Trout and Salmon Fishing on East Loch Tay

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Loch Tay

Much of the bank fishing at the east end of Loch Tay is administered by East Loch Tay Angling Club (ELTAC). Trout and coarse fishings extend from Kenmore through to Fearnan on the north shore and from Kenmore to the Achianich Burn beat marker on the south shore. The ELTAC fishings then continue through to the central beat. There are 7 kilometers of bank fishing available on the eastern beat and 9 kilometers on the central beat. Most fishing is for trout. Pike have been recorded to 20lb, but they are relatively rare as there is little weed. There are a few perch and eels. Arctic charr are present, but nobody fishes for them.

Access to the North Shore
There is parking available in Fearnan, but along the A827 it is at a premium. The loch is however only a short walk away.

Access in Kenmore
Plenty of parking in the Square and next to the beach. Along the small road around the Church and by the beach it is possible to park right next to the loch side.

Access to the South Shore
Parking is available in Acharn, but the minor road along the south shore is narrow and parking is at a premium.

Fly Fishing
Many of the banks are wooded which makes fly-fishing a challenge. Perhaps the best line of attack for this technique it to wear light chest wadders and a ruck sack for odds and ends. This way a lot of water can be covered while you keep on the move. The chesties allow you to create a little more space for a back cast. A good roll cast is invaluable, especially at dusk when the better fish move into the shallows. Mark Bowler and Andrew Mactaggart, two locals regularly fish the Loch by float tube and have had as many as 120 trout to a rod of an evening. The trick is to find someone prepared to give you a lift in a boat. This allows you to fish parts that will hardly have seen a fly. If they are not too busy try Croft na Caber or the Loch Tay Boating Center.

Bait Fishing
Bait fishing is popular. Many clubs arrange for a bus to drop and pick up their anglers, thus getting around the parking problem and making it easier for large numbers to spread out.

Boat Fishing
This is by far the best way to approach the loch. Boats can be hired from Croft na Caber also Remony Estate, and The Loch Tay Boating Center.
Boat Fishing Advice
Fishing is usually by trolling or drifting. When trolling it is advisable to follow the drop off which runs around the loch about 30-50m out. Hot spots are many, but the best are off the pier and island at Dalherb, Acharn Point, Hen Farm, around the crannogs.

Boat Safety
Loch Tay is an immense water which runs for 14 miles from the south west to the north east between high mountains. The weather can change dramatically in the space of half an hour and with mountains on either side a good wave can build up. If you are not familiar with small boats or the loch the best advice is to take a ghillie.

Boats should use the international system for passing .. keep the other boat on your left.

There is a nasty submerged crannog just off Dalherb which has broken more than a few props.
DO NOT under any circumstances go round the back of islands in this part of the loch. It is too shallow.
It is possible to enter the river by boat to use the moorings outside the Kenmore Hotel, but DO NOT go down further than the electric wire which crosses the river as any upstream return is impossible!

Salmon Fishing
Salmon Fishing is almost exclusively done by boat, with permits issued by riparian owners. Any boat fishing for salmon must display a right number on the hull. For salmon fishing the loch is divided into three beats west/central/east.

Moorings and Slipway
Both Croft na Caber and the Loch Tay Boating Center have slipways on which craft can be launched for a nominal fee. Neither the beach nor the Dalherb parking place should be used for launching.

Some bank areas are excluded for reasons of safety, security and privacy. The areas excluded are:

  • From the jetty at NN714441 for about 2Km to the Letterellan boat house. This area is directly opposite the built up area of Fearnan and consists mostly of gardens.

  • The Forestry Commission car park at Dalherb NN759452 - NN754454. Being about 400 yards of bank with easy parking - its a nice spot but the Commision feel that angling is incompatible with the many family activities which take place there. But, it is a good place to park while fishing either side.

  • The area within the Kenmore Club boundary (approx 300m) from NN767455 to the Bridge at Kenmore is reserved for their members and visitors. There is no fishing allowed 100m upstream of the Kenmore Bridge.

  • A 200m stretch in front of the Orphanage house next to the Kenmore Bridge on the south of the river which is a private garden. NN772456 - NN771455

  • The bank opposite the fish farm on the south shore from NN767444 for about 600m to the inflow of the Acharn Burn. No access is permitted due to safety and security risks to the farm

Thus the club ensures fishing on 16km of bank with 1km offered by Remony. Around 80% of the East and Central beats are thus open to anglers..


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