he River Awe flows through an attractive wooded glen for about 4 miles from Loch Awe (Scotlands longest freshwater loch) to the sea at Loch Etive near the village of Taynuilt. The River Awe is only challenged by its sister, the River Orchy, for the position of the premier salmon river in Argyll.
Since 1961, a 59 feet high barrage has resulted in the flow of the river Awe being controlled by the dam. This means that even following heavy rainfall in the 270-square-mile catchment area, spate conditions rarely occur on the main stem of the river. In 2012, representatives from SEPA, Scottish and Southern Energy and the proprietors of the River Awe agreed a new flow regime aimed at improving spawning conditions to help maximise the numbers of young salmon reared to smolt stage in the river before descending to sea.
Under the recent conservation measures introduced by the Scottish government, the River Awe is currently in Category 3, with the effect that catch and release of all salmon/grilse caught is mandatory throughout the season. This categorisation is reviewed annually.
The average weight of salmon caught on the Awe is around 10lb, although the river does occasionally produce a 30lb specimen. A fish counter at the Barrage provides river managers with accurate data on the numbers of fish moving through the river.
The Huntington Fishings is an attractive beat of about 1,050 metres in length, of single (right) bank salmon fishings flowing through some of the most spectacular scenery Scotland has to offer. The consistency of the catch records is a feature of the beat with the five and 10-year average catches being 70 and 62 fish respectively. The Huntington Fishings are situated between the Awe Barrage and the confluence with the Allt Cruiniche.
The Huntington Fishings provides fishing for 2 rods, by fly only. The beat is divided into upper and lower beats providing exclusive fishing for each rod rotating at 1.30pm each day. The beat is fished from the bank and by wading. There is a basic timber-framed fishing hut overlooking the Little Verrie Pool on the upper beat.
Named after one of the founder members Tony Huntington, the Huntington Syndicate was established in 1975 as the ownership body for the beat of salmon fishings immediately downstream of the Awe Barrage. The salmon and sea trout fishing rights are owned in perpetuity by the pro indiviso shareholders.
The Huntington FIshings include 15 named pools, which are shown on the plan attached to these particulars of sale.
The syndicate is managed by one of the shareholders (Tony Huntington) on behalf of the other members of the syndicate.
The A85 runs parallel to the river Awe and there is access to the beat from the roadside with a footpath following the north bank.
The season on the River Awe opens on the 11 February and closes on 15 October. Salmon fishing begins in earnest from mid-April and lasts for 24 weeks until the end of September. The catch records on the beat for the last ten years are as follows:
5-year average 70
10-year average 62
With 24 weeks of fishing available on the beat, each one-twelfth member is entitled to two weeks fishing for two rods which equates to 24 rod days of fishing in total. These are allocated in blocks of a fortnight each which roll forward by 2 weeks on an annual basis. By way of example, a member with fishing allocated for 26 June to 7 July in 2017, would then have 9 to 20 July in 2018.
Shareholders in the Huntington Fishings are at liberty to let their fishing entitlement, if they have surplus days or weeks where they are unable to fish.
The Huntington Salmon Fishings is the upper most beat on the famous River Awe, immediately downstream of Loch Awe between the villages of Taynuilt and Dalmally, in Argyll. The beat is located beside the A85 Tyndrum to Oban trunk road, 2 miles east of the village of Taynuilt.
This part of Scotland is renowned for its stunning scenery whilst being accessible in less than two hours driving time from Glasgow and a little over two hours from Edinburgh. The village of Taynuilt provides basic local serves, including a café, shop, post office and pharmacy. Taynuilt also has a golf club and the area has a wealth of accommodation on offer including a hotel in Taynuilt and the nearby Brander Lodge hotel and bistro. Oban (14 miles) also offers a range services and facilities. Glasgow Airport provides regular services to London airports, Birmingham, Southampton and a variety of international destinations.