All Comments and Fishing Reports

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  • Fionn Loch   4 years 46 weeks ago

    I fished here for the first time in 1980.Back then you could pitch a tent on the grassy bank of the Kirkaig by the road. Permission from the now derelict bothy downstream,I think the price was £1 a day.
    Returned every year till about 1988.The fishing on Fionn was always great,baskets of 12 or more.The best was in April 1984.27 trout.
    Sorry to say,the big fish I caught that year was spinning with an old Quill Minnow.A lovely cock fish at about 6 lbs,which was returned.
    I returned again in 2014 and found that the only thing changed in appearance was me,all exactly as it was,including the fishing.
    I was back last year and hopefully returning again in June,while I'm still fit for the walk.
    Past 2 years I have used the boat with its mercurial engine.Interesting.
    Any traditional patterns work well here but Muddlers/Sedges seem to get the bigger fish.

    Thanks to Peter at Lochinver for all his time and dedication.

  • Loch Assynt   4 years 47 weeks ago

    Fished the northern bank of Loch Assynt on 13th May 2016 in the afternoon through to sunset from the northern bank (adjacent to the A837) starting approximately 3 miles west of Ardvreck Castle, moving back to the Castle (i.e. the stretch of bank where spinning is permitted). Attempted to fly fish but struggled with vegetation/banks behind and with the wind (strong easterly). Air temperature was approximately 24 degrees, water much colder with very bright sunshine. Used 8wt line with wet flies and nymphs, no takes. Then tried spinning with great success; had approximately 12 Brown Trout from 0.5 lb to 1.5 lb but lost a much bigger fish late in the day opposite Ardvreck Castle. All fish were taken on a small (8g?) silver vibrax type spinner on light/medium spinning tackle. All fish returned to the water.

    Noticed a very distinct pattern to the fishing: arrive at a spot, take 1 or 2 fish almost immediately then goes quiet so move on. Most fish were taken where the banks clearly dropped off quickly into deep water and at least half the takes were on-the-drop immediately after casting.

    Tried spinning again the following day in the afternoon, had 1 follow from a small fish but no takes. Note, overnight the air temperature had dropped approximately 10 degrees.

    Probably the most enjoyable days fishing I have ever had!

  • Lochan Bealach Cornaidh   4 years 47 weeks ago

    Attempted to fish on afternoon of 11th May 2016 in strong/gusting easterly wind. Struggled to get a line out with my poor casting! Fished eastern and southern banks with floating and intermediate lines with traditional wet patterns. No sign of rising or moving fish. Blanked. Lovely spot though.

  • General Comments   4 years 49 weeks ago

    Is anyone reading this fishing in the area first two weeks in July as I will be there and plan to try as many lochs as possible, I also plan to try and arrange some salmon fishing too

  • Loch Na Saighe Duibhe   4 years 50 weeks ago

    This is one of a number of named and unnamed lochans on the hillside above Loch Awe.I have cast a line into most of them some years ago during the summer months and caught fish in many of them .
    Mainly small with the best at maybe 5-6 oz from the largest of the unnamed lochans.

  • Loch Na Saighe Duibhe   4 years 51 weeks ago

    Walked up from Awe. Cold and wet. Caught small one in Loch Na Gruagaich before heading up to Loch Na Saighe Duibhe. Wetness underfoot made it a bit of a slog. Caught 8 beautiful but very small trout - most on the surface but a couple on red buzzer I had on the middle dropper. Moved onto the larger of the lochans higher up but nothing doing. Very cold wind so headed back down after an hour. Has anyone ever caught anything much in this?
    Adam

  • Loch an Ruighein   5 years 14 hours ago

    This would have been a good day's fishing in May or June, but at the beginning of April, when it said 5 degrees on the car dashboard at 10am, it was quite unusual. After catching a couple of tiny ones in the loch to the N East (which looks a bit like a shark), caught 7 in Ruighein. All between half and a pound, with most around three quarters. They were fighting fit, especially given it is so early, and beautiful - I'd post a picture if I hadn't dropped my phone in another lochan the next day... All caught on the surface on either dry fly or sedgehog and lost the best one which shook the hook. Very gentle takes, but then they put up a fine fight.
    Adam

