Loch Eigheach picture
Loch Eigheach fishing for trout.

Permits for Loch Eigheach are issued for and on behalf of Rannoch & District Angling Club. In case of any questions their contact email address is rdac@btinternet.com

Loch Eigheach is situated to the south of the B846 between Bridge of Gaur and Rannoch Station. This is a reservoir for production of hydro electricity through which the River Gaur flows. The loch is typically highland in character its boulder strewn banks are mainly peat and heather clad and it contains lots of native brown trout averaging around three to the pound but there are much bigger fish and in recent years trout in excess of 2lbs have been landed. There is one boat on the loch and bank fishing is also allowed. Electric outboard motors may be used with care due to the abundance of large submerged rocks especially around the edges of the loch.

All of the traditional loch fly patterns are worth trying on Eigheach especially black coloured ones like Black Pennel, Blue Zulu, Kate McLaren and Bibio. Invicta, Butcher, Muddlers, Loch Ordie, Mallard & Claret, Clan Chief, Soldier Palmer and Claret Bumble are alos worthy contenders for a place on the cast. The loch is at an altitude of around 700ft and fishes best from May onwards to Spetember. Its about a mile wide and a little more than that in width with a very convoluted shoreline full of small bays and inlets which make for interesting and diverse fishing opportunities. Wading can treacherous, the bed of the loch is rocky and there are sharp drops into deep water in various places so take great care and remember to wear a lifejacket.

Loch Eigheach map
Map of Loch Eigheach

Rules for fishing on Loch Eigheach

1. Fishing is fly only using fly fishing tackle.
2. The boat permit holder is responsible for all anglers fishing in the boat.
3. Two persons maximum fishing in a boat.
4. Both boat and bank fishing permits.
5. Bag limit of three fish/angler.
6. Fish retained must be at least 10 inches (25cm) in length.
7. Only electric outboards are allowed.

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