What's happening in game-fishing this month, including an interview with Nick Hancock
Wish you were here? LOCH LAXDALE, BORVE LODGE ESTATES, ISLE OF HARRIS
Laxdale is believed to be the smallest salmon loch in Scotland. It is one of two salmon lochs on the beautiful Borve Estate – Loch Fincastle lies at the bottom of the Laxdale river system. Fishing is split into two beats and accommodates four rods. Loch Laxdale includes the river and Old pool, a wellknown hotspot. The loch is surrounded by lilies and weedbeds and has one boat, necessary to cover the best lies. In the second half of the season, it can be highly productive. Loch Fincastle and the Fincastle Seapool form the other beat. This loch can be fished from the bank. Sea-trout and salmon start arriving at the end of June. Summer spates will push larger seatrout beyond Loch Laxdale to Loch na h-aibhne Garbh and Loch Bearasta Mor. These upper lochs provide good brown trout fishing, with the chance of a big sea-trout. The Estate has similar fishing on three smaller migratory systems: Luskentyre, Borve and Carron, amounting to nine further lochs with brown trout and the chance of a sea-trout. They are rarely fished.
Booking Season: March 15–October 15. Tickets and accommodation:
Day-tickets for salmon and sea-trout, £60; brown trout, £10. Available from the estate. Gillies can be provided – for those not familiar with Hebridean-style fishing, they are highly recommended. Laxdale Cottage overlooks Loch Laxdale and is a wonderful retreat. The estate has other accommodation. Contact Borve Lodge Estates. Tel: 01859 550 358. Web: borvelodge.com
Fishing for a salmon or sea-trout on Loch Laxford.