River Between Loch Gainimh & Loch Druim Suardalain

book-cover This is one of the lochs featured in a book - Trout Fishing in Assynt: A Guide to 30 lochs - which gives you the best, local expert advice there is about fishing this loch. The booklet, which helps fund local angling, is available from Inverbank Newsagents, Lochinver.

Between NC170194 & NC119218

A small spate river between Loch Gainimh and Loch Druim Suardalain. Good sporting trout in average sizes with the odd bigger fish and some salmon a sea trout late in the season. The river has two names -Abhainn na Clach Airigh changing mids-tream to Abhainn bad na h-Achlaise.

OS Grid: NC170194
Decimal: 58.125550, -5.109123
Degrees: 58° 7' 31.98'' N, 5° 6' 32.8428'' W
Fishing details: Assynt Angling Group, Southern Zone
Permit details: £7.50/day, £40/week from from these outlets


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As a last hurrah for our week in Assynt, we decided to walk out from the road above Glencanisp Lodge and cover about half the valley on the path before dropping down the river and fishing back down.

The first and best trout of the day (c 10") came almost immediately, from a deep, good-looking churn pool on a peach muddler: from then on, the fish were frequent, but seemed to get smaller and smaller the further I worked downstream!

Even so, this was a wonderful day in an awe-inspiring landscape that could easily have doubled for Rohan in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Rocks, bracken and grass turning red-gold under the autumn gale (perhaps my yellow-polarised fish-spotters also lent enchantment to the view), and Suilven always peering over my shoulder, wreathed in clouds like a biblical holy mountain.

End result: at least 20 brown trout from 6" - 10", all caught and released on a black-hackled red tag, reddish Wyatt-pattern deer hair sedge or peach muddler.

Just one word of warning: once you're over the far side of the river, with relatively high water conditions it can be hard to find a suitable crossing point before the lowest bridge, and it's easy miscalculate your timings over that roughly glaciated ground. Get it wrong, and it can be quite a scramble to work your way back, even when you know exactly where you are!