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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 16th October)

Strong winds and continued high water levels provided good fishing conditions in the Outer Hebrides resulting in 70 salmon/grilse recorded during the week beginning Oct 9th with some of the largest fish of the 2017 season caught during this week.

Stornoway Angling Association's Loch Langabhat boats were out on three occasions last week resulting in 13 salmon/grilse being landed, all of which were returned: Robbie Bell and Norman Graham ventured out on Monday, Oct 9th and had a productive day landing eight fish (3lb, 4lb, 4lb, 4lb, 5lb, 6lb, 8lb & 9lb), all of which were hooked on a copper Abu Toby; Wed 11th saw Angus Mackenzie, H. Martin and T. Giddiny landing three fish (4lb, 3lb & 3lb), again on Toby lures and Robbie Bell and Norman Graham were back out again on the 12th and landed a 4lb grilse and a 10lb salmon, both on the copper Abu Toby.

Despite being lightly fished, the River Creed produced ten salmon/grilse last week, all from Beat 2 and all returned: John Macdonald had a 4lb grilse from the Junction Pool on the 11th; the following day saw Angie Macdonald landing three fish, including a 9lb salmon from the Dam Pool on a Tiger-tail tube fly; Robbie Bell had four fish on the 13th (best 8lb) and a further two on the 14th, all of which were hooked on a Park Shrimp Cone-head fished on a fast sinking tip.

Garynahine rods recorded 14 salmon/grilse for their final week of the season, all of which were returned and included a 10lb salmon from Majors Pool for Ivar Macary on the 10th and another 10lb salmon on the 14th for D. N. Maciver from the Bridge Pool which was ably netted by his son, Innes.

Grimersta's final week of the season produced twenty salmon/grilse all of which were returned: C. Legge had three fish (2lb-8oz, 3lb-8oz & 6lb-8oz) in two days fishing from Majors Pool, Loch One and the First Stream, two of which were hooked on a Blue Elver; M. Graham landed an 8lb cock fish from Benjies Pool on an Irish Shrimp during the 10th and the same day, I Long had a 4lb grilse from the First stream on a Collie Dog; M. Robinson landed a 6lb cock salmon from Little Langavat on a Park Shrimp on the 11th and M. Robertson had a 3lb grilse the same day which was hooked on a Collie Dog in Poples Pool; C. Langhorne had three grilse during the 12th from the Langavat River, two on a Green Butt and the other on a Blue Elver and the following day he had a 2lb-8oz grilse and a 6lb-8oz salmon from the Outlet of Loch One, both on a Silver Stoat; Tobias Park landed a 5lb grilse from the First Stream on the 12th, the following day he had three fish, including a 10lb+ hen fish from Benjies Pool, and on the 14th he landed a 4lb grilse from the Ford Stream and a 3lb-8oz grilse from Fraser Birds Pool, all of which were hooked on the Collie Dog and M. Cook landed a 4lb-8oz grilse from the Ford Stream during the 14th which he hooked on a Collie Dog.

The Gress River produced a 6lb salmon last week for A. Murray on the 12th, the first he's landed for a couple of seasons! The river also produced a 2lb grilse and five sea trout to 1lb-8oz during the final day of the season, Saturday, 14th. Several other salmon were hooked on the river throughout last week but unfortunately came of shortly after being hooked which seems to have been a regular occurrence this season!





Beat catches reported
(week ending 14th October)
SALMON & GRILSE: Creed (Stornoway AA) 10, Fhorsa 10, Garynahine 14, Gress 2, Grimersta 20, Morsgail 1, Langabhat - Uig and Hamanavay 13.
Total: 70 Largest: Garynahine & Grimersta & Langabhat - Uig and Hamanavay 10lbs
SEA TROUT: Creed (Stornoway AA) 3, Garynahine 2, Gress 10, Grimersta 1.
Total: 16 Largest: Gress 2lbs
TROUT: None reported




A brace of grilse (3lb & 5lb) being released. Both were hooked on a Calvins Cone-head in the Long Pool on Morsgail's upper river during September 23rd


A 3lb fresh-run grilse from the Garynahine River. The grilse was hooked on a Mairi's Shrimp during August 17th and was released


Gillies Mackenzie released this 7lb cock salmon on August 17th. The salmon which was released, was hooked on a small Calvins Shrimp Tube fly in the Tagging Pool on the Garynahine River


Norman Peden released this 4lb grilse that he hooked on a Crathie in the Long Pool on Morsgail's upper river during August 14th


This 3lb sea-liced grilse from Garynahine's Sea Pool was hooked on a size 8 Orange Muddler during August 11th


A 3lb-8oz cock grilse being released. The grilse was hooked on Ross Macdonald's Mairi's Shrimp during August 11th


Finlay Thomson hooked this 4lb grilse on a Capelin from the Bruton Stream (Fhorsa Fishery) on August 10th


Alexander Peck with his first ever fly caught salmon (4lb). The salmon was hooked on a Goats Toe Muddler in Loch Barvas during August 9th


