Fantastic experience, exploring parts of Loch Veyatie that I had never seen. An in depth knowledge of the area being fished plus the geology class really gave a sense of awe and appreciation for the area. A fantastic day’s fishing where we both learned a lot, despite having fished for around 30 years each already.
I spent a fantastic day with Stewart, attempting the Assynt triple challenge – loch fishing, burn fishing and saltwater fly fishing all in the same day! Stewart is extremely knowledgeable, and I learnt a huge amount about local flora and fauna, and also about the fascinating geology of Assynt. I would not have known where to begin on vast Loch Assynt, and to have Stewart take me to the best bays and give tips, not to mention steering the boat, sorting the drogue, changing flies in record time etc was really helpful.
Saltwater fly fishing was completely new to me and to learn how to double haul a big fly out to sea while taking in the stunning view was something I won’t forget in a hurry.
The highlight of the day for me was fishing the wee burn. The most PERFECT miniature fingerling trout I have ever caught! Every pool seemed to hold a hungry trout ready to launch itself at my weighted nymph! I even hooked a much larger fish which slipped the hook. This really was the stuff fishing memories are made of.
I had a huge amount of fun, and also learnt a lot during the day. This was a real showcase day. If you are after a superb guide to let you enjoy this world class fishing and spectacular scenery to the full, then look no further than Stewart! I highly recommend the triple challenge.
Went out with Stewart on to Loch Fion, for me the most spectacular loch of the Assynt. A great day’s fishing. Stewart introduced me to dapping. What great sport! Trout hurtled out of the water to take the fly, with some great takes. Caught plenty of other beautiful trout using all the usual fly methods. Saw both golden and white tailed eagles fly overhead. Stewart was a great companion and guide. Will definitely repeat next year. Thanks Stewart!
I just wanted to tell you that we had such a special day fly fishing with you. Thank you for all your knowledge, your wife´s cakes, the green tea, the lovely collection of photos you carefully took of us and even the amazing rainbows you closed the trip with. You run an amazing very personal business and it was a real pleasure to be one of your customers.
My husband and I had a wonderful half day of hiking and fishing with Stewart. He planned the perfect destination for us based on our interests and (mixed) abilities and was also a lovely naturalist guide. We spent the afternoon on our own with suggestions and gear from Stewart, and we managed to catch a couple of wild brown trout before the end of the day. He’s a great ambassador for the Assynt region and we highly recommend his services.
Amazing! Stewart delivered far more than we expected! Not only did Stewart teach us newbies the basics of fly fishing, he also shared interesting and useful information about the surrounding area and plants, told us local legends, and cracked jokes the entire time. He even made us a hot beverage while we were out on the loch and shared some of his wife’s scrumptious baking. An additional surprise was the amazing photos Stewart took for us while we were fishing, which he promptly shared after our trip. I wouldn’t hesitate to book another tour with Stewart and Assynt Fly Fishing and I hope I can bring more of my family and friends to Assynt to share in the wonderful experience we had with Stewart.
In 2015, we planned a 2-week vacation in northwest Scotland. This was to be our second trip to our favorite destination. It’s a long story, but we arrived in Edinburgh without luggage and drove directly to Ullapool the first night, not knowing if our luggage would find us or not. It had been last seen in Newark, New Jersey. We had booked a day of trout fishing with Stewart Yates of Assynt Flyfishing just a few days after our arrival and were somewhat panicked when neither our clothing nor our flyfishing tackle had arrived on the day of our fishing adventure. To our delight, Stewart and his family provided all of our necessities (clothing, fishing tackle, rain coats, even socks!) until our possessions were delivered six days after our arrival. This continued for several days after our fishing trip. … We caught lots of nice brown trout with Stewart and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the Assynt region. We even were invited for lunch one afternoon with Stewart and his family. That was a treat! It was truly a blessing in disguise to be without our luggage, because we were able to enjoy the hospitality and generosity of our new friends in Scotland. This made our trip to Scotland all the more special.
I have just had the best three days fishing of my life. I’ve fished in Assynt for nearly four decades so know the fishing very well or so I thought. Stewart took one inexperienced and one novice salmon fly fishers (we are both experienced trout fishers) and had us covering pools with ease. Pools in some cases that I would never have considered fishing let alone been able to cover or known held fish. One or two simple tips and observations had us casting well in almost any situation.
The next day we were fishing from sea cliffs and rocky marks in places that would have been near impossible to find ways into or be safe in without his expert guidance.
I would never have believed I could cast a full #9 shooting head and all its running line to full turn over with big heavy sea flys but I did on many occasions so that rules out fluke. His instructions on double hauling demistified it for me and made it so simple.
The best day was on the tiny highland burns (that I always walk past on the way to a hill loch) for small and relatively large wild Brown trout. Stewart’s knowledge and passion for these burns and trout really shines out. He took us to places and showed us how to winkle many many fish from the most unlikely pools, then provided fantastic brew breaks and tales of the local geology, flora and fauna in a relaxed, funny and very informative manner.
If you ever wonder why you need a guide I urge you to give Stewart a try. A day or a few days in his company will give you the answerOTyour fishing will improve but more importantly you will discover places to fish that would take weeks upon weeks to find yourself. I can’t recommend him enough and have already booked up for later in this year.
Thanks for two great days of fishing in this lovely nature. See you..