Welcome to Assynt Fly Fishing!
I am a qualified Mountain Guide (SML) who grew up in Assynt and as-such I have a superb understanding of exactly what exploring this unique wilderness entails, your safety, comfort and happiness is my utmost concern. Having such a qualification and personal experience can make your guided walk in to a remote ‘secret loch’ a pleasant and informative journey with a satisfying sense of achievement, rather than a relentless hardship that taints the rest of your day! In addition to this I hold a Royal Yachting Association – Competent Crew Certificate so if you would prefer your day(s) out to be on the water, again you know you are in safe hands!
But it’s probably the FISHING you’re here for, so let’s talk about that!…
I was (and still am) inspired to fish by my Father’s tales of monsters landed and lost in some of the remotest parts of Assynt, now seldom frequented by any man yet steeped in the history of past and almost forgotten populations. And latterly his father – J. H. Yates – has inspired me further through his writings of fish and fishing throughout South Africa in his two books Angling Adventures in South Africa and African Angler’s Argosy as well as his chapter in the book Fresh-Water Fish & Fishing in Africa. Quite an act to follow!
I have wandered the mountains, hills and glens of Assynt and fished the lochs therein for around 30 years now, yet every day I will still take a moment to give thanks for my place here. If you know Assynt, you know exactly what I mean. If you are new to Assynt, let your partner down gently, for you are about to fall in love!
A day fishing in Assynt is a captivating blend of fluid light, breathtaking landscape, rich history and ancient geology. Sometimes this is experienced bathed in serenity but the very next day may be felt through the raw blast of nature’s power… And what about the fish!?
Basically I would categorise the lochs and lochans of Assynt as:
1. Slow big fish lochs
2. Prolific small fish lochs
3. Medium to large mixed fish lochs.
A day out may consist of one, two or even three lochs or lochans of the same or various ‘categories’. Also you may want to have a good hike to reach some less-fished waters or maybe you would prefer couldn’t-be-easier roadside fishing? Or perhaps a day of each?
One thing you must know is that I will refuse to allow any fish of more than my estimate of 1.5lbs to be killed, unless as a ‘last resort’ and will insist upon their safe return to the water… After the obligatory photographs of-course!
I would ask you to please get in touch and we will be able to arrange a day or days that will best match your expectations. My aim is to provide a completely bespoke guide service that will see you return to Assynt again and again and to not hesitate to recommend me to all of your angling friends!
From time-to-time you might be interested in having a look at my Facebook page or You Tube Channel by clicking those little ‘pop-up tabs’ up there on the right-hand side of the header. Here you will find reports on my latest outings and even ‘mini-movies’ of some notable events as well as any fishy rumors that might be swimming around up here!
Thank you for visiting my page and taking the time to find out a little more about ‘Assynt Fly Fishing’!