Explore the heart of the Scottish Highlands
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about us

Welcome to the North-West Highlands of Scotland; a rich and diverse wild land of mountains, rivers, burns and lochs. Home to the arctic char, sea trout, elusive Atlantic salmon and jewel-like wild brown trout.

This remarkable corner of the Highland landscape, dominated by the hills of Coigach and Assynt offers some exceptional fishing in iconic locations.

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Perfectly positioned in Elphin, a small village on the A835 between Ullapool, Lochinver and Achiltibuie, I'm on the NC500 route. With the renowned lochs of Cam, Veyatie and Urigill on my doorstep, access to great fishing in this area couldn’t be easier. I can offer a fantastic range of sport for all abilities and ages.

There are hundreds of lochs in Coigach and Assynt. They are teeming, fertile environments with a huge variety of  plants and wildlife, dramatic vistas and rich geology.

The wild brown trout you can expect to catch within these waters are spirited and beautiful fish. There are ferrox monsters lurking in many of the lochs. However, ½ to ¾ of a lb is the average size for this area. There is always the possibility of hooking an artic char, one of Scotland's relics from the last ice age; wonderful to eat but rarely caught.

Your experience can be as adventurous or sedate as you’d like to make it. However, for a little effort there can be rewards. The deeper you venture the more wildlife you're likely to encounter, and some of the more remote lochs and burns hold better specimens simply because they are fished so infrequently.

There are a number of fabulous west coast spate rivers within touching distance. These are exciting stretches of water when the conditions are right. With  salmon and sea trout running throughout the season that elusive bar of silver is within reach.

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I provide guided days for individuals or parties, families or the seasoned enthusiast. Please contact me to discuss exactly what you're looking for. The personal nature of the service I’m offering presents great flexibility and opportunity. To provide accurate pricing for the endless options available would be a tedious process, however I’ve outlined the basics below.

In addition to fishing guiding packages I can also offer tuition and transport from your holiday accommodation to the water's edge.




Bank fishing from the loch, river or burn:

One day’s guided trout fishing  £210

½ day guided trout fishing  £105

£25 per person there after

All prices include guide, permit and equipment hire.


Guided boat fishing on lochs:

One day’s guided boat fishing £238

£25 per person there after

All prices include guide, permit and equipment hire.




Guided salmon fishing on spate rivers:

One day’s guided salmon fishing starts from £285

£30 per person there after

All prices include guide, permit and equipment hire.



Family groups are most welcome, the sooner children learn, the better!

Standard pricing applies here however under 13’s go free

Each child must be accompanied by a paying adult

All prices include guide, permit and equipment hire.




James Curley Flyfishing
Keepers Cottage
Elphin, IV27 4HH





I am on the NC500. From Ullapool, take the A835 north to Ledmore Junction. Elphin is about 15 miles away. Look out for the large grass-roofed shed: my house is beside it.

Postcode: IV27 4HH