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Loch Awe

River Orchy Fishing Association

The River Orchy is one of the most picturesque salmon rivers in the country. The salmon season runs from February 11 to October 31 and fly, spin and worm are permitted.

A combined catch and release rate of 78% on the River Awe & Orchy in 2007 allowed an extra 505 fish to spawn. Their spawning potential is roughly 1.5 million eggs which would otherwise have been lost to the system.

Permits (see map below) available from:

Loch Awe Stores, Lochawe, Dalmally, Argyll, PA33 1AQ  01838 200200

John Kerr (Only Upper Craig) E-mail:  01838 200399
River Orchy Upper Craig Facebook page

Fishing Rules 2008

  • No fish to be taken over 7lbs weight or 26 inches long throughout the season.
  • All stale and gravid fish to be returned
  • All fish must be returned after September 1st
  • Weekly tenants and syndicate members are allowed to keep two fish per beat per week.
  • Day ticket anglers are allowed to keep no more than one fish per visit.
  • Worm hooks to be barbless or depressed barb from 1 September.
  • All rainbow trout to be killed


1. ADRIA strongly suggests that as well as returning all fish over 7lbs, all fish under this size in good condition should be returned. These are more likely to be successful spawners than those which are underweight or small.

2. Rainbow trout. Large numbers of escaped rainbow trout again appeared in the River Awe and Loch Awe in 2007. Trout farmers have since committed to a number of measures aimed at escape prevention. Rainbow trout caught should be killed and given or reported to the bailiffs, Ewan McLellan. Their length, condition and weight will help trout farmers to identify the source of escape and other containment issues.

Failure to comply with the fishing rules will be taken seriously and may result in the Association requesting the Argyll District Salmon Fishery Board to apply to Scottish Minister for madatory powers of enforcement under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation)(Scotland) Act 2003, Section 38. Such actions will remove ADRIA’s ability to adjust the fishing rules as circumstances dictate.

Thank you for your support.

From the southern tip of Loch Tulla, the Orchy flows leisurely in a southerly direction to Bridge of Orchy before heading southwest to the Auch and Inveroran beats.


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