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River Kincraig

Can anyone tell me if trout fishing is available on the river Kincraig

Kirkaig

I think you can fish for trout the part upstream of the falls, but to my experience mostly small ones ("falling" from Fionn Loch ?)
Jérôme

Kirkaig

I've been in touch with Galbraiths and you can fish for trout lower down, but you need a permit for the beats the same as you would for salmon/sea trout. I am updating their prices and info shortly.

Adam

Kirkaig

Joanne at Galbraith said to get in touch with her if you want to discuss fishing on the Kirkaig.

Joanne Potter: Joanne.Potter@galbraithgroup.com
DD: 01738 456091 | T: 01738 451600

Kirkaig trout

you can fish above the big falls on an angling assynt group ticket for trout. It is lovely fishing generally and there's a chance of mayfly there too.

Simon

HiI presume you mean River

Hi
I presume you mean River Kirkaig? I am not sure but will enquire with Galbraiths, or contact them direct via the Kirkaig web page on this site:

http://www.assyntanglinginfo.org.uk/ptf_river_kirkaig

Adam

River Kirkcraig

Thanks for the reply Adam, I did mean the Kirkcaig, I am staying in Lochinver for a week from 15th May. I have passed the river a few times on the way to Fionn and it looks perfect for Euro nymphing. As it is a bit early for the salmon fishers I was hoping to get a chance at the trout.

Obtaining permits

I enjoy an annual trip to the amazing lochs some more challenging than others but still the most beautiful place to spend my time.
This post is a little disappointing as it is to complain about the appalling behaviour of the inchnadamph hotel staff. I entered the premises looking to buy permits for the next day for seven anglers only to be confronted by the most horrible little man who said I have no time for this and stormed off. Now I did not react as some would have and walked out and obtained permits from lochinver. This is one of the main reasons people won't buy permits and I believe this hotel is not serving the local angling clubs well and should not hesitate to contact me if further details are required
I will be back in the area first week in August but will not be going to the hotel for anything let alone permits

Hi sadly I concur with the

Hi sadly I concur with the original post here and on the two occasions I have been in contact with the hotel it has been very underwhelming, unhelpful and somewhat rude. I find it strange it's been called "out of character" , based on this and a few others experiences. Lochinver is the place to go for proper hospitality and service. Cheers, U.M

Hotel

My understanding is that the hotel are not doing permits anymore - now through Mackays Hardware in Lochinver. See permit page for details

Adam

Obtaining permits reply

Hi
That sounds very unusual and out of character for the hotel - have you contacted the hotel about it? I will forward to the angling group, but I'd suggest an email or a call to the hotel might be a good diea?
- adam

Accessible boat on Loch Drumbeg

Great news for anybody needing an accessible boat where they have mobility issues (including wheelchair users). The Assynt Crofters' Trust has just launched a 'wheely boat' on Loch Drumbeg:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-44717185

http://www.theassyntcrofters.co.uk/25th-anniversary-events/the-week-at-a...

Salmon catch and release

The new gradings of Scottish rivers means mandatory catch and release on the Inver catchment in 2018 , which includes Loch Assynt and tributaries (it was downgraded from Category 2 to category 3).

The Kirkaig remains Category 1.

http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0053/00531117.pdf

Help Assynt Leisure Centre

Please see below for details of a crowdfunding scheme to help maintain Assynt Leisure centre.

The centre is not only areally important local asset, it has been a vital resource for visitors as well. Indeed, back a few years, the development of this website and the wider research project was dependent on it for internet access - and Kelly and all have been hugely helpful over many years, including promoting this website.

Please help if you can.
Adam

Crowdfunding for External Paintwok at Assynt Leisure Centre
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/assyntleisure

We're raising £2,500 to Repaint the exterior of Assynt Leisure Centre in Lochinver

Assynt Leisure is a community run, registered charity, providing Sport, Youth and Learning opportunities for the community of Assynt and surrounding area.

Assynt Leisure offers something for everyone in our community and is a lasting testament to the resourcefulness and industry of the people of Assynt.

This well used facility would not exist were it not for a large and determined group of volunteers.

With reducing support from the local authority, and limited income, Assynt Leisure is struggling to meet ongoing running costs, and maintenance costs in particular. The exterior of building is in great need of a coat of paint, and we are now looking to raise funds to do this.

We will enlist the help of volunteers to help with the painting, but we need to buy the paint and appoint a local contractor to co-ordinate the work.

