• Danny Docherty

Salmon Fishing On The Isle of Skye

Updated: Apr 15

With the first decent rain following the spectacular thunder storms last week, as expected the first runs of Salmon came into the river Snizort.

Local anglers took advantage of the great river conditions and it wasn’t long before the first Salmon of the 2020 season was caught.

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PAA Chairman Ian Stewart with a fine hen Salmon from beat 6

The first fish of the season was a fine Hen Salmon and it came from the Shinty Pool on beat 6. It was caught by local angler and Portree Angling Association Chairman, Ian Stewart. Great to get off the mark.

It wasn’t long after that fish was landed before my phone went and I received a call from another local angler, who was fishing right at the top end of the river on beat 12. It was great news, another Salmon in the book.

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Robert’s fish from beat 12 which fell to a monkey pattern

We must’ve had fish run during the spate in May, as this fish was a bit coloured and had already made it up past the falls towards the top of the river. It’s a shame we couldn’t fish due to the Coronavirus, as I’m confident had we been allowed there would’ve been some early fish caught.

There where a few Sea Trout about as well with 5 caught on the same day.

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Myself with a lovely sea liced Salmon from beat 4

The following day it was my turn to get in on the action.

After having lost part of the handle to my Hardy Cascapedia reel, I got out the single handed rod as the river had dropped back to a perfect height for it anyway.

It wasn’t long before I got a take from a known lie. The first run through the pool and I got that “pull, pull” but no solid take - clearly a Salmon..

After giving the fish a chance to go back into it’s lie, I covered it again and bang a good solid take this time. After a good fight on the single hander and thanks to some help from one of the local rods, it was expertly netted for me for a change!

Great result after having lost a fish from the same spot the previous week.

It won’t be long now before visiting anglers can fish again, in fact I’m hoping to invite visitors from mid July. It’ll be great to get the river in full swing again (with safe social distancing of course).

We’re just at the beginning of fish trickling in and the sport will only get better now, so long as we get the rain!

If you’d like to make a booking enquiry for Salmon fishing on the river Snizort, please get in touch with me to check availability via email at

I’ll look forward to seeing you on the river.

For now, tight lines!


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