River Ness - Scotland

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Two ghillies- one full-time, one seasonal from May onwards.

Two lunch huts and one main hut with rod room and WC.

At present Dochfour is open and welcoming guests for fishing. We are putting additional hygiene and cleaning measures in place to ensure guest's safety. We would ask that anyone showing potential symptoms or considered to be in a high risk category follow government guidelines and refrain from coming to the river. We would also ask that guests take responsibility for their equipment and ensure that it is thoroughly cleaned before and after visiting the river, and that they don't ask the ghillie to handle any of their personal equipment at the present time. Please bring your own food and drink at this time.

Any Rod sharing must agreed by the Ghillie.

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

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.

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 we can still fish in low water which helps slow fish down when they're running upstream.

From June onwards 15ft rods are normally used with floating lines and sinking tips a common set up.

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

Spinning is allowed down to the ghillie's discretion. 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.

This beat does NOT provide fishing equipment. It can be hired from Grahams of Inverness.


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Tue 10th March

The season finally started with the beats first salmon on Saturday. 
A cracking 11lb fresh spring salmon for Ewan Maclachlan
He caught it on a a type of Sunray salmon fly. 
The river has seen a significant rise is water from the weekend. 
As we head into March beat generally starts to see more salmon. 

Keep and eye on the forecast, as it will not take much rain to raise levels 

Best Grant. 

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