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4 miles double bank fishing from Loch Chlachain to the Matheson Pool (ONLY Fly fishing permitted downstream of Matheson Pool). 20 named pools.
Bank and boat fishing on Loch Chlachain (2 boats) and Loch an Ois (1 boat).
Adult day ticket £26
Youth day ticket (Under 18) £11
Evening ticket (all anglers) £11
Boats on lochs Chlachain and Ois £10 per day up to 5.00pm and £5 from 5.00pm to dusk
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The Creed system drains about 42 sq km of peat moorland entering the Minch just south of Stornoway. It is a renowned salmon and sea trout fishery, which has been managed by the Stornoway Angling Association since 2001. Catches have improved since then, reflecting the active management of the fishery by the Association.
The fishery consists of the lower 4 miles of the river, both banks, where there are 20 named pools, and fishing on 2 lochs. Unusually for the Western Isles there is extensive fishing on the river where there are numerous holding pools as well as other runs where fish can be caught during high water. The Association has boats on 2 lochs, Chlachain (2) and Ois (1). Fishing on the lochs can be very productive during the right weather conditions.
The season runs from 1st April to the 31st Oct, with July, August and September normally the most productive months. The quality of the fishing on the river is very much dependent on sufficient rainfall to raise the river level, whilst on the lochs it is dependent on the strength and direction of the wind, with a strong W/SW wind providing the best conditions.
During the season, day and evening tickets and boat bookings are available at all times for both the river and the lochs and can be obtained from the SAA website (See Links tab above).
Access to most areas of the fishery is easy as a number of roads cross the catchment with the river below Loch Chlachain the only area where a walk of more than a mile is required. Although it is an Association fishery it is always possible to find a quiet stretch, especially during weekdays.
The most productive pool, The Bend Pool, is situated within the picturesque amenity woodland called the Castle Grounds. Also within an easy walk of the main road are the Peat Stack and Dam Pools, where many big fish have been caught over the years. Although the majority of the run consists of grilse, several multi sea winter fish are caught each year.