Large fish, however, are still present. Most of the big fish taken
today are caught ‘on the dap’ or on fast-sinking lines
and large flies. However, a short line fished on or near the surface
with a Soldier Palmer on the bob can produce a good day’s
Fionn Loch contains many submerged rocks which lie just beneath
the surface and are potentially dangerous to the non-wary navigator.
Many such rocks are to be found well out from the shores and hence,
extreme care should always be taken when out in a boat. It must
be said that on days when rocks of this nature are hidden by waves,
anglers inexperienced on the loch would be well advised not to leave
the bay by the jetty. By way of compensation, this bay has a very
good head of free-rising fish. Recommended flies are Black Zulu,
Peter Ross, Connemara Black, Ke-He and Invicta. A Soldier Palmer
works well on the bob in summer.
How to get there
Fionn Loch is closely controlled. Vehicular access is restricted.
The loch is reached by a track from Poolewe which is only suitable
for 4-wheel drive vehicles. Anglers fishing the loch should report
in to the keeper at Keepers Cottage, Kernsary, both on the way up
to the loch and on the way down. The Letterewe Estate imposes strict
time limits on access to Fionn. Vehicles should not pass Keeper’s
Cottage before 8.30am and should return past the cottage by 8pm.
From Gairloch, take the road to Poolewe and turn right up Riverside
Road immediately after crossing the River Ewe in Poolewe. After
1.5m, fork left before Inveran Lodge. Pass through Fisherfield gate
No. 3 with Loch Kernsary on the left. Keepers Cottage is a short
distance past the loch on the right. Fionn is a further 2m up the
track. Allow approximately 40 mins for the journey.
The fishing on Fionn Loch is strictly controlled by the Letterewe
Estate. The estate currently affords Gairloch Angling Club the management
of a boat on the loch which is fitted with an outboard motor. Bank
fishing is not allowed. Conditions on access to the loch vary from
time to time and enquiries on the current situation are best directed
to K. Gunn’s newsagent. Visitors should also be aware that
a condition of the lease is that every fourth season there is no
fishing at all on this great water.