Fishing


The River Ness hosts one of the most productive summer and autumn runs of salmon in the North of Scotland with fresh fish being caught up to the last day of the season, October 15th.

Ness Castle Fishing boasts over a mile of double bank salmon fishing, and has some of the finest fly water on the river, with pools such as the famous Black Stream, Lady Pool and The Laggan.

All of the pools are readily fished from the bank or are easily waded, although in higher water, fishing can be carried out from one of out four boats at the ghillie’s discretion.

Fishing is let for five rods and can be carried out equally well in both low or high water, with the river running gin clear regardless, this is due to Loch Ness acting as a giant filter and stopping any visible sediment getting into the river.
Trout fishing on the beat is also first class, with exceptional catches frequently being made in spring and early summer. The average weight of the trout is around the pound mark, with many larger trout of up to and over 3lb caught each season.
In addition to the fishing we have also secured the services of 3 times World Spey Casting Champion and qualified casting instructor Gordon Armstrong as our resident ghillie. Gordon is on hand to help our guests throughout their stay and offers expert advice to those anglers keen to improve their casting techniques.

The Laggan beat is in a delightful, secluded situation, affording very limited public access. Many experienced anglers have commented that they know of no more beautiful a setting in which to fish. The fishings, which extend to some 550 metres in length, are double bank. An island in the upper part of the beat creates two streams which both provide excellent fishing.
The water is fished both by wading and from the boat. Wading, which for the most part is fairly easy, is primarily from the right bank or from either side of the island. Liz’s Cast, the New Pool and the Island Pool have produced significant numbers of fish in recent seasons.
Fresh fish run throughout the year. However, the most productive period is from early July until the season ends in mid-October.