Robbie Bell with a fresh-run 4lb grilse from Loch Barvas. The grilse was hooked on a Park Shrimp Conehead on August 9th


Bruce Mackenzie hooked this bonnie 2lb-3oz brown trout on worm during the Stornoway Angling Association's "Aline Trophy" competition on Loch Langabhat on July 29




Ben Macaulay with his first and second ever salmon! Ben hooked both grilse on a Ross Macdonald Calvins Shrimp during a visit to the Garynahine Long Pool on July 29 and comendably returned both fish



A nice brace (4lb-8oz & 8lb) from Loch Barvas for Willie Mackenzie. The salmon, which were released, were hooked on a Muddler and Tigertail during July 26


An 11lb Loch Barvas salmon. Brian Davis hooked the salmon (which was released) on a Blue Muddler during July 26th


This 3lb sea-liced grilse was hooked on a Willie Gunn by D. Watt whilst fishing the Bruton Stream (Fhorsa) on July 16th


A. Green released this 4lb grilse during July 14th. The grilse was hooked on a Black Doctor in the Bruton Stream (Fhorsa).


Rosie Sullivan (aged 15) with a 2lb-8oz brown trout that she caught during the Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Estate junior open day on July 1st


Mrs P. Green with a sea-liced 8lb-8oz salmon from the Bruton Stream (Fhorsa). The salmon was hooked on a Capelin fly on July 26th


A first ever salmon for Miss C. Falconer. The 4lb grilse was hooked on a size 12 Silver Stoat at the Bruton Stream on the Fhorsa Fishery during July 22

Season so far

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Releasing a hen grilse at Amhuinnsuidhe. The fish was hooked on a size 10 Camasunary Killer during October 9th



A nice brace (6lb & 5lb) for Philip Blair. Philip released both salmon that he hooked on a small Silver Stoat in the Creed River during the morning of October 5th



Realeasing a brace of fish (2lb-8oz and 6lb) at Garynahine both hooked on a Calvins Shrimp Cone-head during October 4th


The heaviest salmon so far from Garynahine. The 31" fish,Estimated at 10lb+ was hooked on a Calvins Shrimp double from the Landslip Pool on Oct 3rd


Philip Blair released this 9lb hen fish that he hooked on an Orange Flamethrower in Grimersta's Kelt Pool during Oct 4th


Robbie Bell released this coloured cock grilse that he hooked on a Calvins Shrimp Cone-head in the Creed River during October 2nd



Jane Trahair with her first and second Hebridean grilse. Jane hooked both grilse in Morsgail's upper river during September 22nd


Not the largest sea trout to be caught at Morsgail, however, a very welcome sea-liced fish caught by Alex Thavenot from the Rock Pool, Morsgail River, during a week of light winds & bright sunshine


Mrs Jane Trahair battling with a 3lb-4oz grilse that she hooked on a Black & Silver Muddler in the Long Pool on Morsgail's upper river during Sept 22nd


This 3lb grilse was hooked on a size 10 Camasunary Killer in Loch Cragach on Sept 5th and was released


Released - a stunning 6lb-4oz Loch West Ollay (South Uist) brown trout. Michael Heery hooked the trout on a Silver Daddy during Aug 21st


A 6lb-8oz hen salmon hooked on a size 11 Calvins Shrimp by Gillies Mackenzie. The salmon was caught in Majors Pool on the Garynahine River during August 15th and was released


Jim Unsworth with a 3lb-8oz grilse from Loch Morsgail on August 12th. The grilse was hooked on a Magenta Bumble and was released


Releasing a sea-liced 6lb grilse to the Tagging Pool on the Garynahine River. The fish was hooked on a size 8 Orange Muddler during August 11th


Visiting angler Ryan Hutchinson about to release a 5lb-8oz grilse. Ryan hooked the grilse on a Pearly Muddler in the Garynahine Long Pool on August 11th


Murdo Macaulay releasing a 5lb grilse to the Long Pool (Garynahine) on August 11th. The grilse was hooked on a Calvins Shrimp


Releasing a 5lb hen grilse to the Garynahine Boat Pool. The fish was hooked on Ross Macdonald's Mairi's Shrimp during August 11th


Murdo Macaulay released this 5lb grilse during July 31st. The fish was hooked on a Calvins Conehead in the Junction Pool, River Creed


A 7lb hen salmon being released. The salmon was hooked on a Stoats Tail from Grimersta's Loch One on July 29th


A fresh-run grilse for Robbie Bell. Robbie hooked the grilse on a Park Shrimp (variant) tube, whilst fishing Loch Barvas during July 28





Innes Campbell released four salmon (4lb, 4lb, 5lb & 7lb-8oz) during a visit to Loch Barvas on July 26. Three were hooked on a Muddler and the other on a Park Shrimp


Rosie Sullivan (aged 15) released this 4lb grilse that she hooked on July 1st during the Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Estate junior open day