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The Lochcarron and District Business Association (LaDBA) is tasked with providing support for the local business community in and around Lochcarron, Wester Ross, Scotland.

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The Lochcarron area has much to offer discerning visitors – notably its superb scenery, with all the enjoyment that affords. Well known to walkers and climbers for many years, fishermen too are now discovering it. Here, selected lochs and rivers are revealed not only as places where an angler’s skill may be tested, but also as wild and beautiful places in their own right. Written by Michael Stuart Green, Roddy Maclennan and Jonah Tosney 

Here we show extracts from the fishing section of the guide, fuller details are included in the publication.

RIVER CARRON

(Anglicised Gaelic, “Rocky River”)

METHOD Fly or spinner only. Please use barbless hooks.
DESCRIPTION A typical, larger West Highland river which has seen a tremendous upturn in fortunes in recent years.
SPECIES Salmon, sea trout and brownies.

RIVER RULES A strict catch and release policy operates on the Carron for both salmon and sea trout. All salmon must be put into keep-nets (from Fishing Hut) so they can be inspected and marked prior to release. 

© Michael Stuart Green 

© Michael Stuart Green 


ACHINTEE HILL LOCHS

Lochan Dubha

(loch’an doo’a, little black loch)

METHOD No restriction but wet fly most common.

DESCRIPTION A hidden, enigmatic loch with spectacular views to the north.
SPECIES Generally small, white-fleshed brown trout up to a pound and a half.

ADVICE Black Pennell works well throughout the season, as does Invicta towards the end. Butcher and Grouse and Claret are also worth a try.


Loch an Fheòir

(loch’an iyawr, grazing loch)
METHOD No restriction

DESCRIPTION A beautiful, shallow hill loch. Boggy margins and reed-beds in places.

SPECIES White-fleshed, wild brown trout up to two pounds.
ADVICE Black Pennell works well throughout the season, as does Invicta towards the end. Butcher and Grouse and Claret are also worth a try.


Loch a’ Chairn Bhàin

(loch’uh chairn vaan, loch of the white cairn)

METHOD No restriction, usually wet fly.

SPECIES White-fleshed, wild brown trout up to two and a half pounds.
ADVICE Black Pennell works well throughout the season, as does Invicta towards the end. Butcher and Grouse and Claret are also worth a try.

 


Loch nan Creadha

(loch nan cray’ga, loch of the crags)

METHOD No restriction

SPECIES White-fleshed, wild brown trout up to two pounds and sometimes something a little larger! 

ADVICE Black Pennell works well throughout the season, as does Invicta towards the end. Butcher and Grouse and Claret are also worth a try.


ACHNASHELLACH HILL LOCHS

Loch Coire Fionnaraich (Meaning unknown, possibly Fionn’s pasture, or Fionn’s lookout)

METHOD No restriction

SPECIES Brown trout as wild as the mountains. Possibly arctic charr.

ADVICE On a warm day Coire Fionnaraich produces a good hatch of mayfly, so a carefully selected dry fly may bring rewards. The loch appears to sink to depth pretty quickly from the south shore, so deeper flies or lures may also prove effective.


Loch Coire Làir

METHOD No restriction; usually wet fly

SPECIES Arctic charr, possibly brown trout. The charr are of conservation interest, so please notify Peter Minting of Wester Ross Fisheries Trust of any catches: peter.minting@inverness.uhi.ac.uk or 01520 722882

ADVICE Probably buzzers; best fished into the deeper water on the southern shore, and hard to cast in a strong wind.


Loch Coultrie

(Scots: loch cool’ tri)

METHOD Fly fishing only.

DESCRIPTION Only about 1km long and less than 500m at its widest. A burn connects with Loch an Lòin (see below).

SPECIES Small, brown “breakfast” trout; loch also accessed by salmon.


 

Loch an Lòin

(Gaelic: loch an lawn, reedy loch)
METHOD Fly fishing only.

DESCRIPTION A loch of no great depth that becomes very reedy after July; a burn connects with L. Coultrie (above)

SPECIES Small, brown “breakfast” trout; loch also accessed by salmon.


SEA FISHING

Loch Carron and its environs provide a wealth of sea fishing opportunities. Popular spots include the shore around North Strome and even the jetty in Lochcarron. No permits are required, and tackle is available from both the garage and the Spar shop. Care should be taken when fishing from the shore as the waters can be deep and currents strong. The loch holds an array of fish and a lucky fisherman may hope to catch mackerel, cod, pollock, ling, and dogfish. A variety of other creatures may lurk in the depths. It is hoped that sea fishing trips may become available from Shieldaig in the near future. Sea fishing, by boat, is also available further up the coast in Gairloch and Ullapool.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Information on the River Carron, its fish stocks, recovery and research can be found at www.rivercarron.org.uk
Wester Ross Fisheries Trust carry out fisheries and conservation work throughout Wester Ross www.wrft.org.uk

The information contained on this page is also available, in a more detailed form, in the Lochcarron Out and About guide available locally in Lochcarron or by post