Anglers wishing a full week's fishing must remember that a week's fishing is only let on Saturday to Saturday basis. Fishing commences at 1pm on the Saturday of arrival, and ends at 1pm on the Saturday of departure.
1. Each member of the fishing party is requested to make himself or herself known to the keeper at the beginning of their stay and subsequently carry personal
2. Every fisherman shall fish in a responsible and sportsmanlike manner in accordance with the method stipulated for the water and the rotation for the party.
3. Traditionally fishing commences at 9.30am and finishes at 6.00pm. All fishermen are requested to liaise with the keeper each day before commencing. Permission to fish after 6.00pm may be sought from the keeper on the day. Nobody other than the person who has booked the beat will be allowed to fish after 6.00pm.
4. Salmon and sea trout parr, sea trout over 2 .5lbs, finnock, gravid fish and kelts should be returned to the water.
5. Fishermen are encouraged to adopt a catch and release policy. All hen fish should be returned.
6. It is recommended that life jackets be worn whilst fishing from a boat or wading. The fishery is not responsible for the welfare of anglers and ghillies, who should provide themselves with lifejackets and any other safety equipment.
7. A maximum of 2 rods is permitted to fish from a boat at any time. Please do not troll when the boat is under power.
8. In the interests of safety, the ghillie shall be the sole judge of whether it is safe to fish from a boat in the prevailing weather conditions.
9. Right of access to the banks is restricted and all fishermen shall respect the property of others. The Country Code shall be observed at all times and no fires shall be lit and no litter shall be left anywhere on land adjacent to the fishings.
10. Any fisherman who causes damage or becomes aware of damage, however caused, to any of the property of the company will notify the keeper as soon as possible.
11. Any fisherman observing any disturbance or foul play on the part of other fishermen shall report the same to the keeper as soon as possible.
12. Any complaints with regard to the operation of the Fishings shall be made in writing to the company.
When parking in Passing Places please ensure that there is always sufficient space to allow another car to pull in.
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