Upper River Conon

Location and Access

Map Reference 26/425555

Approach from the A832 Contin/Gairloch road. Turn left at 26/450567 onto the minor road. After two miles you will reach Loch Achonachie on the right. Carry on this road for another mile and on your right you will see the entrance to the power station outflow from Orrin Dam. Immediately after you will see a track with a locked bar leading down to the loch side. The boats are located at the end of the track next to the parking area for two cars.

 

Upper Conon Map

 

Description

The Upper Conon is fed by the river Meig and the outflow from Loch Luichart power station. There are four main beats, two on the North bank and two on the South bank. All four beats have huts for shelter or to take a break and at No 1 beat North, there is a level concrete walkway with railings, approved for use by disabled anglers. The Club waters run for over 2 ½ miles from the confluence with the river Meig and where it enters Loch Achonachie. Detailed maps of the fishing are shown below. It is worth remembering that the water levels of the river can rise very suddenly due to electricity generation at the power station upstream.

Species Upper Conon Brown Trout

Spring salmon from May onwards (dependant on water temperature) with more fish arriving from late June until the end of September. Salmon average 6-8lbs but recently fish of a larger stamp have been taken- up to 18lbs in weight. There are also good quality brown trout averaging ¾lb in weight but there are bigger fish. In addition, Pike and Perch can be caught – particularly in the lower part of the river where it runs into Loch Achonachie.

Flies & Tactics

Fly fishing and spinning are allowed, but no bait fishing whatsoever. Spinning is only permitted when the level is high and the flow is fast due to electricity generation. Bank fishing only but care should be taken if wading. For safety we recommend you wear a buoyancy aid and have a wading stick.

Use traditional low water salmon flies (sizes 8-10) in the early months with Stoats Tail, Silver Stoat, Teal Blue and Silver, Green Brahan and Blue Charm catching fish. From July onwards, the more lurid colours and patterns start to work with Cascade and a variety of Ally’s Shrimps being among the best. When the water is high, spinning with standard Tobys and Flying Cs can be successful. We ask all anglers to adhere to the Club’s conservation policy and adopt catch and release as much as possible. Please note that fishing with barbless hooks is mandatory on all Salmon waters during September.