Every penny will help!!

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/assyntleisure

Assynt

Just fished large bay below inchnadamph hotel caught and released 9 browns around 12 inches best flies skinny bodied black hopper with lime green tag and peter Ross emerger fished between 9.30am and 1 pm weather sunny with slight breeze

Loch assynt

Just fished large bay below inchnadamph hotel from 9.30am til 1pm caught and released 9 browns all around 12 inches best fly was skinny bodied black hopper with lime green tag and peter Ross emerger nice day little breeze fish lying well out from bank

Shore fishing

Recently completed the North Coast 500 in a motor home and en route fished at Clashnessie. The beach itself is very shallow so I headed further round the bay on the left using a fairly overgrown path. I chose a suitable rock, and found a good depth of water in front. I only had spinning tackle but it was almost a fish a chuck. Only small coleys to 1lb but gret sport. Would love to have a crack here again with bottom fishing gear. Tight lines!

Changes to Tourist Info Centre location

If you are not yet aware, the former Tourist Information Centre - which sells fishing permits for b oth Assynt Angling Group and Assynt Crofters Trust - has now moved to the Mission Building next to the playing field in Culag Park.

The details are:
01463 244118

e-mail: Lochinver [ at] Visit scotland.com

Address:
The Mission,
Culag Park,
Lochinver,
Sutherland,
IV27 4LE

Opening Times

Monday 10:00 16:30
Tuesday 10:00 16:30
Wednesday 10:00 16:30
Thursday 10:00 16:30
Friday 10:00 16:30
Saturday 10:00 16:30
Sunday 11:00 15:00

Tourist Centre Opening hours

I'm up on my fishing week to Assynt. As usual, I arrive on Saturday evening, then stroll down to the Tourist Info Centre on Sunday morning to buy weekly permits - and this time I headed to its new location at the Mission around mid-day - only to find that it is shut on Sundays! Ok - it has turned into a wild day and so I may only be tempted by a short spell of un-permitted fishing in late evening.
Maybe the permit sales should be relocated to the Spar, which seems to have more acceptable opening hours

I just paid the next day

Same thing happened to me, so just went fishing and went in the next day and paid. They did think I was a bit too honest and mad when I explained that I wanted to pay for fishing the day before, but it is very important to put your money in for the upkeep.

Tourist centre opening hours reply

Hi

You can also get permits from other locations - for Assynt Angling Group, from Peter at the Cottage Culag Sq (just behind the Mission), Achins bookshop, Inchnadamph Hotel and the chandlers (not sure of Sunday opening); as well as Assynt Crofters permits from their offices in Stoer. I am not 100% sure if the post office (now at the Spar) is still selling but will check.

All permit outlest are on this site - tho one or two might need updating.
http://www.assyntanglinginfo.org.uk/outlets

We will try and make this page a bit more prominent.

Thanks for info on the TIC - I'll check on opening and amend. The fact that it has had to move and has more restricted opening is far from ideal for all concerned!

- Adam

Tourist Info opening hours

Yes - Peter is fine for Assynt Angling, but Assynt Crofters is a bit more problematic. The chandlers are not open on Sundays, and the Stoer Office has very limited hours (I'm reasonably certain - no Sunday Opening). Anyway, I'm sure no one will object if I fish until I can buy a permit!
I understand that the former Tourist Info building was sold without consultation, and it is a skeleton service that is now operating from the Mission - which, on reflection, I would like to continue supporting.

Support Crofters disabled boat funding

Please support this important fundraising campaign.

The Assynt Crofters' Trust are trying to raise funding to purchase a boat for disabled anglers, so that those who are less able can enjoy fishing in the North Assynt area.

The boat and associated costs amounts to £10919, and to date ACT have raised £7367, so £3552 is still needed.

Donate here:
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/assyntcrofterstrust

Thanks
Adam

Fire near Suilven

I was today at the Suilven through the hills for the first time since the fire and could see how it looks exactly.
There are large patches of burned heather (the grass and the trees escape the fire) in the valley opposite the Glencanisp lodge, sparse burned places between Loch Na Circe and the Suilven, and a large burned area around the un-named loch base of Suilven. The lower south side of the western summit of Suilven also burned. One can still smells the ashes more than a week after the fire ! But I must give up it doesn't look as terrible and mortiferous as I had expected, even if it is impressive of course. And heather will need long years to recover... I made a few pictures if need be.
Jérôme D.

