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Dochfour

Fishery

Exclusive salmon and sea trout fishing, comprising of two beats on the renowned Dochfour fishings. Located on the upper reaches of the River Ness, four miles west of Inverness.

There is NO beat rotation between the beats. You book the beat that you fish.

The Upper beat stretches from the weir at Loch Dochfour for approximately 1 mile, and includes 7 named pools. Most pools can be fished from the banks, with boat available for some. Provides excellent spring fishing and in summer is best suited to low water conditions, though certain pools still fish well in high water.

The lower beat comprises a 1.2 mile stretch, and includes the former lower Dochfour and Laggan beats. It comprises 10 named pools, which can be fished from the bank, boat or from the central island. The beat fishes best in medium-high water conditions.

The beats generally hold fish for most of the season but this depends on the time of year and conditions.

Loch Ness acts as a filter and as a result the river Ness never colours in a flood and it’s rare that you can’t fish because the water is too high. In a dry summer Dochfour can still fish in low water which helps slow fish down when they’re running upstream.

From June onwards 14 or 15ft rods are normally used, floating lines and sinking tips is a common set up.

Cascades, Ally shrimps and Silver Stoats catch fish with Sunrays and Hitch flies becoming more popular in very low water.

Wading is easy and chest waders are required even in low water. Boats are used to fish some of the wider pools.

The first fish are normally caught in March, and the spring fishing has been excellent in recent years with May generally the best month. August and September are traditionally the best summer months, though October now becoming a good month too with fresh fish.

Banks
2db
Max rods/permits
6
Ghillies
1
5 year average
159

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W.C.

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Hut

Availability

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Catches

Atlantic salmon
Last 7 days: 6 (Largest: 16lbs)

'17 '18 '19 '20 '21 Avg '22
Jan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Feb 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mar 9 14 4 1 0 5.6 5
Apr 14 15 13 0 3 9 18
May 12 31 7 0 3 10.6 19
Jun 13 23 18 0 19 14.6 0
Jul 37 22 22 5 49 27 0
Aug 34 42 42 49 63 46 0
Sep 13 47 22 37 25 28.8 0
Oct 12 18 8 28 21 17.4 0
Nov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dec 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 144 212 136 120 183 159 42

Sea trout
Last 7 days: 0 (Largest: 0lbs)

'17 '18 '19 '20 '21 Avg '22
Jan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Feb 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Apr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
May 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jun 0 5 0 0 0 1 0
Jul 0 10 0 0 0 2 0
Aug 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sep 1 1 0 0 0 0.4 0
Oct 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dec 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 16 0 0 0 3.4 0

Reviews

4.8
Based on 39 reviews
Description
4.9
Banks
4.7
Hut
4.8
Gillie customer service
5.0
Gillie knowledge / advice
4.9
Value for money
4.6
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Facilities & information

Facilities

Hut

W.C.

Fish

Atlantic salmon

Sea trout

Arrival information and directions

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