River Lochy


Fort William


The Lochy comprises of 10 miles of prime double bank fishing for up to 16 rods.

There are 4 rotating beats each fishing up to 4 rods each.

Fishing is Fly-only. Season: 5th May - 15th Oct.

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Being the biggest and most productive river on the West Coast of Scotland, comparable with the middle Dee in terms of width and flow, the Lochy is not your typical west coast spate river. Being partly loch fed, the river will hold its height for much longer than other rivers in the region. With it's choppy gravelly runs, open-banked deep-flowing pools and tantalising glides, it is quite simply a fly-fishers' paradise.


The river is divided into 4 beats, each fishing 4 rods and each beat is about approx 2.5 miles in length. In addition all fishers have access to the productive pools both below the Dam at Mucomir and the Tailrace- the estuary beat where water abstraction from the top of the River Spean enters the Lochy again. This beat can be particularly good in low-warm water conditions as the fish hesitate and linger in the cooler and more oxygenated flows.

Each beat enjoys complete exclusivity and offers up some mouth-watering pools and glides. There is access to both banks via 2 boats on each beat. Most pools are easily accessible by car and/or foot. You rotate beats each day, moving down river.

With Ben Nevis as your backdrop, it is little wonder that the late great John Ashley-Cooper crowned this the Queen Of Scottish Rivers.

A partial catch and release program is in place, details of which will be supplied to you on arrival.


The Lochy is one of the few west coast rivers that offers a real chance of a big MSW springer. May and June are the best times to bump into these large specimens. July and August and into September sees the grilse run predominate. October usually sees well populated pools with a few late-running fish moving into the lower beats.

Scotland/Lochaber Beat

Catch Statistics

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How to Book

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Fishery Map

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Brochure (pdf)

Contact Details

John Veitch
River Manager
River Lochy Association
Tel : 07774281289