Other Rivers - North West

Shiel of Duich

The river rises in the Cluaine Forest and flows northwest for 10 miles down Glen Shiel to enter the tidal waters of Loch Duich at Shiel Bridge. Only the last 4 miles of the river are of interest to salmon anglers as a set of falls bars the passage of migratory fish. The best of the fishing is on the first 1.5 miles of the river which has 4 main pools - Bridge, Half, Captains and the Inkpot Stream. The Bridge Pool is regarded as the best of them. The river has only been lightly fished in recent years, but in favourable conditions the river can produce 30/50 salmon in the season. Unfortunately sea trout runs have declined. Flies to try - Green Highlander, Hairy Mary, Willie Gunn, Garry Dog. Stoats Tail, Ally's Shrimp and the G.P.


This small spate river has a catchment area of 54 square miles in the Braemore Forest. Most of the water that gathers in Loch Droma at the head of the system is used for for generation, so the river has to rely on rainfall and compensation flow. The river proper starts a mile or so below the 120ft high Falls of Measach in the Corrieshalloch Gorge. From there the river flows 5 miles northwards down Strath Broom and enters tidal water at the head of Loch Broom. There are 25 known pools on the Broom and season is from 11th February to the 31st October. The best of the fishing is normally in June, July and early August. Fishing is by fly only.


The source of the river is in the Inverleal Forest where it is known as the River Douchary. The river flows north to Glen Achall then west as the River Rhidorroch to Loch Achall. At the outfall of the loch the river becomes the Ullapool and flows 4 miles to enter the tidal waters of Loch Broom at Ullapool. Being a spate river fishing depends on rainfall in the catchment area. There are three beats on the river with the middle beat, which includes the Ness Pool regarded as the best on the river. Annual catches are in the region of 60/70 Salmon. In common with most west coast rivers sea trout catches have declined in recent years. The season is from 11th February to 31st October with the best of the fishing in July and August. Fishing is by fly only.


The river has a catchment area of 20 square miles mainly on the northern slopes of the Inverpolly Forest. The river runs from the outfall of Loch Doire na h-Airbhe that lies at the foot of Stac Pollaide. It increases in size when the tributary carrying water from Loch Sionascaig joins the river just above the Lochinver road bridge. From the loch to the bridge the river is fast flowing but that changes to a slow canal like flow downstream of the bridge. In the last mile the river resumes it's original flow as it rushes out from the Sea Pool as it enters the tidal waters of Enard Bay. The season is from 11th February to 31st October. A small number of spring and early summer fish enter the river in May but the main runs are usually in June to early August. At present very few sea trout are caught.The river is fly only.

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Contact details

Wester Ross DSFB
The Harbour Centre
Wester Ross
IV21 2BQ