The Orchy is the main spawning stream for the Loch Awe system with an annual catch in the region of 300 salmon.
In 2014 the Dalmally and Craig Lodge Beats were combined to form the River Orchy - Dalmally Fishings - Beats 1, 2 & 3 situated on the middle and lower reaches of the river amid the majestic scenery of Glen Orchy.
The owner retains two rods and will be used lightly during the season, giving pool preference to paying rods.
The beat fishes in a daily rotation of Beat 1 Monday, Beat 2 Tuesday and Beat 3 Wednesday and then repeated.
Over 6 miles of double bank fishing for 12 anglers is divided into three, four-rod beats fished in rotation. These lower reaches are on more level ground with 22 named pools, many of which have natural gravel beds. For the adventurous fisherman there are miles of attractive water that have never been fished. With caution and subject to river levels, wading is relatively easy in many locations. The Orchy is a spate river but the wide variation in pools, rapids, runs and glides combined with fly-fishing and spinning create fishing opportunities in most water conditions. There is excellent vehicle access for cars from the B8074 and by 4x4s along the private road on the opposite bank to the majority of the pools. Several pools allow vehicle access to the edge of the river making fishing accessible for the less mobile.
The salmon season runs from February 11th to October 31st and early running salmon reach the Orchy in late May with the best months being July to October. Fishing with fly or spinner only is permitted and the use of worm, shrimp or prawn is not allowed. There should be 100% catch and release for salmon, grilse and sea trout for the entire season. Injured or damaged fish should be handed to the proprietor. This applies to all beats. It is illegal to sell rod-caught wild salmon or sea trout.
All anglers are requested to read and act upon bio-security measures to prevent the introduction of Gyrodactylus salaris and other diseases to the Orchy. This will involve the disinfection of waders and landing nets and other tackle prior to fishing.
Accomodation is available at Liad Mhor cottage upon request please contact Fishpal for further details.
Scotland TD5 7TB
Tel: 01573 470612
Fax: 01573 470259