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(Last Updated: Wednesday 06 October)

Due to a busy survey season with the Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust I have been unable to compile regular angling reports. The following covers catches from August 30th and the majority of September from Grimersta and South Uist Estate.

Grimersta recorded 72 salmon for September which is 12 above their 5 year average for the month, all bar one were released. Gordon Sim landed seven salmon to 8lb during Aug 30th and 31st all of which were hooked on a Nymph, three from the Kelt Pool and four from the Bridge Pool. A. Barker landed a 5lb grilse from Macleays Stream on Sept. 11 which he hooked on an Executioner and followed it up the next day with seven more in the 3 - 5lb category from the Kelt Pool, which were hooked on Collie Dog and Cascade . Monday 13th saw J. Habgood landing five salmon to 7lb from the Bridge and Kelt Pools, all on a Collie Dog, and in the afternoon landed two grilse from Macleays Stream and another from Sanderson's, also on the Collie Dog. On the 14th he continued with his successful catch rate, landing five grilse, again on the Collie Dog with three from pools in the main river and the remaining two from the First Stream and Loch 1. M. Cook landed grilse from Benjies and Poples pools on the main river, both on a Collie Dog during the 15th and R. Shanks had three salmon on the 16th all on a Silver Stoat with the best being an 8lb cock fish from the Long Pool. P. Bolden landed the heaviest salmon to date from Grimersta on the 22nd, a 13lb cock fish from Loch Four that he hooked on a Willie Gunn and two days later G. Faber landed hen fish of 12lb and 6lb from Loch Four, both on a Blue Elver.

Stornoway Angling Association's (SAA) Loch Langabahat boat was used on seven occasions during September with twelve salmon and twenty six brown trout recorded. The first September grilse (4lb) was landed on the 4th by G. Macleod. During the 14th, C. Martin landed grilse of 4lb, 5lb and 6lb and on the 15th, I. Mackenzie and R. Bell landed fish of 3lb-8oz and 7lb. R. Bell and I. MacAry recorded two grilse (4lb & 3lb) on the 18th. C. Martin and D. Macleod landed three 7lb salmon on the 23rd and the final fish (4lb) was landed on the 25th by P. Macleod. All of the SAA Langabat salmon were hooked on Toby lures and all were released.

The SAA Loch Fhir Mhaoil boat was fished from on the 16th with C. Martin and D. Macleod landing three grilse (2 at 3lb and one at 5lb), all on Toby lures and all released.

The Lochs under the control of South Uist Estate continued to provide good fishing for both visiting and local anglers with quality brown trout, sea trout and salmon being recorded. Clive Lunn and Ian Whitehorn had an enjoyable six days (1st - 7th) fishing on Lochs Roag, Schoolhouse, Fada and Upper Kildonan landing six sea trout to 5lb and twenty brown trout to 1lb. Ian Kennedy released a 3lb-8oz grilse and a 1lb-4oz sea trout on the 1st whilst fishing Loch Roag. Messrs. Noble and Boyd, fishing five days, managed to land a 2lb sea trout from Loch Fada and 23 brown trout (best 2lb) whilst fishing Lochs Mill, Grogarry, Bornish and Snigiscleit. Ken Taylor, fishing from Aug 30th - Sept 3rd landed and released a 5lb grilse, thirteen sea trout for 24lb-12oz (heaviest 3lb) and six brown trout (best 1lb-4oz). John Gray fished Lochs Fada, Grogarry and Schoolhouse during Sept 6th - 8th releasing four sea trout (best 4lb) and two brown trout (best 1lb-4oz). David Spray, fishing an Orange Muddler on Loch a Bharp during the 16th managed to land a 4lb grilse which he returned.

Angling in the Outer Hebrides - 2021

 

This coloured 4lb hen sea trout was hooked on an Orange Muddler by Mike Neff. The fish, which was released, was hooked in Loch nan Geireann Mill (North Uist) on October 27th.

 

A nicely shaped 1lb-4oz brown trout from Loch Eirearaigh.

 

A bonnie 12oz brown trout that was hooked on a McPhails Leggy Claret Dabbler during October 1st.

