One of Sutherland’s best salmon rivers, the Brora has a catchment area covering 165 square miles. The two main tributaries, the upper Brora and Blackwater meet near Balnacoil, and after a short run enter Loch Brora, a sheet of water four miles long and a mile wide. The Lower Brora flows from the loch for about three miles through some delightful countryside before meeting the sea. The north and the south bank are operated on a rotational arrangement whereby tenants, although fishing their own bank, never fish opposite each other.

Apart from providing some wonderful fly water, The Lower Brora enjoys a full season from February through to October, and continues to enjoy a consistent spring run, excellent summer grilse fishing and when the water temperatures drop towards the end of the season fishing can be frenetic.

 

Fishing 

The North Bank fishes a maximum of 4 rods and lets are generally for either 2 or 4 rods and for a for full week. There are now 29 named pools including the Ford, Rallan, Bengie, the Stoney’s, Donkey and Madman. There is an ongoing programme of river improvements to enhance the fishing in all conditions and there were further croy works completed in 2023. A feature of the lower river is that it fishes in a variety of water heights.

In the spring ideal conditions would be a relatively low and cold river and then from early summer to seasons end fishers are looking for a rise in water levels. Note that the Lower river benefits enormously from Loch Brora and the Loch keeps levels at a fishable height for notably longer than many of the Brora’s neighbours but, when the water is gone, it is gone!

North Bank access is generally good, although limited walking is required to access a minority of pools. There is a lovely hut in the middle of the beat. Please note that the Brora is a typical highland river, and the banks are rocky and uneven so care should be taken at all times. Only limited wading is required, it is often counterproductive, but if you choose to wade, please use a stick, and wear a life vest at all times.

In recent years there has been a relatively regular trickle of spring fish through March, April and May and then good catches whenever there is rain through the summer. July and the end of Sept can be particularly productive. There are no resident ghillies although ghillies can usually be arranged given adequate notice.

 

Rod Size

Spring- 14/15 ft rod, not for distance but for ease of handling heavy lines and flies.

As the water drops it is down to personal preference but a light line and stealthy approach strongly recommended. 

 

Lines

Wise to take at least a floating, intermediate and sinking line. A decent multi tip will suffice. (Floating lines with polyleaders do not fish the fly deep enough in cold conditions)

 

Flies

Spring- Black and yellow, Kylie, Ice Maiden, Monkey, Willie Gunn. Generally dressed on tubes with a wing length between 1.5 and 4″. A selection of aluminium, copper and conehead dependent on water height, temp and sinking speed of line. 

Summer/Autumn- Stoat, Silver stoat, Cascade, Red Ally, Park Shrimp, Kylie, Willie Gunn, Collie, small hitch tubes. A selection of sizes from a no 6 in the peak of a spate all the way down to 14 and below if they can be sourced. 

The inventor of the Willie Gunn hails from Brora and it is often noted that the only flies needed for the Brora are the Willie Gunn and the Allies Shrimp.

 

Other

Generally thigh waders sufficient as deep wading generally counter productive. Chest waders for warmth in the spring. 

8-25lb nylon. (Diameter dependent on size of fly being cast to ensure decent turnover)

Midge repellent/net. 

Lodge accommodation can be arranged with prior notice.

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Lower River Brora – North Bank - Estate Info

One of Sutherland’s best salmon rivers, the Brora has a catchment area covering 165 square miles. The two main tributaries, the upper Brora and Blackwater meet near Balnacoil, and after a short run enter Loch Brora, a sheet of water four miles long and a mile wide. The Lower Brora flows from the loch for about three miles through some delightful countryside before meeting the sea. The north and the south bank are operated on a rotational arrangement whereby tenants, although fishing their own bank, never fish opposite each other.

Apart from providing some wonderful fly water, The Lower Brora enjoys a full season from February through to October, and continues to enjoy a consistent spring run, excellent summer grilse fishing and when the water temperatures drop towards the end of the season fishing can be frenetic.

 

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