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Loch Roe 29.8.13

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!

SEA ANGLING

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

Sea Fishing

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.

Adventures of a Sporting Angler - update

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

Fishing week of 18 to 25 May

Excuse the late post from Australia but wanted to record another fabulous week at the Assynt Foundation's fabulous Glencanisp Lodge. We had sunshine at both ends of our week and the full range of weather in between. There were three serious fishers in out party of 17 and much of the week was spent in the company of ghillie extraordinaire Stephen Smith of Highland School of Fly Fishing in Elphin. No big trout for the week - most returned but about 6 taken for breakfast. 21/5 Loch Veyatie - cold and windy 1 trout - we lasted till just after lunch. 22/5 Loch Cama - 7 trout. 23/5 Loch Awe 4 trout - never been so cold in all my life - snow and hail - lasted till lunchtime and retreated to The Caberfeidh for proven liquid remedies for hypothermia! 24/5 - highlight of the week - returned to Loch Veyatie - 5 trout - in sunny calm conditions - took boat to top of the loch and fished river in Fionn Loch - great fun and I defy anybody to show me a more jaw droppingly beautiful place to fish for wild brown trout. Hope to return in 2014. Most fish on standard patterns - grouse and claret, blue zulu, soldier palmer. Keep up the good work Assynt Angling and the Assynt Foundation. David Nicolson

Assynt Fly Fishing Facebook

Assynt Fly Fishing - https://www.facebook.com/assyntflyfishing - is a (relatively) new Facebook page run by local angler, Stewart Yates.
There's some good updates on his fishing up there and some great videos and photos. he also has a new website:
http://assyntflyfishing.com/

Stewart has just started doing guiding and tuition for trout fishing in Assynt.

The research we did from 2009-2012 (see http://www.assyntanglinginfo.org.uk/?q=research-reports ) suggested that this was the sort of angling service that could be expanded to help local employment so it is great to see this get off the ground.

Adam Brown
(Assynt Angling Info, Substance)

Thanks

Thanks Adam, just spotted this browsing! Much appreciated!

Look forward to catching up,
Stewart.

Suggestion to the webmaster

I do mostly agree with this 16th September comment. But I think Cathel's book (and this website) must just be considered as an (excellent) introduction to the fishing in Assynt. As you say, there are hundreds of lochs in the area. And not so many folks in the moor... I fished there every day last May, mostly remote and montaineous lochs without any path from the road and I've seen... one fisherman during the whole month, including around lochs mentionned in Cathel's book !

By the way, one suggestion to the webmaster of this precious website : sometimes, fishermen don't want to reveal everybody their so called "gems". But it could be interesting for us to be allowed to send "private" or "personnal" messages to one particular author of a message, as it is possible on other forums. As we can see these last days, this forum can be very lively...
Jérôme D.
September 19th, 2012 :

Forums & fishing type chat rooms as they were once known as!

I have created a number of forums over the last ten years mainly with friends who stay at the Scourie Hotel in a certain week in June. But we extended the membership to like minded anglers who know the Assynt area well and included all areas north of Ulapool to Rhiconich within our discussion topics.But MSN groups changed and it was transferred to a variety of different social media type sites but with a locked group format. This was to protect as Jerome says the gems we have all discovered and even created over the last thirty years. But with Facebook being so dominant the group has faded away with less enthusiasm and as a last resort I started a Facebook group. We (around 22 of us) would certainly support a group based around Assynt fishing as we all have fished here and intend to do more as long as the limbs are able. Thinking of walking and fishing from Tongue to Ulapool next June via Inchnadamph but don't let my Wife know as that permit is yet to be secured. cheers Graham

Graham, Jerome, Could you

Graham, Jerome, Could you please drop me an email to anglingresearch[AT]substance.coop ?
Thanks, Adam

Thanks for all your comments

Thanks for all your comments recently everyone. (I’ve moved these to ‘General Comments’ as they are more general issues).

We did look into a forum for the site when the Lottery funded research project was still live but decided against it due to the amount of moderation it can take. However, we can look at this again if people would use it (at the moment we don't have any funding to support this site, so we need to sort that out first).

The central issue raised here is about striking a balance between:
i)Maintaining/increasing visiting anglers' access to Assynt (through more and improved information provision - Cathel's book, our website, information in the tourist office etc.) and
ii) Preserving what it is everyone loves about fishing there (remoteness, fishing sustainably/properly, not seeing other anglers etc.).

That is an age old issue in rural development, but it is not one that can't be managed properly to increase local community benefit - angling 'tourism' is an important part of assynt's long term sustainability.

