All Comments and Fishing Reports

Below you can find all comments and fishing reports left on the site (most recent first).

  • Loch a Choireachain   2 weeks 5 days ago

    After a comparatively mild winter they are likely to be bad in 2019.
    Tuck trousers into socks and shirts into trousers as the shirt/trouser and trouser/sock gap is the most likely place that they can get to you.
    Check your dog for ticks after it has run in long grass or heather.
    Local shops sell tick removal tools and it is sensible to carry one.
    I hike and wild camp several weeks in tick season and taking the above precautions has worked for me.

  • Loch a Choireachain   3 weeks 4 hours ago

    I was up for a month in June 2018 and had no ticks at all which is unusal as spend 4 nights on the hill most years. I have stopped wearing shorts and gaiters which was my favoured atire as they kept crawling upwards!! I have some nasty scars where knives have been used to extract the enemy from some akward areas. But generally there are more ticks around than in the past 40 years and more deer up around Suilven. Just keep checking yourself regularly and don't forget that you have freckles which look like ticks after too much whisky

  • General Comments   8 weeks 3 days ago

    Hi
    That sounds very unusual and out of character for the hotel - have you contacted the hotel about it? I will forward to the angling group, but I'd suggest an email or a call to the hotel might be a good diea?
    - adam

  • General Comments   10 weeks 2 days ago

    I enjoy an annual trip to the amazing lochs some more challenging than others but still the most beautiful place to spend my time.
    This post is a little disappointing as it is to complain about the appalling behaviour of the inchnadamph hotel staff. I entered the premises looking to buy permits for the next day for seven anglers only to be confronted by the most horrible little man who said I have no time for this and stormed off. Now I did not react as some would have and walked out and obtained permits from lochinver. This is one of the main reasons people won't buy permits and I believe this hotel is not serving the local angling clubs well and should not hesitate to contact me if further details are required
    I will be back in the area first week in August but will not be going to the hotel for anything let alone permits

  • Loch Cul Fraoich   13 weeks 2 days ago

    I went several times in september following the worst of the heatwave, i was surprised to see everything so dry! I can only assume that the heat affected the fishing, as i went here several times and blanked!

  • Loch Na Gruagaich   13 weeks 2 days ago

    I had a few hours here after the heat of the summer had abated. Warning signs of scrub fires dotted about the dry moorland.

    It was hard going and all the favourite stillwater traditionals failed. Eventually i changed to slim/epoxy buzzers which accounted for about 6 fish up to a pound.

    I've been here a few times as a love the hill lochs around this area, the majesty of the scenery is wonderful. Every time i've visited i've seen large fish right in the middle jumping clear of the water, but way out of casting range unfortunately.

  • Loch a Choireachain   18 weeks 4 days ago

    I spent two days and a night on the banks of Fionn Loch this June. The fishing was fantastic but I came back with over a dozen tick bites. I spend quite a lot of time in the hills but had only ever been bitten once before. Needless to say I'd think twice about wild camping up this way again, which is a shame.

  • Leave Your Comments   31 weeks 2 days ago

    I fished in Assynt in late June and early July this year(2018) The heatwave reached the Northwest Highlands after a couple of days,relentless sunshine and the water in the Lochs becoming unnaturally warm.The returns after the first few sessions were very limited Since then the temperatures have dropped and more rain has fallen but the question is’Has the fishing improved?’ I am considering coming north in the second week of September,am I wasting my time?

    I

  • Loch Bad na Murichinn   34 weeks 5 days ago

    As the nearest loch to our accommodation, I fished here several times, with and without my grandchildren. The loch is stuffed with hungry and obliging trout. Although we caught nothing over 6 oz. it is a splendid beginners loch. It is easier to fish it from a boat as most of the banks are steep and/or wooded. I found the north shore to be most productive and most of my fish came to a Bibio or Kate McLaren although they were not fussy. Although it is only 20 minutes from the road we had it to ourselves on every occasion.

  • Loch a Ghilnne Sgoilte   34 weeks 5 days ago

    Used the boat to get to the far end of Bad na Muirichinn and fished the two nearest hill lochs. Lots of small trout which came enthusiastically to anything fished on the surface.