Poachers

The chap in the last comment was correct... Define 'poaching' ...Did anyone see the posts on YouTube a year or so back of the two rough chaps from Yorkshire/Manchester who were sitting in a tent with three rods each,waiting for the bite alarms to go? There were several clips...some on Cama some on Fionn.
They were fishing with ledgered dead bait and were catching big trout and big eels...
These posts seem to have vanished.
I wonder why.

WS Fisheries Trust Auction

Hi

The West Sutherland Fisheries Trust are holding a fund raising auction to support their excellent work. Some geat prizes.

Please go here to bid: http://www.melandphil.com/geo/index.php

Thanks
Adam

Assynt Fishing Feis - Please Support!

The Assynt Fishing Feis 2016 is on Tuesday 26th July at Glencanisp Lodge. It is a great event with family fun, food, casting, fly tying and a fishing competition.

Please support this if you can with a Crowdfunder donation:
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/2016-assynt-fishing-feis

More information is here:
https://www.facebook.com/assyntfishingfeis

Stewart Yates from https://assyntflyfishing.com/ organises the event with others and it deserves everyone's support.

Thanks
Adam

Poachers

I've seen two people today -a man around 60 and his wife, I think, owner of a red Astra- both fishing with telescopic rods, spinning reels and big bubbles at the Loch Bealach Cornaidh. As we walked to the loch I asked the guy if it was a fly rod he had on his back (it didn't look at all like one...) and he answered "Of course !" Of course no, as I could see later from the crest of the Quinag with my binoculars and later at the loch. I made very closed pictures of that poacher with his bubble rod and of his car with the registration number and sent them to the Assynt Angling Asociation. I also told him he wasn't allowed to fish with such bubbles but he kept fishing... Bealach Cornaidh is a lovely loch with beautiful average goldish trout and has not to be fished with such methods.

So if you see a red Astra on a "fishing" car park...

Poachers

I too have seen elderly couples,trying to catch a trout using the clumsy and ineffective method of 'Big Bubble' float and bait. I always laugh, as I catch 10 trout on the fly and they perhaps get 1. I certainly wouldn't 'report' them as poachers.
But well done in being so vigilant...getting registration number,photographs etc.

It would be interesting to see a procurator Fiscal taking the case of 2 old folk poaching with a bubble float.

Keep your eyes peeled and happy casting.

Poachers

Well done for taking the trouble of reporting this. This precious loch and others like it are particularly vulnerable to thoughtless, illegal fishing.

Poachers - offence.

Thank you for reporting this.

In the interests of clarity for everyone:

ALL of the Assynt Angling Group/Association waters are covered by the Assynt and Coigach Protection order.

This means that fishing without a permit or breaking the rules of that permit (which includes fishing by methods other than fly, except in designated lochs, which this is not) is a criminal offence. The fine can be up to £1,000.

"Section 1(8) of the Freshwater and Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1976 provides that any person who contravenes a prohibition in a protection order is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale."
See: http://faolex.fao.org/docs/html/uk48573.htm

Regards,
Adam

fishing

Is anyone reading this fishing in the area first two weeks in July as I will be there and plan to try as many lochs as possible, I also plan to try and arrange some salmon fishing too

july

I am there also first two weeks in July have a couple things booked already but looking for more to try I'm with my dad and son

"Boot Loch"

Speaking of lochs with elusive trouts : does anybody ever catch a trout in the unnamed loch looking like a boot at 177-243 (exactly under the first "S" of Assynt) ? Looks good, but I made two attempts without any fish in view. Any information wellcome.

Boot Loch

A friend and I hiked up from Loch a Ghlinnein a few years ago and had a few casts with zero result.
It was our impression that it was devoid of fish.
We had more luck at 187-239 loch a Ghuib Aird where we both caught several fish 6-7 oz,before hiking down to Loch Assynt and back to Little Assynt via the stalkers path.
Very interesting geology up there with many "eccentrics"in the form of large rocks left behind when glaciers melted thousands of years ago

Loch nan Cuaran

I travel to Assynt most years in May and have given Loch nan Cuaran (NC291239) a go on a couple of occasions on route to other destinations. I've had absolutely no success whatsoever, I've never even seen signs of fish life. Does anyone know of a reason why this loch appears devoid of fish or is it merely my ineptitude?

