The E.A.A has approximately 16 miles of mainly double bank fishing for salmon, seatrout and brown trout. The upper river above Springfield is mostly canalised, but offers good trout fishing and salmon at the back end of the year. From Springfield downstream to Cupar the river has a chalk stream appearance thereafter the river changes again becoming faster flowing and more streamy. This area is usually the most fished due to easy access and prolific catches of salmon and seatrout. The tidal reaches can be good for seatrout and salmon but are difficult to fish due to the mud flats.
Are there any restrictions?
There is no Sunday fishing. Fishing is by any legal method, but bait fishing is restricted to single hooks only. Some areas of the river are privately owned but E.A.A. waters are shown on maps provided.
At present, due to government restrictions, all salmon caught must be returned to the river. The bag limit is, 3 seatrout and 3 brown trout per day. All local byelaws and maps are shown on the permits.
The season starts on the 15th February to the 31st October for salmon and seatrout. Brown trout season starts on the 15th March and ends 6th October.
what access do I have?
Parking on the lower river is available at Dairsie bridge,Kinnaird Farm Cottages and also the lay-by on the Strathkinness Road. Parking in the New Mills area is via the track down by Cupar trading estate. In upper reaches it is advised to park in Pitlessie village. Mostly the access is fairly easy although some areas become overgrown during the summer.
Where are the best places to fish?
Salmon fishing is usually best in the months of July to the end of season. During low water the best of the salmon fishing is from Cupar downstream but the back end of the year in spate conditions salmon can be caught throughout the river. Seatrout enter the river throughout the year. They are mainly fished for on the lower river below Dairsie bridge and in the tidal reaches. Brown trout fishing is best from the end of April onwards and can be caught throughout the river. The area around Pitlessie although canalised provides good dry fly fishing.
What the best methods to fish?
For salmon the majority of fish are caught either spinning using lures such as a flying ‘C’, toby or on the worm. However more and more salmon are being caught on the fly. Most people use a single handed 9 or 10 foot rod. Seatrout fishing is mainly on the fly with long shank flies such as teal blue and silver doing well at dusk. Good catches of seatrout are taken on a float and maggot (usually a size 16 hook with 2 maggots.) Brown trout fishing is mainly with either wet or dty fly, small traditional patterns working best.