• Danny Docherty

Trout Fishing On The Isle of Skye

With over 30,000 fresh water Lochs, Scotland is world famous for its wild Brown Trout fishing.

The Isle of Skye offers possibly some of the finest Trout fishing in Scotland if you know where to go and all in fantastic surroundings.

Storr Lochs
The Storr Lochs, with the Old Man of Storr in the background

The Brown Trout season begins on the 15th of March and runs until the 30th of September, with the peak of the fishing during April, May and June. All of the Loch fishing is fly fishing only.

We do have an extended fishing season for Rainbow Trout on one Loch on the Island, this runs until the 30th of November (though the weather can be quite rough at this time of year).

Please note that there is no fishing on a Sunday.

Rainbow Trout Isle of Skye
A fantastic 4lbs Rainbow Trout caught from the Storr Lochs

The most successful tactics are to fish what is known as "traditional Loch style". This style of fishing is done from a boat drifting with the wind in and out of the bays, always covering new water whilst searching for feeding Trout.

The skill is to keep the boat moving, using the wind in a certain way to ensure you're fishing in the right areas.

Usually a team of flies is used (2 or 3 flies depending on the set up), with different patterns successful at different times of the year. The patterns include nymphs, wet flies and at the right time of year, dry flies.

The ideal conditions are when it is overcast, with a light wind and not too warm or cold.

Fishing can also be done from the bank, which is a great way to include some walking into your day.

Brown Trout Fly Fishing Isle of Skye
A wild Brown Trout taken on a dry fly

Skye is a lovely place, though the weather can change quickly at times. Here is a suggested list of essential items to bring for your day.

1: A midge net.

2: Sun cream.

3: Appropriate clothing for all weathers like waterproofs and warm jumpers.

4: Wellies

5: Sunglasses

6: Snacks and water

7: Hat

Brown Trout Fishing Isle of Skye
As wild as they come, a fine Loch Leathan Brown Trout

Over the years I have covered a lot of miles and I have been lucky enough to have fished on nearly all of the Lochs on Skye. This has allowed me to build up the important local knowledge on things like access, tactics, best flies and where to fish.

For more information about my guided Trout fishing or to book a day with me, please fill out the contact form on the website and I will get back in touch with my availability.

Tight lines.

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