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Fishing! Man v. Trout (or Salmon......) Winner takes all!
Gairloch 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.
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 sometimes the weather, sunshine or rain.
Where to go? There are several excellent lochs available, along with an excellent guidebook to fishing in the entire area. Reasonably enough, the book is called "Fishing in the Gairloch area", and is widely available throughout the local area in bookshops. OR buy direct from the Authors at: www.gairloch-fishing.co.uk/buy.htm
The main lochs you need to be aware of are:
Loch Tollie: 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. Click HERE for Loch Tollie details.
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 will probably average just under half a pound. Details HERE.
Salmon caught on the River Ewe (between Loch Maree and Loch Ewe)
Loch Maree: In its day, Loch Maree was world-renowned for its prodigious catches of sea trout with fish of ten pounds or more not uncommon, along with Salmon up to 30lbs. Unfortunately, with the decline in sea trout stocks, catches have dropped dramatically. However, the scenic splendour and the chance of connecting with a few of these splendid fish make Loch Maree well worth a visit. HERE
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. HERE
Please NOTE: Much of the information above is taken from the recognised guide to fishing in this area. The website for the guide can be found at this address: www.gairloch-fishing.co.uk
You WILL need permits for all of these lochs. These can be obtained from either the Gairloch Garage (Mackenzie and Maclennan), or from the Shop at the Pier (locally known by some as the "Chemistore")