All Comments and Fishing Reports

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

  • Loch Leathed a'Bhaile Fhoghair (Lexy's Loch)   5 years 1 week ago

    It has been unusually cold which seems to have knocked some of the fishing 9as well as plant life being later etc.). I had 3 hours up at Lexy's on 20th June and it was pretty slow going. Fished the southern shore and caught 3 all around half pound mark and then it went very dour and windless

  • Loch Crocach   5 years 1 week ago

    Tick infested hell! Brushed no fewer than 12 of the little blighters off me during a long hike around Crocach and satellite lochans including Aon Aite among others. The fishing, in the cold north-westerly, was uninspiring - numerous troutlings with anything over the half pound hard to come by. Note - Crocach is nasty to circumnavigate with a lot of heather outcrops and steep rock cliffs. I wouldn't be in a rush to return.

  • Un-named Loch at base of Suilven   5 years 2 weeks ago

    I have only fished this Loch once, in the middle of May this year.

    Spring had been almost non existent with snow on the high tops, so I suppose it was slightly optimistic to expect the trout in these higher lochans to respond to the fly. Nonetheless I set off from the Glen Canisp side in fair if somewhat chilly conditions and made the long but scenic trek up to the series of lochans stretching from below bealach leading to the summit of Suilven.

    No surface activity was evident. I managed to winkle out half a dozen trout to 3/4 lb from several different lochans, all on a deeply fished GRHE goldhead before the wind died and the sun came out.

    By the time I reached the Unnammed Lochan I was beginning to regret the extra layers of clothing necessary at the start of the day. The sky had become cloudless and the surface of the loch was like a mirror. What was most noticeable however was the different character of the loch itself. Unlike the others in the area which were fairly typically steep sided leading to deep water close in, this lochan had relatively shallow margins comprising sandstone slabs for some distance out. I persevered for a while with the deep nymph then tried a dry fly, but nothing could be tempted and I soon called it a day.

    A 14 mile walk for a few wee brownies might seem a lot of effort, but the route back out to Inverkirkaig via Loch Fionn and the Falls path was glorious in the late sunshine and a day out in Assynt is never a complete waste of time.

  • Loch Leathed a'Bhaile Fhoghair (Lexy's Loch)   5 years 4 weeks ago

    I dropped by Lexy's on the 7th of June for a couple of hours in the late afternoon. It's a lovely loch and despite a cold north-westerly I did see fish rising at various points just as I had to leave. Before then I managed a fighting half-pounder and - a bit of a surprise - a minnow which took a size 14 dry fly! It was fairly hooked too. I didn't know this species was present in Assynt. Not the best of fishing days, and indeed that remained the story for the rest of my stay in the north-west. I think I'll leave next year's visit a bit later and risk the midges!

    Colin M.

  • Loch a Choireachain   5 years 4 weeks ago

    I fished this loch on evenings in August 2014 and May 2015, from the South East Bank and the North peninsula bank. The fish ranged from a few oz up to a half pound - and they seemed to like a Black Pennel. Where the stream exits on the South bank there are plastic pipes exiting downhill - presumably this loch is used as a water supply.

  • Maiden Loch   5 years 4 weeks ago

    I usually find that a Black Pennel is a never-fail fly on most of the Assynt lochs, but in the evening of 28th May 2015 it failed on the Maiden Loch. I fished on the road side from where the loch narrows, round towards the Lochinver end. I maintained a Black Pennel on my cast throughout, but the three fish I landed, and returned, (from about 4 to 12 oz) all took a Clan Chief or a Blue Zulu. Clearly the Maiden Loch trout like fancy flies.

  • Loch Crocach   5 years 4 weeks ago

    I remember when fishing Crochach about seven years ago, when there were large numbers of little trout trying to catch the flies near the edge, on the retrieve. However two severe winters seemed to wipe them out, and fishing became a bit more difficult, particularly at the near, South West end. On 11/6/14, I returned to the SW end on a bright day with a strong West wind, and some cloud cover. There was no sign of rising fish, and I only managed to hook and lose a small trout on a Black Pennel. On my way back, I met two Anglers setting out for the far end of Crochach, carrying camping gear and float tubes. It would be nice to hear how they got on.
    A word of warning - there were lots of ticks around. I brushed one off a hand, but two got their teeth into my legs.

  • Loch an Arbhair   5 years 4 weeks ago

    If you want to fish this loch from the bank, you will need to get over (or through) a tall rickety deer fence - whichever side you start out from. There have been attempts to break through this fence - but beware of sharp wire ends, which ripped my waterproof over-trousers. Could Assynt Anglers please organise better access for bank anglers on this loch.

    I fished all round this loch from the bank in June 2014. It was bright with a gentle South wind. I tried a variety of flies, but caught nothing. I saw a number of fish splashing beyond casting distance.

    I returned in late May, 2015, again fishing from the bank in late afternoon. There was a modest, reducing West wind and a short rain shower. There was a fair ripple, and conditions looked good. I fished from the East end, round the South bank. I tried a wide variety of flies. I got a tug on a black mini-muddler and I landed a 6oz trout on a longshank Teal, Red, and Silver.

  • Loch na Bruthaich   5 years 4 weeks ago

    I fished this loch again (twice) in June and (once) in August 2014. Still lots of little fish in this loch, but now there are some more sizeable ones in the 3 to a pound range. Almost any fly seems to work.

  • Loch Leathed a'Bhaile Fhoghair (Lexy's Loch)   5 years 4 weeks ago

    On 12/6/2014 I fished from 8pm to around 11pm. After a long dry spell the loch level was low, and there was a slight west wind with light rain. I headed up to the South East corner, but the fish were rising just out of casting distance from the bank. As it darkened, the fish moved closer, but seemed to be fixated on caenis - swirling back and forward on the surface. Unusually, I caught nothing.

    Back to Lexy's loch in the evening on 19/8/2014. There was brisk north wind so I headed along the North bank. The loch level was high, with no sign of rising fish. Just beyond the island, I landed two trout - one about 6oz, the other nearer to a pound. Both (safely returned) took a long shank Teal, Red and Silver.

    Back on 24/5/15 - I fished from about 6pm to dusk. Wet and windy, with a high loch level and a large wave. I headed back to the South East corner, and tried a variety of flies until I found that I got most tugs on large bushy flies. I hooked, and lost, a trout on a Claret Bumble. Unfortunately I also hooked the heather, and snapped the top section of my 6 section rod.

    Back on 27/5/15 with a new, stouter, rod! I fished from about 8pm to 10:30pm, on the South bank towards the East end. There was a modest, decreasing, West wind with a slight wave reducing to a ripple in sheltered water. I caught a 10oz (estimate) fish on a size 10 Black Pennel, then just before giving up, I hooked and landed a large yellow belly trout - possibly around 2lb, also on the size 10 Black Pennel. Both fish safely returned.

  • Loch Assynt   5 years 5 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...


    (posted on his behalf by Adam (admin))

  • Loch Assynt   5 years 5 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

  • Loch Assynt   5 years 8 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   5 years 8 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   5 years 8 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   5 years 9 weeks ago

    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   5 years 9 weeks ago

    All the locals in the pubs fish with worms , fact

  • Loch Assynt   5 years 9 weeks ago

    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   5 years 9 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   5 years 10 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   5 years 10 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   5 years 12 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   5 years 12 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   5 years 13 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   5 years 18 weeks ago

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

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