All Comments and Fishing Reports

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

  • Loch Assynt   3 years 37 weeks ago

    I've been following the "spinning-debate" on your website. For sure, the area has to remain fly only.

    I found a Mepps spoon today on the bank of a loch of the Clashnessie area. So this is not only a theoretical problem of rules, the practice of what is going on now should also be considered. I'm afraid some people are already fishing with Mepps here in Assynt. So what are the two main Fishing associations going to do to stop that ? This is an urgent question...

    Jerome

    (posted on his behalf by Adam (admin))

  • Loch Assynt   3 years 37 weeks ago

    The Assynt area is an anglers paradise , £25 for a weekly permit that opens up more water than you could fish in a week.
    From roadside lochs to remote ones, and totally isolated ones if that's your desire and you can read a map and compass.
    Paradise on earth for me . On my numerous trips to Assynt I have tried spinning and fly , depending on rules of what water I am on.
    Cannot comprehend why anyone would wish to change what Assynt A.C have achieved and are trying to preserve for future generations.

    Ian Johnstone
    Visiting angler from Ayrshire
    30/5/15

  • Loch Assynt   3 years 40 weeks ago

    You could quite easily fish the fly, very cheap these days, get a grip and stop moaning! Spinning used to be allowed, fish stocks decreased and that is why it is fly only! If spinning were to be re-introduced it would drain the lochs, because more people would come and it would ruin the fishing. Stick to your stockies if you do not want to take advantage of the spinning on offer.

  • Loch na Beinne Reidhe   3 years 40 weeks ago

    Having visited this loch in hot less than ideal weather last september I wanted to give another shot.I camped at the loch for 2 nights. Sat 9th may was sunny with light winds and this proved to be the best day. Caught 5 fish for around 6.5 lbs over a 4 hr period.Nothing rising so fished wets close to edges. The sunny conditions let me use polarised glasses and i seen 2 of my fish follow and take the fly. Best was 2 fish of 17.5 inches. Wind was straight down the loch from the top end which meant I could fish both sides. I also tried the unnamed loch nearby with no success. I think the fish here are fewer in number or wiser than in previous years. I will definitely be back to this area which gives a real wilderness experience without being too far from the road.

  • General Comments   3 years 40 weeks ago

    Does anyone know if flatfish can be caught of the peir? Just want an easy way to add them to my list of fish caught, thanks

  • Loch Assynt   3 years 41 weeks ago

    Dear
    On May 3rd, 2015 Anonymous

    There you go to all you fellas visiting Lochinver, you aint welcome (even though you may be staying in local B&Bs, hotels, camping sites, shopping at the local, eating and drinking in the pub, paying entrance fees etc etc etc), go home and fish elsewhere. Unless you want to purchase a £5 quid ticket (bargain), break the bank buying a fly rod, oh plus the Hardy reel, lines, assorted flies and of course the waders et-al and hire a local 'guide', it should work out a wee bit cheaper than bringing the spinning rod you already have...not;-)!

    Seriously whats wrong with a 2 fish limit thats what most fisheries have, so why would spin fishermen be any differnet and abuse it, that is elitist and a out-dated and snardy comment to make on those who do not fly fish.

  • Loch Assynt   3 years 41 weeks ago

    All the locals in the pubs fish with worms , fact

  • Loch Assynt   3 years 41 weeks ago
    Fly

    We'll I've been fishing up her for 30 years and I have a bit of fly and maybe a spin and I do no harm. It's all about respect and I respect the place and the fish, but if you want your tea and the fish aren't taking the fly, get a couple on the spinner

  • Loch Assynt   3 years 41 weeks ago

    People would take advantage of the lochs supplies and ruin the fishing, if you want to spin then lochinver is not the place for you, it is a fly fishing location and it should remain that way, if you want to fish and spin lochinver then do it where it is permited, rules ain't going to change for you!

  • Loch Assynt   3 years 41 weeks ago

    Stewart, I know many locals throughout Scotland who like to catch a wee loch broonie and take their kids up to some remote wee lochan to catch a few....not all want or fish with the fly and many use the worm or a wee spinner, often barbless.

