Monthly Fishing Reports
April started well for me with a couple of cracking days on Tornish, raised 25 fish and catching 12/15 trout to 1 3/4lb. Returning guest Jacques Calluardhad a great week at the end of April with fish everyday and a red letter day on Lochan Oss when he caught 4 x 2lb and lost 2 more. WEather was tricky but it proves fish can be had eaerly season.
Peter Corkhill had a good week catching 5 fish on N Olaphat, 10 on West Ollay and a host of others from the bank including yet another big fish on Loch an Oss. John and Anna Stratton from upstate New York enjoyed a day on Druidibeg with me and caught 7 plus another lovely fish from Loch an Oss. Mid May saw the arrival of Mike Jefferies from Thailand for a 3 week trip and he fished all of the premier loch bagging 60 fish. His most enjoyable day was hiring a ATV to take him to Snigiscliet where he caught 19 and lost double that. Mike Dawson, an ex ghillie from Lewis also made his first trip down and had a great time sharing a boat with Mike, the highlights were 12 fish on West Ollay and 16 on Bornish. Hot hot hot the end of the month was dry and 23 degrees but despite that fish were caught in flat calm conditions. Graham Gow had a great week with 53 trout to 2.5lb from various estate lochs.
The hot and calm weather continues 3 weeks without rain and all the lochs are very low as I found out on Hallan with Hugh Wallace, with a boat that would hardly drift we managed 7 lovely fish. We had another 13 on Altebrug and 2 on Bornish with many fish touched.Regulars Martin Bamforth and Colin West had a challenging week due to either bright sunshine or storm winds but still managed over 50. Reuben Girling had his usual varied week but managed to get some bigger ones this trip including 2 lb crackers on Mid Ollay and Grogarry. But by far to best fishing so far this season was had by first timers Gregg Cann and John Phillips who totalled 104 for their week, including a superb 25 fish day on stilligary (20 to dry by Gregg) and 16 off Bornish. We even managed 15 on Bee with Gregg landing 4 within the first 30 min including a double hook up in the hole. We also had the first sea trout of the year from the sluice end. Jamie Kay finished the month with another 36 in testing sunny conditions, Dun Mhor was his highlight with 14.
TOTAL SO FAR 517 trout, 2 Seatrout
Less fishing activity this month and what there was was more challenging due to the prolonged drought and huge increase in weed. Early July brought new guests David and Derek Horne who between them had 42 brownies and 2 seatrout. There highlight was 2 great days on E Bee trying to catch numerous seatrout at the sluice end. Derek managed one of 2Lb but lost one much bigger. David gazumped his dad with a fine 3lb fish from the loch at the back of the house. Other guest Ewan Harris had fish from the bank on Druidibeg and I introduced to get my 11yr old niece to fly fishing and she managed to land 9 in total. Rain at the end of the month bodes well for the Salmon/ Seatrout.
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.