All Comments and Fishing Reports

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  • Loch Mhoalach-coire (‘Loch Gillaroo’)   4 years 22 weeks ago

    Fished this early June. Started off very warm and almost completely still - hard work in the clear water. A breath of breeze and change to a tiny sparse nymph fly brought a few catches but nothing of any real size. Beautiful trout though. Then the heavens opened - it was like someone had dumped a giant bucket of bullets on the loch. The Trailigill was a raging brown torrent by the time I got down.

  • General Comments   4 years 26 weeks ago

    It's a good question, Jerome. I certainly didn't notice much over 13 inches this year ! but in some places an abundance of 'average' trout....

    I think it highlights the need for some fisheries science work looking at populations in a sample of different types of loch - breeding patterns, growth, effect of different geology/fauna, effect of removal of different sizes of fish in different types of lcoation. Really, there is very little known about these issues in Assynt as there has been very little work done. If others are interested it would be good to look for some ways to develop this (whilst protecting identity of locations etc.) which could help inform future practice and guidance.
    Adam

  • Loch Awe   4 years 26 weeks ago

    I think that is a different loch awe you refer to?

  • General Comments   4 years 28 weeks ago

    I'm wondering if other "regulars" of Assynt lochs have the same experience as mine this year : in many lochs where I usually only caught nice trouts (let's say 13 inches and over) the last years, this year I catch trouts of the same size plus smaller ones, I mean "average" trouts around 8-11 inches. Does it mean that there were good spawing years since 2011 or so ? Or is there another explication ? I would be glad to understand...

    Cheers,

    Jean D.

  • Loch Awe   4 years 28 weeks ago

    heading 2 loch awe sunday and monday n tuesday heading up dalavich side before there nice wee bay fished for years always produced fish up until 4years ago and had mostly small catches and perch and some eels just want some information on how its fishing any info would b great

  • General Comments   4 years 28 weeks ago

    The Assynt Fishing Feis is on August 6th and 7th. A must for local and visiting anglers.

    There's an Introduction to Fly Tying & Casting on August 6th and the Assynt Open Fishing Competition on August 7th. The Assynt Games, including the casting competition, follows the next day.

    Details:
    www.discoverassynt.co.uk/event-details.php?id=652

  • General Comments   4 years 28 weeks ago

    There's everything from bat evenings to ranger walks to craft days - see details here: www.discoverassynt.co.uk/events.php

  • Loch Awe   4 years 28 weeks ago

    Fished this loch many times always with good catches in double figures 2nd week in June. Weather was hot light breeze with mayfly hatches. best fishing is in the section of the loch closest to where the boats are tied up around the islands.
    Wet and dry mayfly,daddies and sedges in the afternoon are most productive.
    Some keepers at 1lb + caught.

  • Loch Cul Fraoich   4 years 30 weeks ago

    Shot over to Cul Fraoich on Stoer for 5th day, midges hatching and fish on top in light wind. Went to upwind southerly bank and had three fish up to half a pound. Decided to look over to Drum Beg, different kind of water an three boats out, plenty of small fish activity. Headed back to Cul Fraoich for the afternoon evening rise ! Very little wind now....walked around the furthermost bay to the westerly shore and got amongst some lovely 1 - 2lb fish close in at margins.....one offer on black gnat which I missed and got in a right tangle, by which time fish had passed me by. Dead calm now and several good fish topping 35 yards out. Magical Loch !

    And that was it... Definitely going back !

    Posted on behalf of Mike A

  • Lochan Sgeireach   4 years 30 weeks ago

    Up to Loch Sgeirach next day....beautiful afternoon, no movement, fantastic looking loch, tried dry and wet.....no sign of fish but observed pair of red throated divers.
    Posted on behalf of Mike A

  • Loch a Choin (The Dog Loch)   4 years 30 weeks ago

    Visited Dog Loch (and Cat)...dour on Dog (3 times) but water looked very promising. Went to Achiltibuie lochs to restore my confidence on 3rd day (3 fish).
    Mike A

  • Loch Leathed a'Bhaile Fhoghair (Lexy's Loch)   5 years 9 weeks ago

    Posted on behalf of HD: Very windy from the WSW but since its my last day fishing, I decided to return to Lexy’s loch in late afternoon, hoping for some shelter at the east end of the south bank. There were large waves running along the loch, and casting was very difficult. I hooked and returned two trout in the 4-6oz class, before giving up.

  • General Comments   5 years 9 weeks ago

    Posted on behalf of HD: I headed off to Loch Roe, at the weirs where it changes from fresh to salt water, hoping to catch a sea trout, around high tide. The fresh water stretch is near-unfishable at this point, since it is covered in lily pads – a beautiful sight for non-fishers! I tried casting just below the weirs , but there were shoals of tiny saithe and Pollock which grabbed at every fly. I eventually hooked and safely returned a small bright silver sea trout (a few ounces).
    NB this loch needs a marker!

  • Loch Leathed a'Bhaile Fhoghair (Lexy's Loch)   5 years 9 weeks ago

    Posted on behalf of HD
    I fished Lexy’s Loch from 16:00 to 19:00, working my way along the south shore. Near to the east end, I hooked a large trout well out in the loch, and successfully landed it after a fair fight. I estimate it was around the 2lb mark, and it was safely returned. So Lexy’s loch continues to live up to its reputation for large trout.

