All Comments and Fishing Reports

Below you can find all comments and fishing reports left on the site (most recent first).

  • Leave Your Comments   4 weeks 4 days ago

    It's that time of year again to give some support to the Assynt Fishing Feis. This is an important event for locals and visitors, young and old. It includes fun fishing-related games, information, discussions, professional fly tying lessons, qualified fly casting coaching sessions as well as great food and drink available. There's also a fishing competition juniors and adults.

    It's run by Stuart Yates of Assynt Fly Fishing (https://www.facebook.com/assyntflyfishing/) and there is a crowd funding page to help pay for it - please donate if you can.

    https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/assynt-fishing-feis-2019

    Thanks
    Adam

  • Loch Poll an Droighinn   8 weeks 6 days ago

    On the afternoon of Friday 7th June I headed off to Loch Poll an Droighinn. I walked up the croft road towards Lexy's Loch, but when I reached the first gate beside a cottage, I crossed the fence and headed up a track (shown on the OS map) to a ruined cottage, then I continued up and over to Loch Poll an Droighinn. The forecast was for the wind to move to the NE, so I worked up the East side - but found that the wind had actually a strong westerly component, making casting difficult. So I worked along the North bank, where casting is awkward due to the rising ground behind. I lost a good fish, then landed another which was just short of a pound on a small lure - a longshank 12 with a black body and wing, a silver rib and a red throat and tail. I moved round to the West bank, and the wind dropped and fly life became obvious. I switched to a size 12 Olive spider - and caught 4 trout in quick succession - all around the 3 to a pound mark (plus a tiddler). All trout were safely released from the debarbed hooks. Then it got colder, the fly life disappeared, as also did the trout! I gave up around 9pm. There was a black throated diver on the loch, and a second one flew in. Then later they seemed to disappear. I returned down the steep incline to Lexy's Loch and the croft road.

  • Loch na hi-Uidhe Doimhne   8 weeks 6 days ago

    I previously have not tried these Lochs because of the long walk in, so this year I decided to investigate them with the aid of an e-bike. I have a folding e-bike which fits in my car's boot, and although it is classed as a Cross-City bike I thought I would give it a go on the Stoer Peat road which leads up to Loch na h-Uidhe Doimhne. The start of the track was smooth - until I passed the water treatment works, then it reverted to its original state - OK for a Land Rover or a Tractor or a Mountain bike, but a bit rough for my bike. However it got me there and back safely. There was a NE wind blowing down Loch na h-Uidhe Doimhne, so I worked my way down the East Bank to the small island, but had no luck. So I hiked across to Lochan Ruadh and tried around it - but again, no luck. I came back to Doimhne and tried the shallower end to the North East - and hooked a tiddler. That was my last success, even after trying a bit of the West Bank. I gave up around 9pm.

  • Loch Assynt   8 weeks 6 days ago

    On Wednesday 5th June in the evening I headed off to Loch Assynt for a spot of bank fly fishing. I tried what seemed a likely area, a bit East from where the boats are normally anchored (around NC 2131 2508). I fished up and down this area with a variety of flies. A N wind helped with the casting. I gave up around 11pm, having had one splash, two tugs and some nibbles - but I didn't catch a single trout. A consolation was the glorious sunset around 10pm, and I also saw a pair of black throated divers.

  • Loch Culag (The School Loch)   8 weeks 6 days ago

    I fished Loch Culag from the boat on Tuesday 4th June. The booking of the boat is now carried out at the Ship Chandlers down by Lochinver Harbour. I first had a good lunch at the Mission (now called An Cala Cafe), then headed off to the Loch. The boat is easy to launch by a single person, although waders are advised to avoid wet feet. Its a lovely stable (Lomond) boat, and the oars have wooden blocks with slots to sit over the pins on the boat - so they are not easily lost overboard! There was a modest west wind which was forecast to move round to the north. I fished over most of the loch - except for the shallow weedy SE corners. I used a variety of debarbed flies, and landed 9 trout in the 3 to a pound class, and lost lots more. My most successful pattern was a bushy Clan Chief. Then the fish stopped taking - maybe it was a combination of a strengthening N wind and a bright sun, so i gave up around 8pm. I returned the key through the letter box in the Ship Chandlers.

  • Loch Leathed a'Bhaile Fhoghair (Lexy's Loch)   8 weeks 6 days ago

    On Sunday afternoon, 2nd June, I set off for Lexy's Loch. It was overcast with a moderate SW to W wind. I fished along the south bank with a variety of flies - no luck and no sign of rising fish. Then around 6:30pm at the SE end, I hooked and landed (and returned) a dark-coloured brown trout which was close to a pound in weight. It took a size 12 long-shank mini-lure of the Sweeny Todd variety. The wind dropped as I worked my way back along westwards, and I noticed small white moths fluttering around, so I tried a size 12 fly with a light olive body and a white hackle. A sizeable trout accepted my offer, then performed aerial acrobatics until it cast off the debarbed hook. I like Lexy's Loch - you may have to wait for offers, but they are usually good sized fish.

  • Loch Assynt   8 weeks 6 days ago

    Just off the phone to Peter to sort the usuals and he’s informed me that now I need to go through the Chandlery for all things fishing, just thought I’d mention for others who may be reading.

    Cheers, Max.

