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Salmon Fishing - River Beauly Scotland

O. S. Map 26

One of the great Highland rivers to be harnessed for Hydro-electric power, the River Beauly is born out of its tributaries, Affric, Cannich, Glass, and Farrar. The spring run has diminished since the building of the Hydro dams and the best fishing months are now July, August and September. The lower river can also be good for sea trout, with the main run appearing in July. With the water flow controlled by the hydro electric scheme, the Beauly is less reliant on rainfall and can often provide good fishing irrespective of weather conditions.

The best of the salmon fishing on the Beauly is on the river below the dams at Aigas and Kilmorack, while good fishing can be had on the main tributaries Glass and Farrar from July onwards. The main lower beats are Falls, Home and Downie, owned by Lovat Estates, where salmon can be taken from April, with the best of the fishing from July through to October. On the main river above the dams and on the tributaries, it will be late May or early June before the first fish are caught, with things really picking up with the first of the summer spates in July. The total salmon catch is somewhere in the region of 1200 fish per annum.

Beauly Angling Club has water on the lower river, owned by Lovat Estates, which can be very good for sea trout. Day tickets are available for the tidal stretch below Lovat bridge. Further up the river, the Downie beat can also be excellent for sea trout, with a good Spring run around April and again in July when the main summer run of sea trout enters the river. Most of the Beauly beats are owned by Lovat Estates.

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The maps on this website have been reproduced with the permission of Collins Bartholomew. Please note that these maps may date back several decades. Much of the human detail will have changed but the character of the rivers and lochs, and the trout and salmon in them, will be much the same as they have always been.

In addition to the information provided here, I would recommend that anyone planning a fishing or walking trip in Scotland should equip themselves with a compass and the appropriate Ordnance Survey map. The most useful of the O.S. maps for the fisherman is the Landranger series, scale 1:50,000. For each of the lochs and rivers listed here, I have given the relevant O.S. Map number. 

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