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Assynt and Angling History

Fishing has been part and parcel of life in Assynt for millennia and recreational has been done here for centuries. There are written records of fishing dating back to John Home’s Survey of Assynt in 1774 (although this refers mostly to the herring fishing). Accounts of recreational angling exist as far back as the 1850s (at least) and there is a rich cultural history of angling, both within the local population and from the many visitors who have come to the area since the 1800s.

We have collated historical accounts, records and other artifacts relating to angling. Some of that is available online through the links below.

We are also keen to unearth new evidence, records and accounts of angling in Assynt. If you have anything - books, references, pictures, angling records or even memories - that relates to angling right up to the present day, we would love to here from you. Please contact us anglingresearch[at]substance.net.

Archive – angling records, leaflets and ancient maps of Assynt.

Film – clips of fly fishing and salmon net fishermen in the 1950s.

Literature – Read accounts of angling in Assynt as far back as 1850!

Latest comments
Hi, I have fished this and the nearby lochans but it is a challenge. There used to be a footbridge near the house (it's on...
1 week ago
Anonymous said
Fished this loch today. I couldn't find any paths up to the Loch online or on maps so followed the wee stream up, nice waterfalls...
1 month ago
Anonymous said
Putting this here even though I didn't actually make it to Fada. A later than planned start coupled with the burn flowing...
Headed straight for the hill lochs from the A837. Very foggy in the morning and a decent westerly gusting over 30mph. Caught...
1 month ago
Anonymous said
Spent the morning and most of the afternoon drifting between the islands on the 'first half' of the loch. Decent breeze with...