Five year average: 52 salmon/grilse, 120 sea trout and 596 brown trout.
5 lochs, 3 ghillies, 6 boats, 1 hut, WC
Price range: £15 to £55
Obbe Fishings are set in the magnificent scenery of the Isle of Harris off the west coast of Scotland.
Situated in South Harris, the natural system stretches from the hills above Loch Langavat to the sea at Leverburgh (An-t-Ob) and covers about 10 square miles. The five lochs are linked but different in character giving a variety of fishing. All are easily reached from the road. Boats with motors are provided. Ghillies are available and should be booked in advance.
The Obbe is a tidal loch, fishes well with the incoming runs of salmon and sea trout from June to early October. 2 rods, fly or spinner.
The Mill Pool is a man made saline loch, filling with fresh water from Loch Steisevat and being flooded from the Obbe on spring tides. 2 fly rods.
Loch Steisevat is deep and about a mile long so it is predominantly fished by boat. Early spate water allows Steisevat to be fished successfully from July through to October. Brown trout are found in the shallower area. 4 fly rods.
Loch na Moracha is wide and shallow and fed by two of the spawning rivers so continues to fish well right up to the end of the season. All the water can be covered by boat but its shallowness allows for wading over much of the Loch. It has good numbers of brown trout. 2 fly rods.
Loch Langavat, as its name suggests, is nearly three miles long and very deep in places. Brown trout abound, some of great size, and in 2001 two Arctic Char were caught in July. 4 rods, fly or spinner.
All beats can be fished from the banks, by wading or from a boat.
The Obbe, fly or spinner.
The Millpool, fly only.
Loch Steisevat, fly only.
Loch na Moracha, fly only.
Loch Langavat, fly or spinner.
Rivers and Burns, fly only.
The Bothy, the old village shop is now the place where fishermen meet, have lunch or dry out. It has one large room with a wood burning stove, and a workshop. It also has a kitchen, a shower room and toilet facilities as well as an area to store fishing gear.
The famous Rodel Hotel, in its peaceful and historic harbourside location, has undergone a sympathetic restoration and now has comfortable en-suite bedrooms, a resident's lounge with internet access and a good restaurant. The lunchtime and evening menus are based largely on local seafood. There is also a lounge bar and public bar. Scarista house, A Georgian former manse, offers comfort in well-furnished guest rooms with excellent cuisine and wines and the view is stunning.
At the loch side, Grimisdale Guest House overlooks Loch Steisevat and the hills of Harris, and is a great favourite with fishermen.
The Outer Hebrides are one of the most beautiful and remote, unspoilt areas left in Europe. The Isle of Harris boasts miles of superb, clean sandy beaches and a marvellous variety of wild flowers particularly on the 'machair' land, all within two or three miles of the Obbe Fishings. It is also a bird watcher's paradise.
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