I'll try and do a longer blog/post about this for people to comment on as it is too long a debate for a comment post. However, as a first step have a look at our Assynt Angling reports which highlight these issues, present data on actually how much trout angling does take place and suggest three levels of ongoing development?

This is the link to the Final Report on Assynt:
http://www.assyntanglinginfo.org.uk/sites/resources.anglingresearch.org....

And this is the link to the permit sales/rod days data in more detail:
http://www.assyntanglinginfo.org.uk/sites/assyntanglinginfo.org.uk/files...

As a matter of fact, I’ve just been up for a week and didn’t see another angler the entire week... I'll post a couple of reports soon.
Cheers,
Adam

Assynt Lochs x 300+

My brother Peter and I agree completely and we are also thinking of counting the number of lochs we have fished on map 15 since 1971 but it might take a few nights work. Maybe it would be better to look at the lochs we have not fished? But in the meantime some extreme lochs fished in recent years Lochan Dearge a Chuil Mhoir on the east cliffs of Cul Mor, Lochan Dearg on the Coigach and the one above on Beinn an Eoin at 450m but no fish in this one and the series of lochs between Glendhu and Glencoul (called Bein Aird da Loch) there are fish here and some giant rabbits. You will not meet many people at these lochs but great exploring. cheers Graham
September 24th, 2012

Assynt September 2012

This is my 4th year of fishing in Assynt for a week in September. This year it was extremely windy, making fishing difficult, and indeed impossible on one of the days. Even allowing for the weather, I was less successful than in previous years (although I still hugely enjoyed myself). I mentioned in previous years that the large numbers of free rising tiddlers that were around in 2009 seemed to have disappeared - possibly due to two extreme winters. I suspect that this has now worked through into the 3 to a pound class - which now seem (in my experience) to be less numerous. Does anyone have contrary evidence?

South and West Zones

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)?

Deer fences

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

Where have all the tiddlers gone?

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?

assynt crofters - improved info please

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.

assynt anglers and assynt crofters

why don't the assynt anglers and assynt crofters get together and offer a weekly permit for the entire area.

North Assynt Estate

Given that the essence of fishing in this area is its "wild" nature I still feel that some changes could be made in order to make the fishing more "findable" without spoiling the experience overall. I visited Assynt on my own ( staying in Stoer) , so didn't feel like making any adventurous solo treks..I made a list of roadside lochs to find.. and had some good fishing on several of these. Having read all the guides I then tried to find "Lexys Loch" ..only a few hundred yards from the road... this seemed like the next easiest thing to a roadside loch. Could I find it..no way . I asked several people who lived in houses nearby and they'd never heard of it. One small direction sign could have made all the difference. I discussed this with the B and B owner who agreed that the North Assynt Estate does't do much to promote their own fishing and is poorly organised.
My holiday cost £700 ((B and B , car hire and flight) ..the fishing ..just £15 . I would have paid much much more for the fishing but felt a bit deflated when I finally got to Assynt. Why don't they charge a bit more and appear to want to help the angler ? I'm not suggesting a series of signposts to turn the area into something like the M 25 but one or two hints occasionally might be useful.
My other suggestions are these - a list of local ghillies/ guides and secondly could you make a list of suggestions for the solo or elderly angler who doesn't want to stray too far from the road

North Assynt estate

Have you heard of Ordnance Survey maps?
Sorry to be flippant, but, as you say, the essence of the fishing is it's 'wild' nature. Basic map-reading skills are an unavoidable necessity in country like this.
If you can't navigate your way to somewhere like Lexy's, you're never going to get the best out of this type of fishing, I'm afraid.

North Assynt - reply

Many thanks for your comments which we will pass onto the Assynt Crofters Trust and will feed into the research. Feedback from anglers is really useful and it is disappointing you were not able to find the loch you wanted to fish.

Part of the purpsose of this website is to provide some of that information - including directions to about 80 lochs. Did you have a look at the page on this site for Lexy's (Loch Leathed a'Bhaile Fhoghair)- this gives directions, grid references and lat and long. Try:
http://assyntanglinginfo.org.uk/?q=ptf_127

Also, would you be so kind as to email me - adam@substance.coop ?

