Other North Coast Rivers

Dionard

With a catchment area of 35 square miles the river has four miles above Loch Dionard and 10 miles below it, entering the sea at the Kyle of Durness. There are 5 beats fished in rotation, accommodating 2 rods per beat on the river and 1 beat on the loch. Occasionally early fish are caught but the main runs of salmon, grilse and sea trout occur from June through to August. Given water, annual catches are in the region of 300 salmon/grilse and 200 sea trout. The season is from 11th February to 31st October and the river is fly only.

Polla

This short river flows into Loch Eriboll at Polla. Only the lower two miles of the river are fished as a set of falls upstream bars migratory fish. Being a spate river, runs of fish depends on rainfall and river levels. Although the odd Springer has been caught in April/May, most fish enter the river from late June/early July. Between 60 and 80 salmon/grilse with an average weight of 6/7lbs are caught annually. It is not unusual for larger fish - up to and over 20lb to be taken. In excess of 100 sea trout with an average weight of 2lb 10oz are caught annually, mainly from the lower river pools and the estuary. Fishing is by fly only. Only two rods are let. Season: 12th January to 30th September.

Strathmore & Hope rivers and Loch Hope

The Strathmore river is formed from various burns near Gobernuisbach Lodge and flows north for six miles into Loch Hope, one of Scotland's great Sea Trout lochs. The loch is six miles long drains into Loch Eriboll via the one mile long River Hope. Fishing on the loch is all from boats using a wet fly or by dapping. Recent average catches have been around 700 fish a year. Some salmon are caught on the rivers. Best time to fish is June to September.

Kinloch

The River flows into the Kyle of Tongue and is all in one ownership. It has over 50 pools and an 11 year average of 35 salmon. The river has been much improved recently and the recently created estate hatchery is starting to pay dividends (65 fish caught in 2005).

River Borgie

Borgie



Borgie

The River Borgie flows north through lochs Loyal, Craggie and Slaim and then 7 miles down Strath Borgie to enter the Pentland Firth at Torrisdale Bay. Spring fish can be caught in January but the best early fishing is normally in March to April with grilse and good summer fish arriving around July. The five year average catch return is 270 fish and the season is 12th January to 30th September.

Strathy

The Strathy is a spate river. It flows north from its large catchment area and the main source, Loch Strathy approximately 12 miles to the Pentland Firth Sea at Strathy Bay. The season is from 12th January to 30th September

Forss

The river's source is at the northern end of Loch Shurrey. It flows north for eight miles before entering the sea at Crosskirk Bay just to the west of Thurso. The season is from 11th February to 31st October

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.

Contact details

The Clerk
The North & West DSFB
Bell Ingram Ltd
Estates Office, Bonar Bridge
Sutherland IV24 3EA

The Clerk
Northern DSFB
Bell Ingram Ltd
Estates Office, Bonar Bridge
Sutherland IV24 3EA