Tackle Advice

Tackle for Salmon

The tackle you decide to use will depend on the time of year and height of water. Generally speaking, a 15ft rod will cover all eventualities on the system throughout the year, as the rivers tend to be on the large side.

In times of low water 13-14ft rods may make fishing a little more pleasurable.

Regarding lines, it is generally accepted that a floating line with a range of sink tips or an intermediate line will see you through most conditions through the season. None of the rivers on the system have any extreme depth and certainly on the River Ness, the water temperature does not vary that much, with Loch Ness having the mass it does.

Spinning on occasions can be an option on some of the system. 10ft rods with 15-18lb nylon will be adequate. The Black and orange minnow is a favourite on the River Ness, taking many a large salmon over the years.

Chest waders will be required to cover most rivers on the system. It is worth noting that many beats require anglers to wear a life jacket whilst fishing. Jackets are often provided, but it is always advisable to bring your own just in case.

Again fly choice will depend on the time of year. In the spring and autumn weighted tube flies may be required, but if the water is low, flies tied on larger doubles or trebles will be sufficient. In summer bring doubles and trebles down to a size 12 or even smaller on some tributaries. Flies such as the black shrimp and the nessc were devised on the River Ness, and often prove to be the anglers choice regardless of the season.

Hiring/buying tackle

Visiting and local anglers are able to purchase tackle from local tackle shops and mail order outlets. Those marked with an asterisk (*) in the following list of suggestions also hire out equipment.

Tackle shops
01463 233178
Established in 1857, Grahams is the ideal shop for any outdoor enthusiast. From river and stream to loch and sea we have products to suit all needs and budgets. Our range of products cover:- fishing tackle, shooting equipment, outdoor clothing and footwear, optics and gifts. We supply a number of Highland estates. Shop located opposite Inverness Castle. Hire Equipment for fishing is availabe - Rods and Reels