Garynahine conditions

FishPal conditions

Bookings made through FishPal's help desk or on line booking system are subject to FishPal's standard conditions. If you haven't already read these, you can see them here

Fishery conditions

1. All fishing on the river is by fly only and a maximum of 4 rods may fish the river on any one day.
2. Normal fishing hours will be 9am to 5pm. Changes to these hours may only be made by prior arrangement with the ghillie.
3. From 11 Feb until 30 June ALL migratory fish must be released alive back to the river/loch. From 1 July until 31 August the following bag limits apply:
One grilse (cock fish up to 5lb) per angler per day may be kept or a maximum of 2 grilse (cock fish up to 5lb) per angler per week.
Two sea trout of under 2lbs per angler per day may be kept or a maximum of 4 sea trout under 2lbs per angler per week.
Any sea trout killed in excess of these limits should be handed in to the estate.
4. From 1 September until 15 October, ALL migratory fish are to be returned alive to the river/loch.
5. Rod-sharing is not allowed under any circumstances.
6. The estate ghillie will be available to accompany rods each day to show them the fishing beats and to offer advice on what flies to use etc.
7. Anyone wanting a ghillie for the full day should arrange this with the estate in advance and should be aware that there will be an additional charge for this service.
8. Lifejackets must be worn whilst boat fishing, however, the estate does not supply them.
9. Bank fishing on the lochs is by fly, bait or spinner but all fishing from the boats is by fly only. A maximum of 3 people are allowed in the boat at any one time.
10. All anglers are asked to contact the ghillie, Donnie Whiteford on (07920 096 983) at least one day prior to fishing so that arrangements can be made for meeting at the designated parking area.

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Hebrides conditions

Legal requirements
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, please be aware that all Fisheries in the Outer Hebrides have been given individual conservation gradings by Marine Scotland Science. The proposed 2018 salmon conservation gradings for the Outer Hebrides can be viewed on the individual Fisheries "Booking Conditions" page. 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
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