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When to fish


Season: 15th February to 15th October

Although the season opens in early February it is rare for fish to be in the river at that time. The odd fish can be caught in late March and a few more in April and May on the lower river below Kilmorack Dam, but it is not until mid June/July that the main run salmon/grilse begins.

The spring salmon have an average weight of 10lb, and in the summer months the grilse average 6lb. Towards the end of the season the average weight of late running fish in September and October increases, and it is not unusual for fish of 15 to 20lb to be caught.


Fishing the tributaries

The Glass and the Farrar have always been summer/autumn fisheries and sport mainly depends on how many fish ascend the Kilmorack and Aigas Borland Fish Lifts (Aigas lift figures were 3,635 in 2007 and 3,942 in 2006) and very few fish reach this part of the system until early July.

Lower Beauly below the Bridge.

River Farrar which runs into the Beauly


It is difficult to give accurate returns for the system as some beats on the Glass and the Upper Beauly do not publicize their catches, however, from the beats that do publish returns in the region of 1000 salmon/grilse are the norm. The system also has good runs of sea trout with an average weight 2lb.

Apart from the tidal reaches where spinning is allowed, the system is fly only and although catch and release is not mandatory in the region of 70% of fish caught are returned.


Where to fish

For more details of the various participating beats, please take the Fisheries descriptions link in the left hand menu



Above the Aigas Hydro Dam the Upper Beauly Fishing Syndicate own 2.5 miles of the Beauly. The fishing has two 3 rod beats Eskadale and Aigas that rotate daily at 1.00pm. As on the tributaries sport depends on fish ascending the Boreland lift in the dam. The five year average is 81 salmon/grilse.

Further downstream in the gorge section of the river the Aigas and the Kilmorack Dam/Power Stations are sited. The fishing between the dams, known as Middle Beauly, is privately owned and generally not available.

Below the Kilmorack Dam the best of the fishing on the river is owned by the Lower Beauly Fishing Syndicate. The syndicate has approximately 3.25 miles from the Dam to Lovat Bridge on the outskirts of Beauly. The fishery has three beats, the Falls with 9 pools, Home with 9 pools and Dounie with 13 pools. Each beat accommodates 5 rods and the beats rotate daily. The five year average is 722 salmon/grilse.

The final beat on the river is the Beauly Angling Club fishing. who have the fishing from Lovat Bridge to the tidal reaches. There are 10 pools on the beat.


Only the lower five and a half miles below the Loch Beannacharan Hydro Dam are of interest for salmon/sea trout fishing. Culligran Estates own the fishing rights, mostly double bank on five miles of the river, and Struy Lodge have approximately half a mile below the A831 road bridge to the confluence of the Glass.

Fishing on the River Beauly


On the left bank of the river, there is a number of small ownerships, including the Balmore beat which offers 1¼ miles of fishing with nine named pools. On the right bank most of the fishing is in the hands of the River Glass Syndicate. Their fishing comprises 9½ miles of river with five three-rod beats on the right bank from Fasnakyle Power Station to just below Inchully, and one three-rod beat on the left bank from Glassburn to Creleven. The beats rotate each day at midnight.

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