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Salmon Fishing - River Lochy Scotland

O. S. Map 41

Lying in the shadow of Ben Nevis, The River Lochy is an attractive salmon river, flowing the nine miles from Loch Lochy to Loch Linnhe near Fort William. Salmon and sea trout fishing, although the sea trout have declined in recent years.

The main salmon months on the river are July, August and September, when somewhere in the region of 200 salmon might be caught. The river is divided into four main beats, with 40 named pools, let privately through sporting agents and the lower section of the river, known as beat 7, is let to Fort William Angling Association. This association water is an excellent bit of water, stretching from the tide for about a mile upstream of Fort William. A fifteen foot rod is needed to cover the water adequately.

For information about the fishing on the Association water, contact the Rod & Gun Shop, Fort William.

Rivers Roy and Spean

The main tributaries of the Lochy are the Spean and the Roy. The Spean is a steep and rocky river which relies on River Roy spate water to fish well. Spinning is a popular method on the Spean in high water. Some of the water on the Spean is under the control of angling clubs. For information on access, contact the Rod and Gun Shop in Fort William.

The River Roy joins the Spean about four miles upstream of Spean Bridge. The Roy flows naturally, unimpeded by man made schemes and spates on the Roy bring fish into both rivers, most of them bound eventually for the Roy. Bait fishing is permitted on the Roy in addition to fly and spinner and most fish are taken on worm

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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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Fort William Angling Association. Enquiries to the Rod & Gun Shop, Fort William

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