  • Loch an Aon Aite   5 years 14 hours ago

    Early season fishing is usually sparse fare, but on a changeable day weather wise, there were a decent number of trout seen rising when flat calm - very gentle rises presumably sipping midge from the surface. Caught two in Aon Aite - one of them so thin he must have just been very hungry! - and another in a nearby puddle which was half a pound and much fitter. All on a bushy dry fly, so you can never tell...
    Adam

  • General Comments   5 years 1 week ago

    Thanks Adam, just spotted this browsing! Much appreciated!

    Look forward to catching up,
    Stewart.

  • General Comments   5 years 1 week ago

    Hi Don (are you the Don which whom I am already acquainted?)

    The winter fishing for Pollock from the shore up here is truly phenomenal! I am not 't(r)outing for business' here but search "Assynt Fly Fishing" on You Tube and you will see some of the fun I have to keep me occupied through the long, dark winter months! Winter sea fishing? In Assynt? Oh most definitely YES!

    Stewart - Assynt Fly Fishing.

  • General Comments   5 years 2 weeks ago

    Speaking of lochs with elusive trouts : does anybody ever catch a trout in the unnamed loch looking like a boot at 177-243 (exactly under the first "S" of Assynt) ? Looks good, but I made two attempts without any fish in view. Any information wellcome.

  • General Comments   5 years 2 weeks ago

    I've also visited that loch a couple of times when heading to other lochs like you (maybe the same ones...) It looks beautiful, very alpine, rocky, cold. I hadn't seen any activity the first times I passed along, but one evening, at dusk, with a friend, we've seen fish making head-and-tail in the north-west corner. We cast some dry flies and caught tiny trouts (4 or 5 inches) with pink reflections. Impossible to get a bigger one. Very strange. It's a very wild place and there is maybe a very poor insect life there. The southerly loch nearby, Loch nan Caorach, looks even better. I've just tried once, but no success...

  • General Comments   5 years 3 weeks ago

    Like you I have tried my luck here several times.
    I have only ever caught a single fish which was about 5 inches long and very silver in colour.

    I spotted fish rising and cast amongst them .

    I suspect that there are only a few and small fish in here.

  • General Comments   5 years 3 weeks ago

    I travel to Assynt most years in May and have given Loch nan Cuaran (NC291239) a go on a couple of occasions on route to other destinations. I've had absolutely no success whatsoever, I've never even seen signs of fish life. Does anyone know of a reason why this loch appears devoid of fish or is it merely my ineptitude?

    Geoff Mann

  • Loch Assynt   5 years 4 weeks ago

    If you were staying at the Inchnadamph Hotel you would have had access to some of the best lochs in the area and in my opinion bank fishing Loch assynt was probably your worst option.
    It is fair to say that the better fishing is to be found far away from the roadside in hill lochs mostly involving a hike of 1.5 to 2 hours to get to them ,but the feeling of "away from it all" and the chance to fish for and catch beautiful wild brown trout in the amazing landscape of Assynt is well worth the effort believe me.
    On this site,and in Cathel Mcleod's book "Trout Fishing in Assynt" you will find the information as to some specific locations and advice on how best to fish them ,but there are literally hundreds of lochs and lochans out there.

  • Loch Crocach   5 years 12 weeks ago

    Fished this loch twice over the last few years and caught six each time all in bright sunshine (all small)and all on a kingfisher butcher. You could see them chase the fly.I too thought for a moment I had hooked the big one, I could feel it tugging but when I tried to draw it to shore the weight was incredible, I soon realised it had taken me round a submerged branch covered in weed managed to get the whole thing to shore with the fish still hooked around three quarter pound.

  • Loch Assynt   5 years 13 weeks ago

    You can buy a decent orvis combo set with rod, reel and line for 150 pounds. If that breaks the bank you have other issues to deal with.

