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Salmon and Sea Trout Fishing on Skye Scotland

O. S. Maps 23, 32

In addition to the varied trout fishing opportunities on the many rivers and lochs throughout its fifty mile length, Skye offers the chance of river fishing for sea trout and salmon on several small spate rivers, some of it, on the beats controlled by the Portree Angling Association, available to visiting anglers from as little 10 per day.

North Skye

Portree Angling Association

The Association manages the fishing on several lochs and rivers in the north and east of Skye.  All rivers hold brown trout, most have a reasonable run of sea trout and some offer the chance of an occasional salmon. The association fishings includes the rivers in the east of the Trotternish peninsula - Kilmaluag, Brogaig and Kilmartin, and the north bank of the River Lealt.

For all contact information and details of permit sales see: 

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Portree area

River Lealt

The Lealt is a spate river with salmon and sea trout running as far as the waterfall. The permit is 10 for half a day with a five fish limit. Fly fishing and spinning are permitted.  Season: 15th March to 15th October. The Lealt has, in recent years, been the most productive of the association's rivers, although it only has one fishable pool, below the Lealt Gorge waterfall.

Kilmartin River

Fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout, the lower reaches being best.

Kilmaluag River

A small river with runs of sea trout and occasional salmon, entering the sea at Kilmaluag Bay in the north of the island - fly, spin or worm allowed.

Brogaig River

A small spate river with runs of salmon and sea trout, running into Staffin Bay.  Good brown trout in the upper reaches. Fly only.

River Ose

River Ose, Skye

Good pools at the river mouth, where salmon and sea trout can be taken on a spate. Fly only.

Uig Area

Permits from Gordon Mackenzie, Uig Filling Station - Lochs 8 a day, rivers 12 a day.

River Rha

Fly only for Brown trout, salmon and sea trout.

River Conon

Good brown trout fishing, with some salmon and sea trout. Fly preferred.

River Hinnisdal (North bank)

A good spate river for salmon and sea trout - fly only.

Kingsburgh Estate

Permits 20 per river per day or 25 to cover all rivers in the group.  Contact Peter and Berni Kinloch (tel: 01470 542458) or Mitchell Partridge, Gillie (tel: 01470 532487)

River Hinnisdal (South bank)

Spate river best after rain and below the A87.  Salmon, sea trout and brown trout. Fly only with catch and release for wild salmon and sea trout.

River Romesdal

Spate river at its best after rain. Sea trout best at estuary, depending on tides. Good salmon pools above the road. Fly only with catch and release for wild salmon.

River Haultin (North Bank)

Spate river with salmon, sea trout and brown trout. Sea trout best in estuary but tide dependent. Fly only with catch and release for wild salmon.

Skeabost Area

River Snizort

The River Snizort is the most productive of the Skye rivers. Three Esses Ltd operates the fishing on the greater part  - some eight miles of the lower river. There are twelve beats on the river running to the sea loch estuary from the flats in the hills. Wild trout abound throughout the river but it is their migratory cousins, the salmon and sea trout, which hold the greatest appeal for visiting anglers. The main runs begin around the end of June or early July, depending on the flood tides, and continue to the end of the season on October 15th. They find their way up the ten miles to the feeder loch (Loch Duagrich) at the head of the Snizort. The best of the fishing follows rain combined with a high tide.

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Method: fly only except in big spates when spinners are allowed, reverting to fly on the falling spate.

Beat Maps are available from the gillie's office. 

Permit Price: 35 per rod per day,  20 per half day,  180 per week (six days).

For more information contact Three Esses Ltd, The Hatchery, Skeabost Bridge.  Tel 01470 532297 or reception at Skeabost Country House Hotel Tel 01470 532202.

Portree Angling Association leases a stretch of fishing on the upper reaches of the Snizort. The Glenmore beat sees a very good run of salmon and sea trout, with fifteen salmon caught in 2009. Also good brown trout fishing.

South Skye

Fearann Eilean Iarmain area

Ord River

River Ord, Skye

Brown trout with sea trout on a spate. 15th March to 5th October. Fly/worm/spinning. Permits 7.50 per day or 30 per week from the Estate Office, Isle of Ornsay, tel 01471 833266 or Hotel Eilean Iarmain, tel 01471 833332

Clan Donald Trust Lands Area

Allt a Ghlinne (Gleann Meadhonach)

Salmon and sea trout possible.  No permit required.

North Skye - Fishing Map

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Map of Northern Skye


Central Skye - Fishing Map

Map of central Skye


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Map of Eastern Skye


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Map of Western Skye


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South Skye

The maps on this website have been reproduced with the permission of Collins Bartholomew. Please note that these maps may date back several decades. Much of the human detail will have changed but the character of the rivers and lochs, and the trout and salmon in them, will be much the same as they have always been.

In addition to the information provided here, I would recommend that anyone planning a fishing or walking trip in Scotland should equip themselves with a compass and the appropriate Ordnance Survey map. The most useful of the O.S. maps for the fisherman is the Landranger series, scale 1:50,000. For each of the lochs and rivers listed here, I have given the relevant O.S. Map number. 

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