A plump 1lb brown trout from a west Lewis loch. The trout was hooked on a size 10 Claret Dabbler during September 29th and was released.

 

An extremely well-shaped 1lb-12oz brown trout about to be released.

 

This 3lb-8oz grilse was hooked on a Stone Goat Muddler on September 24th and was released.

 

A 4lb grilse being returned during September 24th. The grilse was hooked on a Stone Goat Muddler.

 

Iain Long released this 9lb cock salmon that he hooked on an Ally's Shrimp at the First Stream (Grimersta) during September 24th.

 

A nice brown trout being released to Loch Eirearaigh by David Spray on August 28th. The fish was hooked on a size 12 Bibio.

 

Billy Dickson with a nice brown trout from Loch Upper Kildonan (South Uist) that he hooked on a Loch Ordie during September 17th.

 

David Spray released this 1lb sea trout that he hooked on a Silver Stoat in the Burn Pool on the Gress river during August 30th.

 

Jamie Dickson released this South Uist sea trout during his September visit. The fish was hooked on a Goats Toe.

 

Releasing a Hebridean grilse on Sept 7th. The grilse was hooked on an Orange Muddler.

 

Angie Campbell with a September sea trout which he released. The fish was hooked on a size 10 Camasunary Killer.

 

A nice sea trout caught on a Donegal Blue during September 9th.

 

Colin Campbell bending into a feisty sea trout during September 3rd.

 

A welcome sea trout on a difficult day for Gerry Bannister on August 31st. The fish was hooked on a Goats Toe and released.

 

Alec Coutts released this nice 3lb grilse that he hooked on a Goats Toe during August 31st.

 

A 1lb sea trout for Paul Hopper on August 21st that was hooked on a Kingfisher and released

 

David Spray released this 1lb sea trout that he hooked on a Claret Bumble Muddler on August 21st.

 

A bonnie brown trout from Loch Eirearaigh (Lewis) for David Spray. David hooked the trout on a March Brown during August 6th.

 

Donald Matheson releasing a 4lb grilse at the Bruton Stream. Donald hooked the grilse on a Gledswood Blue during July 17th.

 

A 4lb grilse about to be released by Dale Lattanzio. Dale hooked the grilse on a Stoats Tail at the Bruton Stream during July 19th.

 

Dale Lattanzio about to release a 3lb grilse at the Bruton Stream (Fhorsa Fishery). The grilse which was netted by Donald Matheson (Ghillie) was hooked on a Stoats Tail during July 19th.

 

Donald Matheson (Ghillie) released this 4lb grilse that he hooked on a Silver Stoats Tail. Donald was fishing the Bruton Stream on the Fhorsa system during July 7th.

 

Loch Grogarry (South Uist) yielded this beautifully coloured 2lb brown trout (released) for Andy MacFarland during July 7th.

 

Regular visitors to the Lochs of South Uist, - the 3 'Amigos' - L to R. Andy MacFarland, Billy Felton (that's his happy face!) and Michael Heery. Billy was the previous owner of the Anglers Retreat Guest House on South Uist.

 

Andy Macfarland with a nice Loch Stilligarry trout of 2lb-8oz. The trout was caught on July 9th and was released.

Mel Thomson with a nice 3lb-8oz brown trout from Loch Haumabhat (Finsbay Fishery. Mel hooked the trout on an Alexandra during July 8th.

 

Mike Davies about to release a solid Loch Grogarry (South Uist) brown trout that he hooked on a Gorgeous George.

 

 

Angling in the Outer Hebrides - 2021

 

A 1lb fresh-run sea trout about to be released by Seumas Macletchie (Ghillie). Mike Neff hooked the fish in Loch nan Geireann Mill (North Uist) during October 27th.

 

Mike Neff released this 4lb grilse whilst fishing Loch nan Geireann Mill (North Uist) on October 27th. Mike hooked the grilse on an Orange Muddler.

 

Beautiful colouration on this 1lb brown trout.

 

Releasing a 2lb-4oz brown trout on October 1st. The trout was hooked on a size 10 McPhail's Leggy Claret Dabbler.

