an angler fishing Upper Craig Beat
All the Orchy's salmon pass through a fish lift in the barrage at the head of the river Awe where there is a fish counter.
With Loch Tulla at its head, the Orchy is not a true spate river but its flow and fishing conditions are very dependent on the rainfall which, thankfully, is plentiful in this part of the West Highlands.
To accommodate the wide variety of conditions that anglers might face, all methods are permitted except the use of prawn and shrimp.
Strict conservation rules are applied to ensure that a healthy spawning population is maintained.
As soon as fish pass the Awe barrage in April, they will run the Orchy and can be caught right up to the middle beats.
The main Summer run of fish starts in mid June and is tailing off by August but the river is full of fish by September as it is the main spawning ground for the system.
The gravel beds of the lower river attract most of the grilse with the bigger fish mainly being found above the falls on the central beats.
Both daily and weekly lets are normally available throughout the season.
Fishing is mainly concentrated from May onwards with some beats fully booked from September but day tickets normally available on others right up to the end of the season on October 31st.