Over 6 miles of double bank fishing for 12 anglers is divided into three, four-rod beats fished in rotation. These lower reaches are on more level ground with 22 named pools, many of which have natural gravel beds. For the adventurous fisherman there are miles of attractive water that have never been fished. With caution and subject to river levels, wading is relatively easy in many locations. The Orchy is a spate river but the wide variation in pools, rapids, runs and glides combined with fly-fishing and spinning create fishing opportunities in most water conditions. There is excellent vehicle access for cars from the B8074 and by 4x4s along the private road on the opposite bank to the majority of the pools. Several pools allow vehicle access to the edge of the river making fishing accessible for the less mobile.
The salmon season runs from February 11th to October 31st and early running salmon reach the Orchy in late May with the best months being July to October. Fishing with fly or spinner only is permitted and the use of worm, shrimp or prawn is not allowed.
The river is now Class 3 and therefore is 100% catch and release for salmon, grilse and sea trout for the entire season.
All anglers are requested to read and act upon bio-security measures to prevent the introduction of Gyrodactylus salaris and other diseases to the Orchy. This will involve the disinfection of waders and landing nets and other tackle prior to fishing.
Accommodation is available at Liad Mhor cottage upon request please contact Fishpal for further details.