River Kirkaig

The River Kirkaig is a wild and rugged West Coast spate river with dramatic scenery and dramatic fishing. Salmon start to run the Kirkaig, and its sister river the Inver, in early May and in the right conditions fishing can be excellent from late May to mid-October.


The Kirkaig has three, 2 rod, beats which cover approximately 3 miles of river from the Falls of Kirkaig, an impressive barrier to the further upward migration of salmon and sea trout, to the sea. The Kirkaig is a steep and swiftly flowing river that is famous for its big fish. Every year monsters are hooked and occasionally landed and the Kirkaig Falls pool, a dramatic place to cast a fly, is a particular haunt of the rivers big fish. Please note that the Kirkaig is a spate river which does require rain to fish at its best. 

The Upper beat requires fishers to be physically fit and agile. There is no vehicular access and fishers will walk, climb and scramble over the course of any day. It is challenging and hugely rewarding fishing. The Lower beat has excellent vehicular access across its length and the middle beat requires some walking. The Estate ghillies are superb and we strongly recommend their services, in particular for the middle and upper beats.

Due to the size of fish that you might encounter we recommend a 12.5 ft, 8/9 weight rod as a good allrounder although single handers, in particular for hitching, and longer rods also have their place. A selection of Kirkaig flies should include a mix of shrimp type doubles tied on size 8-12 hooks, together with darker flies such as the Stoat and Silver Stoat, again in sizes 8-12. A selection of conehead or copper tubes are also useful early and late in the season. Do not be tempted to fish light nylon.




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