About the river

The river rises in the Ledgowan Forest to the West of Achnasheen and flows Southwest through Glen Carron for 14 miles to enter the tidal waters of Loch Carron at Achintee. Approximately 4 miles from it's source the river enters Loch Sgamhain and lower down the system Loch Dughail.

Rod catches declined in the late 90s to a low point in 2000 with only 5 salmon caught on rod and line. Since 2001 a programme of rearing and stocking with yearling Carron fish has been carried out and significant improvements have been made to the catch returns. In 2004 the salmon returns were 141, in 2005-166 and in 2006-200. It is hoped that naturally spawned fish will begin to return to the river in 2007/8. The river is fly only with a mandatory catch and release policy.

When to fish

Being a spate river it all depends on rainfall in the catchment areas. Given water salmon/grilse begin to enter the river in May and continue to run till the end of the season. In 2006 a number of large fish were caught in the 18 to 20lb range. Sea Trout also run at the same time. The Season is from 11th February to 31st October.

Where to fish

Five estates own the fishing rights and most of the fishing is private, however weekly lets can sometimes be arranged.

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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 North West accommodation providers.

Contact details

Wester Ross DSFB
The Harbour Centre
Wester Ross
IV21 2BQ