Please make yourself and your party known to Mr. MacKinnon on arrival. You should carry your permit whenever fishing. If a personal gillie has been requested, please ensure you ring Mr. MacKinnon well ahead of arriving on the island to ensure that he has time to arrange this. Cost is £40 per day payable direct to the gillie.
Fly fishing only is permitted. Single fishing hooks (without barbs) would be preferred. Single hooks are stipulated until end June.
All fishermen should fish in a responsible and sportsmanlike manner.
Traditionally fishing commences at 9.30am and finishes at 6.00pm. Permission may be obtained from Mr. MacKinnon to fish outwith these times at certain times of year.
The owner reserves the right for house rods to be fishing occasionally.
Details of all catches must be reported to the fishery. All salmon/grilse should be returned as we are a catagory 3 fishery under the Salmon conservation Laws. We therefore operate a catch and release policy. Salmon and sea trout parr, Sea trout under 20 ozs (ca 750gr) must be returned to the water. Finnock, gravid fish and kelts should be returned to the water.
The Country Code should be followed at all times. Please ensure gates are closed and fences are not damaged, that you do not light fires. Please also take your litter home, or dispose of it in the many wheelie bins which are situated at picnic sites and viewing points around the island. Accompanying dogs must be kept on a lead. Please also note that if you park in passing places on single track roads, enough room should be left to allow another car to use the passing place.
Any fisherman who causes or becomes aware of damage, however caused, to any property used by the fishings, should report it to Mr. MacKinnon as soon as possible.
Handle boats and motors with care. The fishery is in no way responsible for the welfare of the anglers and gillies, who should provide themselves with life jackets or other safety equipment and must judge unfavourable weather conditions for themselves. Please be aware that the weather can change very quickly. A maximum of two rods are permitted to fish from a boat at any one time. Please do not troll when the boat is under power.
Landing is only permitted on prepared places and all boats must be returned to starting point.
Any fisherman observing any disturbance or foul play on the part of other fishermen should report the indicident to the head gillie as soon as possible.
Children under 15 years old can fish for free.
Some regulations are law and must be strictly adhered to. Scottish law forbids fishing for salmon on Sundays; it is also customary practice on most of the islands within the Outer Hebrides that no other fishing takes place. The salmon and sea trout season varies depending on the fishery, but the brown trout season starts on 15th March and ends on 6th October. It is illegal to sell any rod-caught salmon while fishing in the Outer Hebrides, or anywhere in Scotland. Due to Scottish Government legislation which classed this fishery in Category 3, Catch and Release is mandatory for all salmon/grilse caught. This is a follow on from the Spring conservation rules.
Foul hooking is strictly prohibited.
Catch & release
Scottish salmon and sea trout stocks have declined throughout the country over a number of decades but recent years have been encouraging with some areas showing a steady increase. Most fisheries now encourage anglers to adopt a sensible approach to the number of fish kept, with most fisheries also introducing bag limits for sea trout, as well as adhering to Category regulations (see above).
Although the Outer Hebrides have been fortunate in not suffering significantly, it is through careful management and conservation methods that we will continue to enjoy the pleasure of fishing for these wonderful fish. Anglers are asked to show constraint and adhere to any catch and release policies, and where possible, return as many fish and in the correct manner. Hands should be wet before handling fish, fish should be landed as soon as possible and returned to the water quickly. Anglers are requested to return all coloured fish unless unavoidable.
'The laws of nature demand we live only on the surplus granted to us, and never to touch the substance' said one of the former proprietors of the Eishken Estate, Lewis. How true a statement and more so in today's climate.
Gyrodactylus salaris (GS) is a parasite which infects the skin, gills and fins of salmon, trout and some other types of fish in freshwater. It is less than half a millimetre in size, so small that it is barley visible to the naked eye. Despite this, it can cause serious damage in some strains of Atlantic salmon.
The effects of this disease are so serious that salmon stocks have now been lost completely from more than 20 Norwegian rivers, with the particular race of salmon in affected rivers being lost forever. Gyrodactylus salaris does not occur in UK rivers but experiments carried out in Norway have shown that our salmon, like those of Norway, are killed by the parasite. It is therefore essential that the parasite is not introduced into UK waters.
To help ensure that the Outer Hebrides remains GS free all Fisheries in the Outer Hebrides require that anglers sign and present a declaration form to confirm that if they have fished abroad their kit has been thoroughly disinfected. Click here for a copy of the declaration form.
To help prevent an outbreak of Gyrodactylus Salaris anglers MUST disinfect their fishing equipment after fishing foreign waters. Gyrodactylus Salaris has had catastrophic effects on some foreign rivers and could easily be transmitted to rivers and lochs here without the correct preventive procedures being taken. All fishing tackle with no exception, should be disinfected, and if it has not you must inform the fishery management immediately on arrival.
Anyone wishing an information booklet on either catch & release or Gyrodactylus salaris should contact the Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust on 01851 703434