  • General Comments   12 weeks 5 days ago

    My understanding is that the hotel are not doing permits anymore - now through Mackays Hardware in Lochinver. See permit page for details

    Adam

  • General Comments   13 weeks 4 days ago

    Hi sadly I concur with the original post here and on the two occasions I have been in contact with the hotel it has been very underwhelming, unhelpful and somewhat rude. I find it strange it's been called "out of character" , based on this and a few others experiences. Lochinver is the place to go for proper hospitality and service. Cheers, U.M

  • General Comments   13 weeks 5 days ago

    you can fish above the big falls on an angling assynt group ticket for trout. It is lovely fishing generally and there's a chance of mayfly there too.

    Simon

  • General Comments   13 weeks 6 days ago

    Thanks for the reply Adam, I did mean the Kirkcaig, I am staying in Lochinver for a week from 15th May. I have passed the river a few times on the way to Fionn and it looks perfect for Euro nymphing. As it is a bit early for the salmon fishers I was hoping to get a chance at the trout.

  • General Comments   13 weeks 6 days ago

    Joanne at Galbraith said to get in touch with her if you want to discuss fishing on the Kirkaig.

    Joanne Potter: Joanne.Potter@galbraithgroup.com
    DD: 01738 456091 | T: 01738 451600

  • General Comments   14 weeks 10 min ago

    I've been in touch with Galbraiths and you can fish for trout lower down, but you need a permit for the beats the same as you would for salmon/sea trout. I am updating their prices and info shortly.

    Adam

  • General Comments   14 weeks 14 hours ago

    I think you can fish for trout the part upstream of the falls, but to my experience mostly small ones ("falling" from Fionn Loch ?)
    Jérôme

  • General Comments   14 weeks 23 hours ago

    Hi
    I presume you mean River Kirkaig? I am not sure but will enquire with Galbraiths, or contact them direct via the Kirkaig web page on this site:

    http://www.assyntanglinginfo.org.uk/ptf_river_kirkaig

    Adam

  • General Comments   14 weeks 2 days ago

    Can anyone tell me if trout fishing is available on the river Kincraig

  • Loch Cul Fraoich   21 weeks 1 day ago

    Have fished this many times over the last 10 yrs or so with numerous blanks.
    Have had some success but quite what brought about the success is hard to pinpoint. Afternoons seem to have been better and I’ve had luck with flies with a bit of green on them .
    It is a imo a really beautiful atmospheric loch and I’ll always give it ago.
    Back up May 2019.

  • Loch a Choireachain   23 weeks 6 days ago

    After a comparatively mild winter they are likely to be bad in 2019.
    Tuck trousers into socks and shirts into trousers as the shirt/trouser and trouser/sock gap is the most likely place that they can get to you.
    Check your dog for ticks after it has run in long grass or heather.
    Local shops sell tick removal tools and it is sensible to carry one.
    I hike and wild camp several weeks in tick season and taking the above precautions has worked for me.

  • Loch a Choireachain   24 weeks 1 day ago

    I was up for a month in June 2018 and had no ticks at all which is unusal as spend 4 nights on the hill most years. I have stopped wearing shorts and gaiters which was my favoured atire as they kept crawling upwards!! I have some nasty scars where knives have been used to extract the enemy from some akward areas. But generally there are more ticks around than in the past 40 years and more deer up around Suilven. Just keep checking yourself regularly and don't forget that you have freckles which look like ticks after too much whisky

  • General Comments   29 weeks 4 days ago

    Hi
    That sounds very unusual and out of character for the hotel - have you contacted the hotel about it? I will forward to the angling group, but I'd suggest an email or a call to the hotel might be a good diea?
    - adam

  • General Comments   31 weeks 4 days ago

    I enjoy an annual trip to the amazing lochs some more challenging than others but still the most beautiful place to spend my time.
    This post is a little disappointing as it is to complain about the appalling behaviour of the inchnadamph hotel staff. I entered the premises looking to buy permits for the next day for seven anglers only to be confronted by the most horrible little man who said I have no time for this and stormed off. Now I did not react as some would have and walked out and obtained permits from lochinver. This is one of the main reasons people won't buy permits and I believe this hotel is not serving the local angling clubs well and should not hesitate to contact me if further details are required
    I will be back in the area first week in August but will not be going to the hotel for anything let alone permits

  • Loch Cul Fraoich   34 weeks 3 days ago

    I went several times in september following the worst of the heatwave, i was surprised to see everything so dry! I can only assume that the heat affected the fishing, as i went here several times and blanked!

  • Loch Na Gruagaich   34 weeks 3 days ago

    I had a few hours here after the heat of the summer had abated. Warning signs of scrub fires dotted about the dry moorland.

    It was hard going and all the favourite stillwater traditionals failed. Eventually i changed to slim/epoxy buzzers which accounted for about 6 fish up to a pound.

    I've been here a few times as a love the hill lochs around this area, the majesty of the scenery is wonderful. Every time i've visited i've seen large fish right in the middle jumping clear of the water, but way out of casting range unfortunately.

  • Loch a Choireachain   39 weeks 5 days ago

    I spent two days and a night on the banks of Fionn Loch this June. The fishing was fantastic but I came back with over a dozen tick bites. I spend quite a lot of time in the hills but had only ever been bitten once before. Needless to say I'd think twice about wild camping up this way again, which is a shame.

  • Leave Your Comments   1 year 3 days ago

    I fished in Assynt in late June and early July this year(2018) The heatwave reached the Northwest Highlands after a couple of days,relentless sunshine and the water in the Lochs becoming unnaturally warm.The returns after the first few sessions were very limited Since then the temperatures have dropped and more rain has fallen but the question is’Has the fishing improved?’ I am considering coming north in the second week of September,am I wasting my time?

    I

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