Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust

Tel 01863 766 702

Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust is a charity dedicated to improving and raising awareness of the fish populations and freshwater habitats in the Kyle of Sutherland catchment area.

We work with river owners, managers, anglers, government agencies and others.

Our Rivers

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Kyle of Sutherland boasts an enormously diverse range of rivers and lochs. To find out more click on an individual name below.

Projects and News

We are very pleased to announce that Sean Robertson has joined our team as our Science and Mitigation Officer. We now have a highly professional mitigation team in place for 2018. The aim is to better monitor and gather evidence about the regions fish and fisheries, and then use this evidence to deliver mitigation and remedial activities that will help to improve fish stocks.

Oykel Scale Reading Report

Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust has produced a report on the results of a scale reading project undertaken on the Oykel. Scales were collected by ghillies and anglers fishing the river over a three year period. For more details click on the link below
Oykel Scale Reading Report

Diebidale Tender

Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust is currently seeking tender offers to undertake a geomorphological appraisal and flood risk assessment in support of efforts to improve fish passage to the upper reaches of the River Carron. Please contact the office at telephone number 01863-766702 or by email at if you wish to obtain further details of the tender. The closing date for tender offers is November 11th 2016.


It is an offence to sell rod caught wild Scottish Atlantic Salmon.
The only source of wild Scottish Atlantic salmon which may be purchased are those caught from net and coble fisheries in Category 1 or 2 waters.
It is now a legal requirement that any wild Scottish Atlantic salmon killed at a net and coble fishery is tagged with a carcass tag as soon as it is brought to the shore. Printed on each tag is a unique number as well as the name of the netting station where it was caught. The tag must be inserted through the gills and then through the mouth and be locked in place.
A tag may only be removed when the salmon is prepared for cooking or smoking, is cut into steaks, cutlets or other portions immediately prior to it being offered, or exposed for sale, or is prepared for your own consumption.
It is a criminal offence to be in possession of illegally taken salmon. If you are offered wild Scottish salmon and they do not have a carcass tag attached, then do not accept them.
Should you be offered any salmon which are not carcass tagged or you have any concerns about them then please report the matter in confidence to your local district fishery board or to Police Scotland by calling 101.

Example of Carcass Tags


Fish in Britain’s rivers are under threat from warmer waters. Cold-water species such as Atlantic salmon and brown trout, are struggling to cope as climate change brings significant increases in temperature.

Today there’s a call for urgent action to Keep Rivers Cool by planting broadleaf native trees alongside river banks, creating dappled shading and stopping water from warming up.

Shade can reduce temperatures in small rivers by on average 2- 3C compared to un-shaded streams; and by more on hot summer days.

Now Keeping Rivers Cool is calling for action. Speaking on behalf of the KRC partnership Diane Millis, from the Woodland Trust said:

“We’re asking people who value our rivers to survey their local river bank, and look at specific areas which may need shade. Landowners, Rivers Trusts, anglers, farmers and ecological groups can all help. “

The KRC partnership is asking groups working in catchment areas to take up the challenge using a practical guide for planting along river margins, available on the Woodland Trust website.

The manual gives step by step instructions for planting, species selection and location, ensuring the right balance of shade for fragile river ecosystems.

The Keeping Rivers Cool partnership can provide landowners and groups working in catchment areas with first hand specialist advice; and the Woodland Trust can also offer generously subsidised trees. Shade maps showing locations along English rivers which are at risk from direct sun and may need more riparian shade can be accessed via The Rivers Trusts

Brown trout start to die when water temperature hits between 22C – 25C for more than 7 consecutive days. In hot summers, a small number of sites in the New Forest, have recorded maximum water temperatures over 31 C - warmer than many heated swimming pools.

Some climate predictions indicate water temperatures will exceed the safe thresholds for river fish; and trees alongside riverbanks are a crucial part of the biodiversity of our waterways.

The Trust’s Diane Millis warned: “Figures show that stocks are already decreasing and if we don’t start taking the temperature threat seriously, iconic fish like salmon, will face even more serious decline. Rivers, and the ecosystems they support, are one of our most valuable natural resources. “Salmon are already under pressure, from sediment and pollution run-off, barriers to swimming up-river, lower flows and changes in habitat. The annual fisheries report from the Environment Agency show a continued decline in salmon populations, with over 90 % of stocks in England’s principal salmon rivers assessed as being at risk, or probably at risk.

At sea, marine survival of salmon has nearly halved over the last 20 years; making it more important that their freshwater habitat is improved, and protected.

Already Keeping Rivers Cool schemes are underway in Northumberland, Hampshire, the South east and the North West of England.

It’s not only shade that’s important; woody debris which drops into streams creates cooler patches under the water, which protect fish, invertebrates and plants.

Trees planted alongside rivers also bring other benefits to the natural environment, they help stabilise banks, reduce and slow the flow of flood waters downstream, and improve water quality by filtering agricultural run-off from nearby land. Currently only 17 % of English rivers meet good ecological water quality standards.


The Scottish Government issued a Q&A sheet relating to the Spring Conservation Measures which became law on 9th January 2015.

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The Kyle Conservation Policy is also available to download, please see our Policies page.

Kyle Fisheries Annual Reports

Kyle Lines - Regular Newsletter

The KSDSF Board is involved in several on-going conservation and research projects:

Kyle News - Annual Newsletter