Portree Angling Association

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The Association leases all the loch fishing on the east side of the Trotternish Ridge (except for Loch Liuravay) and, on the west side, the loch beside the Coastguard Cottages at Duntulm and Loch Sneosdal above Balgowan north of Uig.  We also have the fishing in Lochs  Connan and Ravag, accessed from the minor road from Portree to Struan, in Bracadale.  All the lochs contain brown trout except Loch Mealt, which is unique in Europe, containing Arctic Char and no brown trout.

 

The hill lochs are a delight to visit offering peace and tranquillity with the opportunity to see Golden and Sea Eagles while catching wild and hard fighting indigenous brown trout, or to give them their more appropriate Gaelic name 'Breacan' meaning 'Speckled' Trout.They rise readily to the fly in good conditions and for their size give excellent sport on light tackle, but they are lightning fast and you have to be very quick to hook them.

Some of the lochs are remote and are only reached by a long walk, sometimes over difficult terrain.  However, you will find perfect solitude, save for the occasional eagle or red deer.

 

Boats are available on Loch Connan (permits available from Inside Out) otherwise all the lochs are fished from the bank.  All lochs are fly fishing only.  

 

 

 

Loch Cuithir - NG475596 

 

Description:    The loch was once an industrial site for the extraction of Diatomite and is accessed by a reasonable track.

Parking:          Park in the Lealt Falls car park by the A855 and follow the track to the loch, it is a 40 minute walk alternatively, access by          

                      4x4 is possible with care to within easy reach of the loch.

 

Notes:              FLY ONLY.

 

Maligar Lochs

 

Loch Cleap NG467662

Loch Dubhar-sgoth - NG457640

Loch Corcasgil - NG452642

 

Description:   Three hill lochs in the shadow of the Trotternish ridge, all yielding good brown trout in the right conditiion.

 

Parking:         Park at Maligar road end and walk in, a long walk over rough ground from Glen connon walking through Bealach Uige. Dubharsgoth and

                      Corcasgil can be accessed.

Notes:            Loch Dubhar-sgoth and Corcasgil provide good early Season fishing. FLY ONLY

 

Brogaig Lochs:

 

Loch Cleat - NG447672

Loch Leum na Luirginn  - NG447676

 

Description:   Two lochs by the minor road from Brogaig to Uig.  Both have very good fish with Cleat a good late evening loch.

                       Walking to the lochs needs care.

 

Parking:         Park at the cemetery car park on the Broraig-Uig road or at the botom of the harpin bend, which is the easier access    

                      The lochs are a short walk.

 

Notes:             FLY ONLY

                                                                   

Flodigarry Lochs

 

Loch Fada - NG458696

Loch Droighinn - NG455712

Loch Langaig - NG467707

Loch Hasco  - NG456701

 

Description:     A group of lochs between the A855 and the Quiraing which can yield good catches of small but lively brown trout. Well  

                         worth a visit. These are ideal to introduce youngsters to fly fishing.

 

Parking:          Park at grid ref: 464709  on the A855 by the track to Loch Langaig.  The other lochs are a short walk away.

 

Notes:             FLY ONLY

 

Coastguard Loch - NG416742 

 

Description:    A small loch beside the costguard cottages at Duntulm

 

Parking:          Park with care by the loch

 

Notes:              FLY ONLY

 

 

Loch Sneosdal - NG414692  

 

Description:    Hill loch on the west side of the Trotternish Ridge.

 

Parking:           Park with care at Herbusta and walk in.

 

Notes:               FLY ONLY.

 

 

Loch Connan - NG387430

 

Description:        A productive hill loch off the B885 Portree to Struan road which may be fished by bank or boat.

 

Parking:              Park at grid ref NG394425 by the B885 and follow the indistinct track going NW over boggy ground to the loch.

Notes:                 The terrain around the loch is very rough and boggy in places, and the banks can be fragile.  The bed of the loch is          

                            also very uneven, so exercise great care if wading. A boat is available on this loch. FLY ONLY

 

 

Loch Ravag - NG380450

 

Description:     A remote hill loch almost completely surrounded by foresty plantation.

 

Parking:           Park at grid ref.NG397430 at the track end on the B885. Follow the forestry track going NW and take the track leading            

                        off to the right after about 1.25 miles. This peters out, but you should be able to see the loch below you.

 

 

Loch Duagrich - NG400400 access from NG371394 up track about a mile.

 

Description:      A big loch with an outflow to the River Snizort allowing access to salmon and sea trout. There are also brown trout which can be                  

                          fished from bank.

Notes:                Worth the effort to fish this one with the chance of salmon or sea trout, the brown trout are mostly 1/2 pounders but bigger ones can                  

                         be caught.

 

Loch Caiplach - NG475311 by permission of the Coghill family.

 

Description:      A small hill loch

Parking:            Park by A87m or A863 and walk in. Fishes better later in the season.

 

Loch Mealt:- NG505650

 

Description:       Just south of Staffin the loch straddles the A855. It is unique in Europe as being the only loch that has apopulation of Artic Char and no            

                           brown trout.

Parking:              Ample parking is available in the car park at the sea end of the loch.

Notes:               The wary and rare Artic Char can be tempted with small trout flies or nymphs and are generally found close to the shore in the evening.

 

John Muir Trust Fishing

 

Loch Coruisk, Loch na Creitheach, Loch na Creritheach, Loch an Altham above and the connecting river but EXCLUDING the outflow from Loch na Creitheach to the sea.

 

Loch na Sguabaidh and the river from it to the sea.

 

These lochs have in the past had a reputation for huge sea trout. They also have a run of salmon of decent size.

In the effort to encourage greater numbers of fish the fishing is entirely catch and release, and strictly FLY ONLY.  

This loch has the easiest access, less than half a mile, with a track right to the loch side and is level. This one is fished fairly regularly and produces good sea trout.

It is appreciated that the first mentioned lochs represent a long walk in, or in the case of Loch Courisk a boat ride. Its is probable you would need to camp, which is permitted.

 

The Johnston's who own Camusunary House near the river from Loch na Creitheach have the rights exclusively on the river and also rights to fish the lochs. Please observe the usual courtesy when dealing with them or their guests on the loch side.

 

These extra fishings represent continuing efforts by the committee to increase the range and scope of fishing available to members and visitors at reasonable cost.

 

 

 

 

Many of the Lochs are dangerous to wade, having very soft and uneven beds and deep holes. Fish from the bank where possible and wade only where you are sure of finding firm and even ground