The variety of Trout and Salmon fishing available on the Isle of Skye makes it an anglers paradise. Whether you want to fish a loch, river or do some sea fishing, you are spoilt with the beautiful scenery as well as the choice of fishing.
Having an experienced fishing guide or "ghillie" as it is known in Scotland, provides the best opportunity for you to make the most of your fishing experience on Skye.
From beginners who want to try a new outdoor activity, to experienced anglers who want serious fishing, I can cater for all skill levels to ensure you have a great fishing trip.
I live in the beautiful area of Glendale in the far north west corner of Skye. I cover the whole island in pursuit of Sea Trout, Salmon and Brown Trout. I have over 25 years of experience in Fly Fishing.
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Fishing on the Isle of Skye Info
Fly fishing for Trout and Salmon on the Isle of Skye can be a fantastic experience. The scenery is second to none and with the variety of fishing available it makes it an anglers paradise. Whether you want to test your hand at the river craft required to catch the elusive Atlantic Salmon, or if you want to enjoy the tranquility of loch fishing for Trout, there are plenty of options to suit anglers of all levels.
Why have a guide?
The main role of a fishing guide is to ensure you have a great experience. Having me as your guide (known as a ghillie in Scotland), allows you to focus on your fishing and saves time trying to find the "right spot". I will also take away the hassle of organising permits, provide you with the right tackle and rods for those of you who are travelling light.
Through many years of fishing on Skye myself I have gained the knowledge and experience on where to put your effort for the best chance of catching. Having a ghillie also allows beginners to try a new outdoor activity that is great fun and ensures someone is there with you to coach in a friendly way, to help you catch your first fish on the fly!
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Salmon & Sea Trout
The best Salmon river on the island is the river Snizort. Timing is key as the rivers on the Isle of Skye are dependent on rain and require a spate to be in the best condition. For the more adventurous angler who wishes to go off the beaten track, there are a number of small spate rivers that offer good Sea Trout fishing. Quite often the smaller rivers are seldom fished and you'll often find you have it to yourself. Night fishing for Sea Trout can be productive during late summer, though this type of fly fishing is for a more experienced angler. There are also some lochs that hold Sea Trout from around May, which can be fished from the bank or by boat.
The best months for Salmon fishing is June to October. The best months for Sea Trout fishing is from around May until October.
River fishing for Brown Trout is available from mid March until the end of September.
The premier Lochs on the island are the Storr Lochs. They offer the chance to catch wild Brown Trout and hard fighting Rainbow Trout from the bank or by boat. They are just outside Portree which makes them easily accessible. Fishing Loch Leathan can be quite a surreal experience with the The Old Man of Storr in the background. For the more adventurous angler, there are many hill lochs that require a walk in. This is also a fantastic experience and it is the quintesential fishing for highland Brown Trout.
Loch fishing for Brown Trout is available from mid March until the end of September. Loch fishing for Rainbow Trout is available from mid March until the end of November.
There are certain coastal areas and estuaries, that can provide the chance to fish for Sea Trout straight from the sea. This is dependant on tide times and the arrival of Sea Trout runs building up in the estuaries before they move into the river systems. Evening fishing is best and on summer nights it can be a great way to spend your time. I also take clients spinning for Mackerel and Pollock as an alternative to fly fishing which is also great fun, especially for beginners.
Fly fishing for Sea Trout in the estuaries is from June - Sept.
Spinning for Mackerel and Pollock is all year round, though the summer months are the best.