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Salmon Fishing - River Torridon and River Balgy  Scotland

O. S. Map 24

The 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.

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The River Torridon & Lochan an Iasgair


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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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