 

Peter Watson with a 4lb-4oz fresh run sea trout from Loch Roag, South Uist. Peter hooked the sea trout on a Teal, blue & Silver during October 21st and released it.

 

A solid 1lb-12oz brown trout (released) that was hooked on a Claret Dabbler during September 29th.

 

A Claret Dabbler proved to irresistible for this beautifully marked Lewis brown trout.

 

This 12oz brown trout, which was released, was hooked on an Ombudsman during late September.

 

A Stone Goat Muddler proved to tempting for this 4lb-8oz grilse. The grilse, which was released, was caught on September 27th.

 

A beautifully marked North Lochs (Lewis) brown trout. Paul Hopper caught the trout on a Sparkly Bibio during August and released it.

 

David Spray with his first South Uist grilse (3lb-8oz). David hooked the grilse on an Orange Muddler during a visit to Loch a' Bharp on September 16th and released it.

 

Jamie Dickson with a solid Loch Bornish (South Uist) brown trout. Jamie hooked the trout on a Dry Daddy during September 15th.

 

A Lower Kildonan (South Uist) sea trout for Billy Dickson on September 17th. Billy hooked the sea trout on a Bibio.

 

This sea trout was hooked on a Camasunary Killer in the Gress River on August 26th and was released.

 

Hooked on a size 10 Green Peter, this 1lb-8oz sea trout gave a great battle before being released.

 

Ron Cameron released this grilse that he hooked on an Orange Muddler during September 7th.

 

Matt Neilson released this 1lb-4oz brown trout that he hooked on a Kate Maclaren during a visit to Loch Hosta (North Uist) on August 6th.

 

A solid 5lb+ hen grilse for Alec Coutts during September 1st. The grilse was hooked on a Muddler and released.

 

A nice sea trout for Colin Campbell that was hooked on a Peter Ross during September 3rd.

 

John Watson with a 4lb-9oz brown trout from Loch West Ollay (South Uist) that he hooked on a Leggy Muddler on August 17th. The trout was netted by Gary Bateman (Ghillie).

 

Releasing a 4lb-9oz brown trout to Loch West Ollay on August 17th.

 

David Spray battling with a feisty grilse in Loch Faoghail an Tuim (Grimersta) on the evening of August 14th.

 

A nice cock grilse for David Spray. The grilse, which was returned, was hooked on a Silver Stoats Tail in Loch Faoghail an Tuim (Grimersta) on August 14th.

 

Andrew Campbell about to release a 6lb grilse to the Bruton Stream on the Fhorsa Fishery. This was one of four that he caught on the morning of August 7th, all on a Silver Stoats Tail.

 

Joanna Green released this 4lb grilse that she hooked on a Micro Cascade in the Gorge Pool on the Fhorsa River during June 30th.

 

A nice 12oz brown trout being released by David Spray. The trout was hooked on a Pearly Invicta on August 5th in Loch Eirearaigh, Isle of Lewis.

 

N. Measham into a hard fighting grilse in the Kelt Pool on the Grimersta River during July 14th. The grilse took a Hitch fly.

 

Releasing a 4lb grilse to the Grimersta Kelt Pool on July 14th

 

A 4lb-8oz grilse hooked by N. Measham in Loch Faoghail an Tuim (Grimersta).The grilse, which was released, was hooked on a Muddler during July 14th.

 

11 year old Kenny Macdonald landed this 3lb Sea Trout whilst worm fishing in the Steinish Pool during July 20th.

 

Tamsin Thomson released this beautifully marked 3lb+ brown trout that she hooked on a Yellow Muddler. Tamsin was fishing Loch Haumabhat (Finsbay Fishery) on July 12th.

 

Michael Heery with a beautifully golden 3lb brown trout which he released. Michael caught the trout on Loch Grogarry during July 7th.

 

6 year old Ellena Thomson, with assistance from her family, managed to catch & release this 'hefty' 5lb brown trout from Loch Haumabhat (Finsbay Fishery), during July 5th

 

 

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(Last Updated: Wednesday 06 October)

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