First cast

What's hap­pen­ing in game-fish­ing this month, in­clud­ing an in­ter­view with Nick Han­cock

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Contents -

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.

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