Neil McCorquodale, Estate Office, Stoke Rochford, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG33 5BD Tel 01476 530207
Sir Michael Wigan, Borrobol, Kinbrace, Sutherland KW11 6UB, Tel 01431 831257.
Peter Quail, The Hatchery, Old Kinbrace, Sutherland KW11 6UB, tel 01431 831267.
Robert Henderson, Upper Torrish, By Helmsdale, Sutherland. Tel, 01431 821480.
John McLeod, River Cottage, By Helmsdale, Sutherland , KW8 6HY, tel 01431 821010.
Martin Mackay, Brodies LLP, 3 Fodderty Way, Dingwall, IV15 9XB, Tel 01349 860111.
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The 2019 season on the Helmsdale ended with reasonable catches. From July the fungus, or saprolegnia, which had afflicted the returning salmon in May and June began to fade. This coincided with the water getting warmer. By September nearly all … Continue reading
The Helmsdale season ended with a flurry of larger-than-life catches. The long drought which started in May was broken when rain fell heavily in mid-September. Through the long dry summer catches had never altogether ceased but angling had been difficult … Continue reading
The River Helmsdale is in the 8th week without rain. Days are mostly in full sunlight, although there has usually been a welcome breeze. Nights are sometimes cool. Up until now the compensatory loch-water retained by the Badanloch Dam has … Continue reading
The season has ended with a respectable catch total of 1720 salmon and grilse on the private beats. The Lower Helmsdale too had good catches. The rain continued most of the year but never resulted in enormous spates. River levels … Continue reading
The River Helmsdale has fished reasonably well all season. There have been no bumper weeks, but also no weeks without fish swimming up. Weights have been unusually high, in common with some other northern rivers. Three fish have weighed 30 … Continue reading
The River opened on January 11th with the Sutherland Schools Pipe Band bravely marching down the High St and soon to be lost in swirling sleet. However, hardy anglers from far and wide as usual turned out in numbers. They … Continue reading
The season’s finish coincided with the first severe frost. Cock salmon at last left the lairs they had occupied since early August and became more aggressive. However, late season angling on the Helmsdale in 2016 had consisted of seeing fish … Continue reading
The water has been lower for some time and kept to a reasonable fishing height by released water from the dam which is situated 24 miles from the mouth. The weather has been extremely variable, cool periods punctuated by spells … Continue reading
Please note: Visitor Angling Tickets for the River Helmsdale may be bought from either: Thyme and Plaice, 10 Dunrobin St. Helmsdale, tel 01431 821598 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or from the Bannockburn Inn, Stafford St., Helmsdale, tel 01431 821461, email: email@example.com