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 can 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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The famous river Snizort offers the best Salmon fishing on the Island
and I work as the full time Ghillie on the river for the Skeabost Hotel.
To get the best fishing conditions on a highland spate river like the Snizort, timing is a key ingredient and also being in the right place, at the right time.
The ideal conditions are during a "spate" and the following few days afterwards as the river runs down in height. This window is your chance to catch the Salmon & Sea Trout as they migrate from the sea, up to the spawning grounds and feeder Loch in the hills.
The Salmon season begins on the 11th of February and finishes on the 15th of October. The best months for Salmon fishing are June to October (prime months are August & September).
Sea Trout start to arrive from around May and are present right up to the last day of the season on the 15th of October.
The premier trout fishing on Skye is from the Storr Lochs. They offer the chance to catch wild Brown Trout and hard fighting Rainbow Trout from the bank or by boat in fantastic surroundings.
Fishing Loch Leathan can be quite a surreal experience with the Old Man of Storr in the background.
There is a good May fly hatch starting in late April and it lasts through until around late June. This can really bring the Trout into an aggressive feeding mode and make the sport fantastic at times.
For the more adventurous angler, there are many hill Lochs that offer the quintesential fishing for wild highland Brown Trout, again in fantastic surroundings.
The Brown Trout season begins on the 15th of March and ends on the 30th of September. The fishing season is extended for Rainbow Trout until the 30th of November on Loch Leathan only.
Sea fishing is a great way for beginners to get into the sport. The Isle of Skye has miles of coast line, along with some of the best sea fishing marks in the UK.
Pollack and Mackerel are a great species to fish for and are abundant during certain times of the year. The tackle used and set up is simple, easy for beginners to get to grips with relatively quickly.
It's also a good alternative if conditions for fishing are unsuitable elsewhere.
Sea fishing has no closed season, though the weather conditions will play a part for safety reasons.