OUTER HE­BRIDES

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Scotland -

THE OUTER He­brides of­fers an al­most unimag­in­able wealth of an­gling op­por­tu­ni­ties for vis­it­ing fish­er­men, with some of the best sum­mer salmon and trout fish­ing to be found any­where in the coun­try. Ly­ing just off the north-west coast of Scot­land, the Outer He­brides is a chain of is­lands that ranges from Lewis in the north to Barra in the south via Har­ris, the Uists and Ben­bec­ula.

Salmon

Although the salmon sea­son of­fi­cially opens in Feb­ru­ary, it is not un­til June that fish­ing re­ally be­gins – this is a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt to al­low the pre­cious spring-run­ning fish to reach their redds un­mo­lested. For­tu­nately, the sum­mer and au­tumn runs of both salmon and sea-trout more than make up for this com­par­a­tively late start to pro­ceed­ings with fish of 20lb or more be­ing caught in most years. Come au­tumn, fresh salmon and sea-trout are still en­ter­ing the rivers and lochs, with loch fish­ing for both species par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar. Au­tumn is also a beau­ti­ful time of year to be out among the is­land scenery. The salmon sea­son comes to a close be­tween the be­gin­ning and end of Oc­to­ber, de­pend­ing on the in­di­vid­ual fish­ery.

Sea-trout

Sea-trout fish­ing in the Outer He­brides usu­ally takes place dur­ing the day, ei­ther from a boat on one of the many lochs or in the rivers and es­tu­ar­ies. He­bridean rivers are spate rivers and so tide and rain­fall play a big role in dic­tat­ing the runs. The best of the fish­ing oc­curs from June on­wards, be­com­ing most abun­dant in the lochs dur­ing au­tumn.

Brown trout

Imag­ine drift­ing on one of the uniquely beau­ti­ful machair lochs with a golden eagle soar­ing over­head, catch­ing wild brown trout and per­haps even one of the elu­sive Arc­tic char that can also be found through­out the ar­chi­pel­ago. Although He­bridean trout are typ­i­cally of the 10oz va­ri­ety, there are fre­quent catches of much larger spec­i­mens up to 5lb, not to men­tion the im­pres­sive ferox trout that may be en­coun­tered. This is wild, un­spoilt fish­ing in a truly re­mark­able land­scape.

En­joy some truly wild fish­ing in the Western Isles.

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