Top Salmon & Sea Trout Fishing in South East Sutherland

Kyle of Sutherland Rivers Category: 1

The Kyle of Sutherland is the tidal estuary for the rivers Carron, Oykel, Cassley and Shin. Each of these rivers has a large catchment extending to near the West Coast, and is a renowned salmon fishery in its own right. The Shin system was developed for hydro-electric power generation in the late 1950s, and the River Shin is now just a short river, flowing from the dam at Loch Shin, to the Kyle. Shin Falls about half way along the river’s length is a famed viewing point for leaping salmon, particularly after rainfall in the summer. The fishing on all of these rivers is let weekly as advanced lets, and it is nearly impossible to get day permits. However there is some very good fishing available on the estuary, through which all fish must pass, from the Kyle of Sutherland Angling Association.

Main Season: Mar-Sep 30th
river carron
Gledfield, River Carron

KoSAA - Kyle of Sutherland Estuary
The Kyle of Sutherland estuary extends for about 12 miles from the mouth of the River Cassley to a point about 500m below the bridge at Bonar Bridge. Permits for sea trout fishing, downstream of the bridge only, can be purchased separately.

Salmon permits £33/day. Ardgay Store & Café, Tel: 01863 766801.

kyle of sutherland, salmon fishingThe Kyle at Bonar Bridge


River Brora Category: 3
The River Brora comprises two main sections of river separated by the large body of Loch Brora. Above the loch there are several miles of excellent salmon fishing on both the Upper Brora and its even more important tributary the Blackwater. Below the loch are the Lower Brora fishings which extend for about 3 miles to the Estuary.

The main river beats are very difficult to get onto, however there is salmon fishing available on the estuary and on Loch Brora.

Main Season: Apr 1st-Oct 15th
river brora

Brora Angling Club - Estuary Beat
Just under a mile in length, comprising 5 named pools and 2 good runs.

Permits £15/day from Linda's Café, Brora. Tel: 01408 621530.


Brora Angling Club - Loch Brora
A large narrow loch 3 miles or so in length, situated in picturesque Strath Brora. Brora Angling Club has 3 boats available.

Boat hire £25/day from Cunningham's store, Brora. Tel: 01408 621204

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Loch Brora


River Helmsdale Category: 1
The River Helmsdale has its source in the three interconnecting lochs of Loch Badanloch, Loch nan Clàr and Loch Rimsdale.  From there it flows south east to Kinbrace before heading south down the Strath of Kildonan. The large catchment and control of the flow from the headwater lochs ensures extended periods of good river levels after rain. This renowned Highland salmon river, particularly famous for its spring fishing, is essentially private with little prospect of availability. It is however possible to fish the Association water at the estuary. Main Season: Mar-Oct 31st
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Beat 2, River Helmsdale

Helmsdale Angling Association - Town Water
The association water is a mile and a half long, half of which is tidal, with lovely fly water and fast streams, including the Flat pool, one of the most productive spring pools on the entire river.

Permits £25/day from Thyme & Plaice, Helmsdale (01431 821598).

river helmsdale, association beat Town Water, River Helmsdale

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