The River Spey is simply one of the world’s best salmon rivers and it was here that the famous speycasting technique was developed. This is a big, powerful, fast flowing river with hard fighting Atlantic salmon. It is very popular, so book in advance. Other great salmon rivers in the region, which won’t disappoint, include the River Findhorn and River Shin, while the River Ness at only six miles long, produces a staggering 600 to 700 catches of salmon in a season and over 200 catches of sea trout.
For the adventurous trout fisherman, the countless lochs in Caithness and the Assynt area of Sutherland are a dream come, with some of the best wild brown trout fishing in Europe. Great opportunities can be found at Loch Watten, Loch St Johns and Loch Heilen. However, there are many lochs across the region containing wild trout which are seldom visited due to their isolation.
Fishing for wild brown trout is free from most riverbanks and lochsides of Loch Ness, however, Scottish Fishing Law should be observed and local advice sought before casting your line.
The sea up around Thurso and along the north coast can be pretty big and so can the fish. Charter a boat one summer’s evening for superb angling opportunities with ling, conger, spurdog, coalfish, whiting and haddock. Anglers have been known to catch common skate over 200 lbs and in 1993 the largest rod-caught porbeagle shark was caught off the coast off Dunnet Head in Caithness at 507 lbs!