The River Lochy offers the salmon angler some of the most spectacular and scenic salmon fishing in the UK. Condensed into just 10 miles, it meanders it’s way through the Great Glen with the backdrop of Ben Nevis (UKs highest mountain) and the surrounding peaks. Although its setting can only be described as peaceful & tranquil the fishing itself is more adrenaline filled with a “real” possibility of catching a fish of a lifetime! Over the last few years the river has produced more than it’s fair share BIG spring fish with a typical average weight of 17lbs (7-8kilos).
The season is divided into 3 categories :
Early May – early July – Lochy Springers- MSW salmon averaging 16-17lbs, up to 30lbs – mostly fresh/sealiced. A few early grilse in late June/early July.
July – August – Mainly Grilse with some smaller MSW salmon – mostly fresh/sealiced
September-Mid October – Autumn Grilse (often coloured but fresh-run) and some big late running MSW salmon
The Lochy has seen a remarkable revival over the last 25 years . From a mere 32 fish caught in 1998, annual rod catches now average around ten times that amount. With its majestic backdrop, mouth-watering pools and glides, it still is, without doubt, “The Queen of Scottish Salmon Rivers”.