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River Forth – Stirling

October 27, 2020
October 27, 2020 (All day)
Beat Location
Craigforth, Raploch, Stirling, UK   View map

Free with a Scottish Fishing Passport

The Stirling beat on the river Forth is set within the footprint of Stirling Castle with fantastic transport links north and south. The beat is easily accessible from J10 on the M9 and is situated 5 minutes from Stirling City Centre.

The beat provides excellent opportunities for fly fishing and spinning and the first fish of the season is usually caught around the end of March. The river produces fish every month thereafter and it is no surprise to see sea liced fish in October. Being the first beat on the river it is better too focus your efforts on fishing around the tides. Sea trout can provide great sport from May – July.

If you prefer to fly fish a 13ft rod with a shooting head and range of tips will cover most conditions. When water is low a single handed or switch rod is preferable with a full floating line. Yellow and orange flies account for many salmon every season and don’t be scared to scale down in size or even fish the hitch through some pools when grisle are around. If spinning is your game then lures like a toby or devon minnows can give you a good chance of catching a tide fresh fish.

The river is tidal so caution must be shown when fishing and wading and you should make yourself familiar with tide times. Anglers are advised to wear appropriate PPE – life jacket, eye protection, peaked cap and wading stick when fishing.

Fishing strictly by catch and release only. All fish must be returned.

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