    Now my comment on the ghillie was unfair and I take that back but I do not take back using elitist. There is still an elitist attitude with those that you, yourself describe as tweed wearing and your secretary himself mentioned the outrage of spinning in the burns and rivers...god forbid.So, I'm not narrow minded nor bitter or uninformed and pointing out what visitors to the area see and read and trying to give a wee bit of advice to spruce up a bit more revenue for you clubs. Oh and im not a course angler either.

    So after your insults to a visitor who is big enough to take it on the chin I hope your ghillies are to and we can both stop the personal abuse and focus on why is it that there is only a few, when compared to the hundreds of loch and lochans, available for spinning?

  • Loch Assynt   3 years 41 weeks ago

    Well there you go, I need not say anything further, 'many would be outraged', says it all really on those who look down on anything other than fly fishing...elitist attitude and a mind set that any other method is detrimental, many spin fishermen care as much about stocks as any fly fisherman and to give spinners only a few of the hundreds of loch and lochans is elitist.

  • Loch Assynt   3 years 44 weeks ago

    There are waters in Assynt where spinning is allowed. Cam, Veyatie, Assynt and Beannach from boats and 4 1/2 miles of bank on Assynt as shown in the brochure of fishing in Assynt Angling Association waters.

    We have no problem with having fly only on the majority of waters or with the vast majority of the 1500 anglers who fish here, some of whom have been doing so for 30 to 40 years. Many of them would be outraged if we allowed spinning in more areas - they value the very cheap but unique wild fishing that is available and want it preserved.

    Please fish in the River Test with a spinner if you feel that we are not welcoming in Assynt.

    Secretary Assynt Angling Association.

  • Loch Assynt   3 years 44 weeks ago

    At £5 for a day ticket and the tackle required often costing a whole lot less than wheelbarrows full of coarse angling kit I would not call the fly fishing in Assynt 'elitist' by any stretch of the imagination!

    Fly fishing reduces the chance of a fish, which might be too small to keep or simply intended to be caught and released, from being hooked deep in the gullet. This reduces the chance of fish having to unnecessarily killed.

    For the waters managed by the Assynt Angling Association the rule of fly only was part of the Government Protection Order. This Protection Order opened up the fishing to everyone, for just a fiver a day, less if you get a week ticket, not just an few elitst tweed-clad hoo-raas.

    Your baseless snidey comments on the estate workers, or 'Mr. Ghillie' as you somewhat patronisingly refer to them, are just that. Based on your bitter and un-informed opinion and nothing more. I, on the other hand, am informed and can tell you unequivocally that they never fish the river using anything other than a fly. They don't have to. They could catch more salmon with a fly than most people armed to the teeth with every other method could! On top of that, why would they? They get plenty of opportunity to fly fish the river (with that incredible rate of success) with paying clients throughout the entire season! And just to dis-spell any lingering doubt you might have in your cynical mind, they have so much salmon to eat (donated by well-meaning clients) that they are all sick of it. They would much more appreciate one of your Bass, maybe they would even do a swap!?

    Oh, and just in case you are interested, the FLY FISHING for Pollock and Bass is fantastic fun on the Assynt coastline! Why not look me up on You Tube and see for yourself?

    Stewart Yates - Assynt Fly Fishing

  • Loch Assynt   3 years 45 weeks ago

    Yet again visit somewhere, where clearly if you dont fly fish, you are unwelcome. Hardly any spinning availability but bet Mr Ghillie likes to have a wee spin or chuck a bunch of worms in a nice deep pool on the river.

    Anyway, not for me, you lot would get more anglers parting with money if everything wasn't so god damn elitist with 'Flies Only'. Next time I'm up, I'm targeting Bass and will be using methods that wont be liked but are quite legal in the salt.

    Another visiting angler annoyed!

