing. The best places to spot if the sea-trout have arrived are at the tail of the Dead Neuk and Long Pool. Jackie said, “We’re sometimes tipped off by local rod John Walters whose back garden sits high on the cliff overlooking the tail of the Neuk. One day there will be nothing there and the next there will be 100 fish sat in the tail.” Wait until 11pm before you start sea-trout fishing on a summer’s night. Don’t believe anyone who says “There’s nowt doing” or “There’s nowt in!” Fish as quietly as possible with minimal line disturbance. Avoid noise when lifting line off the water and don’t false cast. The lower the water, the smaller the bait or fly that you should use.