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    Hebridean Fishing adventure



    The Isle of Lewis has a lot of lochs and it has been my tradition to spend September trying to get some fish from them. This year the end of August and early September we were mostly tied up with family things as we had a Lewis wedding to attend, with folks staying in the cottage my girlfriend rents, and then my folks came up and stayed in Dollag's Cottage for a week.

    Lewis has some wonderful salmon fishing and, unlike a lot of salmon fishing, the Lewis fishing actually brings with it a real chance of catching a salmon and can often be had at very reasonable cost, or even free. The island also has a lot of trout fishing in lochs, some very remote, and although the average size of trout is not large there is a lot of satisfaction to be had from walking to a remote loch and catching a trout that will never have seen an angler in its life. Much of the trout fishing is also free allowing the angler to chose from a nearly infinite number of lochs.

    Once the family matters were out of the way there were several fishing guests due into the cottage during September and I was lucky enough to get to go fishing with one of them as she was a little nervous walking the moor alone and I'm most keen to take guests to remote lochs, and enjoy getting them a fish. The fishing guest seemed to enjoy her day on the hill, and we got lots of good trout, but was a little unfortunate in that there was no water and so we didn't manage to get her a salmon during her stay. Having "local knowledge" she was able to concentrate on the trout in the knowledge that the chances of a salmon on her chosen waters were slim to zero. The day we headed out for some remote trout lochs was perfect for trout fishing:



    While on the loch I like to use the old shielings to make some tea and lunch so I was occupying this one for a little while during the day to the amusement of my visitor who, I suspect, had never seen anyone make himself quite so at home in a remote and disused building while fishing:



    The dry weather also had a significant impact on my salmon catching success but I did manage 5 fish for what probably amounted to around 3 days fishing. This fish came from a local river that is free fishing and which can produce decent fishing for both salmon and sea trout with the right water:



    And this fish was one of 3 taken on this particular day, the only day I got with decent levels of water or at least the levels were decent for an hour in the morning but fell rapidly during the day:



    I'd guess that in most parts of the UK 5 salmon for a few days fishing might rate as success but on Lewis it wasn't such an impressive result. However, as is my inclination, when the fish weren't taking I could always get the stove going behind a big stone and have some tea:



    As some might know I've been playing with all sorts of mad photo processing techniques and so enjoy taking some photos and processing them. This shot was taken above the trout loch at the village of Brue. This loch can produce some big fish and as you can see the Atlantic breakers come crashing onto the rocks just yards behind you while you cast on the loch. It makes for a most impressive fishing location, especially if there are good waves coming in:



    As is always the case on Lewis fishing means walking the moor and I had a few lovely evenings out on the moor. The night this photo was taken was just before the full moon and soon after I snapped the photo the clouds cleared leaving me with a lovely clear sky and a rising moon. I walked back in under the moonlight enjoying having the moor to myself:



    As a fishing destination it would be hard to imagine anywhere better than Lewis and if you are looking good quality self catering then be sure to check out my girlfriend's website:

    http://www.7south.co.uk/



    For self catering accommodation on the Isle of Lewis please visit:
    http://www.7south.co.uk/




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    Looks stunning. I'm trying to convince my wife that a family holiday to the remote parts of Scotland is a good idea, but she isn't convinced by the logistics from the South of England and bringing 2 young kids with us?

    ​the cottage looks perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam f View Post
    Looks stunning. I'm trying to convince my wife that a family holiday to the remote parts of Scotland is a good idea, but she isn't convinced by the logistics from the South of England and bringing 2 young kids with us?

    ​the cottage looks perfect.

    Adam.. Your children will love it. Just had my 3 year old and 10 month old away with us for a week in the N.W Highlands. The trick to the 12 hour drive is get some cheapo flights for family and pick them up in Edinburgh/Glasgow/Inverness as you drive up.

    Regards

    ​Ed

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    Thanks Ed, our are 4 and 15 months. Paid want to bring the dogs too so us all flying is out, but I like your suggestion of cheap flights for them....

    maybe 2014....

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    Unfortunately Dollag's Cottage can't do dogs Adam as it is on a working croft - effectively a livestock farm. This is a pain and Dollanna is trying to work something out as it would be nice to be able to keep dogs as well but at the minute she just hasn't got it fully sorted yet.

    The fishing guests last week had come from Australia so all things are possible :-)

    ​Many people do fly up and there is good car hire on the island and a regular air service to/from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.
    For self catering accommodation on the Isle of Lewis please visit:
    http://www.7south.co.uk/




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    Excellent quality photos, the landscape looks truly stunning! Wouldn't mind giving it a go at sometime.

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    Had to put my trip north off this year due to impending arrival of mini scotch egg.


    Your photos are cracking.
    "If you can't see it, you can't shoot it"

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    Quote Originally Posted by caorach View Post
    Unfortunately Dollag's Cottage can't do dogs Adam as it is on a working croft - effectively a livestock farm. This is a pain and Dollanna is trying to work something out as it would be nice to be able to keep dogs as well but at the minute she just hasn't got it fully sorted yet.

    The fishing guests last week had come from Australia so all things are possible :-)

    ​Many people do fly up and there is good car hire on the island and a regular air service to/from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.
    If you do manage to sort it so that dogs can stay too, I myself would be very tempted to have a week up there! perhaps with snipe shooting/deer stalking/fishing? if these are easily arranged

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    All of those can be arranged Buckaroo8 and your main problem will be that a week is far too little time - there are over 1,000 trout lochs alone :-)
    For self catering accommodation on the Isle of Lewis please visit:
    http://www.7south.co.uk/




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