Rivers Trust

Findhorn, Nairn & Lossie Rivers Trust

Our rivers and fish are important natural resources and part of the heritage of our countryside. The Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Rivers Trust is a charity which aims to conserve and restore stocks of wild salmon and sea trout through the sustainable management of river resources, habitat restoration, and provision of information and advice for river users.

The FNLRT biologist, Bob Laughton, is on the river throughout the year:-

Conducting juvenile fish surveys

Restoring riverbank habitats through the eradication of invasive plants

Monitoring and controlling predators and eradicating non-native species such as American mink

Monitoring developments such as wind farms and infrastructure upgrades

Inspiring schools and other groups on the wonderful world of rivers and fish

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about our work, our projects and our volunteering opportunities please visit our website www.fnlrt.org.uk, subscribe to our newsletter, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

For more information about the Trust, or to donate to help with our work, please visit www.fnlrt.org.uk or telephone 07501 767801 or 07887 535986

Our office is at Logie Steading, near Forres.



Fishing Availability & Booking

Fishing Info & Services

Fishing Tackle

Fishing Terms & Conditions

Fishing on the River Findhorn

Salmon Fishing at Logie on the River Findhorn in the Highlands of Scotland

Scotland is the home of salmon fishing, famed for its beautiful rivers and magnificent scenery and salmon fishing on the River Findhorn at Logie is no exception. The estate offers interesting and exciting fishing on the beautiful River Findhorn, covering a total of 3.25 miles of the river with the downstream limit being about 9.5 miles from the river mouth. The Findhorn is a medium sized spate river, and the Logie section covers some spectacular gorge scenery with the chance to catch a mixture of salmon and grilse, and, occasionally, sea trout. For more information on the River Findhorn, please visit www.FishFindhorn.co.uk, where you can also view our catch statistics.

When to Fish

Although the season for salmon and sea trout runs from mid-February to the end of September, fish do not normally reach Logie and Relugas until April or early May (timing is dependent on water temperature, which needs to reach 42degF for salmon to come up the Sluie falls just below Logie) and fishing continues until late September.

Fish caught in April, May and early June are predominately salmon, with grilse normally starting to run in late May. Thereafter a mixture of salmon and grilse are caught. Few sea trout are caught.

The Fishing on Logie Estate: Logie and Relugas Beats

All fishing is from the right bank and is fly only. We offer fishing for a maximum of four rods.

  • The Logie Beat (2 rods) is fished Monday to Saturday.
  • The Relugas Beat (2 rods) is split into the Middle Beat (fished Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and the Upper Beat (fished Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).

Relugas and Logie Beats can be taken together, or separately. Please note that if you take one or other section of the river, you are restricted to fishing only in these areas on the appropriate days. The beats are normally let by the week, although 3-day and even 1-day lets are available for certain dates. Please contact us if you have a specific date in mind. 

We have a resident ghillie, Ewen Manson, who is a real expert on this stretch of the river, as well as rod, reel and line – both of which can be booked or not as you prefer. We also provide a comprehensive pool guide, written by Ewen, who will normally be available to show you onto the river and get you started in the best spots for the current conditions. 

A Holiday For all the Family

While some of your party may want to be at the river morning to night, others may want to take advantage of the many things there are to see and do in the area for all the family. The scenery and walks are truly spectacular, Logie Steading Visitor Centre with its cafe, playpark and artisanal shops is on the doorstep, there are a host of golf courses, outdoor activities, beaches, distilleries and historic sites in the area as well as accommodation of all types to make your fishing trip a holiday the whole family can enjoy.

Fishing Tackle List

Salmon Fishing on Logie & Relugas Beats: What to bring in your tackle bag, as recommended by Ewen Manson.

Rod & Reel
Fly rod, 12-15 feet, optimum size 13 feet

Single handed rod 9-11 feet for low water summer fishing

Fly reel to match rod.

Fly Lines
Any standard floating line with AFTM.

Rating to match fly rod.

Spey lines are very popular as they improve casting.

Multi-tip Spey lines are very good for spring fishing in different weather conditions as you can fish different depths of water.

Polyleaders. A selection of these from slow sink 5 feet to superfast sink 10 feet.

Leader material.

12-18lb for spring fishing

6-10lb for sumer fishing

Maxima Chameleon recommended by Ewen.

A selection of salmon flies, sizes 6-12, singles and doubles.

Types: Cascade, Willie Gunn, Junction Shrimp, Tosh, Ally’s Shrimp, Findhorn Killer, Logie, Flamethrower, Stoat’s Tail, Blue Charm, Hairy Mary.

Plus a selection of tube flies ½ inch to 2 inch various patterns as mentioned above.

Collie Dogs and Hitched Flies can work well when conditions dictate.

Footwear: Wading is not often required so good walking boots or wellies are the norm.

Knotless net: When returning fish use knotless net, try not to take the fish out of the water as they can easily be damaged. Slip hook out and gently hold fish in current to recover and release. Do Not lift fish by tail as this can damage backbone.

If further advice required telephone Ewen on 07730 956516

What else is here at Logie Steading

Rivers Trust

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.

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