Loch Avich

loch avich



Heading towards Oban, Taynnuilt and loch Etive on the A 85 turn left at the Bridge of Awe onto the B845 towards Kilchrenan and loch Avich, just before you reach Dalavich turn left by the river Avich,within a short distance 1.5 miles you will arrive at the start of loch Avich, can be accessed from the East or West banks.


A lesser known water, much smaller in comparison to loch Awe 3.25 miles long by up to half a mile wide and over 50m in depth.

Falls on the river Avich have been eased to allow the access of migratory fish from loch Awe into loch Avich but the river, other than for trout fishing is preserved. However presenting a fly to the river trout is very difficult because of the surrounding forest.

There are only a few places where it is possible to cast effectively


Brown trout, rainbow trout, which average 10 oz in weight. Trout of over 4lb have been caught in recent years, as well as pike and perch.

There is also the possibility of a salmon.

Flies and tactics

The Oban and Lorn angling club have boats at the east end of the loch and also bank fishing for half a mile on the north bank and 1.5 miles on the south bank.

Fishing and boats are also available at the east end, at loch Avich. Boat fishing is the best way to fish the loch as the banks are unstable in some areas and this can make wading dangerous.


Fishing permits are available in store from James Bayne in Callander.



1 Day £6.00 £3.00
3 Days £12.00 £6.00
1 Week £20.00 £10.00
Season £60.00 £30.00

PENALTY (1 DAY) ……£10.00


1. Observe all marked exclusion Zones. 2. No tree felling. No fires, No litter. 3. Avoid excess noise or disturbance to wildlife, nesting birds, live/growing stock or other loch users. 4. No camping without landowners permission. 5. Always keep dogs under strict control. 6. Always close gates and observe the country code.


1. Minimum takeable size: loch Avich – 10 inches / loch Avich – 9 inches.
2. The bag limit is is 4 brown trout to be kept per day per angler, only one of which maybe 3lb or over. There is no bag limit for rainbow trout
3. All legal bait, lures and flies allowed with a line of 4 lb minimum breaking strain and 15lb for ferox. No set lines and no ground baiting.
4. NO LIVE FISH OR OTHER VERTERBATES TO BE USED AS BAIT and bait rigs restricted to two baited hooks.
5. Fish one rod only except when trolling from a boat.
6. Salmon and pike must be returned to the loch unharmed
7. A seperate day permit is required for all course and pike fishing
8. Keep nets are not permitted and all landing nets must be knotless.


1. No more than three rods maybe employed at any time from boat or bank with the butt of the 2 outside rods being spaced no more than 3 metre apart and never left unattended.
2. All pike rigs and tackle must employ a wire trace of 30lbs and main line of 20lbs minimum breaking strain. All lures other than specialised pike flies must be of 5″ minimum length.
3. Purpose designed rod rests and run indicators must be employed when dead bait fishing from bank or static boat. All nets must be knotless and pike gags are not permitted. Forceps and or long nose pliers and an unhooking mat must be used when unhooking pike.
4. The use of maggot, worms, grubs , sweetcorn, bread or any other coarse fishing bait likely to catch trout is permitted only during the trout fishing season. NO LIVE BAIT OR OTHER VERTIBRATES TO BE USED AS BAIT.
5. All pike, trout and salmon caught by the holderof this permit must be returned immediately to the loch unharmed.
6. Pike only may be fished for out with the trout season and trolling is not permitted.
7. A seperate day permit is required for all trout.
8. Coarse and pike fishing permits NOT valid on loch Avich.

Angling Centre Callander

For permit prices – click here (pdf)