Fishing on the Isle of Skye
Why have a guide?
My main role as a professional fishing guide is to ensure you have a great fly fishing experience. Having me as your guide (known as a Ghillie in Scotland), will provide you with expert level knowedgde of the local waters and most importantly, show you how to fish them for the best chance of success. It will also take away the hassle of organising permits and I can provide rods for those of you who are travelling light.
I also give single handed and double handed casting instruction for beginners who want to catch their first fish on the fly - through to advanced level anglers looking to make their casting more efficient.
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Salmon & Sea Trout
The best Salmon river on the island is the river Snizort where I am the full time Ghillie.
Timing is key as the river is dependent on rain and requires 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 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 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.