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..
What can I say… we all set off for a weeks fishing with Stewart to Assynt and what a week it was!
We battled every weather imaginable but stuck with it and got our rewards in the end. By the grace of God Stewart had many a trick up his sleeve to ensure that we got the fishing experience of a lifetime.
Stewart and his family made us feel very welcome for the time that we was there and I suppose special thanks has to go to his family for allowing him to spend the time with us on the fly fishing safari.
For those that have never been to Assynt it is definitely one for the bucket list. It is crazy to think that people would go abroad for fantastic scenery and fishing when in actual fact it’s available just at the north – west tip of Scotland.
Stewart focused very hard on ensuring that all of us from down south had a week to remember….. that is exactly what we had.
Once again a special thanks to Stewart putting in the effort to make it a great week…. no doubt we will be back
Me and my brother, we absolutely thoroughly enjoyed our fishing trip with Stewart. The greatest thing about this trip was that it wasn’t just about the fishing or the actual catching of fish itself, but it is a fishing experience rather, or actually an experience of Assynt, which was exactly the thing I hoped it would be.
We both did get a fish (me and my brother) but I wouldn’t have minded if we wouldn’t have caught any, because the experience of walking around in the beautiful landscape combined with a lesson in the history, culture and nature of Assynt makes it a fantastic day out in the wilds of this special part of Scotland. I enjoyed every minute and I would definitely recommend this to everyone! Thanks again Stewart for a great and very rememberable day!
I would highly recommend time with Stewart if you are thinking fishing in Assynt.
His weight of knowledge is instantly apparent and he gets right to the point.
Great guy, Great service and he will hear from me again I’m sure.
Stewart combines passion with superb local knowledge for fishing and is an excellent coach.
I had two of my most memorable days fishing the lochs in Assynt with him and caught my first wild ‘Brownie’ over 1lb.
I’d recommend him to anyone considering fishing this fantastic area I’ll certainly be back again next year.
Stewart focused very hard on ensuring that all of us from down south had a week to remember…
That is exactly what we had.
Stewart had many a trick up his sleeve to ensure that we got the fishing experience of a lifetime.