Visitors

Visitor Prices

Adult Salmon / Sea Trout day ticket –  £33

Accompanied Junior –  £15

Salmon / Sea Trout weekly ticket –  £150

Visitor Salmon Tag – £20

Day ticket for Sea Trout (Below the Bridge)   –  £8

Weekly ticket for Sea Trout (Below the Bridge) –  £35

Loch fishing bank day ticket –  £5

Boat (up to two rods) day ticket –  £20

Tickets are available from Ardgay Stores and Cafe and through Fishpal.

Fishings
Visitors to the Kyle of Sutherland Angling Association, KoSAA, may fish for salmon and sea trout on the whole of the Kyle of Sutherland (the Kyle), from just below the mouth of the river Cassley to mid Fearn Point.  Fishing is not allowed on any of the Kyle Rivers, or their mouths.

Brown trout fishing is also available in the hill lochs above Bonar Bridge.

Permits
Fishing is by permit only.  Permits must be carried at all times when fishing and shown on demand to any KoSAA member or bailiff.

Fishing Season
The salmon and sea trout fishing season is from 1st June to 30th September inclusive.

The brown trout season on the lochs is from 15th March to 6th October inclusive.

Methods
Fishing on the Kyle is by rod and line using fly or spinning methods only.  The use of bait, including worm, prawn or any fish-based products, is strictly prohibited with the exception that worm may be used below Bonar Road Bridge.  The use of treble hooks is forbidden, including when spinning. Anglers are strongly encouraged to use barbless or crimped hooks.

Fly Fishing Areas
All of the Kyle with the exception of the designated spinning and worming areas at Bonar Bridge is `fly only’.  Details of the designated spinning and worming areas are shown on the accompanying maps.

Catch Returns
It is a strict condition that visitors submit an accurate catch return.  Returns should be made to the outlet where the permit was purchased, or to the Secretary.  Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the refusal of future permits.

Catch Restrictions and Limits
In common with other fisheries KoSAA supports and upholds a policy of conservation and strongly encourages the practice of catch and release.

Visitors with a salmon / sea trout ticket may separately purchase a tag which allows them to kill a salmon or grilse.  Tags must be purchased in advance of commencing fishing and the cost is non-refundable.  One tag per week may be purchased with a maximum of three tags in any one season.  A tag must be attached immediately to any salmon or grilse killed and removed from the water.  Once a visitor has used his or her tags he or she must practice only catch and release. If a tag is not purchased all salmon caught must be released.

  • No salmon is to be killed before June 15th.
  • All coloured fish must be returned.
  • All salmon 65 cm and longer, as measured from the nose to the fork of the tail, must be returned.
  • Anglers are asked to consider releasing sea trout caught while fishing for salmon.
  • All sea trout 50 cm and longer, as measured from the nose to the fork of the tail, must be returned.
  • No more than 4 sea trout may be retained in any one day.
  • All Finnock (under 1lb) must be returned.

 

Method of Using a Tag

If a salmon is killed, it must be tagged immediately after capture. Pass the thin end of a tag through the gills of the fish and out through the mouth.  Lock the end in the slot provided at the other end of the tag.  Ensure that it is firmly locked in place by gently pulling the tag from both sides of the locking slot at the same time.  The tag is now tamper-proof and cannot be removed without breaking it. DO NOT practice on a tag as once it has been locked in place it cannot be re-used.

Etiquette and Behaviour 

  • Visitors must behave with courtesy and consideration to other anglers.
  • Anglers must take their turn to enter a pool or beat.
  • Anglers must not enter a pool or beat less than 30 m above another angler.
  • Anglers must not enter a pool or beat downstream of another angler.
  • Anglers must move at least two paces downstream following each cast.
  • An angler may re-enter the water at the point where he or she caught a fish.
  • Anglers who are bait fishing must give way to anglers who are fly fishing.

The Country Code

Parts of the Kyle are accessed through farmland.  Visitors are asked to take great care not to damage, crops or fences or injure livestock.  Please keep to recognised access routes, keep dogs strictly on a leash, and leave all gates as you found them.

Please leave no litter, especially discarded fishing line.

Rules and Regulations

All anglers are bound by the Rules of the Kyle of Sutherland Angling Association

Safety

The Kyle is tidal.  Currents can be strong and the bottom slippery.  It is important that all anglers have and use appropriate safety equipment when bank fishing or wading, such as wearing a buoyancy aid and using a wading staff.  Special care must be taken when entering, moving in and leaving water to ensure that safe practices are observed.

Anglers under the age of twelve years must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times whilst fishing.  Their use of chest waders is not permitted.

KoSAA’s insurance contains the condition that anglers under the age of 16 years must be accompanied/supervised by a responsible adult of at least 21 years of age.

KoSAA will not accept responsibility for any incident arising from failure by an angler or other person to use appropriate safety equipment and follow safe practices.