|The North West Highlands is one of the last remaining wilderness areas in the UK, and offers some of the most spectacular scenery of all, and a myriad of lochs holding wild brown trout. The landscape is unique, a combination of smooth generally low-lying Lewisian gneiss, cloaked with peat bog and lochans, and overlying it in places, spectacular Torridonian sandstone mountains that tower above.
The Inchnadamph area is famous geologically for outcrops of the Durness Limestone and many lochs have limestone spring sources or outcrops sub-surface. A by-product of this is that a number of lochs enjoy a mayfly hatch, albeit in June and early July, and this can provide some excellent sport.
Along the coast of West Sutherland are several discrete areas of lochs typically under the control of a single estate, or fishing hotels such as at Rhiconich, Kinlochbervie and Scourie that may lease their fishing rights from local estates.
Further south, the Assynt area is notable in the amount of trout fishing on offer to visiting anglers and the fishing is generally characterised by large ‘baskets’ of hard-fighting small trout, typically weighing in at 2 or 3 to the pound, but on most lochs there are also stocks of better fish around the pound mark, and a few fish of 4 to 6lbs are caught each year. Additionally some lochs have populations of Arctic char, and ferox brown trout that prey on them.
In addition to these areas of individually discrete trout lochs, there are several interconnected river and loch systems or 'chains' that also allow the passage of migratory fish.