Thanks again for your feedback.
Adam Brown
Assynt Angling Research
Substance
Adam

Red and Green corries lochs

Assynt lochs

Fished from the 16th -23rd July.first evening was on cul fraoich. Got to loch/track side found an almost flat bit for the tent and fished for a few hrs. Ended up with around half doz to 1 1/4 lb all on wets and all returned. Next day moved on for the main mission.I have fished assynt lochs since i was 14 or 15 (now 40 odds)but never made it to the green corrie loch (and surrounding waters)until last week. Weather was cold, very misty up the hills but got to belach a bhuirich and sat for a bit watching what i could see of the loch and saw nothing at all. Time to move round to little green, tent up , changed into dry clothes.Fished round it several times with small wets , large wets but not a thing. Next day woke up to thick mist again but i saw a single rise at the inlet when i looked out the tent, up, dressed out and kid on the midges aint around !!!!!!!! Again fished for hours never saw an other rise.that eve i moved on to green corrie but couldn't see it , still misty as hell. Up next morning , fished round it twice with wets that that nearly always catch me fish up assynt way again nothing.Had some food and a brew then suddenly i saw the loch for the first time the mist totally gone and the cold breeze stopped. It is one of the nicest places i have been. So now the picture is , flat calm and blazzin sun so didn't think much of my chances.I sat with the shades on to figure out how to nail one and could see how shallow and clear it was .Ieventually saw a rise at the north end. I saw the odd mayfly and tiny black sedges here and there so put on a wee dry , crept to the edge and sat with fly out static . Not full of hope i sat for what seamed like ages then a fish took ma fly .It was about 3/4 lb nice wee troot, back it went, then after creeping around the bank for about an hour i hooked a better fish that was into my backing before i finished sayin '***t'. great fight on the 4# one of the prettiest trout i have caught for a long time , it looked like one of the bright colored brownies you use to catch in the burns but a lot bigger, almost 20 ins. i took its pic and returned it. I will try and put the pics up. So that was me happy , mission accomplished ! a got a cracking trout Fae the loch o the green corrie.I remembered reading in Cathel's book he mentioned the big rock round the side was a good spot so i went round and sat for a bit. I cleaned and dried my fly de-greased my leader and cast it out just as the mist and cool breeze started to return.Sitting thinking about heading up to red corrie my fly got sunk with the breeze, just as i went to give the line a wee mend up wind to let the fly pop back up i saw the line jolt forward so i lifted into No3. This one i did not see, it took off, out and round the big rock which now has some of the plastic coating from my fly line stuck to it, and got away.clever fish, it knew what it was doing i recon its been hooked a few times afore.
Couldn't see the rock any more so it was time to move onto red corrie. After about 5 mins heading through the mist i saw the first other angler i have come across since i got up here heading for where i have just been. he was having a wee rest and we had a blether and i showed him the pic of the trout and that was him on his way. i hope he gets a fish and to see the loch and enjoy it as much as i did.
Red corrie in the mist !!! One whole day,didn't catch a fish, didn't see or touch anything ,i didn't even see the loch ! by the time i followed the burn down to choire dhuibh the mist started to lift.i got the tent up , made a brew and started to fish. i ended up with around 20 up to around 3/4 pound but most were around 7-10 inches. great fun after the serious fishin up the hill. the next day it was back to ground level and back to cul fraoich and put the tent up. I spent the afternoon out in ma float tube and ended up with a handful up to around a pound.
As usual a great fishing trip in assynt, i hope to get an other week afore the end of the season but for now its back to work.
TIGHT LINES
JMB

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Parasites affecting the wild brown trout of Assynt

Has anyone noticed that the trout of the Loch nan Lubh system (Assynt Crofters Trust waters running from Clashnessie up to Loch Pol Daidh) seem to be infested with some form of parasite? I don't often take a trout for the table but when gutting trout from this loch over the past two seasons I noticed that there were cysts attached to the intestines and on cutting open these cysts a tiny long (~ 4") intensely red coloured worm emerged which gradually uncoiled and started to move. I've tried to find a match on the internet and suspect that this may be Diplylobothrium latum (common tapeworm) which is capable of infecting humans if the fish is not cooked thoroughly. It doesn't seem to be affecting the fighting qualities of these fish but I think anglers should be aware of this. Also, fishing the Polly lochs further south I caught a number of trout which had cyst-like swellings on their flanks which when cut open extruded a soft white substance - again I suspect some parasitic infestation.
Does anyone know of an acquatic biologist who could analyse some samples?
JW

Parasites

Have encountered these in some of the lochs that are near the sea. I suspect gulls may bring in the worms.

cysts

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

Parasites reported

Thanks for bringing this to our attention - I have passed your comment on to the ACT and the West Sutherland Fisheries Trust.
Adam

new species of fly found in assynt area

did you pick up on the reports in the fishing press about the discovery of a species of Caddis(?) fly found in assynt for the first time?

