Tackle for Salmon
Rods : 13-15ft advised for the larger rivers like the Lochy Shorter rods can used on the small spate rivers or in lower flows where delicate presentation maybe key.
Lines : Floating lines with various densities of sinking poly leaders. Slow sinking lines (i.e. sink 1/2) can be useful in early or late season when water may be higher and colder.
Leader : Standard Nylon or Fluorocarbon in various breaking strains, typically 10-23lbs depending on river/ flows and conditions.
Hooks : Double, Treble or Single hooks. Check river regulations
On larger rivers like the Lochy chest waders are recommended. All Lochaber rivers can rise rapidly and life jackets should be worn.
Tackle for Trout
A 9ft to 11ft single-handed (or butt extension) rod capable of throwing a #6 or #7 line is the most popular choice.
Most anglers would use a floating line with easily detatchable 3-6ft sink tips. Occasionally in some of the really deep pools some night time fishers will use a sunk line, but the vast majority of sea trout will fall to a floater or sink tip whether caught by day or night.
Leader strengths are on average 6lb although some anglers may opt for 8lb breaking strain at night. Occasionally anglers will try fishing rough streams in low water with 4lb line, but this is tempting fate.
Equipment and advice
Landing nets must be of a knotless mesh variety.
Waders with studded soles are the most popular and a wading stick makes good sense. However, beats and safety conditions vary and you are advised to check before wading. A life jacket is always advisable.
Midges may be troublesome during summer, particularly on warm damp evenings and some net protection or suitable repellent may make life more comfortable.
Permitted fishing methods and tackle vary between fisheries. Please check the terms of your permit and local bylaws before fishing.
If you require more detailed information on tackle, tactics or even where to stay, it is often best to contact the local ghillie as they will be able to offer specific advice depending on the time of fishing.