.....A big thanks to Niall Colthart for the following report from a trip to Jura.
"What a difference a day makes, or rather four days. I passed loch Aircil on Jura last Thursday after cycling in through Inver on my way to climb the paps via Scrindale. I sat in glorious sunshine watching fish rising and decided to return before long armed with the rod. I Headed for the first ferry to Jura on Monday morning which was a day of torrential rain and mist. Parking the car at Evans walk it was a wet and miserable two hour walk with the compass for company and no more than ten yards visibility.
Arriving at the loch I lost no time tackling up and dropping the flies into the water prior to casting and I had fish one on a leaded shrimp. At least it wasn't going to be a blank. Cast two, another, then another and so it went on. Five doubles on the bounce and then a treble. Three hours and a hundred and four fish later my flies torn to shreds I'd had enough. A long wet walk and a damp tent to look forward I turned for home. Loch Aircil sits in one of the finest settings anywhere and has held decent fish in the past but out of the total bag of fish I maybe had a brace of keepers.
Tuesday dawned bright and showery and a quick blast out to one of the more northerly lochs was in order. The loch in question although small, repuditly holds some nice fish but has a reputation for dourness that would put the old Sgor to shame. The walk out was not the easiest with some serious concentration required to negotiate the numerous adders lying out in the sun. The loch sits in a stunning location with fine views to the west. The wind was perfect and I started working my way down the north west bank changing flies every twenty yards or so. A couple of hours later and starting to question whether there were any fish in the loch, I was nearing the end of the loch next to the ruins of an old boat shed and had just uttered the words "looks like a blank" when there was a large swirl at the point fly and the softest of takes. After a fantastic fight the fish came to the net, the coachman fly sitting with the smallest grip on the top lip and weighing in at just under the pound and three quarters. Running out of loch I decided to call it a day although the two hours had hardly done such a fantastic wee loch justice."
Cheers, Niall Colthart
G Campbell, Loch Dhomhnuill
Went out for an early fishing jaunt with the father-in-law today to Loch Dhomhnuill, or as we call it here, Duich Loch. It sits between the high road and the low road on the south of Islay, about 6 miles north of Port Ellen.
On arrival at the loch there was not a breath of wind and the midges were wild! this was only 9am and they were at their morning best. We soaked ourselves in our chosen midge repelent and set onto the loch amongst lots of rising fish although all of them looking small.
This was my first trip to this loch and we had heard lots of stories about large fish being taken out of here and the odd sea trout at the back end of the year so hopes were high. I set up with dries first and fished them static for a wee while to see if any of the risers would be tempted but apart from the swirl and splash here and there, nothing ended up on the curled steel.
I moved up the north bank of the loch to the west and passed a farm implement from times long gone that had possibly been taken closer to the lochs edge than originally intended....nice bit of ironmongery for its day though I would have thought.
I was not getting any joy with the dries and the rises had almost ceased so I put on the sink-tip and 3 wets. After 3 or 4 casts I had a tug and a take, nothing great but at least the blank was off. The wee 5oz trout fought well above its weight and was a mixture of blue and red spots, my first fish for a while as I have not been able to get onto a loch for a while so it put a smile on my face and was returned healthy.
For the next 2-3 hours this was repeated about 10-12 times, all about the same size but more traditionaly red spotted with a golden brown tinge. During this time we had witnessed 2 cracking trout rising in the deep center of the loch, way out of our reach, and they looked well over 2lb, it would have been out if I was on my own thats for sure!
Bruce had 2 fish at this point including a nice wee sea trout which he was really chuffed with and it was good to know that they were definetly here.
So after some light refreshments we went back onto the loch and pretty much repeated the mornings session with the exception of the sea trout.
Red arsed pictric peter and a golden olive bumble done the buissness for me while Bruce done well with black spiders and bibio, so a bit of a mixed fly box for this loch. So it was a good trip to the loch which had interested me for a while now
and another one that I can tick off my "must fish" list and I will definetly be back...me and the tube!!
'a very low' Loch Gorm
Loch Carn a Mhaoil (Ardtalla Estate)
Great day on Jura today with some brilliant fish caught, Jim McDougal was the best overall with a beauty at 7lb 11oz from the float tube, close behind was Arthur Holyoake from the bank. Donnie Holyoake and Dod Dunbar also got good fish..........
Loch Beinn Uraraidh
The transport was arranged and the weather was good for a trip to the hills in search of some nice trout and a good day out. We headed off at 8.15am and got to the loch a half hour later, set up and onto the loch for 9am.
The lunchtime break revealed that all but one angler had caught a fish so far, the best being a nice trout of around 1 3/4lb to the rod of Peter Kennedy, after his bigger challenge of crossing the peat gully on the west of the loch!
After exchanging stories and tactics we headed back out, I (Gavin) went down to the lower loch where I had a lot of good sport but not catching any of the size that were being hooked higher in the hill, so after a change in wind direction that brought the midges out for 20min I headed back up to rejoin the others who had all improved their bags.
A good tally was reached for the day and a good time was had by all, a few drams enjoyed and after a bit of stand up comedy from Peter ,we headed back down the hill all pleased with our efforts.