  • Loch Crocach   5 years 9 weeks ago

    On a cloudy afternoon, after a wet morning, I hiked up to Loch Crocach, and continued up to the far end. The path up to the shieling was much improved this year – since there seemed to be no cattle around as in previous years. The next section is hard going, but is usually worth the effort. This year I was disappointed – only two fish of a few ounces took my flies. There was boot mark evidence that others had been there recently before me. Could they have educated the trout? It would be nice to hear from them.
    Posted on behalf of HD

  • Fionn Loch   5 years 9 weeks ago

    I walked up the Kirkaig to the Fionn Loch, on a bright day. The views are magnificent. The water at the near (west) end is rather shallow for a fair distance out, and combined with the bright conditions, I found that the trout were lying just at my casting limits from the bank. I hooked and safely returned three modest sized trout, but I’m sure that I would have had a lot more action if I had taken my waders (or used a boat).
    Posted on behalf of HD

  • Loch na Bruthaich   5 years 9 weeks ago

    Sunny and warm, spent a couple of hours working round Loch na Bruthaid (near Clashnessie). Back in 2009 this loch was populated with large numbers of tiddlers that took any fly that came near them. Then after two hard winters the numbers seemed to decline dramatically. This year I hooked a few tiddlers and one small trout (all safely returned). Probably better than last year, but still not back to its pre-2010 years.
    Psoted on behalf of HD

  • General Comments   5 years 11 weeks ago

    Have enjoyed many great days fishing the trout lochs of Assynt but would love to try fishing from the shore and would be interested to hear from anyone as to whether it is worth doing so in the autumn and winter and of any hot spots to try. Don

  • Loch Na Saighe Duibhe   5 years 12 weeks ago

    Lots of little fish 6-7", returned 15+ over about 3hrs. Free rising and some even jumping clear of water which is not something I often see in hill lochs?
    Mostly on wee dry flies, fished close to or within reed areas, worthwhile but annoying have to clear weed from flies every 2nd cast.
    Not convinced there are larger fish here.
    Didnt have time to try the lochs further up, gave Loch Na Gruagaich a few hours on the way back down, it was very dour in comparison.

    Stuart Taylor
    Dingwall

  • Loch Na Gruagaich   5 years 12 weeks ago

    Fished the east shore from one end to the other, nice conditions on a Saturday afternoon, a wee breeze to keep the midges away and a few daddies landing on the water, but despite this I never saw a fish rise in 3hrs!
    Returned 3 little ones, 6-7" pretty little fish, taken on a Zulu.
    Loch Na Saighe Duibhe, further up, gave far more action, although also all small.
    Underfoot is very boggy.

  • Lochan Fada   5 years 12 weeks ago

    Fished all down the South bank over 3hrs, very dour and only caught/returned 2 quarter pounders. Wind coming from all directions! No fish rising at all.
    On my trek up I met another fisher on his way down, had camped overnight, again had found it tough going only returning 6 quarter pounders fishing over 8 hours.
    May try north bank next time, more sheltered from the wind I think.

  • Leave Your Comments   5 years 14 weeks ago

    Fished Cam loch fairly infrequently as was targeting other lochs in the area. Generally dour but always caught a few after a while, all small stuff. Lost a nice one about a pound - mostly caught on combination of gold headed PTN and bibio on dropper. Fished various hill lochs West of Cam and had great sport - nothing massive but plenty of them with majestic Suilven as the backdrop! Similar flies as previous successful but I don't think it really mattered - they would take anything as long as presentation and stealth used to good effect.

  • General Comments   5 years 14 weeks ago

    There is a great new Assynt-related website dedicated to V Carron Wellington, an angling author (and much more) who wrote a celebrated book in the 1950s called The Adventures of A Sporting Angler.

    The book has a lot of tales of fishing in Assynt and I featured it on our historical literature pages on this site when we first set it up in 2009.

    This led to me being in touch with Richard Wynne, VCW's grandson. He related some fascinating and surprising information about VCW and has now set up a website dedicated to him:

    www.sportingangler.net

    The website's sub-title - 'the many lives of V Carron Wellington' - hints at what you can find out there. Go and have a look, you won't be disappointed!

    Also, Richard is trying to find out further information about Vincent Carron Wellington so if you know anything, especially any knowledge of him in Assynt please get in touch. We believe he stayed at the Culag Hotel so if anyone knows if the old fishing records are anywhere, that would be particularly interesting and would go along with the scans we have from the Inchnadamph and Alt Hotels on here.

    The book features several chapters on angling in Assynt and is a fantastic tale of derring do and close shaves. VCW gets attacked by a wild goat at Loch Dubh in Ardroe, swims across a loch with a cormorant in his bag, fished the Corrieshalloch Gorge near Ullapool and pursues trout up from Bad na Muirichinn to Suilven getting trapped in the lilies on the way. It also has some great old photos.

    With Richard's kind permission we put some scans of seections of the book in our literature section on the Assynt site: http://www.assyntanglinginfo.org.uk/angling_history_literature

    So any information, memories or artefacts - let Richard know via the site.

    If not, just go and have a good read.

    Adam

  • Loch Uidh na Geadaig   5 years 18 weeks ago

    Fished this in mid July 2013 on a very sunny day. Tried nymphs but no takes. Changed to dries and started tempting the fish to the surface. Best fly was a ginked-up bibio. Caught about a dozen on the dry bibio and all were in the 6oz range. Didnt see another soul all day which is amazing considering this loch is a 5 minute walk from the car park. I think this is a great wee loch and is a perfect place to bring my 10 year old son as he is just learning how to fly fish at the moment.

  • Lochan Fada   5 years 19 weeks ago

    Had an enjoyable afternoon, returning 10-12 all about quarter to half pound. Mostly on a Blue Zulu.
    Very windy so difficult casting, fished along the south bank. Casting difficult in places due to high bank behind.
    Nice walk up from Cam loch, took me about 1.5hrs up and 1hr back.

    Stuart Taylor
    Dingwall

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