Availability of permits

May I add my support for a greater spread of outlets for permits. For the past 11, years my friends and I have stayed in Ullapool and fished Assynt lochs. It used to be easy to get permits and boats for the eastern lochs, on your way to the lochs. Now these outlets are getting fewer year by year, and to get a permit/boat may involve an additional 20 to 30 miles per day drive. This year Ledmore Estate was considering pulling out of boat hire for trout, but fortunately changed their minds earlier in the season. This has been at some cost, a boat and permit for a day now cost £55. This is much more expensive than the stocked Lake of Menteith in the Central Belt. Even so expensive access to fishing is better than no access.
Caurnie

Ledmore Estate Boats

I would like to add my support in reply to Caurnie.
I hired a Ledmore boat to fish Veyatie in August 2009.The cost was £22.00 without an engine (I have my own)
I hired the same boat in May of this year and the cost had been increased to £30.00.(a rise of over 35%)
May I remind Ledmore Estate that we are fishing for wild brown trout and not stocked rainbows.
The cost with an engine is now £55.00
What price do they think visiting anglers are prepared to pay? Will it be £60.00 next season?
I urge all visiting anglers to concentrate their efforts on the many excellent hill lochs and boycote these rip off merchants who think they can charge what they like for the pleasure of sitting in their boat for a day.

Ledmore Estate outboard hire charges

Having recently returned from fishing the Ledmore Estate water on Loch Urigill,(albeit situated outside the designated 'Assynt area' therefore possibly not relevant to this discussion) I agree with 'Caurnie' on the excessive pricing. The breakdown for the £55/day cost was:

* Permits (2 rods) - £15
* Boat - £15
* Engine (inc fuel) - £25

Whilst the facilities and set-up were first-class I believe
the charge levied for the engine is too steep - the explanation given was that they are 'new.' I fail to see what bearing that should have on pricing!

For the record, it was a cracking day, with a fair wave, low cloud, heavy showers and fish on top from the start. Not big - but eager for Soldier Palmer Muddlers / Dunkeld etc.

Then disaster struck ! - a lost drogue, late morning. So, instead of further skiting across the loch in 30mph SW winds, unable to keep up with the flies, my boat-partner hatched a 'cunning plan' and we nipped into Tesco's (Ullapool) to see if they had any £9.99 two-man tents! They did, so back lochside we cut the 6'x4' base from the groundsheet, along with an 8" central hole, attached the guy-rope cords to each corner and tied the whole lot to the drogue rope loop. Result? - steady, slow drifting and even better than the original, ending the day with about 30-ish to about 8oz.

For downloadable depth contour maps of over 220 Scottish lochs, see the following link from the National Library of Scotland archive:
http://www.nls.uk/maps/bathymetric/index.html

All the best
DC

The boats and permits debate

Thanks from the Research team for all your input guys. This is all useful feedback and part of a wider debate about angling development in Assynt as well as elsewhere. If you haven't yet done so, PLEASE complete the survey - it's our main way of collating evidence about people's experience so make sure you get your thoughts down there.

I love the improvised drogue idea - ingenious!

I just wanted to add a couple of observations to this discussion if I may. We cannot speak on behalf of any of the groups concerned in any way - these are observations to be considered in this debate, based on the research we have done.

- We haven't actually got details of the Ledmore fishery/boats on this website, which is an oversight as we want it to be comprehensive, so thanks for bringing to our attention.
- For Veyatie as well as others in the East area, there are cheaper boat options, including the Assynt Angling Group boats on Veyatie (£10+£10 engine).
- With regard to availability, The Alt Hotel did the AAG boat permits and engines for the East Zone up until this year. However, the AAG had to switch this as the Alt could no longer do them. The Inchnadamph is about the nearest place they have who could take them on.

There are also a number of issues that need to be balanced here in terms of boat suppliers specifically as it's not just a case of creating more outlets. These include:
*Selling the permits isn't really an 'earner' for those doing it and it is an added extra to the workload of people who have their own businesses to run.
*People who do take it on need to be available most of the time and certainly all morning (to give keys/engines out) and evenings (to take them back in). As such getting people to do this can be difficult. This is partly why hotels tend to be key outlets - and there aren't that many.
* Coordinating more than one outlet and to guard against double booking requires effort and organisation, which would make it harder still for the outlets that do exist. In the case of engines, it would almost certainly require angling groups to have more engines (+maintenance etc.).
* It needs to be remembered that nobody is employed to organise angling in Assynt, certainly in relation to the trout fishing. There's a hell of a lot of voluntary input just to keep it all going (not just permits but getting boats out and in; engine maintenance; doing the publicity and info leaflets; providing loads of free ad hoc advice; doing the books etc.). Commercial rainbow trout fisheries usually have someone employed on site (and sites tend to be a little less dispersed than Assynt!).

