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Fishing Guides, Isle of Skye #14611863 02/27/20
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Can anyone make a recommendation? Probably most interested in trout fishing, rivers or lakes.

Salmon too but I understand that's fairly expensive.



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Re: Fishing Guides, Isle of Skye [Re: smokepole] #14612058 02/27/20
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You are going to One of the places in the world with a wide selection of some of the finest whiskey distilleries and you are worried about fishing?

I would advise that you sample their most famous product when and wherever the opportunity arises and the fishing will take care of itself. The people you'd most want to fish with will in all probability be found in those facilities or at the least known to the people in those facilities.

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Originally Posted by smokepole
Can anyone make a recommendation? Probably most interested in trout fishing, rivers or lakes.

Salmon too but I understand that's fairly expensive.


I can't but when I wanted to trout fish in Ireland a few years ago their tourist bureau was quick to respond and help me figure out where, who and how and I had a great time. The Scottish tourism site has a similar section. https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/active/fishing/ I'd drop them a line.


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Re: Fishing Guides, Isle of Skye [Re: smokepole] #14613420 02/27/20
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Originally Posted by MILES58
You are going to One of the places in the world with a wide selection of some of the finest whiskey distilleries and you are worried about fishing?

I would advise that you sample their most famous product when and wherever the opportunity arises and the fishing will take care of itself. The people you'd most want to fish with will in all probability be found in those facilities or at the least known to the people in those facilities.


The distilleries are easy to suss out and chart, and I have some favorites lined up. Don't need word of mouth recommendations on those, I know what I like. Fishing guides are a different story, word of mouth recommendations are worth their weight in gold.

Thanks for the suggestion Pugs, I will check that out.



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Re: Fishing Guides, Isle of Skye [Re: smokepole] #14618034 02/29/20
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Smokepole, I have no advice other the most excellent information provided Pugs.

The Ilse of Skye is wonderful, if time permits and you have an interest in Neolithic and Norse history a trip to the Orkney Islands would be well worth the time. Also on Orkney is the wonderful Highland Park distillery (hopefully their products fall within your taste preferences).

Best of luck in planning your trip.

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Re: Fishing Guides, Isle of Skye [Re: smokepole] #14624857 03/02/20
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If you find yourself in or anywhere near Portree of a Friday or Saturday evening get yourself to the town center. There'll be a pub or two with live music and it will be terrific.


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Re: Fishing Guides, Isle of Skye [Re: smokepole] #15082684 07/26/20
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Skye is the home of Talisker, a very fine malt.


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Re: Fishing Guides, Isle of Skye [Re: smokepole] #15083138 07/26/20
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I was looking into this before Covid changed the plans. This place looked good and was near the house we were going to rent. https://www.skeabosthotel.com/hotel-services/fishing I have no firsthand experience but this place has more river miles than most others.

I would see if there are any fly shops and get their recommendations. I would line something up to be sure you have a reservation on a beat as they get booked up quickly during the prime season. Once you are there you will get advice from the locals especially if you are not entirely pleased with your original ghillie. Might also check with Orvis and Yellowdog fishing travel to see if they had suggestions.

There are 10 Orvis affiliated shops in Scotland here: https://stores.orvis.co.uk/uk/scotland I would try the Inverness shop first as it is the closest to Skye.


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Re: Fishing Guides, Isle of Skye [Re: smokepole] #15095684 07/30/20
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I hav been to the one on Hope street in Edinburgh. They had lot's of gear and the clerk I talked to said he could get me to some salmon in 15 minutes from the shop.

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Re: Fishing Guides, Isle of Skye [Re: mathman] #15097971 07/31/20
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Originally Posted by mathman
Skye is the home of Talisker, a very fine malt.

Yeah, if I ended up on Skye, not sure I would make it much further than Talisker's Distillery.



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Re: Fishing Guides, Isle of Skye [Re: smokepole] #15115878 Yesterday at 07:49 PM
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I haven't fished Skye, but have fished for trout (mostly) and salmon (a little) in many parts of Scotland. This is all fly fishing, but I assume you knew that. The usual procedure (for me) is to consult a guide book (Rivers & Lochs of Scotland: The Angler's Complete Guide. by Bruce Sandison; the latest edition I have was published in 2009), which tells you what's available on a day ticket and where to buy the day ticket at. I just checked Amazon and they have a Kindle version for $6.79. I'd buy that, then Google the places that looked interesting to see if the arrangements for obtaining day tickets have changed since the guidebook was written.. I generally tried to choose waters that I could buy a day ticket at a shop, rather than calling up a club member. You could also just stop in a tackle shop and see what day tickets they have available.

For what it's worth, I prefer fishing rivers and hill lochs over large lochs. Generally, the brown trout aren't very big, but fun to catch.

Salmon fishing is not necessarily horrendously expensive, but generally the low cost means low chance of catching a salmon.

I hope this helps.

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Perhaps I should add, I don't think I've ever used a guide in Scotland, so my answer above probably isn’t all that helpful. I have used guides elsewhere in Europe (Ireland, Iceland, Sweden) but never felt the need in Scotland. But if you’re on a tight schedule, a guide would probably be best.



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