All Comments and Fishing Reports

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  • Loch Assynt   5 years 32 weeks ago

    I'd ask Peter about this.

  • Loch Assynt   5 years 32 weeks ago

    Thanks so much for the quick reply, I have booked a day on assynt, one other thing as my dad is also very keen but does not use a fly rod much, is it allowed to use a bubble snd fly in any of the lochs?

  • Loch Assynt   5 years 32 weeks ago

    Peter's number is on the permits page on this website (scroll down):

    The lochs you can spin/troll on are in the Assynt Angling Group and are:

    Spinning/Trolling allowed from boat on Lochs Beannach (W5), Cam (E21), Veyatie (E22) and Assynt (S10/E6). Loch Assynt has a 4 mile bank zone where spinning and artificial lures is permitted.
    - Adam

  • General Comments   5 years 32 weeks ago

    I am there also first two weeks in July have a couple things booked already but looking for more to try I'm with my dad and son

  • Loch Assynt   5 years 32 weeks ago

    I am up in a couple weeks and my dad and son don't fly fish I would like to take them out on the boat trolling, which area is best for this?
    Also is there a number for peter at the cottage or do u just contact him up there?

  • General Comments   5 years 33 weeks ago

    I haven't visited this loch and most likely never will, due to lack of fitness these days. However it does surprise me a little that the only fish reported are a few very small ones. Loch nan Cuaran is listed in the SNH standing waters survey as one of the few eutrophic (ie nutrient-rich) lochs in the Assynt area, the great majority of others being oligotrophic (peaty, nutrient-poor). Eutrophic waters generally produce large, healthy fish.

    Colin Macaulay

  • Loch Bealach na h-Uidhe   5 years 34 weeks ago

    Got up to loch Bealach na h-uidhe yesterday. Walked in from Inchnadamph. Blue skies and not a cloud in the sky. A few hillwalkers around but daughter and I had the loch to ourselves. Some good fish rising, probably gorging themselves on a large Olive hatch. We couldn't tempt them with our offerings and could only try for a couple of hours before we had to head home. Wind was from the SE, occasionally spinning to the NW. Water was gin-clear and tasted excellent. If I have the chance again, I'll be camping for the night. Spectacular scenery, beautiful loch - don't really care that I didn't catch anything!
    Callum M

  • General Comments   5 years 34 weeks ago

    A friend and I hiked up from Loch a Ghlinnein a few years ago and had a few casts with zero result.
    It was our impression that it was devoid of fish.
    We had more luck at 187-239 loch a Ghuib Aird where we both caught several fish 6-7 oz,before hiking down to Loch Assynt and back to Little Assynt via the stalkers path.
    Very interesting geology up there with many "eccentrics"in the form of large rocks left behind when glaciers melted thousands of years ago

  • Fionn Loch   5 years 35 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   5 years 36 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   5 years 36 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   5 years 39 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   5 years 40 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   5 years 40 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?

  • Loch an Ruighein   5 years 41 weeks 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.

  • Loch an Aon Aite   5 years 41 weeks 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...

  • General Comments   5 years 42 weeks ago

    Thanks Adam, just spotted this browsing! Much appreciated!

    Look forward to catching up,

  • General Comments   5 years 42 weeks 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 43 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 43 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 44 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 44 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 46 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   6 years 1 week 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   6 years 3 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.

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