This just over three mile long spate river flows from Loch Eck to the head of Holy Loch and the Firth of Clyde. Loch Eck, which is narrow deep and 6 miles long lies between the mountains of the Glen Eck and Breamore Forest's, is fed by water from the River Cur which rises on the northern slopes of Cnoc Bheula. The Eachaigs largest tributary, the River Masson enters near Benmore Gardens below the loch.
When to fish
Small runs of sea trout normally enter the river in late May/early June and runs peak in July/August. Salmon and grilse runs are in late July with the best months being August/September. Being a spate river the timing of the runs depends on rainfall and river levels. Approximately 50 salmon/grilse with an average weight of 7/8lb - with occasional fish up to 20lb - are taken annually. Sea Trout returns are in the region of 300 per season. The river is fly only. Season: 1st May to 31st October.
Where to fish
Some years ago the fishing on the Eachaig was time-shared and access is limited. Occasionally, owners offer their rod week to the fishing manager for re-let if they cannot attend. There are 35 named pools on the river and among the best are the Cauld, Ash Tree, Hut, Ballochyle, Steamboat and the Cothouse Pool. Fishing permits for Lock Eck and the River Masson are available from the Dunoon AA.
Where to stay
Many fishers stay in lodges or cottages provided with the fishing, but for other alternatives, some of whom can offer fishing packages, please see our list of Clyde accommodation providers.
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