The Storr Lochs - Loch leathan and Loch Fada - lie beside the road from Portree to Staffin, about five miles north of Portree. The lochs, which are connected, are some 2.5 miles long by 0.5 miles wide, with several bays and islands. They offer the cream of the Association’s loch fishing.
Loch Fada, the southern most and smaller of the lochs, is shallow throughout its length, so from a boat the whole loch is fishable. The weed beds at the south end, round the island, and onto the rocky northern shore are favourite drifts. For the bank angler, fish can be found all round the shoreline, though the southern end is shallow. The road side tends to get weedy as the season progresses but round the weed beds can be productive.
Loch Leathan is a much bigger loch. Fish are caught all round the shore, though the roadside bank is favoured by local anglers. Armishadder Bay at the southern end, though hard to get to, is worth a cast. There is a small bridge over the narrows between the lochs, allowing access if the water level is not too high. Favourite drifts on Loch Leathan are in Armishadder Bay and down both shorelines, paying particular attention to the small bays. Round the big island can also be a productive drift. Fish can come anywhere and they seem to favour traditional wet flies such as Invicta, Black Pennell, Grouse series, Soldier Palmer and sedge imitations. We have a prolific mayfly hatch, usually around the first half of June, when the usual Mayfly imitations work well, along with Claret Bumbles and Dabblers imitayions like the Loch Ordie work well.
Rainbow trout are also present in Loch Leathan.
Boats are available on both lochs, including a wheely boat on Loch Leathan, and may be booked for day or evening sessions. Boat hire charge includes permits for two rods. The bag limit is two fish over 25cm (10 inches) in length.
Numerous parking places off the A855 Portree to Staffin road, or by the boat shed near the dam wall.
There is a small bridge over the narrows between the lochs allowing access if the water level is not too high.
Boats are available on the Storr Lochs, Loch Fada, Loch Leathan and also on Loch Connan
Boat fishing is split into two sessions:
DAY 9.00am to 4.30pm
EVENING 5.00pm to dusk
Keys for boats can be obtained from Island Cycles. The charge for members is £2 per sessions.
If you wish to fish for two sessions you must make payment for both sessions at the time of booking.
Loch Leathan has a wheelie boat for the less mobile angler, this can also be hired through Island Cycles at £5 per sessions and includes petrol.
Boat hire for non mebers is £40 per session and this includes two rods.
After day sessions, keys must be returned to Island Cycles before 5pm. After evening sessions, keys must be left in the Island Cycles mail box.
There is a boat available on Loch na Sguabaidh, keys can be obtained from the Blue Shed Cafe at Torrin.
All boats are equipped with life jackets which you are urged to wear whilst fishing.
Any damage to boats, or missing equipment, should be reported to a member of the Management Committee.
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.