These pages aren't so much about fishing itself, more about the fishing environment and understanding it. An understanding of what is going on will lead to better preparation and probably a more successful and enjoyable fishing trip.

For specific information on permits for fishing the River Ness and Loch Dochfour please see Ness Fishing. No permits are required for fishing Loch Ness, but Scottish Fishing Law should be observed and local advice sought.

Brown Trout
Having been introduced by anglers, Brown trout can now be found all over the world in fresh water lakes, streams and rivers. They are very sensitive to the quality of the water; temperature, oxygenation .... more

Ephemeroptera are actually "upwinged flies" of which the mayfly is the best known and one of the largest. There are about 50 species in the UK, 1500 worldwide. They have two or three tails .... more

Sedge Flies
Sedge flies are known as Caddis flies in North America, there are about 12,000 species worldwide with about 190 in the UK. Most of those in the UK are too small for anglers to make artificial .... more

Stoneflies need cool, well oxygenated water, just like the trout, so their presence can be an indication of high quality water. There are perhaps 2000 species worldwide with around 35 in the UK. Not particularly great .... more