The salmon fishing on the River Alness is owned or controlled by four parties. The Novar Fishings control the majority of the fishings which are split into two different stretches of water, both double-banked. The upper Novar beats start below Loch Morie and extend for about 3 miles downstream to the junction with the Blackwater. The lower Novar beats start about 2.3 miles further downstream and extend for a further 3.7 miles ending just north of the town of Alness
Between the two stretches of river owned by Novar, Kildermorie Estate own about 0.8 miles of single-bank fishing below the Blackwater and Ardross Castle Estate own a stretch of about 1.5 miles directly below the Kildermorie waters. Both estates generally reserve their salmon fishing for estate guests only. Alness Angling Club control about 2.1 miles of fishing directly below the lower Novar beats to the estuary on the Cromarty Firth.
The River Alness typically produces rod catches of 600-800 salmon & grilse each season of which about two thirds are caught on the Novar Fishings' beats.
Novar Fishings on the Alness
The largest of Ross-shires rivers flows eastward to enter the tidal waters of the Cromarty Firth. It has four main tributaries, the Black Water, Bran, Meig and the Orrin. In the 1950s the Hydro Power Board constructed 9 dams and 6 power stations for generating electricity. Although most of the dams have a fish pass or a Borland lift very few salmon reach the spawning areas above them. The river levels are maintained by compensation flow, that is until the power stations start to generate, then the levels can rise at an alarming rate. Below Torr Achilty dam/power station on the Conon, the river flows for 2 miles where it is joined by the Black Water and 2 miles further downstream by the River Orrin. From the junction of the Orrin the river flows for 3 miles to the tidal pools at the rivers mouth.
Brahan beat on the Connon