  • Leave Your Comments   3 years 50 weeks ago

    great stay there and great days fishing the lagg and the lochans there,great host and his fish fight like salmon

  • Fionn Loch   4 years 1 day ago

    I visit Assynt for a week or so every June and I always have a day on Fionn. The day I visited in 2014 the conditions were pretty good, with the wind blowing from the south. I fished along the south shore and caught maybe a dozen trout, average about 6-8oz. I also took my second-ever char. I find the fish here aren't too fussy about which flies you use. An absolutely beautiful place!

  • General Comments   4 years 1 week ago

    I've been refused Sunday boat hire on Loch Drumbeg but there doesn't seem to be an issue with walk-in lochs. If someone complained to me I would refer them to whoever sold the permit. If they are happy to take your money for a date that falls on a Sunday I can't see why it should be a problem.

  • Loch Crocach   4 years 18 weeks ago

    Fished this one day last week. This is normally jumping with small trout but was pretty dour - it was bright and VERY windy. Got 4 in total, all small bar one of just under a pound. Also tried some of the other lochs but nothing doing.

  • Fionn Loch   4 years 21 weeks ago

    A group of us hiked up the river. We were planning on going to Kirkaig Falls but I wanted to fish. Conditions were very wet and soggy. Beautiful hike. Only had time to fish the area where the water just leaves the Loch. Water was high from recent rains. All the grasses on the banks were under water. Caught 6 beautiful small browns. Lost two. Did this in just over an hour. They were not hitting hard so I missed a few strikes. Caught the last 4 where the Loch water starts to move and becomes the river. I was the only one fishing. We didn't have time to see the falls but it was a very enjoyable day to be out and getting a chance to fish.

  • General Comments   4 years 22 weeks ago

    Thanks, fair enough about the specific lochs for AAG, although i've just checked my permit for the crofters trust info and there is nothing about sunday fishing at all, neither on the permit itself or the crofters website.

  • General Comments   4 years 22 weeks ago

    The Assynt Crofters Trust say there is no Sunday fishing with their permit information. The Assynt Angling Group rules on their website specify No Sunday fishing on Lochs Assynt (S10/E6), School (S4), Glencanisp (S5), or Awe (E17).

    Hope that helps!
    Adam

  • The Manse Loch   4 years 22 weeks ago

    Fished this loch today. It seemed like it hasnt been fished by many people or in a while, because it wasnt as accessible as i remember in the past, with thick, head height bracken a lot of the way. On return home, i spent 15 minutes inspecting my wrists, waste band and ankles for ticks, of which i found many!

    I had four in the half pound mark, and many other takes, which i was satisfied with. 3 fell to a standard invicta, 1 fell to a black muddler.

    I wanted to go round to the far side, but i was pushed for time, and each little 10-cast headland or bay was quite an effort to get to. One needs a boat.

    All in all, it's a decent fishery in picturesque surroundings, but could do with a path to be re-beaten to it.

  • General Comments   4 years 22 weeks ago

    Hi, I was reprimanded by someone for fishing here on a sunday. I have been visiting here since i was a child and have never heard of this. On the chance that i may have been somewhat ignorant about this and not wishing to offend local customs, I checked several websites which said that whilst it isnt illegal, it is frowned upon on some waters. However, i've now checked the booklet, which should be what permit holders have to go by, and it says nothing about sunday fishing. Could you clarify this? Thanks. P.s. i blanked :)

  • Loch na Faoileige (The Gull Loch)   4 years 22 weeks ago

    Had great sport with medium sized trout in bright sunlight and patchy cloud on 10th September. Caught more than a dozen fish in 1.5 hours with two fish caught at once on 3 occasions. It was a lucky day as there was a lot of flies on the water (heather fly, daddies and another that looked like a large mayfly) so the trout were very active on the surface. The largest was 14 inches and a 1 lb which I suspect is one of the larger specimens in the loch. I only stayed for a couple of hours as I wanted to move over to fish loch na beinne rheide and camp for the night. James Dunlop

  • Loch na Beinne Reidhe   4 years 22 weeks ago

    lost/missed 3 fish and caught 1 in bright sunlight with little wind on 10th of september. All takes were in the north corner where it was sheltered from the sun. Nothing rising so I fished with wets. The fish I caught was 16 inches and in good condition so around 1.5 lbs. James Dunlop

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