Fishing in the Gairloch Area

Fishing in the Gairloch Area

This website showcases 'Fishing in the Gairloch Area', the definitive guide to fishing in the vicinty of Gairloch, Ross-shire in the highlands of Scotland. The book is available to buy locally in Gairloch.

Front cover of book Fishing in the Gairloch AreaGairloch offers fishing for wild brown trout in wilderness conditions. In a world where even remote angling locations are sometimes lost because of acid rain, environmental disasters, political factors or natural changes such as invading algae or predators, fishing in the north west of Scotland still delivers.

'Fishing in the Gairloch Area' offers visitors a guide on where to find this fishing experience. The book is not prescriptive. It does not tell you how to create an angling experience that you will remember for the rest of your life, but it does point the way. We suggest which lochs you should consider fishing and what flies you might like to use but the rest is up to you.

There is one truism that does stand the test of time in North West Scotland - the further you are prepared to go off the beaten track the more likely you will remember the experience for life. This is definitely not about catching lots of big fish but more about fishing where no-one will fish that day. It's about remoteness, a feeling that you got up early, that you were prepared to put yourself out to venture into one of the few remaining wilderness locations in the UK.

'Fishing in the Gairloch Area' gives you a start, a suggestion on where to go and what you can reasonably expect to catch. The rest is up to you. Do use an OS map and do explore the hill lochs, do your own thing and generate your own memories. Fish from boats available on the local lochs, relaxing amid stunning scenery, again generating memories of fish rising to the dry fly or pulling suddenly on a retrieved wet, but if the fish don't bite you will at least remember the day for the situation, the solitude and somtimes the weather, sunshine or rain.

On this website we talk enthusiastically about fishing in Ross-shire in the North West of Scotland. It still offers an increasingly rare opportunity to experience fishing in the wild, to create precious memories that last a lifetime, to be recalled and thought about or talked about long after the day has passed.

Fishing on the River Ewe

Authors

Harry Davis, Les Lamb and Stan Frost wrote 'Fishing in the Gairloch Area' to help visiting anglers find their way around the many lochs and lochans around Gairloch. The region is a fishing paradise for wild brown trout but where does a visitor start. The book attempts to help by describing where the fish can be found.

Loch a’Bhealaich (Bhealaich)

Contents

'Fishing in the Gairloch Area' comprises 72 pages, including 4 pages of colour photographs. It covers fishing on 65 lochs and lochans on 4 fisheries. These are the Anchorage Fisheries, Gairloch Angling Club Fisheries, Shieldaig Lodge Hotel Fisheries and Aultbea Estate Fisheries.

Loch Tollie

Loch Tollie

Loch Tollie is a fine loch which offers readily accessible fishing for wild brown trout. It is a roadside loch enabling anglers to drive right to the bank and boat. This makes it ideal for short sessions and for anglers wishing to enjoy a lochside picnic lunch with other members of the family.

Fionn Loch

Fionn Loch

Fionn Loch (The White Loch) is situated on the Letterewe estate to the north-east of Gairloch and is considered to be one of the best wild brown trout lochs in the area. A typical basket, which could number twenty to thirty fish, will probably average just under half a pound. However there are very big fish in Fionn.

Loch Maree

Loch Maree

In its day, Loch Maree was world-renowned for its sea trout with fish of ten pounds or more not uncommon. The best sea trout from the loch is close on twenty pounds and the record salmon in excess of thirty pounds. Unfortunately, with the decline in sea trout stocks, catches have dropped dramatically.

Loch na h-Oidhche

Loch na h-Oidhche

Loch na h-Oidhche (Loch of the night) is a remote hill loch which offers excellent fishing for wild brown trout amid the majestic scenery of the Torridon mountains. The fish are hard-fighting and average ¾ lb with bigger fish present. The loch fishes well from May onwards. Fishing is by fly only from boat or bank.

Poca Buidhe

Poca Buidhe

It’s 3 o’clock in the morning in the middle of June. It’s almost broad daylight. The only disturbance to the surface of the loch 70 feet below the bothy is the huge rise of feeding trout and when you manage to look away from the loch you are spellbound by the majestic scenery. No, this isn’t a dream, it’s Poca Buidhe.

River Ewe at Poolewe

Buy the Book

We truly believe there is no better guide on fishing in the Gairloch area than this book. We have tried our best to introduce visiting anglers to the wonderful opportunities for fishing near Gairloch. We have not knowingly held back any 'secret venues' or 'secret flies' known only to locals.