Lochan Nam Breac

RSPB Lochs. Fishing season 1st April to 5th October. Three ‘clear rest days’ between angling days.

Grid Reference: 001 477

Elevation: 167m

Bag Limit: 6 Fish limit (9″ inch minimum).


Leave the A897 at Grid reference 903485 (Forsinain) and follow the forestry track, a 4×4 or vehicle with high clearance is required to negotiate the bumpy track, to park at 002 470. Head North for a distance of 500m to reach the loch. Nam Breac is a pleasant little lochan to the west of Skyline, useful for restoring confidence if the skyline trout are proving difficult. Sheltered to the east by forestry, but open to the north and west, Nam Breac is a shallow loch with comfortable wading from the southern and eastern banks. The west bank is very soft and should be avoided. Don’t expect anything for the glass case but a good head of small but spirited fish should keep the angler entertained.


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    Loch Na Saobhaide

    RSPB Lochs. Fishing season 1st April to 5th October. Three ‘clear rest days’ between angling days.

    Grid Reference: 800 471

    Elevation: 217m

    Bag Limit: 6 Fish limit (9″ inch minimum).


    Leave the A897  at grid reference 891 437 and follow the forestry track for a distance of 5.5 miles to  park at 819 471. A 4×4 or vehicle with high clearance is required to negotiate the bumpy track. Walk west for a distance of 1.55km to reach the loch. Saobhaide is a delightful loch in the heart of the flow country, guarded to the south by the Beinn Griam Mountains. There are many inviting bays and promontories to keep the angler interested and trout average 6/8 oz. Large baskets are the norm.


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      Loch Bad A’Bothain

      RSPB Lochs. Fishing season 1st April to 5th October. Three ‘clear rest days’ between angling days.

      Grid Reference: 917 506

      Elevation: 167m

      Bag Limit: 6 Fish limit (9″ inch minimum).


      Leave the A897 at Grid reference 901 495 follow the forestry track, a 4×4 or vehicle with high clearance is required to negotiate the bumpy track, to park at 913 507. Walk a further 300m east to reach the loch. Fish can be caught all over this small loch with trout averaging 10oz. The area around the small island can be productive.


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        Loch Na Cloiche

        RSPB Lochs. Fishing season 1st April to 5th October. Three ‘clear rest days’ between angling days.

        Grid Reference: 975 474

        Elevation: 166m

        Bag Limit: All fish to be taken and accurate lengths recorded.


        Leave the A897 at Grid reference 903485 (Forsinain) and follow the forestry track, a 4×4 or vehicle with high clearance is required to negotiate the bumpy track, to park at 974 459. Head North over wet ground for a distance of 1.2km to reach the boat in the SW corner of the loch which is free to use for all members. Club members have reduced the numbers of fish in this loch which has significantly improved the fishing and the habitat. Cloiche is a delightful loch and has a good head of bright, spirited, free rising fish in the 10-12oz bracket. Bigger fish of 1lb have been caught close to the bank, no doubt feeding on the numerous sticklebacks in the loch. Boat and bank both yield good catches, though care is needed when wading over rocky patches on the east side. All fish caught must be removed and lengths from the tip of nose to the fork in the tail accurately recorded and a catch return completed.


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          Gyrodactylus Salaris Declaration

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            Please read and complete this Gyrodactylus Salaris Declaration form carefully.

            Gyrodactylus Salaris (GS) is an extremely dangerous parasite responsible for the destruction of salmon stocks in over 20 rivers in Norway. It is also present in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal. It is vital that this GS declaration has been completed and signed by anglers and ensures the appropriate precautions are taken to prevent the spread of Gyrodactylus Salaris.

            It is the policy of Forsinard Flyfishers’ Club that no fishing is to take place until a GS declaration has been signed.

            I declare that my fishing tackle HAS NOT been outside the United Kingdom in the 7 days prior to the date of my arrival.



            OR

            • Drying to a minimum of 20 degrees Celsius for 48 hours.
            • Heating to above 60 degrees Celsius for 1 hour.
            • Deep freezing for 24 hours.
            • Immersion in a solution of one of the following chemicals to the concentration indicated for a minimum of 10 minutes: Virkon 1% or Wescdyne 1% or Sodium Chloride (common salt) 3% or Sodium Hydroxide 0.2%

            I SHALL WEAR A BUOYANCY AID WHILE BOAT FISHING

            I am aware of the Forsinard Flyfishers’ Clubs policy that all persons using a Club boat MUST wear a buoy-ancy aid.
            I therefore declare that on any occasions that I shall use a Forsinard Flyfishers’ Club boat I shall wear a buoyancy aid.
            I will wear my own buoyancy aid and I agree that it is fully functioning, not damaged and correctly fits me.

            I acknowledge my acceptance of the appropriate Gyrodactylus Salaris Declaration and the Wearing of a Buoyancy Aid
            Declaration by signing below.





            Loch Grassie

            Fishing season 1st April to 5th October.

