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)   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Monday 11th September, 2012 - I'm back for a short evening session on Loch Lexy. I headed up to the SE corner , where there was a strong Westerly wind causing a big wave - so there was no chance of spotting rising fish. I fished mainly mini-lures, just sub-surface (on a sink tip line), and landed one 5oz trout (safely returned).

  • Loch Poll an Droighinn   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Wednesday 12th September 2012 was another very windy day. In the afternoon I headed up to Loch Lexy, then followed the fence up from its north bank to Loch Poll an Droighinn. In my previous visit last year there was an easterly wind, so I fished the east bank with considerable success. This year it was a strong NW wind, so I headed up to the NW corner , and worked back down southwards. To my surprise, I saw no moving fish, and nothing looked near my flies. So I hiked back up to the north end where there was some shelter - but no sign of fish. I finally tried the NE corner (where I caught most of my fish last year), and although casting was difficult, I landed one trout of about 6oz (safely returned).

  • Loch Donnaig   6 years 12 weeks ago

    I parked at the advised space, and was surprised to find a path to a gate, then over the field to a style - all in excellent order - not the usual approach to Assynt Lochs! There was a very strong west wind, so I traversed along the steep south bank, to reach a promintory with the wind on my back, but found that much of the bay was weed covered. I fished along the edge of the weed, and landed an 8oz trout (safely returned). I hope to visit this loch again (next year) in better weather conditions.

  • Loch Bealach na h-Uidhe   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Having fished this area for over 30 years I would make the following observations.
    a consequence of the publication of Cathel's book is that some of the lochs he describes now attract too many fishermen and perhaps fishermen with a different attitude.
    The danger is that the book,this website and associated publicity designed to promote angling tourism may have resulted in damage to the very thing it sought to promote.
    I have personally fished over 300 lochs and lochans on Ordnance Survey 15
    including all of the lochs in Cathel's book and can assure the reader that there are hundreds more in the area worth fishing where you will never meet another angler,most of them contain trout,and some of them some superb specimens indeed.
    You will have to hike far and wide to find them ,as i did ,and when you do discover a hidden gem please keep its location secret

  • Loch Crocach   6 years 13 weeks ago

    Ok - its 14th September 2012, and time for my next visit to Crochach. There was a strong NW wind, but Crochach is still fishable from the north bank in such conditions. As proposed last year, I walked (and climbed) further up the loch to opposite the islands. Casting is reasonably easy from the bank, but there are deep fall-offs close to the edge, so wading does not look a good idea. I carried my waders in a rucksack, but never used them. I fished for about 2 hours in late afternoon, and caught 5 trout, ranging from about 4 to 16oz (all safely returned). Once again, there was no sign of the tiddlers that were everywhere in 2009. This would probably be my favourite loch if it were not for the presence of the cattle, who churn up all paths and make walking a very messy occupation. Boots are essential, and will need a lot of cleaning after a visit.

  • Maiden Loch   6 years 13 weeks ago

    I made the overfished comment last September, and am back in Assynt again. I tried the spot at the north-west end, which I think is maybe where you had success. I landed a nice trout with the first cast,and thereafter had several offers. Then I moved to the easy casting positions beside the road just where the burn exits the loch - and touched nothing. It looks like there may be well educated trout at the most convenient spots.

  • Loch Bealach na h-Uidhe   6 years 14 weeks ago

    Very disappointing but had similar experience last year at Green Corrie last year. It's not a loch you want more than 2 people on really (especially in bright sun, no wind and easterly!)and 3 guys walked up, stood bolt upright on the moiund at one end and even got the binoculars out to look at us fishing, before starting casting themselves. Not a word and ended up just leaving them to it.

    A sharp contrast up at one of the small Stoer lochs this June. Just landed a beautiful 1.5lb trout that had fought like hell. Another angler had come up, seen I was there, and kept such a low profile that I didn't even notice him. Once I had returned the fish, he came a little nearer, generously said 'well done' and that he would try one of the others in the area. A gent.

