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Salmon Fishing - River Helmsdale Scotland

O. S. Map 17

A great salmon river, the most productive in the north of Scotland. The best of the fishing, however, is strictly preserved and inaccessible to most. The fishing is divided into twelve beats, six above the falls of Kildonan and six below, with one top beat and one bottom beat available to two rods each day, allowing a total of twelve rods to fish.

Salmon may be caught from the opening day on January 11th, although the fisherman and his gillie may have to break the ice before fishing. Salmon will have passed up through the falls by the beginning of April, giving excellent fishing through April and May, with grilse running through June, July and into August. As on all northern rivers, fishing is by fly only

Catch statistics are not widely publicised but it was once reported that one top beat alone had nearly 600 salmon for the season, with 94 to two rods in a week. Access to the private beats is strictly limited but the occasional rod may be available in early season. Day tickets are available for the association water in the village of Helmsdale, a mile of water which can fish well throughout the season for salmon, with good  sea trout fishing in the summer months.


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River Helmsadale

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River Helmsdale Salmon Catches

See also Scottish Salmon and Sea Trout Catches


Angling Clubs and Associations

Helmsdale Angling Association (Town water).

Visitors may obtain permits for the Town water at a cost of 26 per day until the end of June and 35 thereafter. Weekly tickets until the end of June are 100 and 140 thereafter. Family day tickets are available at 30 rising to 35 and family weekly tickets are 150 rising to 175.

River Helmsdale Fishing Map

River Helmsdale Fishing Map

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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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