Fly fishing

Fly fishing at the Doune Braes Hotel and surrounding area

fishingIf fly fishing is your passion, then the location of the Doune Braes Hotel is perfect for easy access to seemingly countless fresh water lochans and lochs. Directly in front of the hotel is a large lochan stretching along the road for over 250 metres. If you have chest waders, most of the water is accessible and the fly fishing for trout is good. On the hotel side of the lochan, you will find manicured lush green grasses with a slightly rising hill behind you, making your back cast unencumbered. Should you have a partner or friend that just enjoys watching, there are many idyllic places to sit and breathe in the surrounding beauty.

The lochan is owned by the Doune Braes Hotel and you may fish at any time during your stay without a license. A lochan is a small body of water which is far more accessible to fish around, versus a large loch. If fly fishing for you is a fun, casual past time and you typically just pack a rod and take a few flies with you, then the entire lochan is accessible with good walking shoes. Please be aware that the hotel does not supply fly fishing rods or other equipment.

One of our American guests wrote us to say, “Although there have been many memorable moments staying at your hotel over the years, one of my personal favourites has been fly fishing right on the hotel property. Near to the end of our four day stay this year, I woke very early and strolled out the front door to water that looked like a mirror. There was a pair of buzzards hunting along the ridge of the hill at the other side of the road and as my eyes were pointed upward, I heard the splashing sounds of the morning’s first rise. Thank you Eileen for having your cook prepare the fish that day for our evening meal — it was a real treat!”

If fly fishing is your focus, let us suggest some lochs and lochans for you to fish, including some excellent waters leased by the Stornoway Angling Association. The Creed river for example, is known for its salmon, sea trout and brown trout, is easily accessible by car and the gravel/stone road is well maintained. If you are on foot, the river can be reached from several places and the fishing holes are individually marked, making it easier for newcomers to follow the map. There are designated spots for “fly fishing only” on the Creed river, so please enquire to avoid any mishaps. For more information on salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing on Lewis click here to go to the Stornoway Angling Association website. Please contact them for additional current licensing information and advice about the various waters they lease.