  • Loch Bealach na h-Uidhe   6 years 14 weeks ago

    I fished there in May and was rather disappointed by the beahaviour of two 'gentlemen' who marched up a couple of hours after me. i watched from the other side of the loch as they dumped their bags almost on top of mine . later it transpired one of them had trodden on and broken the spare tip piece of my rod. and then without a word they waded out into the loch and started casting flies, one of them actually landing his fly a few yards across and ahead of me making it impossible for me to continue fishing. i imagine this sort of thing is common on ponds full of flabby stocked rainbow trout where i suspect these two learnt their trade. I walked round to my bag, and politely enquired if they planned to stay all day and got a surly- 'yeah and whats it to you?' response so left them to it and went and fished fiddle (where i discovered the broken rod tip).
    what a shame to behave like that. i would happily share even a small loch like this (after all its a long walk in) or arrange to swap round (fiddle and fleodach are nearby) but not with people who don't even have the manners to respect their fellow fishermen.

  • Lochan Fada   6 years 14 weeks ago

    29th aug 2012 Fished from 3pm til dark and caught a dozen from various bays on the southern bank all about half a pound, brilliant day

  • Loch a Choire Dheirg (Red Corrie)   6 years 17 weeks ago

    Fished on 31st July after backpacking to Loch Bealach A'bhuirich the previous night. Fished the Green corrie most of the day then contoured round to the Red. Rising fish in glassy calm nosed at my dry flies but only one took, about 1lb. However, see entry for Green Corrie. B.C.

  • General Comments   6 years 19 weeks ago

    I have just spent the week (22 to 28 July) fishing various lochs in the Assynt South and West Zones.

    The weather was generally quite favourable - warm with a good wind and variable cloud (little rain) - but despite this I found the fish hard to find. The usual lochs where '3 to the pound' is the norm seemed devoid of fish although I did manage one at 1 1/2 pounds from the 'Dog Loch'.

    This is in stark contrast to many previous visits to the same lochs when the fish lived up to their 'free rising' reputations and good baskets were to be had.

    I tried the usual well tested wet flies, dries, as well as buzzers and nymphs to no avail. The fish just did not seem interested and a few other fishers I spoke to (including locals) indicated that was their experience also.

    Could this be down to the prolonged dry spell experienced in the area over the last couple of months or have all the fish mysteriously disappeared (which seems unlikely)?

  • Loch Nan Lub   6 years 22 weeks ago

    Visited on 7th July 2012 for a few hours, with a light north-westerly blowing most of the time. This is really a chain of inter-connected lochans and there are so many bays, points and high banks that this place would have fishable places in any kind of wind. Dry fly brought the trout up wonderfully, and they were not fussy about the pattern. Average size about 8 oz, with one fish of 1.5 lbs, all returned. The big one took the dropper fly as I was playing a smaller fish! Great birdlife here. A delightful place to fish. Loch an Easain next door seems just as good.

  • Unnamed lochans near Clashnessie   6 years 22 weeks ago

    Fished these for an hour or two on July 7th 2012. Variable, light breezes dropping to calms. Midges a nuisance! Several small fish plus to dry flies (Claret Hopper, Adams) and one of about 14 oz. Enchanting, wild wee lochs. Some are largely or wholly weeded, but the larger ones quite fishable.

  • Fionn Loch   6 years 22 weeks ago

    I visited this breathtakingly beautiful loch 5th-6th of July 2012, taking a one-man tent and camping overnight. There is a perfect spot on the south-western shore close to the place the boat lies. The two days I was there the conditions were not ideal for bank fishing, with a half-gale easterly the first day and variable airs/flat calms the second. Nonetheless I caught a great many trout, averaging perhaps 8 oz, the biggest about a pound. All were returned. I fished dry fly mainly; Claret Half-hog, Bibio, Grey Duster, Adams, Claret Hopper. All were enthusiastically accepted, but especially the first-named. In the flat calms I saw some very large trout head-and-tailing beyond casting range! Waders would have helped me fish parts of the north-eastern shore, but there are plenty of places where they are unnecessary on this loch. Two boat anglers were there the first day and had fish to 2.5 lbs, and next time I visit I will book the boat too.

  • Maiden Loch   6 years 23 weeks ago

    June 2012, 2 rods fished for 40mins; about a dozen trout to 8oz just fished small section of water between reeds and road at north end. Perhaps not that over fished!

  • Loch an Aon Aite   6 years 25 weeks ago

    Cold wind and bright sun (again). Had a good afternoon wandering up and around here - lots of small trout in all the lochs I tried: Aon Aite, the long thin one just before you get there (lots of reeds/waterlilies restrict scope here), and the small ones to the north/north west of Aon Aite. Biggest was 3/4lb but mostly 3 to the pound. Couple came to dry fly but when the wind was up, muddlers on the point and bushy flies on the top dropper worked best.

