Although the Cassley, draining some 75 square miles, is by far the smallest of the four inner Kyle of Sutherland rivers, it has long enjoyed an elevated reputation in salmon fishing circles. Indeed it is probably true that no other Scottish river of comparable size has been so celebrated in print. From the late 19th century the Cassley attracted many illustrious guests and tenants, including Augustus Grimble, Viscount Grey of Fallodon, Major R Chrystal and Alexander McConnochie- all were copious in their praise for this dramatic salmon stream.
Although the Kyle rivers share a common estuary, they each have their own individual characteristics as well as distinct runs of salmon. These are wild, rugged yet strangely intimate rivers, which offer a wealth of salmon angling opportunities amongst some of the most stunningly scenic backdrops in the Highlands.
The River Cassley is one of the prime salmon fly fishing spate rivers in Northern Scotland.
Its source is the chain of lochans known as the Gorm Lochs to the north of Ben More Assynt. The Cassley has a course of some 18 miles before it joins the Kyle near Rosehall, just downstream of the mouth of the Oykel. It is worth noting that spring salmon are held back in the bottom mile by the Cassley Falls, a temperature barrier, which they do not surmount until the water temperature reaches a little over 50F.
Beats in ascending order:
• Rosehall 1.4 miles double bank.
• Glenrossal 2.5 miles double bank.
• Glencassley 6 miles double bank.
• Duchally 2 miles double bank
The Beat Map below is available to purchase from: Fishing maps - Kyle beats