            Grid Reference: 030 468

            Elevation: 155m

            Bag Limit: Catch and Release


            Approach from Forsinain via forestry track leading to and beyond Altnabreac. 4×4 or vehicle with high clearance is required to negotiate the bumpy track. Continue along track past Loch Caise for 1/2 mile where a sign for Grassie will be found pointing through a forestry ride. A short 5 minute walk through this very wet and boggy ride will bring anglers to the southerly shore – waders are recommended to ensure dry feet! Anglers will encounter fewer fish in the loch’s considerable amount of shallow water in the westerly bay which reaches towards loch Caise, the deeper water extending along the opposite shore will produce most success. A fantastic little loch to visit and combine with either of the nearby lochs for added variation to the day. Grassie holds a smaller head of fish than neighbouring Garbh or Caise but trumps them both on size and quality with fish of over a pound often encountered.


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              Loch Coulbackie

              Fishing season 1st April to 5th October.

              Grid Reference: 872 614

              Elevation: 133m

              Bag Limit: Catch and Release


              Leave the A836 Thurso/Bettyhill road at Grid reference 868651 and follow the road south. This is a rough track so a 4×4 will be necessary to drive to the end and park at 859626. Walk SE for a distance of approximately 1.8km to reach the loch. This loch has been seldom visited in recent times so little is known about the quality of fishing. Historical records have shown fish of over 2lbs being caught in the past, well worth a visit for the determined, adventurous angler.


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                Loch Sgitheanach

                Fishing season 1st April to 5th October.

                Grid Reference: 870 623

                Elevation: 132m

                Bag Limit: Catch and Release


                Leave the A836 Thurso/Bettyhill road at Grid reference 868651 and follow the road south. This is a rough track so a 4×4 will be necessary to drive to the end and park at 859626. Walk ESE for a distance of approximately 1km to reach the loch. This loch has been seldom visited in recent times so little is known about the quality of fishing. Historical records have shown fish of over 2lbs being caught in the past, well worth a visit for the determined, adventurous angler.


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                  Loch Achridigill

                  Fishing season 1st April to 5th October.

                  Grid Reference: 857 612

                  Elevation: 153m

                  Bag Limit: 6 Fish limit (9″ inch minimum)


                  Leave the A836 Thurso/Bettyhill road about 600 meters west of Melvich at grid reference 868651. A gate code must be obtained to access the track that you follow south for about 4 or 5km. This is a rough track so a 4×4 will be necessary to drive to the end and park at 859626. Walk in a southerly direction, past Loch Baligill, keeping to the high ground for a distance of 1.2km.

                  Loch Achridigill is a very productive loch for all fishing levels. A boat which will be found on the NW shore is available if booked in advance, otherwise a rocky shoreline requires careful wading but the rocks hold many trout very close in from 6oz to 10oz with the odd larger fish further out. The loch level used to be several feet higher and the east end is shallow and studded with rocks so be very careful when boat fishing. Bags of 50+ may be caught and fish may be kept for the pot.


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                    Loch Baligill

                    Fishing season 1st April to 5th October.

                    Grid Reference: 856 620

                    Elevation: 153m

                    Bag Limit: Catch and Release


                    Leave the A836 Thurso/Bettyhill road about 600 meters west of Melvich at grid reference 868651. A gate code must be obtained to access the track that you follow south for about 4 or 5km. This is a rough track so a 4×4 will be necessary to drive to the end and park at 859626. Walk south and west over the hill  a distance of approximately 800m, and the view opens up to reveal lochs Baligill and Ackridigill to the south with the Orkney Islands also visible over the North Sea on a clear day.

                    Loch Baligill is one of the most challenging of club waters with some steep banks   After it was dammed for the local water supply in the late 1970s, there were a few good years of large trout taken from 2lbs to 3.5lbs with one exceptional fish landed in the 1980s of over 8lbs (believed to be the record trout for club waters). However, it is rare to find any other entries of trout over 3lbs in the old game books and in recent years (since the 1990s) very little if any fish have been caught here, although some have been seen on warm, calm evenings. Nothing is known about the best approach to fish this loch but it is certainly one for the hardy specimen hunter and worth a cast when tied in with a trip to the very productive loch Ackridigill. Expect more blanks than productive days – catch-and-release only.


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                      Caol North

                      Fishing Season 1st April to 30th June.

                      Grid Reference: 843 581

                      Elevation: 155m

                      Bag Limit: Catch and Release


                      Leave the A836 Thurso/Bettyhill road in Strathy at Grid reference 841650 and drive south on the east side of the river Strathy for a distance of 7km to park at 828583. A 4×4 or vehicle with high clearance is required to negotiate the final part of the bumpy track. Head east up the hill for an energetic 25-30 minutes, a distance of approximately 1.5km, to reach the loch. Visiting anglers should carry the relevant OS map and a compass.

                      Caol has a small head of fish and is undoubtedly an expert’s water.  In recent years the loch has suffered from a number of unlicensed fishermen over-exploiting the loch. Please be vigilant and challenge anyone on the ground to produce the FFFC credentials! No wading is needed here as the banks drop away to several feet in depth and fish often cruise the margins so stay back from the banks and fish carefully. It is worth targeting any rising fish that occasionally appear in flat calms.

                      Expect more blank than productive days but Caol has a reputation of producing fish of outstanding quality up to and over 3lbs in weight. One for the determined, experienced angler.


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                        Membership Application Form

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                          Please read and complete this application form carefully.
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                          I would like to become a member of the Forsinard Fly Fishers' Club and I agree to be bound by the Rules and Regulations of the club.