Scottish Flyfisher

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Loch Ericht

Hidden in the shadow of Ben Alder Munro or Mountain, Loch Ericht is a beautiful freshwater lake on the border between Perth and Kinross and the Highlands Council areas of Scotland. At 5,532 acres (22.39 square km),

Loch Ericht is a popular lake with anglers. The loch has plenty of wild brown trout averaging eight ounces (0.2 kg) and also ferox trout weighing up to 10 pounds (3.7 kg). Char also make the lake their home. Bank fishing and fly fishing are the most common methods for landing fish from the deep waters of the loch.

Permits are available to purchase from many local outlets (from approx mid Feb until end of Sept) which are listed below or from the Badenoch Angling Association online click here                                    

The fishing season is: Salmon/Trout = March 15 - Sept 30

Pike = All year

Permit Outlets

Kingussie:        Paper Shop (open during daytime only)

Newtonmore:  The Glen Hotel 

                           The Balavil Hotel

                           Invernahavon Caravan Site, 2021 unavailable

Dalwhinnie:      Petrol station

Loch Maree

Loch Maree Hotel



IV22 2HL

Tel: 01445 760288


The Loch Maree Hotel has a rich fishing heritage, on what has been called the most beautiful loch in the Highlands. Up until the decline of sea trout stocks, in the 1990’s, Loch Maree was one of the most famous sea trout systems in Scotland, and regularly fished for sea trout and salmon. In the 1970’s and 1980’s the hotel itself boasted nine ghillies through the fishing season.

The majority of Loch Maree’s fishing is still controlled by The Loch Maree Hotel, although guests staying at Talladale and Kenlochewe hotels can also angle the loch.

The loch itself has 28.6 square kilometres (11 square miles) of water and is the largest loch North of Loch Ness. The loch sports a reasonable stock of wild brown trout, usually around 8oz or less, as well as some sea trout, and salmon (though the latter are more usually found in the numerous waters into the loch rather than the loch itself).

The best fishing grounds of the Loch are those around the numerous shallow banked islands and off their points.

Both the loch and sea trout are partial to similar flies, although the larger catches seem to prefer natural bait or artificial minnow. Most larger fish in the loch are also fond of the dapping technique (use of a long rod and length of floss line, with a bushy fly), which was developed on the loch during the first half of the twentieth century. Most likely because the dapped fly when chased, mimics the loch’s common dragonflies and daddy-long-legs.

A wet fly is more likely to take a salmon, and fly’s to try for this would be the Black Pennell, Silver Invicta or Soldier Palmer.

Loch Morar offers a great variety of fishing whether fishing from the bank, fly fishing from a drifting boat using traditional loch style or trolling the deeper water for the large ferox trout and salmon. Whether fishing round the many islands at the western end of the loch or exploring the wide bays on the southern shore the visiting angler will be spoilt for choice and variety.

The trout in Loch Morar are truly wild fish as the loch is one of the only large lochs in Scotland to be unaffected by the influences of fish farming. The average size of the trout is about ¾ lb but there are many caught every season up to 3 lb. Ferox trout have been recorded up to 15lb. Salmon and sea trout enter the loch from mid May, mostly the salmon are caught by anglers trolling on the loch though they are occasionally caught by fly anglers.

The bag limit is 8 brown trout and one salmon per day, all sea trout must be returned. Unless fish are to be kept for the table anglers are encouraged to return all fish caught. No salmon may bne killed before the 20th of June as part of a Lochaber wide conservation measure.

Loch Morar Boat Hire has six good boats with outboard motors that they hire out by the day or half day either for fishing or cruising on the loch. They provide life jackets which must be worn. Contact Ewen MacDonald, 01687 462520, for more information.

Permit Availability and Prices

Permits are available from the following outlets;

  • Loch Superintendent, Allt an Loin, Morar. Tel: 01687 462388 or 07787431962
  • Loch Morar Boat Hire, Morar. Tel: 01687 462520
  • Morar Motors (mon – fri), Morar. Tel: 01687 462118
  • Adult: £6.00/day, £24.00/5 days, £30.00/7 days
  • Juniors and OAPs: £3.00/day, £12.00/5 days, £15.00/7 days
  • Boat Launch: £6.00/day.

Boat launch permits are only available through the Loch Superintendent. Boats must be deemed sea worthy and suitable for use on a large loch, all occupants must have life jackets.

Loch Shiel Hotel
PH36 4JL

Tel:01967 431224

Loch Shiel was once an important route for trade and communication between the railway at Glenfinnan and the communities of Moidart and Ardnamurchan. However, improvements to the road network mean that the loch is now a more peaceful place, and the few boats can all find their own quiet part of its 18 mile length.

You'll need a boat to fish Loch Shiel. If you have your own boat, then permits and access to a slipway can be found in Acharachle at the southwest end of the loch. This is currently the only place for visiting anglers to get boats onto the loch. Orkney longliners can be hired for either a half day or full day from the Loch Shiel Hotel in Acharacle.

Trout are plentiful in the loch and impressive specimens tipping the scales at over 10lb are regularly caught. 

Fly fishing and spinning work best in the bays and along the shallow contours with trolling more effective in the open water. Or what could be better than a spot of dapping in the golden light of a calm summer's evening waiting for the tug of a trout to disturb the reflection of the surrounding hills on the water.

  • Loch Shiel offers excellent brown trout, sea trout and salmon fishing.
  • A boat is required to fish the loch. Boats can be hired at the Loch Shiel Hotel in Acharacle at the south west end of the loch and the Acharacle slipway can be used by anglers with their own boat once a permit has been purchased.
  • Permits can be purchased from the Loch Shiel Hotel at Acharacle or via email at
  • Boat hire from the Loch Shiel Hotel costs £32.50 for a half day or £52.50 for a full day including a fishing permit and fuel.

Loch Shin

Lairg Angling Club is situated on the north side of Loch Shin about 1 mile west of the Sutherland village of Lairg.  The Club have boats available for hire on 3 local lochs, Shin Craggie and Beannach.

The biggest of these lochs is Shin at over 17 miles long. Trout in this loch average 1/2 to 3/4 lb although there are some very large fish lurking in the depths and double figure trout are caught quite regularly.   There is also the possibility of the occasional Salmon.  

Although primarily a fly fishing water, spinning and bait fishing are allowed on Shin although set lines are banned in common with most other fisheries.  Both boat and bank fishing are allowed. 


Adult £30.00

Seniors (over 65)  £20.00

Juniors (under 18) £5.00   


Boat Hire (Club Members)  £10.00/Day

                     (Non Members) £25.00/Day

Outboard Engine Hire £25.00/Day

Lifejackets £5.00/Day

Extra Fuel Charged at Cost

Note: Boats and Motors can only be hired by persons over 18 years

Bank Permits

Adults  £5.00/Day        £20.00/Week

Juniors £3.00/Day        £10.00/Week