Island Run

Give it a few casts, or even fish it through and into the Pump House

Pump House

This pool always looks fishy, but does not often deliver! If there are fish about, it’s probably going to be towards the tail.

Polnessan Stream

You’ll need a reasonable head of fish in the river to give this stream a chance! A typical resting spot for a summer grilse……..

Polnessan Pool

A great pool, with chances all the way through its long length. The main taking spots are in the heart of the pool, and, if fish are running, in the neck.

Thorn Tree Pool

This is a very long pool! Probably best to break it into top-middle-tail, all of which can be the best segments in different heights. In a big water (say 1’8” plus), it’s worth fishing the tail twice, since fish have a long and rough hike up from Ken’s Cast, and may be resting!


In the right conditions, i.e. a medium to low water, this pool can surprise, and should not be missed. When you’re standing on the upstream end of the flat rock, you’re in the zone! If you hook a fish in Rough’s, don’t be surprised if it takes you down into Ken’s Cast!

Ken’s Cast

A tricky pool to fish properly, especially at the top, where there is a backflow (try to keep your fly moving). In a bigger water, the tail of the pool can be rewarding, with the taking zone anywhere towards and below the overhanging willow on the far bank.

McSevenie’s Pool

One of Smithston’s best pools! It fishes in every height, over its full length. In low water concentrate on the neck, and in high water, on the tail.

Corner Pool

Don’t spend too much time here, but don’t pass by without a cast! You’re looking for travelling fish!

New Pool

A shadow of its former self, after successive spates infilled the best areas. Worth a passing cast or few.

McKenzie Pool

This pool is an enigma – looks ideal but rarely delivers! The taking area ought to be where the ‘sidestream’ re-enters the main stem.


Ever since the underwater rock slab disappeared in a major spate, a couple of decades ago, the pool has lost its chutzpah, but fish certainly do pause there on their way upstream!


One of Smithston’s best pools, with a good chance of a fish over its full length. The pool fishes at all heights, but in a high water, the second half, and particularly the tail, are the places to be.

Clach Pool

Unless the water is too high, this pool is a likely spot for a travelling fish. If you do hook one here, it can be a challenge to play and land!

Rabbie’s Pool

This pool holds fish! In good conditions, and even into high water, you should expect to find fish in all parts of the pool, but concentrate, especially, on the area behind the semi-submerged rock in the ‘meat’ of the stream, and at the very tail as shown in the photo here.

Jeannie’s Pool

A pool that looks like it has been created with fish in mind (fast inflow, a smooth centre and a long tail), but someone forgot to tell the fish! A fish from here should stick in your memory, because for some unknown reason, it doesn’t happen as often as it should!

Cabin Pool

Probably about the best high water pool of them all! Concentrate on the bottom half of the pool (right down to its end), with the higher the water the better (so long as the colour is not ‘milky coffee’).