  • Loch Nan Lub   6 years 28 weeks ago

    29.5.12 Nice day out amongst the inlets of Loch Nan Lub, Gorm Loch Beag and the smaller lochans to the north. Slow going but still caught 7, biggest at half pound. Best flies dry sedge and a small bloody butcher on the point, work that out!

  • Loch Uidh na Geadaig   6 years 28 weeks ago

    Spent a lovely sunny late afternoon/evening with small but beautifully formed bownies coming to the fly, despite very bright sun. Dries worked best, and anything with orange in it! This loch has a boat now, which this site doesn't say, available from Peter Hendrich.

  • Loch Na Gruagaich   6 years 29 weeks ago

    Fished Loch Na Gruagaich in a cool north easterly - very slow and only 2 fish in 2 hours between the four of us so moved up to Loch Na Saighe Dubh where things were quite different...

  • Loch Beannach   6 years 29 weeks ago

    Fished Beannach in a cold north easterly but fish willing to rise to Pennels and Kate McLarens. A lovely bit of water

  • Cam Loch   6 years 29 weeks ago

    Fished west end of loch 11-5 in a breeze that during the day shifted through 180 degrees and back again. Prolific bursts of sport in places with 2 double hook ups to black pennels and kate mclarens. I've never seen so many Cuckoos either....hugely enjoyable although the Inchnadamph boat took some finding..

  • General Comments   6 years 33 weeks ago

    These cysts/worms are present in just about every fish I have seen the insides of from Claise Moire, near Oykel Bridge. As above, the fish seem healthy enough despite the infestation, but are not very appetising once one knows about the worms ( which seem more roundworm-like than tapeworm to me). As an aside, the fish in Claise Moire are as uniform as can be imagined, at just under half a pound at best, and in my experience cannot be caught on anything except a blue zulu!

    MN

  • General Comments   6 years 36 weeks ago

    I am finding this site a very interesting read and have only managed to work my way through some of the pages so far :)

    Having fished up in this area, for years, I have always found it to be a hit or a miss in terms of catching anything. However, it has always been the mecca for me as far as fishing goes, which includes the stunning views as part of the deal.

    My only criticism (if it can be called that) is regarding the deer fencing. Last year, I wild camped just off the road at Clashnessie and headed off for a days walking and fishing in the hill lochs behind the waterfall - my path took me from the falls along to meall nan garbh loch, round Loch Poll Daidh and back along the peat road onto the main road and then back into Clashnessie. A good walk on a good day - about 16k in total.

    This distance might have been shorter if it wasn't for the deer fences....! I had my 2 dogs with me - and the first fence I came to, I spent an age trying to find a way across it - I could have climbed it, but had to find a gap under it to let the dogs through - however we managed it, until after another short walk we came to the fence again - now maybe I was very unlucky and just happened to choose the wrong direction each time, but at my last count I had to cross the fence 4 times in total..... I take it the fence zigzags its way across the area?

    Anyway a small criticism and quite likely a pointless one :)

    Other than that - spent years fishing at poll daidh ans catching good size half pounders to a pound, in the narrow inlet between the two main lochs, but of late have caught nothing but tiddlers.

    Great to read the comments :)

    slàinte - RSM

  • General Comments   7 years 9 weeks ago

    In september 2009, little tiddlers were everywhere in the Assynt hill lochs, and in some lochs it was almost impossible to cast around the margins without immediately hooking little trout.
    But in September 2010 when I next returned, the little tiddler populations seemed to have decreased dramatically, and this has been repeated in September 2011.
    Has anyone else noticed this? Is it possible that the two harsh winters have taken a toll of the little trout, and of the spawning and hatching process?

  • General Comments   7 years 9 weeks ago

    I would appreciate more information with the permit for the Assynt crofter's area. For example - where to park, and how to get into the lochs and whether wading is possible or advisable. Lets start with Lexy's loch, which one fisher was unable to find, and the response was "use an OS Map". The OS map shows a road with a graveyard beside it. But there are three roads each with a graveyard. Its the middle one, and about 50 yards along it there is plenty of parking space - that little bit of information would be helpful. Another example is the Manse Loch - I looked at my OS map and it showed a track near Torbreck house. I guessed at what was Torbreck House, but could find no track. So I just followed through pretty rough territory until I found the loch. Then I found that access for wading around its perimeter is not particularly good. I know that some of this info is now present on the Assynt Research Website, but it really should be present on the leaflet that accompanies the permit.

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