Salmon Fishing - River Torridon and River Balgy Scotland
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River Torridon is an attractive Wester Ross spate river, only four miles long,
flowing from Lochan an Iasgair to Loch Torridon, with easy access
from the adjacent road. Salmon can be caught from July onwards,
given rain, and up to thirty or so fish might be caught before the
season's end in September. To the west, the River Balgy is another
short river with runs of salmon and a few sea trout.
On the River Torridon, the sea trout
have all but disappeared, although Lochan an Iasgair, once famous for
its large sea trout, still produces the odd sea trout over 4 pounds. The
loch is best fished from a boat. I have been unable to get any up to
date information about fishing availability or permits.
The River Balgy and Loch Damph
The Balgy is a short river of only a mile, flowing
from the northern end of Loch Damph and entering Loch Torridon to the
east of Shieldaig. Salmon, averaging 7 pounds or so, run the river from
June, with something over fifty being taken each season. Loch Damph used
to be famous for its sea trout but the sea trout are now scarce. Rods on
the river may be available from the Tigh an Eilean Hotel, Shieldaig.
River Balgy and Loch Damph