Monthly Fishing Reports
Only the occassional angler ventured out in April. No notable catches.
Chris Reid and 2 friend returned to the Anglers' Retreat after a long break and had a good time catching 6 plus fish each most days. They did particularly well on North Olaphat and I have placed a photo of Chris with a nice fish in the photo section. Regulars Robin and Jeanette Leggett stayed in the POD for a couple of weeks and Robin went out with me on 2 occasions and we had 5 plus each day but nothing of any size. My good friend Craig Ferrier and 3 fireman friend came for 5 days mid month and fished a day on machair and 3 on salmon lochs with 24 caught on Stilligary/ Grogarry on one day- it was a bit early for the salmon although sea trout were showing in Fada. From Mid Aug onwards we had arecord breaking amount of rain, so bad that Roag and Fada were joined into one mass! Peter Boulton and 4 friends caught 148 trout in a week from the bank
Serious fishing started on 14 May when a regular Peter Bucha came for a week and fished hard from both bank and boat. He struggled with some bright conditions but caught consistently taking 6 + fish to 2lb each day. Of note he landed 12 from the Monkey Puzzle Loch, 18 on Loch an Eileen and 11 on West Olavat. We were closed for the first 2 weeks in May taking a well earned holiday. Fishing was generally good in May which is without doubt my favorate trout fishing month as there is less weed to contend with.
Dennis Tritton and Geoff Comber fished like demons for 5 days with only one nice seatrout to show for it. During the same week Graham Gow and Jamie Kay had more success by focussing on trout but fishing was hard in Sep with frequest bad weather and burn floods.
No anglers stayed with us.
A very busy month with regulars David and Gordon Jack and Willy Tonkin catching good baskets of fish (particularly on North Olavat). They were joined by Colin West and Martin Bamforth who also had consistent success in difficult conditions. Raymond Gunn and his son caught plenty of fish from bank and boat and in the evening after dinner in a number of lochs. Graham Gow gets the prize as the most improved angler (since I last fished with him) and caught consistently all week including a couple of crackers on Mid Ollay and Loch an Oss. John Nolan returned again and fished hard mostly from the bank and finally Mathew Compton (editor of THE book) and Mark James returned to the Anglers Retreat after an 8 year gap and had a great time. In summary June was a productive but hard month and fish had to be worked for, strong sunlight and regular high winds did not help.
Frenchman Jacques Calluaud came to South Uist for the first time and spent 3 days fishing with me and v windy conditions. He was a fly fishing beginner but caught everyday and scared himself to death after hooking into, and quickly losing, the fish of a lifetime in Stilligary. Alan and David Smith fished hard for a week on a number of good lochs with the occasional small fish in the middle of the month but I think the doldrums where well and truly in full swing at this stage. It was much the same for Reuben Girling the week after although he did lose a nice sea trout in Fada when broken at the take. I gillied Daniel Strijbus and his mother on their very first flying fishing outing on West Olaphat for just 2 hours before they caught a ferry and it was very pleasing to watch him catch 6 lovely trout in the 3/4 lb range. The month was hard work
Geoff Comber - 2 3/4 lb Seatrout - Lower Kildonan
Chris Reid - 2lb Brownies- North Olaphat