Key for water heights :
L – Low M- Medium H-High
(Heights stated refer to Beat 2 Gauge at Boat Pool)
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BOAT IS CURRENTLY AT GARRABUIDHE FLATS AND NOT THE BOAT POOL
- Blackcairn Flats (H): Left Bank ONLY for this beat. High water pool which fishes best between 2ft-6ft on left bank. Can be a great pool at the backend of the year. Access via track upstream from carpark – walking only. It’s a very big pool but key spots are the middle of the pool opposite a small promontory on far bank, and the last third of the pool.
- Keyhole (L-M): This pool (the run out at the far side of Blackcairn Flats) has shallowed in recent years and until the river changes again is not worth the effort.
- Bulls Run (L-M): Fished from either bank but left is best @ 6”-1ft 4”. From left bank start where all streams converge. Fish through to “V” at the tail of the pool. The best lies tend to be in the upper and middle sections. The deeper channel is middle to right bank so make sure to cover whole pool. There are some large submerged rocks half-way down which provide good resting spots for running fish.
- Boat Pool (L-H): The area above and below the little island. It can fish from both sides but right bank probably best to cover the water. Be very careful wading here as it is fast and deep water with unstable gravel. It is a good holding spot.
- Garrabhudie Flats (M-H): Fishes equally well from either side. Best between 1ft 3”- 3ft”. LB – Start 30 yards up from wooden Steps half way down pool (go further up pool in higher levels) and fish all the way down to the V-tail section where Croy extends. RB- fish all way down from Island/Boat Pool. This is a holding pool and can be productive at heights stated. Tail section can be exciting with a Sunray Fly on the surface. Be careful of deep water and unstable gravel at the top of the pool on the RB.
- Garrabhudie Stream (L-M-H): Fished from Left bank. Will fish at almost any height. If levels are below 1ft concentrate on the faster top section and the tail section (the last 80 yards above Potholes) From 1ft 3” – 6ft the main section of the pool will start to fish in addition to top and tail. As the height increases the fish just move closer to the left bank. Wading is required at all heights. Best high water pool on the river!
- Potholes (L-M): Fishes from left bank only. This is now a continuation of G-Stream. They are 3 small sections which are clearly defined by small ripples and flow diversion. These are great spots to intercept running fish No serious wading and stealth required as the river is narrower at this point.
- Graveyard (L-M): Fishes from left bank and best from 3”-3ft. At lower levels on the left bank, wade out to cover the fast narrow top section. Hang your fly in this stream. Start to edge back in towards bank when you reach the deep hole. Be very careful here – walk round this hole and re-enter river. In medium flows, the middle and tail section will fish nicely, but careful wading required.
- Loymouth (L-M): Much shallower than it used to be but still holds running fish. Fishes from either side (best from right) and best between 6”-2ft. Start above where Loy enters Lochy and fish through. Half way down pool is the best spot. Fish are sometimes taken in the faster water between Loymouth and Pollock so worth a few casts, especially from Left bank. Access to right bank via Pollock boat.
- Pollock (L-M): A beautiful fly-fishing pool. Fishes from either side. Left bank best done in high water – 3ft+ from boat down for 50yards. Right bank fishes better and is best between 6”-2ft The top section, from boat down for 100 yards, is usually the most productive section but keep fishing all the way down, especially to where the high bank starts.