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Aviemore and the Cairngorms Fishing - Angling in the Scottish Highlands

This beautiful and bountiful area is a mecca for anglers from all over the world. The River Spey is Scotland’s longest and fastest river and it enjoys a high reputation with fly fishermen everywhere. It is the epitome of a classic salmon river. Trout fishing is plentiful making casting in the Cairngorms a catching experience.

Loch Fishing

There is an abundance of good quality loch fishing. Spey Dam hold some excellent fish, Loch Vaa contains a mixture of brown and rainbow trout. If you want to try to catch a native arctic charr as well as brown trout, Loch Avon is worth a cast. Loch Morlich is an easy place to start fishing, its small trout appear to be always hungry and ready to snatch a well presented fly. Loch Dallas is known for its larger than normal trout and fish between 1 and 3lbs are often caught. See the listing for Loch Fishing in Aviemore and the Cairngorms

River Fishing

Two excellent salmon and sea trout rivers dominate this area, the River Findhorn a first class salmon and sea trout river. And the other is the world famous River Spey that starts high in the Monadhliath Mountains and enters the North Sea at Spey Bay. This is Scotland’s longest and fastest flowing river. The most popular beats for visitors are around Grantown and Boat of Garten where Association water makes access easy and affordable. Fly fishing is the most popular method on the Spey but spinning is also allowed on some beats, usually when the river is high. Fishing is also available on Spey tributaries such as the Avon, and Dulnain. See the listing for River Fishing in Aviemore and the Cairngorms


Put-and-take fisheries are favourites with youngsters eager to catch that first elusive trout and there are several to choose from. For example Craggan Fishery close to Grantown on Spey, has all the facilities for a family day out. Inverdruie Fish Farm is another well worth trying in the area. See the listing for Fisheries in Aviemore and the Cairngorms

Coarse Fishing

Pike are found in Loch Insh and Loch Pityoulish. Fishing is mostly done during the summer months with plugs and spinning lures from boats. See the listing for Coarse Fishing in Aviemore and the Cairngorms