More boat outlets, engines etc. are potentially achievable, but they would cost money and that would mean much steeper charges and permits. Although permit prices haven't increased in years, would anglers want that? Do let us know your thoughts...

Please keep your feedback coming, much appreciated!

Best wishes,
Adam Brown
Assynt Research, Substance

Ledmore Estate fishing charges

Can I just stick my oar in to this debate to say that those 'moaning minnies' really ought to be ashamed of themselves. I agree wholeheartedly with Adam Brown's comments

Yes, I was surprised when I read that the cost of a day's boat fishing on the Ledmore Estate was £55, but when I saw the breakdown of charges it means that the cost to each angler was actually only £27.50 which isn't half bad. Perhaps £47.50 sounds a lot for one angler, but compared with the cost of other sporting or recreational pursuits is actually quite cheap. As for the costs of a new boat, I don't think anglers realise how expensive they are - several thousands of pounds just to buy the boat, never mind the outboard, oars, life jackets etc. and the inevitable maintenance.

I have been fishing the Assynt lochs for over 30 years - as a visiting angler twice a year and have always thought that the price of a day's fishing there for the wild brown trout is very reasonable at less than £10 per day.

These cheapskates have obviously never paid for a week on a prime salmon river!

JW Cardiff

boats

I tend to agree with JW. I don't think people realise the cost of boats and equipment (I've owned my own boats) and bear in mind the idiots who treat them with little regard adding to the maintenance costs. I take my own outboard, that way I know it's in good order and I look after it doubly carefully. I suggest others do the same if they want to keep costs down. Yes the charges may seem steep but presumably the estate needs to try and make some money while the angling club might be able to get away with just covering their costs. Some balance needed me thinks.

Assynt Angling Group Boats

Forwarded from anglingresearch.org.uk:

On May 11th, 2010 Anonymous said:
I visit Sutherland twice every year and have hired boats to fish various lochs using the excellent Assynt Angling Group.I am arriving in a few weeks time for my 2010 visit and am very disappointed to find that the east zone lochs ie.Loch Awe,Ailsh,Veyatie etc.are now managed on behalf of the Group by the Inchnadamph Hotel.This situation is fine if you are staying in that vicinity,but if you are living in Lairg as I do, you encounter miles of travel to pick up keys,drive back the way you came to fish,drive back to the hotel to return the keys,then drive in the opposite direction to get home.
Come on Assynt Angling group.It makes sense to have a vendor in proximity to angler's accommodation and with petrol prices what they are would avoid all this traval back and forth.I know for a fact many anglers use Lairg as a base surely you can arrange for boats to be hired from a location there? My second visit is booked for later in the year lets hope something is done to resolve this situation.

East zone Vendors

I have just noted that the Assynt Angling group have updated their site and would like to refer them to the comments I made on 11th May regarding the Inchnadamph Hotel's location with regard to fishing eastern zone lochs.
It is with regret that I notice they are now indicating that this is the only venue for this zone.
Please pass on my comments to them and lets hope we can secure a vendor near Lairg as anglers will simply not travel the miles back and forth to pick up and return boat keys.

East Zone boats

Hi, Thanks for your comment. Your comment has been brought to the attention of the AAG. As we can't speak for the AGG I'll endeavour to get a full response in due course and get back to you. Thanks
Adam

AAG (East Zone Boats)

Hi,Adam. Thanks for your reply.
I appreciate your interest in my comments regarding the eastern zone boats from AAG.
I am back in Sutherland in August and can only hope that a vendor is made available in the area of Lairg.
The Tweed Company in Main Street Lairg already issue permits for lochs in the area.
Perhaps they would be ideal vendors for AAG boats?
I fully understand that you cannot speak for the group and hope you will get a favourable response from their representatives when you pass on my comments.
I and many other anglers,look forward to their reply.

Thanks again,
Ken

Loch Lagg

with all the brown trout fishing available in the area who the hell puts in Rainbow trout? and Does SNH know that there is an alien species being introduced? disgusted angler

Rainbows

Can I ask how this guy got permission to turn a wild brown trout loch in an area of outstanding brown trout fishing into a put and take rainbow fishery?

http://www.laggtroutfishery.co.uk