All Comments and Fishing Reports

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  • Loch Assynt   5 years 33 weeks ago

    August 2015

    Had a great day afloat on Assynt. Superb loch with a great head of fish that fight like demons when hooked. Claret flies worked best on our day.

    Such a shame 2 out of 3 boats on Assynt (and all on Awe) are controlled by the Inchnadamph Hotel. Residents obviously get first shout for the boats which meant only 1 day afloat on Assynt for all of us and we never managed to get a boat on Awe at all! Surely Assynt Assosiation should control all of the available boats on Assynt and allocation should come down to a first come first served basis. I for one would not want to stay at the Inchnadamph just to secure a few days fishing on Assynt (or Awe).

  • Loch Beannach   5 years 33 weeks ago

    Fished here on 17/8/2015

    Well worth the easy walk to get to this loch. Very picturesque, with bays and wooded islands going in every direction. We were a party of 4 using the 2 boats here. Quite a few fish caught but not a single "keeper" between them. Conditions didn't help as we started with a very bright and hot sun and flat calm to bright sun and wind. The wind was not excessive but the plastic Pioneer boats used on most of the waters around here are virtually keel-less and shoot across the surface with little wind effort. This makes fishing your flies at a decent speed pretty difficult and due to the shape of the loch a drogue would be a pain due to the shortness of drift. We were told at the end of our fishing trip that a boat was having to be recovered from the far end of the loch as the customer was unable to row it back to the mooring due to the wind......so be warned!

    We all agreed that the loch is very beautiful but I'm not sure if we will make future trips to Beannach again, the fish size was just too small to keep us interested.

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

    I think the name of the loch is well deserved, it was a dog to fish!
    Had an after noon on the Dog (and the Cat). As a lot of the lochs in this area are, the water is deep straight off the bank. I had a drift that ran from the boat mooring straight down the loch which was just as well as the Pioneer boat shot across the surface without to much wind! Out of 4 fish caught only 1 was a "keeper". All were caught around or just past the big island. A very scenic loch with an easy walk from the road but given the amount of fishing there is up here I doubt I'd make the effort to do this loch again!.....(oh, and The Cat Loch......a complete waste of time, don't go there!!)

  • Loch Borralan   5 years 33 weeks ago

    Fished Borralan on 16/8/2015

    This was the first loch we fished on our weeks holiday. The water was very peat stained but this did not put the fish off by any means. Just over 50 fish caught by the two of us, including 2 char. No fish kept although there were a few "keepers" in the days catch. Most notably though was the massive brownie hooked just off the shore by my brother. We estimated it at between 7-9lb. The fish made a few trips to the surface and a good jump before it finally spit out the fly! Best flies were, Stone Goat, Sunburst Dunkeld and Raymond.

  • Loch Leathed a'Bhaile Fhoghair (Lexy's Loch)   5 years 40 weeks 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 41 weeks 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 41 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 43 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 44 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 44 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 44 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 44 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 44 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 44 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 45 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   5 years 45 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   5 years 47 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 48 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 48 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 49 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   5 years 49 weeks ago

    All the locals in the pubs fish with worms , fact

  • Loch Assynt   5 years 49 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   5 years 49 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 49 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 49 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.

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