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Why fish Easter Ross

Historically, salmon fishing has been renowned in Scotland, but don’t forget we also have wonderful trout fly fishing in rivers, lochs and ponds, along with grayling angling and to a lesser extent but with some great specimens, FishPal also cater for coarse anglers too.  Take a look at the Fisheries list in the menu to see the fisheries and beats which show their beats off with any availability shown, or do a *search (Book fishing) for Salmon, sea trout, brown trout or grayling. Catches, river reports and river levels are also available in the menu as well as tackle advice and fishing regulations.

Easter Ross offers the angler a very different type of fishing on the smaller rivers. The Alness is a typical spate river and offers a more precise type of fishing. The Novar Fishings comprise about 6.2 miles (10 km) of double-banked salmon fishing, split into 6 rotating beats over two sections of the river: the upper beats comprising Beats 1 and 2; and the lower beats comprising Beats 3, 4, 5 and 6. The upper and lower beats are split by about 2.3 miles (3.7 km) of fishings.

The Conon is a Hydro river and although much bigger can fish really well after a Hydro release in low water.

Alness Angling Association also has some good productive tidal water near the A9 road bridge.




About the rivers

The Alness

The River Alness (also known as the Averon) has a catchment area of 205 square kilometres, rising in the high hills of the Kildermorie deer forest in Easter Ross and flowing for 24 miles to enter the tidal waters of the Cromarty Firth. From its source the river flows for 11 miles gathering water from numerous burns to Loch Morie. The outlet from Loch Morie is partially controlled by a small dam with a fish pass. Although the Alness is a spate river, flow can be regulated to provide compensation flow and occasional freshets through periods of low rainfall

The main stem of the Alness is one of the most picturesque salmon rivers in the Highlands, running for just 11 miles from Loch Morie into the Cromarty Firth, with a drop of 600ft. The steep descent provides for a multitude of fast flowing pools, and stunning and varied scenery throughout its beats. Approximately 3 miles downstream from the loch, the main river is joined by the Blackwater tributary. The river then flows through woodland and permanent grassland. For the last 4 miles or so the river cuts through old red sandstone and conglomerates, providing dramatic holding pools, before reaching the town of Alness.

The River Alness at Evanton.



The Conon

The Conon system, by far the largest north of the Great Glen, drains 400 square miles of Ross-shire’s high mountains and moorland. Bordered in broad-brush terms by the Beauly to the south, the Ewe to the west and the Carron to the north, it is supplied by a fan-like formation of four main tributaries, each between 20 and 30 miles long; they are in clock-wise order the Orrin, the Meig, the Bran and the Blackwater. The Conon itself has a course of some 12 miles from the Conon Falls, initially Highland in character before flowing through the rich pastures and arable fields to its mouth at the southern end of the Cromarty Firth by Dingwall.

The River Connon.


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