Scottish Flyfisher

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River Nairn

The River Nairn is a productive sea trout river, although the sea trout fishing is not perhaps what it once was. Spring runs have declined but a few are still caught as early as March or April. July can see excellent catches of sea trout and can also be a good salmon month, given rain, with the summer run continuing into August and September.

The sea trout fishing can be good, with fish entering the river from May onwards, although recent seasons have seen a decline in sea trout numbers. For much of its thirty-five-mile length, the narrow River Nairn is characterised by deep tree lined pools, excellent holding pools easily covered by a ten-foot single hander.

The lower nine miles of the river are controlled by the Nairn Angling Association.

The Association beats are available to the visiting angler on a daily or weekly ticket. Visitors' day permits will now cost £35,