Pool Guide for Salmon Fishing on the River Findhorn at Logie

by Ewen Manson

Relugas – Top Beat

Scum Pool.

Good spring and summer pool. Fishes best low to medium height of water.

Brahn Pool.

Difficult pool to fish. Fishes best in low water. Speycasting an advantage.

White Stream.

Good grilse holding water when river is low.

Slate Pool.

Fishes best in low to medium water. Very good visual fishing when on high bank. Very exciting.

Fish Pool.

Wonderful pool to fish in medium height of water. Can hold a lot of fish at times.

Bridge Pool.

Great pool in all heights of water. Very good in early spring and can produce some big fish.

Relugas Middle Beat


Fishes well in early season, April-May when fish are just arriving from the sea. Low to Medium height of water is best.

Muckle Stronach.

This pool is very underfished because access is not so easy but can be very good in summer for grilse in low to medium water.

Little Stronach.

Another good pool in summer when grilse are running. Good in low water. Very streamy.


The Dullan is probably the best pool on the Middle Beat. It fishes well all season and holds fish in low to medium water.


The best high water pool on the whole stretch. Fishes very well when the water is between 3 feet and 6 feet on the guage.

Pool of Peck.

Quite difficult to fish as you are on a high bank but holds a lot of fish in low water. Cast square and let fly. Speed up with current. Takes are very aggressive.

Randolph’s Leap.

The leap is great to fish as it is very visual and you can see the fish take the fly. Very hard to fish on your own.

Artist’s Pool.

Very difficult to fish. High rock ledge and almost impossible to land fish on your own. Very exciting.

Junction Pool.

Junction is the last pool on the middle beat but one of the best in medium to high water. Long stretch of fishing about 150m. You see quite a lot of fish moving here.

Logie Beat

Lookout Pool.

Not a very productive pool but fine in very high water at the tail of the pool.

Broom Pool.

Very good in medium to high water. Bottom two thirds fishes best, great in the early spring. Some big fish caught here.

Sandy’s Kist.

Fishes best in low to medium height water. Fish tend to show quite a bit at the neck of the pool when water is low and tail when water is at medium to high.

Garden Pool.

This pool is the nearest to the fishing hut, good in medium to high water when fish are running. Easy pool to fish for beginners.

Mill Pool.

This pool fishes best in low water.

Red Rock.

Very good pool in low to medium height, really nice stretch of fly water. Track down to the pool is quite steep.

Ewen’s Pool.

This can be very good in high water. Very difficult to land fish, but great fun to be had.


Great pool in medium height of water. Fish come into the tail of pool and rest. Bottom half of pool is best. Good in spring and summer.

Cave Pool.

Great pool in early spring when water is low. Holds a lot of fish as they come out of the gorge. Tail end can be very good in summer.

Poacher’s Pot.

Last pool on the beat. Difficult to get to but can be good in low water in summer.



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Logie and Relugas Pool Guide

Terms & Conditions for fishing on Logie Estate

  1. Fishing on the river is restricted to 2 rods per beat and is to be by fly only. All fishing is from the right bank. By arrangement with the neighbouring estate there is no left bank fishing on the Relugas Middle and Top beats.
  2. The fishing is split into two 2 rod beats, Logie and Relugas, with Relugas sub divided into Middle and Top.  Beats can be taken together or separately. Logie is fished Monday to Saturday, Relugas Middle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Relugas Top on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beats change at midnight.
  3. Fishermen must contact Logie Estate office on 01309 611300 a day or so before arrival to organise being shown onto the river. A map of pools, beats and access routes will be provided.
  4. Bio-security is important to the future of the river and anglers are asked to observe protection measures. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Conservation Code will be strictly observed. To summarise: All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive must be released. From 15th May, all salmon over 9 lbs / 4 kg / 28 inches / 72 cm are to be returned.  Below that measurement at least 70% of salmon and 50% of grilse caught should be released and a maximum of 1 salmon and / or 2 grilse per rod per week may be retained. In September all fish are to be returned. No gaffs or tailers are allowed.
  5. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Bio-security measures will be strictly observed and all fishermen in the party must sign the Bio-security Declaration. (Also available at http://www.fnlft.org.uk/downloads/)
  6. The Estate recommends that barbless hooks are used, fishermen are in possession of a disgorger and that knotless nets are used. All possible care should be taken when returning fish to the river, they should be handled as little, and gently, as possible and should not be removed from the water.
  7. The catch should be reported at the end of each day of fishing to Logie Estate Office on 01309 611300. If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine with the date, weight and pool. Please also report a nil catch day.
  8. Dogs are allowed on the river but must be kept strictly under control at all times. The Estate reserves the right to ask tenants to remove dogs if they are considered to be out of control.
  9. Rod, line and fly size are dependent on prevailing weather and water conditions and personal choice. In general, maximum rod length needed is 13ft with a size 8 or 9 line, usually floating. Fly sizes range from 6 – 8 in the spring down to 12 or less in summer low water.
  10. Safety must be considered at all times. All beats have a variety of pools with some suitable for most heights of water. Little wading is necessary and river paths are good however the fishing is within the Findhorn gorge, access to some of the pools is quite steep and a degree of rock scrambling is often necessary when playing and landing fish. Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. A buoyancy aid for each rod is provided and should be collected from Logie Estate Office on arrival, and returned to the Estate Office (or to the outbuilding opposite if office is closed) on departure. Logie Estate strongly recommends that buoyancy aids are worn when fishing and not doing so is entirely at fishermen’s own risk. Please pay attention at all times, avoid slips and falls, wear appropriate footwear, look out for overhead electricity lines, watch the weather and pay attention to livestock. Take extra care if fishing alone.
  11. Anglers need to supply or hire their own equipment (except buoyancy aids, which are provided).
  12. Ghillieing/tuition is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. A half day ghillieing/tuition is approx. 3 hours, full day approx. 6 hours. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. Rates do not include discretionary tips.
  13. Rod, Reel & Line hire is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. A rod, reel and line set is for one person and is subject to a fully refundable damage deposit of £100.
  14. Aside from fishermen, others, including rafters and kayakers, enjoy this stretch of river and mutual respect and consideration is expected.
  15. Bookings are confirmed when initial payment is received. Subsequent changes in dates or number or rods are entirely subject to the Estate’s discretion and to availability. Change of dates, if accepted, incur an administration fee. In the event of a cancellation the tenant must advise Logie Estate immediately, whereupon Logie will endeavour to re-let. If a new tenant can be found the deposit will be returned less any expenses incurred for advertising, office costs, etc., and less any shortfalls in discounted list price. Until such time as a vacancy has been re-let the hirer is responsible for making any further payment by the due dates. Failure to do so may mean that the hirer forfeits any refund if the dates are re-let. If it is not possible to re-let, all payments are still payable by the due date(s). It is unlikely that a refund can be made for a late cancellation. Logie Estate recommends that fishermen take out relevant cancellation insurance.
  16. Subletting fishing is only allowed with Logie Estate’s permission.
  17. Logie Estate reserves the right to immediately withdraw fishing without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated conditions, or flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing etiquette.