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Fishing the Halladale

The Halladale is a beautiful and intimate salmon river with a five year average catch of 589 salmon and grilse.

The fishable river is about 15 miles in length and flows through beautiful wilderness scenery into the Pentland Firth. It comprises 6 beats and over 50 named pools.

Fishing is usually let with one, or a combination, of three comfortably appointed cottages. Accommodation is also sometimes available at the magnificent Bighouse Lodge. There is excellent loch fishing for wild brown trout (see www.forsinardflyfishers.co.uk), a fine local 18 hole golf course and stunning sandy beaches for those who want to engage in other activities.

Bookings are usually made in November for the following season but it is always worth checking availability for cancellations.

There is a brief guide to fishing the river below, or you can download the comprehensive guide here.


Fishing guide River rules

Hello All

I have a late cancellation for the week starting the 20th of September 2021, it is for a beat on the Lower Halladale, which fishes 3 rods and The Netstore which sleeps 6-9 in three bedrooms. Please e mail me if you are interested. And I have one beat on the Lower Halladale week starting the 27th of September.

Cost is £2020 per beat and Netstore is £1630 per week.


Halladale map

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River level information

Maximum Live level15 minutes
1.73m
Minimum
0.00m
Variation
1.73m 0.43m

Historic level data

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Level data courtesy of SEPA

Ghillies

Whether a novice or an experienced angler, you’re results will benefit greatly from using one of the local ghillies or guides.

To organise a ghillie, please contact Reuben Sweeting on 07920 571026 or email reuben@strathhalladale.com



A basic guide

Access to the river

Improvements to infrastructure in recent years has enabled vehicular access to the river in many areas which are clearly marked on the beat map along with off road parking places. Anglers are reminded not to park in official Passing Places. The river banks and paths are kept in check to allow unhindered fishing and access to anglers, while trying to achieve a balance where nature can still blossom.

The Fishing

The river is divided into the Upper and Lower Halladale. The Lower Halladale water, which is described in the comprehensive guide is eight miles long and divided into four beats, fished in rotation by moving down one beat per day. Fishing is by fly only with each beat accommodating 3 rods. The Upper Halladale consists of 2 beats, Craggie and Lodge beat, both of which are wild in nature as the river flows through upland moors and rocky gorges. Fishing is let weekly on Craggie with many parties taking it along side a lower beat for additional fishing. 

Season and runs of fish

The salmon season opens on 12th January and closes on 30th September. Salmon start to enter the river at the beginning of the season and can be caught in small numbers in the early months. From the second half of March numbers of fish build up considerably, depending on the water conditions, and there can be a good run of spring fish averaging approximately 9 -10lbs with some at the 18lb mark. Grilse averaging 5Ib start to run from late May onwards and continue to do so until the end of the season. Summer salmon enter the river from June until September. These latter are heavier than the spring fish, averaging about 11 -12 Ibs with the occasional fish of 20lbs plus.

Without a loch at the top of the river, fish make their way slowly upstream to spawn and many fish stay in the lower pools. In autumn fish can be seen spawning down the entire length of the river. Each beat differs greatly in character but the river is mostly relatively shallow and its upper reaches run through peat moorland. In a spate it can be heavily coloured (though not muddy) and it becomes fishable as soon as the water levels off, which it does fairly rapidly.

The four main beats have great variety as the river flows through moorland, agricultural grassland, rocky gorges with low falls and on to the ‘canal’ with flood banks in the lowest section of the river.



Safety

For your own safety and that of others at the river, observe the following:

• Use a wading staff when wading in water flowing above calf height and do not attempt to cross the river above this level.

• Wear a life jacket in water above calf height.

• Beware of all power and telephone lines when fishing or carrying a rod near them especially in misty or thundery weather.

• Know what to do if your waders fill with water or you fall in.

• Always wear glasses and a hat to protect your eyes when fishing or watching a person cast.

• Carry a waterproof torch when fishing in the dark.

• No person under the age of twelve years may approach the river unless accompanied by an adult.

In an emergency contact the Emergency services by dialling 999, please also contact the Fisheries Manager on 07920 571026 and the Administration Secretary on 07879 866738.

The nearest doctor at Armadale is on 01641 541212.

Strath Halladale Partnership
Estate Office, The Kennels, Forsinard, Sutherland, KW13 6YT

info@strathhalladale.com 07879 866738
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