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.