Fishermen (and women!)  from around the world flock to the Highlands to pit themselves against two of the iconic fish species, the brown trout and salmon.

Sutherland boosts a host of lochs and rivers, with most in idyllic and stunning locations offering total peace and solitude.  To stand on the bank of a river in spate or wade across the water casting into pools packed with wily fish, is an experience that will test even the most skilful fly fisherman.

The European Brown Trout is native to Scotland and can be found in most rivers and lochs and are mainly fresh water residents, however, visiting sea trout can also be found in estuaries and sea lochs. Arctic char in large shoals can be found in some of the mountain loch such as the ones in Ben More Assynt.

Atlantic salmon return to Scotland travelling through the river systems to return to their gravel bed spawning grounds. Their spectacular journey is awe inspiring and watching the salmon leap out of the water to traverse the waterfalls at the Cassley Falls and Falls of Shin is a wildlife moment that will never be forgotten.

Permits for fishing need to be purchased before fishing and these can be purchased from local estates, angling clubs and hotels.

Fishing in the area:

The Heart of Sutherland boosts three of the most famous salmon fishing spate rivers the Carron, Oykel and Cassley. The Carron flows 14 miles from the west to its mouth in the Lower Kyle at Bonar Bridge.  Fishing is available from the Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries. ( ) The Cassley is divided into three stretches , with two the Upper and Lower Cassley permitting fishing . Fishing on the Lower Cassley is available by contacting Donald Morrison on 01549 441371 or email and the Upper from Glenrossal Estate ( )

Loch Shin is one of the largest lochs in Scotland and feeds the river Shin with the water level being controlled by a hydro electric system. Boat and bank fishing is available with permits from Lairg Angling Club ( ) Kyle of Sutherland is a tidal estuary running from the Dornoch Firth and ends at the confluence of the rivers Cassley and Oykel. Day tickets can be purchased from the Kyle of Sutherland Angling Association ( )

Altnahara Hotel ( ), Overscraig Hotel ( ), Oykel Bridge Hotel ( ) all offer permits and boat hire for local lochs. Most of the hotels offer fishing breaks and some own their own private stretches of river. Bell Ingram Agency, Bonar Bridge also arranges fishing ( )

 Some of the other local lochs and rivers offering great fishing in the area include:

 Naver, Hope, Shin, Loch, Merkland, Migdale, Buidie and far too many more to mention.

For more information on fly fishing available in and nearby to this area, especially for brown trout, the following organizations may be able to help: 

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