Preparing to go afloat on a South Uist machair loch - John and Ben Shipley with Colin Mackenzie (ghillie)
An abundance of species
The wild, freshwater species to be found in the Outer Hebrides are: salmon, sea trout, brown trout, Arctic char and ferox trout. Salmon of over 20lb are occasionally caught with fish in the high teens caught each season. Brown trout are typically around 1/2lb to 3/4lb with frequent fish of 2lb to 5lb caught.
Some spectacular sea trout of up to 14lb have been recorded with fish of 1/2lb to 2lb being common. Unlike many other angling destinations, sea trout are, as a rule, caught during daylight hours in rivers, lochs and estuaries throughout the Hebrides. As mentioned, ferox trout are present in the Outer Hebrides and fish of over 11lb have been landed with the potential of heavier fish. The elusive Arctic charr are also to be found throughout most of the islands of the Hebridean Archipelago with just over 200 lochs nationally containing this elusive fish.
At the height of midsummer the Hebrides can claim a massive 22 hours of daylight, so you can enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch safe in the knowledge there's plenty of time left for all the delights that angling offers.
The Outer Hebrides have over 2000 freshwater lochs, the chain of islands seem as much water as land with having only 1.3% of the UK land mass but boasting an impressive 15% of the freshwater surface area.
"For all the lochs on the Isle of Lewis alone, it would take one angler, fishing one loch per day for six days of the season, more than six years to fish them all!"
(Eddie Young, 'Trout Fishing in Lewis')
Grimersta's UK salmon record - 54 salmon (314lbs) & 15 sea trout (72lbs).