Appeal to walkers with dogs

Those of us who fish the River Eachaig during the season from mid-May to the end of October have travelled from all over the UK. As members of the River Eachaig Fishery Syndicate, we come for at least one week each year. The attraction is not just the fishing but the outstanding beauty of the area that we share with other visitors.

On the few parts where the track runs directly alongside the river we’re happy to chat with walkers (especially when we’re not catching anything) and we get to meet some interesting folk – and their dogs.

Occasionally, there can be a bit of a problem with dogs that just love the water and plunge in at any opportunity, completely disrupting the fishing. So we are appealing to walkers to keep dogs under control and especially not to throw sticks into the river for them to fetch!

The Syndicate does valuable work, clearing pathways and rebuilding fallen parts of the bank. Without us the river would be poached remorselessly and stripped of every fish that dared to run from the sea to Loch Eck.  We also enjoy supporting the local economy. We’d be grateful, therefore, if dog walkers would be considerate and try to abide by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Thank you!

Danger of blue-green algae

Talking of Loch Eck, in recent years dogs have been poisoned due to blue-green algae while swimming in the loch. The algae is a very toxic bacterial growth that happens mainly in the summer. It attacks the animal’s liver and is usually fatal.  So we advise dog owners to be extremely careful around the lochside.

The algae is rare in fast-flowing rivers like the Eachaig which runs out of Loch Eck but it can be found in slow rivers when the water is low.

Poachers beware!

While Eachaig members only fish the fly and return all salmon to the river, poachers would remove every fish they could by any means possible.

We own the salmon and sea trout fishing rights for the Eachaig and Loch Eck and it hardly needs to be said that fishing for these without permission is a criminal offence.

The Syndicate employs a full-time river keeper and has additional river watchers who are quick to alert the police when evidence of criminal behaviour is found