The Snizort is the main Salmon river on the Isle of Skye and it can provide good sport in the right conditions.
There are twelve beats which span across 8 miles of water, with the first two beats including the sea pool being situated within the grounds of the Skeabost House Hotel.
Some of the best holding pools are in the middle section of the river known locally as “the flats” (beats 3 – 7). These beats are only a short drive from the hotel and get most of the angling effort throughout the season.
The character of the river changes as you move on to the upper stretches, with gorge pools and streamy glides to explore for the more adventurous angler (beats 8 to 12).
Access varies throughout the length of the river and a degree of walking is required to reach certain beats, some of which are in remote countryside.
As the Snizort is a typical highland spate river, it is dependent on rainfall to create favourable fishing conditions. The best conditions are when the river has risen in height creating the conditions for fish to run. Fish then start to rest in the various pools as the spate recedes, temporarily halting their journey to the spawning grounds in the hills of Glenmore.
Sea Trout follow the Salmon up the river and they can provide good sport in lower water conditions on single handed rods. Although they are smaller in stature, they are hard fighting and acrobatic when hooked.
The main fishing period is from July to October, though there is a chance of a fish in June.
The 5 year average catch return is 71 Salmon & 41 Sea Trout.
Beats are allocated on a rotational basis on the day by the Ghillie. All day rods are to meet the Ghillie at the front of the Skeabost House Hotel at 8:45am for beat allocations.
For more information or to enquire about availability or accomodation at the Skeabost House Hotel, please contact the Ghillie Danny Docherty who will be happy to answer any of your questions.