Geoff Mann

Loch nan Cuaran

I haven't visited this loch and most likely never will, due to lack of fitness these days. However it does surprise me a little that the only fish reported are a few very small ones. Loch nan Cuaran is listed in the SNH standing waters survey as one of the few eutrophic (ie nutrient-rich) lochs in the Assynt area, the great majority of others being oligotrophic (peaty, nutrient-poor). Eutrophic waters generally produce large, healthy fish.

Colin Macaulay

Loch nan Cuaran

I've also visited that loch a couple of times when heading to other lochs like you (maybe the same ones...) It looks beautiful, very alpine, rocky, cold. I hadn't seen any activity the first times I passed along, but one evening, at dusk, with a friend, we've seen fish making head-and-tail in the north-west corner. We cast some dry flies and caught tiny trouts (4 or 5 inches) with pink reflections. Impossible to get a bigger one. Very strange. It's a very wild place and there is maybe a very poor insect life there. The southerly loch nearby, Loch nan Caorach, looks even better. I've just tried once, but no success...

loch nan cuaran

Like you I have tried my luck here several times.
I have only ever caught a single fish which was about 5 inches long and very silver in colour.

I spotted fish rising and cast amongst them .

I suspect that there are only a few and small fish in here.

Lochinver Pier

Does anyone know if flatfish can be caught of the peir? Just want an easy way to add them to my list of fish caught, thanks

Sunday fishing

Hi, I was reprimanded by someone for fishing here on a sunday. I have been visiting here since i was a child and have never heard of this. On the chance that i may have been somewhat ignorant about this and not wishing to offend local customs, I checked several websites which said that whilst it isnt illegal, it is frowned upon on some waters. However, i've now checked the booklet, which should be what permit holders have to go by, and it says nothing about sunday fishing. Could you clarify this? Thanks. P.s. i blanked :)

Sunday fishing

The Assynt Crofters Trust say there is no Sunday fishing with their permit information. The Assynt Angling Group rules on their website specify No Sunday fishing on Lochs Assynt (S10/E6), School (S4), Glencanisp (S5), or Awe (E17).

Hope that helps!
Adam

Sunday fishing

Thanks, fair enough about the specific lochs for AAG, although i've just checked my permit for the crofters trust info and there is nothing about sunday fishing at all, neither on the permit itself or the crofters website.

I've been refused Sunday boat

I've been refused Sunday boat hire on Loch Drumbeg but there doesn't seem to be an issue with walk-in lochs. If someone complained to me I would refer them to whoever sold the permit. If they are happy to take your money for a date that falls on a Sunday I can't see why it should be a problem.

Sunday fishing 2015

We had no problems getting a boat on Borrolan on a Sunday.

Good news for the future ?

I'm wondering if other "regulars" of Assynt lochs have the same experience as mine this year : in many lochs where I usually only caught nice trouts (let's say 13 inches and over) the last years, this year I catch trouts of the same size plus smaller ones, I mean "average" trouts around 8-11 inches. Does it mean that there were good spawing years since 2011 or so ? Or is there another explication ? I would be glad to understand...

Cheers,

Jean D.

Good news for the future?

It's a good question, Jerome. I certainly didn't notice much over 13 inches this year ! but in some places an abundance of 'average' trout....

I think it highlights the need for some fisheries science work looking at populations in a sample of different types of loch - breeding patterns, growth, effect of different geology/fauna, effect of removal of different sizes of fish in different types of lcoation. Really, there is very little known about these issues in Assynt as there has been very little work done. If others are interested it would be good to look for some ways to develop this (whilst protecting identity of locations etc.) which could help inform future practice and guidance.
Adam

Assynt Fishing Feis

The Assynt Fishing Feis is on August 6th and 7th. A must for local and visiting anglers.

There's an Introduction to Fly Tying & Casting on August 6th and the Assynt Open Fishing Competition on August 7th. The Assynt Games, including the casting competition, follows the next day.

Details:
www.discoverassynt.co.uk/event-details.php?id=652

Assynt Events

There's everything from bat evenings to ranger walks to craft days - see details here: www.discoverassynt.co.uk/events.php

Loch Roe 29.8.13

Posted on behalf of HD: I headed off to Loch Roe, at the weirs where it changes from fresh to salt water, hoping to catch a sea trout, around high tide. The fresh water stretch is near-unfishable at this point, since it is covered in lily pads – a beautiful sight for non-fishers! I tried casting just below the weirs , but there were shoals of tiny saithe and Pollock which grabbed at every fly. I eventually hooked and safely returned a small bright silver sea trout (a few ounces).
NB this loch needs a marker!