Salmon and Trout Fishing in the Hebrides



The water-land ratio, range of waters and presence of wild brown trout, a run of salmon and sea trout, and the odd Arctic char equate to a fishing heaven in the British Isles: the Outer Hebrides.
The unique geology and geography of the islands create the diversity of fishable waters on the Hebrides. Headwaters that start as vertiginous rocky burns cascade off the uplands and gather in inland lochs before slowing across peat moors on their way to sea lochs, inlets and finally the sea.

With lochs numbering in excess of 6,000, it’s theoretically possible to fish a different one every day for more than a decade, certainly possible to fish without seeing another person all day. Isolated inland lochs hold populations of wild brown trout and the deepest of these hold Arctic char.

The Isle of Lewis is famous for migratory fishing, with legendary runs of salmon and sea trout in its short spate rivers adding the Grimersta, the Blackwater, Bruton Stream, and the Barvas as destinations on many a bucket list.

Possessed of a fierce, wild beauty, these islands celebrate life at an extreme with glorious scenery and wildlife that add to the joy of fishing at the United Kingdom’s outer limits. The diversity of water bodies and landscape places demands across the breadth of an angler’s repetoire…and that’s before the weather. The gentle flick fluffing placement of a fly demanded one day wouldn’t even reach the water’s surface the next. Being on the fringe of the British Isles and brushed by the jet stream makes for changeable weather.
Mother Nature has compensated the angler for this inconvenience: inclement weather that would have finished a day’s salmon fishing on the mainland only drives the exploration of Hebridean diversity in the form of a more sheltered loch, river or sea pool.
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Fact File


Brown Trout 15th March – 6th October

Salmon 1st May – 15th October

Different rivers have slightly differing seasons within the legal seasons above.

No fishing on Sundays


There is a saying in the Hebrides, if you don’t like the weather wait 15 minutes and it will change. Clothing should take this into account: we recommend wearing lots of light layers and always carry a water- and wind-proof top layer.
Wading is not common but not essential, so waders or wellingtons are fine.
Polarised sunglasses and a hat will not only provide protection but make spotting of fish easier.


Trout 8ft 6″ – 10ft 5-7 wt

Salmon 9- 11 ft 7-9 wt


Both floating and sinking lines are used


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Group Size

One or more anglers


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It is standard practice to tip the ghillies at the end of the day or trip. The size of tip varies depending on the beat (the better the beat the bigger the tip expected), the number of days fishing, the number and size of fish caught, the amount of coaching and assistance requested of the ghillies, whether you are the host or the guest, and how much fun you’ve had. Of course tipping and the amount tipped are at your discretion, but there are a couple of different ways to work this out. One school of thought is to tip between 10 and 20% of what you are paying for your fishing. Others calculate it on a flat rate per day (usually somewhere between £10 and £50).


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Salmon Flies

Often fished as a point fly with a dropper many of the traditional salmon flies work:
Silver Stoat, Ally’s Shrimp, Calvin’s Shrimp, Cascade, General Practitioner, Red Francis, Executioner, Park Shrimp,  Alexandra, Goats Toe, Sunray Shadow, Flame Thrower, Peter Ross, Camasunary Killer, Hairy Mary and Donnie’s Pig

The dropper is normally a large bushy fly used to create a wake including:
Orange Muddler, Black Muddler, Muddler Minnow, Zulus andBumbles.

Trout Flies

Donegal Blue, Bloody Butcher, Blue Zulu, Peter Ross, Goats Toe, Alexandra, Claret Bumble, Blue Elver, Kate McClarren, Dunkeld, Muddler, Camasunary Killer and Clan Chief