  • General Comments   37 weeks 3 days ago

    Great news for anybody needing an accessible boat where they have mobility issues (including wheelchair users). The Assynt Crofters' Trust has just launched a 'wheely boat' on Loch Drumbeg:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-44717185

    http://www.theassyntcrofters.co.uk/25th-anniversary-events/the-week-at-a...

  • Loch a Choireachain   41 weeks 4 days ago

    Just following up this post about ticks. For advice and a free tick removal tool, go to:

    https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/1211/animal_welfare_and_pest_control/64...

    Not sure if they're worse than normal this year - what's people's experience?

    Adam

  • Loch a Choireachain   41 weeks 4 days ago

    I fished this loch for an hour in late evening on 23/5/18. There was a moderate East wind, and I restricted my casting to the south west corner. I landed 4 fish ranging from 2 to 8oz on a size 12 with a silver body, red tag tail and teal wing. On my way back to the road I stumbled and fell in the heather. On the following day I discovered that my legs were covered in lumps from tiny ticks, which my wife carefully removed.
    I usually wear waterproof over-trousers which make it difficult for ticks to get a grip, but this time I was careless, and didn't wear them.

  • Loch Assynt   41 weeks 4 days ago

    Monday 21/5/18 - a very wet start to the day.In the evening I tried bank fishing on Loch Assynt along where the road goes up to Kylesku. A stream enters at this point, so I tried (fly) casting around this area. One splash, but no takes. I headed out to the nearby point. but found that the rocks were lethally slippy, so I returned back along to where the boats are usually moored, and eventually hooked one small trout. Maybe at this time of year the fish are lying further out in the deeper water

  • Loch Poll an Droighinn   41 weeks 4 days ago

    On Saturday 19/5/18 I headed for Loch Poll an Droighinn. It was mild, but with a strong SW wind, and I fished from 11am to 4pm. The wind made casting impractical from the north and east banks, so I restricted most of my fishing to the west bank. I landed a sizeable (almost a pound?) trout on a longshank teal red and silver, and I lost a similar one when it leapt and cast off the debarbed hook. However I didn't get any offers from the smaller fish that usually inhabit this loch. There was a solitary great northern diver on the loch.
    On 22/5/18 I headed off in mid afternoon back to Loch Poll an Droighinn. It was overcast with a strong east wind, so I fished the south and east banks. Once again I landed a lovely trout in the pound class, and later a much smaller trout. The great northern diver had gone, but a pair of black-throated divers flew in, and they seemed as interested in me as I was in them. Indeed they came so close that I had to stop casting in their direction. Following advice from a local, I looked over to the small un-named loch to the north-east, but I didn't risk my flies in the shallow reedy water. I then dropped back down to Lexy's loch - report elsewhere.

  • Loch Leathed a'Bhaile Fhoghair (Lexy's Loch)   41 weeks 4 days ago

    Back in Lochinver for a week's fishing.
    Off to Lexy's loch in mid afternoon of 18/5/18. There was brisk West wind, with a slight rain which disappeared and there were glimpses of Sun. I fished the South Bank - there was a fair wave, and no fish moving. Around 6pm at the far SE end a lovely trout took a size 12 fly (metallic green body, silver rib, tippet tail and black hackle). It was about the length of a pounder, but possibly a bit too slim to make a full pound. Then later, back half way along the South bank, I hooked another similar sized trout on a Teal Red and Silver longshank 12. I finished around 8:30pm
    Once again off to Lexy's loch in late afternoon on 20/5/18. It was rainy with a SW wind, so I fished the South bank. I landed a trout in the pound class, and lost another similar trout when it leapt and lost the debarbed hook. Both took the Teal red and silver. I also landed a tiddler and another small fish (unusual for Lexy's Loch).
    On 22/5/18 I fished the loch above Lexy's, (Loch Poll an Droiginn), and in the evening I dropped down to Lexy's Loch, and with a strong, cold, east wind, I fished the North East bank, but had no takes.
    All fish safely returned.

