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Loch Achonachie Angling Club

Come and fish with us and enjoy excellent trout & salmon fishing in a beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands.

28 SEPTEMBER 2021 UPDATE - our season ends on Thursday 30 September. Boats are still available on Lochs Achonachie & Meig and visitor permits ware available to buy at Contin Filling Station allowing members to purchase day tickets for their guests and visitors to buy day tickets. The rain this past few days has enabled a late run of fish on the rivers Upper Conon & Upper Blackwater for any members or visitors wishing to buy a permit to fish the rivers. Carry your permit with you when fishing! Social distancing and face coverings are still in force at the Filling Station of course. Payment for day tickets and boat hire is by cash only - cashback is available by card payment at the Filling Station.

Any enquiries to achonachie.angling@gmail.com by email and beat & boat bookings by phone to the Filling Station 01997421948
Stephen Dowds, LAAC Chairman

Catch Returns will be sought at the end of the season from achonachie.angling@gmail.com

Loch Achonachie Angling Club controls Salmon fishing on the Upper Conon and Upper Blackwater rivers in the Ross-shire Highlands and wild Brown Trout fishing on both of these rivers along with Loch Meig, Loch Achonachie and Loch Scardroy.

Amongst our waters you can also find fine Sea Trout, Arctic Char, Perch and Pike. Details of permit prices and membership costs are available here. The season in all our waters mainly extends from 1 April to 30 September inclusive for all species. In season 2020 we began opening our waters for Brown Trout on 15 March running until the 6th October. The season for salmon on the Conon system ends on 30 September.

The club has a membership of over 330 anglers including 25 junior members in 2021. Fishing is currently open for visitors buying day tickets and it is still possible to join the club by completing the application form via email and paying by BACS or posting the form and paying by cheque. To join the club email achonachie.angling@gmail.com

A full set of Club Rules can be downloaded by Clicking Here and are also available by post from Okain MacLennan.

General safety information for anglers can also be downloaded by Clicking Here.


Disabled Access

The club makes excellent provision for the disabled. There is easy access to the riverbank in designated areas and a 'Wheely Boat' is provided on Loch Meig. The boat has been custom built to accommodate two wheelchairs plus helpers, making for a great day's fishing. The majority of the club's fishings open on April 1st until the 6th October when fishing closes on all our waters. As always the committee wishes all members and visitors “tight lines” when fishing our waters and we look forward to meeting you at the waterside.

Gift Vouchers

The club has introduced its own Gift Vouchers and we can arrange for suitable gifts for Christmas, birthdays and special occasions in values of £5, £10, and £20 or indeed any required sum. These are available from club secretary Mr Okain MacLennan.

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About Us

Loch Achonachie Angling Club was formed in 1953 by local anglers, to administer the fishings on the Upper Conon, Loch Achonachie, Loch Meig and the Upper Blackwater, on behalf of the then Hydro Electric Board – now SSE.

In 1985, Hydro Electric decided to sell their fishings on the Conon and Blackwater rivers and the club was faced with the possible loss of access to the Upper Conon and Upper Blackwater salmon and trout fishing.

Starting with only £300.00 in the bank, the club set up a fund-raising committee. Through a number of innovative fund-raising schemes, together with grant aid from Ross and Cromarty Leisure Services, help from HIDB, and a sizeable monetary gift from Lochluichart Estate, the club were able to purchase the Upper Blackwater and Upper Conon Salmon and Trout fishing.

The fishing on Loch Achonachie and Loch Meig was retained by Hydro Electric and is let to the club at a nominal sum. Hydro Electric gifted the five wooden boats they owned on the two lochs to the club in 1991. In addition, the club has trout fishing on Loch Beannachrain (Loch Scardroy) at the head of Strathconon, leased annually from the estate owners.

Organisation of the Club

The club is formally constituted and an Executive Committee, which consists of the officers of the club and at least 12 other members, conducts the affairs of the club. The officers of the club consist of a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, and Treasurer. All are elected annually at the AGM held in February and will have previously served on the Committee. The Executive Committee appoints the club Secretary.

The club has over 200 ordinary and junior members and 50 life and honorary members. These members reside primarily in the locality e.g.Strathpeffer, Dingwall, Strathconon, Beauly, Black Isle, Fortrose, Inverness etc. but we do have members from as far away as Glasgow, Orkney, Wolverhampton, London, and Germany. Membership is remaining broadly static at present but we always aim to increase the number of junior members over each season.

Download our Aims and Objectives document here

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