  • Lochan a Choire Ghuirm (Green Corrie Lochs)   5 years 15 weeks ago

    By concentrating too much attention on a small number of lochs ,Cathel's book has damaged the very thing that he sought to promote.
    Like you I have spent 30+ years hiking out to remote lochs and figuring it out for myself and only sharing the information with a few trustworthy friends.
    Be reassured that there are many other lochs out there,several of them rarely fished,containing some magnificent fish.
    You will probably have fished some of them yourself.

  • Loch Borralan   5 years 27 weeks ago

    Myself and a mate fished Borralan on 3/9/15 conditions were good a light breeze and cloudy we had 18 fish 4 the day most around 1/2lb and best 1lb. Did not keep any best flys connemara black, Zulu and kee hee. If you're fishing from a boat note be aware the loch is shallow around the edges with decent sized stones 2 smack!!!

  • Loch Bad an Sluic   5 years 30 weeks ago

    A good walk up from Canisp Lodge and seemingly into the middle of nowhere but the rewards were well worth it. I fished both these lochs, the boats were quarter full of water showing that they had not been fished for a while. after bailing out I drifted with a drogue in a gusting NW breeze and took plenty of fish all over the water up to 12oz. I had 24 in the first loch and 21 in the second with plenty of double hook ups and one cast saw 3 trout leap clear of the water onto my team of 3 flies. MAGIC! Claret bumble muddler, standard Claret bumble with a very dark green heather fly or Daddy long legs with gold body working best on the point. well greased drawn through the waves.
    Well yes it was a long walk but if you make the effort to fish both these lochs you might just get a PB as I did. Totalling 45 trout in one day + 1 pretty little sea trout.
    Thanks Peter for the recommendation. Tim.

  • Cam Loch   5 years 31 weeks ago

    Had planned walking over the hills to Fada but the weather miserable, hills shrouded in mist and constant rain so played safe and stuck to Cam. Fished it from the boats at the Cemetery around to the river inlet, difficult conditions and only had 3 small fish - all at the river inlet which was sheltered. Find this a very dour loch.
    Is Inchnadamph hotel closed? Drove up there to gate a ticket, no cars or signs of life and doors locked. Got a permit at the Altnacealgach Hotel from the helpful woman there.

  • Loch na Gainmhich   5 years 31 weeks ago

    Fished this loch yesterday as it was too windy on Loch Assynt. Fished for around two hours with nothing doing on the road side of the loch. Moved round to the shallow end just above the Wailing Widow waterfall (had a peer over the edge - amazing view!). Caught two 6 oz brownies in quick succession in the shallows. Both took the top fly: a Kate McClaren (I think!). An absolutely stunning location.

  • Loch Assynt   5 years 31 weeks ago

    Hi

    In reply to the query about availability of boats on Assynt.

    Confirmed the following details with Peter at the Assynt Angling Association:

    The boats on Cam, Veyatie, Mid & Head Assynt , Awe & Sandy lochs are administered by the Inchnadamph Hotel on behalf of the Assynt Angling Group.

    They can be booked in advance by contacting the hotel, but as Awe in particular is very popular some anglers will be disappointed. You do not have to stay at the hotel to book the boats. The other boats on Awe are not owned by the group.

    Anglers planning fishing can contact Peter at the Cottage, Culag Sq or contact the hotel to book. Contact details on www.assyntangling.co.uk and on this site: http://www.assyntanglinginfo.org.uk/outlets

    The boat at Assynt tail is administered by Peter.

    Thanks

  • General Comments   5 years 33 weeks ago

    We had no problems getting a boat on Borrolan on a Sunday.

  • Loch a Choin (The Dog Loch)   5 years 33 weeks ago

    Your four fish on the Dog Loch is good going on any day as it is not an easy one but the trout can be tremendous. Caught two here on 18th June, both over 1lb, with one about 2lb. Both on a Blue Zulu in a wave and cold wind, both returned - delighted with them!

    The trout in the Cat tend to be smaller but it can be good on the right day.
    Adam

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