Angling History Film

We have a number of clips of cine film taken by a regular visitor, Dr. William Eldridge, in the early 1950s (1953 we think). There are a few short clips of fly fishing, but also rare footage of the Salmon net fishermen at Clachtoll as well as the Assynt Games in Lochinver.

Angling Clip
Fishing ClipA short clip of a young visiting angler, Julian Eldridge, fishing at the top of the River Kirkaig as well as on Fionn Loch. This is followed by a clip of Jack Milne, a local schoolmaster in Stoer, fishing in Loch Cul Fraioch. Mr Milne was a renowned angler and teller of fishy tales! We don’t know of any other footage from this period, but if you do, please tell us.

Salmon Fishermen Clips 1 and 2
Salmon Fishermen 1These two clips show the salmon net fishermen who operated out of Clachtoll. Until relatively recently – the early 1980s - there were a number of crews of salmon fishermen operating under licence around the coast of Assynt. You can visit the Clachtoll salmon fishermen’s old bothy at Clahtoll beach, where there are other archive pictures.

Assynt Games Clip
Highland GamesThis clip shows the Assynt Games of 1953, including races and caber tossing. Highly entertaining! (The footage is the wrong way around, i.e. a mirror image - we’re trying to fix it!)

Latest comments
1 month ago
Callum said
Amazing scenery, with the backdrop of Suilven. Free rising fish taken all across the loch, three of us had around 70 for...
2 months ago
John Burdett said
Hi all, A couple of great afternoon sessions on Loch Drumbeg from the bank. A few fish rising to a small hatch of fly on...
3 months ago
Anonymous said
Hi Guys,   Is it worth throwing a spinner,soft plastic,jig, jerkbait ect out on the water either @ clachtoll beach or...
3 months ago
Adam said
Hi, It is indeed the case that fishing in the burn above the Glen Loch is reserved for local angling club members and the...
3 months ago
Anonymous said
Hi That's a good question. I will ask and get back to you. Thanks. Hopefully updating it and improving it soon. Best...