  • Loch na h-Innse Fraoich   41 weeks 4 days ago

    One of the problems of fishing alone is the difficulty of using a boat. Most of the boats need at least two persons to drag them from the bank into the water, and vice versa. However the two boats on the Little Assynt all abilities path are more easily handled. Last year I took the boat on Loch Leitir Easidh, since it is moored conveniently beside a landing stage. This year on 17/5/18 I visited Peter to request the same boat, but it had not yet been launched, however I was offered the boat on Loch na h-Innse Fraoich. This is moored up on a ramp, and is relatively easy to launch, but it did require a bit manhandling to return it at the end of the day. The boat is excellent, but is suffers the same problem as the boat on Loch Leitir Easidh - the oars are too short, and are difficult to prevent jumping out of the rowlocks. This time I was prepared - and tied cord across the top of the rowlocks.
    I fished from about 5pm to 10pm. There was very little breeze, and splashes began to show as the sun went down. I tried a variety of flies, but the most successful were mini streamer files tied on debarbed longshank size 12 hooks. The most favoured had a black body, silver rib, black wing and red throat. It usually received attention if presented near a rising fish. The 8 fish landed (and released) were all small, and thin - probably around 4 to the pound. As the season progresses they probably will become three to a pound fish.

    HD

  • Lochan Sgeireach   42 weeks 2 days ago

    May 31st 2018 Evenfull day bright. Red throated divers still there. Two fish one 1lb half biggest 6half pound taken on a Conamara dabbled ,other CDC

  • General Comments   1 year 2 weeks ago

    The new gradings of Scottish rivers means mandatory catch and release on the Inver catchment in 2018 , which includes Loch Assynt and tributaries (it was downgraded from Category 2 to category 3).

    The Kirkaig remains Category 1.

    http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0053/00531117.pdf

  • Leave Your Comments   1 year 4 weeks ago

    Hi, the remote lochs are just that, remote. Whilst there will be the odd track that a 4x4 might help, you won't get one to most of the lochs, including many of those relatively near to the road. You are much better parking and walking in.

  • Leave Your Comments   1 year 4 weeks ago

    Hi, coming up to Assynt in June arriving at Inverness airport. Is it worth the extra hire charge for a 4x4 or are the more remote lochs walk in?
    Thanks for any info/advise.

  • General Comments   1 year 10 weeks ago

    Please see below for details of a crowdfunding scheme to help maintain Assynt Leisure centre.

    The centre is not only areally important local asset, it has been a vital resource for visitors as well. Indeed, back a few years, the development of this website and the wider research project was dependent on it for internet access - and Kelly and all have been hugely helpful over many years, including promoting this website.

    Please help if you can.
    Adam

    Crowdfunding for External Paintwok at Assynt Leisure Centre
    https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/assyntleisure

    We're raising £2,500 to Repaint the exterior of Assynt Leisure Centre in Lochinver

    Assynt Leisure is a community run, registered charity, providing Sport, Youth and Learning opportunities for the community of Assynt and surrounding area.

    Assynt Leisure offers something for everyone in our community and is a lasting testament to the resourcefulness and industry of the people of Assynt.

    This well used facility would not exist were it not for a large and determined group of volunteers.

    With reducing support from the local authority, and limited income, Assynt Leisure is struggling to meet ongoing running costs, and maintenance costs in particular. The exterior of building is in great need of a coat of paint, and we are now looking to raise funds to do this.

    We will enlist the help of volunteers to help with the painting, but we need to buy the paint and appoint a local contractor to co-ordinate the work.

    Every penny will help!!

    https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/assyntleisure

  • General Comments   1 year 30 weeks ago

    Same thing happened to me, so just went fishing and went in the next day and paid. They did think I was a bit too honest and mad when I explained that I wanted to pay for fishing the day before, but it is very important to put your money in for the upkeep.

  • General Comments   1 year 30 weeks ago

    Just fished large bay below inchnadamph hotel caught and released 9 browns around 12 inches best flies skinny bodied black hopper with lime green tag and peter Ross emerger fished between 9.30am and 1 pm weather sunny with slight breeze

  • General Comments   1 year 30 weeks ago

    Just fished large bay below inchnadamph hotel from 9.30am til 1pm caught and released 9 browns all around 12 inches best fly was skinny bodied black hopper with lime green tag and peter Ross emerger nice day little breeze fish lying well out from bank

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