About the river
The 6 mile long Inver has a catchment area of 68 square miles with over 30 miles of tributaries draining into the main river and Loch Assynt, however it is considered to be a spate river. Water from the loch can be controlled by sluices to give reasonable flows in low water conditions. A short distance below the sluices the river widens to form Loch Garbh and then Loch an Iasaigh. The Allt an Taighaich enters the river just below the loch bringing water from the lower slopes Canisp. The river soon gathers speed and flows through classic highland scenery and a spectacular woodland gorge before entering the tidal waters of Loch Inver.
When to fish
A few fish run in the early part of the season but the river is rarely fished at that time. Normally salmon and grilse enter the river in late June, July and August but in a dry summer, rain in September and early October can give good catches. Salmon catches have declined in recent years and now a return of 200 fish with an average weight of 8-9lb is considered good. A small number of double figure fish are caught each season and fish entering the river in the spring and caught in June can weigh up to 20lb. Sea Trout rarely figure in catch returns. The river in common with all highland rivers is fly only and there are restrictions on the number of fish that can be taken. The Season is from 11th February to 31st October.
Where to fish
With a number of owners, access to the river can be difficult but should anglers be fortunate to fish the river there a number of excellent pools. On what is regarded as the upper river Loch Garbh and Lochan Iasgaich are good holding pools. Other well known pools on the middle and lower beats include the Grassies, Deer, Whirl, Star, Pollan, Ladder, Battle Field, and Flats.