Monthly Fishing Reports
April/ May 19
April was a very dry and sunny month with a cold Northerly wind. I fished for the first time on 4 Apr and had 5 crackers from Frasers to 2lb and fished it again twice for another 11 all from the bank. Also had success in Eilean an Stoir with 9 and 2 off Toronish (now to weedy to fish). Fiona had a cracking 2 lb fish, her biggest to date, from Loch an Oss. Machair lochs fishing poorly due to cold. Our first fishing guest John Nolan arrived on 22 May and had 34 for his bank fishing week. He had the majority from the SW side of Druidibeg and Frasers. My mate Craig came with Martin shortly after and endured some hard conditions, struggling (along with everyone else) on the machair lochs but had 20 from the estate boat on Druidibeg and another 7 lovely fish on Mid Ollay. No fly life anywhere. Best flies - Clan Chief, Kate McClaren Muddler, Bibio, Dunkeld
This month we have Mike Jeffereys, Hugh and Sandy (10 off Mid Ollay today in a gale) and Willie and Robert (8 off North Olaphat) . Mike had 10 more off upper bornish and 6 off frasers and a lovely 2.5lb fish from west ollay before having his fishing curtailed by illness. Martin Bamforth and Colin West had a mixed week with fishing very much effected by cold weather, they had a total of 35. Tricky conditions prevailed all through the month and Graham Gow caught more from the bank than the boat. Mike Jeffereys finally recovered and fished Fada in North Uist with Gary and caught 27 small fish. Mark James and Reuben Girling rounded off the month, their best day was mid ollay with 16 and 6 off upper bornish.
A poor month by June standards, no fly life at all and no free rising fish, this effected the machair lochs the greatest and the best fishing was definately on the mid or club lochs, hopefully thing will warmup soon.
At the time of writing (17 Jul) I have had no fishing guests this moth but Ive been out and mged 12 from Schoolhouse at the end of the loch carnan road , 7 from N Olaphat and 2 lovely fish last night in 45 min of fishing from West Olaphat.
The only fishing guest we had during these 2 months was Robin Leggett who fished with me on Roag to no avail. I fished a few days and managed a number of good seatrout to 3lb. The good news is that the Seatrout run appears to have recovered with over 500 being taken to the end of Sep across the estate, salmon numbers are also holding up.
I ghillied a number of estate guests in mid Oct and can report a number of nice seatrout caught to 2 lb on Fada, Roag, Lower Kildonan and Schoolhouse, there were also a number of bigger fish lost! We have had alot of rain this month and the burns and in full flood.