The Laxford system has a catchment area of 67 square miles in some of west Sutherlands most scenic terrain. The short 4 mile river runs northwest from Loch Stack to the tidal waters of Loch Laxford just below Laxford Bridge.
Loch Stack itself lies in magnificent scenery with Ben Stack to the south and Arkle to the north. It is "H" shaped with an extended leg and has an 8 mile shore line with many inlets and bays
Loch More is connected to Loch Stack via Loch nan Ealachan and a short channel. Loch More is 4 miles long and almost half a mile wide with a depth of up to 300 feet
When to fish
Although the river produces the occasional spring fish towards the end of March, rods rarely fish the river until June when the main runs of fish begin. Up to 4 rods fish the river on a rotational basis during the permitted 8 hours which end at 6 pm. In the 2002 season it was decided that all hen fish must be returned, and it is possible that this rule is still in force. Both river and loch's fish best in the summer months.The season is from 11th February to 31st October, but for conservation reasons 30th September is the effective end.
Where to fish
Gaining access to the river is difficult but rod weeks are occasionally available. Unlike many other highland rivers the Laxford does not fall steeply on it's course to the sea but it does flow fast and has many glides, deep pots and pools such as Top Pool, Claughton's Dukes, Duchess, Ridge and Cottage. Approximately 200 salmon with an average weight of 7/8lb are caught annually.
The lochs, now that the sea trout runs have delined, are now mainly fished for salmon and grilse, with any sea trout caught returned as a conservation measure. In bygone years four boats with two gillies with two sets of oars per boat was the norm, now there are six boats and since 2004 outboard motors have been allowed for travelling to the drifts, when the oars take over. The lochs can be affected by strong northwest and southeast winds and dapping a Loch Ordie, Ke-He or a Black Pennel fly can be very effective in these conditions. On both lochs brown trout up to 4lb in weight can be caught and wet fly patterns to try are the Soldier Palmer, Black Pennel, Grouse and Claret and the Peter Ross.
Fishing is fly only throughout the system.
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 accommodation providers.
North & West DSFB
Bell Ingram Ltd
Sutherland IV24 3EA