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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-09-2008, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Scotland - Morar Area

Hi folks,

I'll be off to Scotland in early May 2009 to the Morar area ( between Arisaig and Mallaig ). I was wondering if any of you may have fished this area and if you wouldn't mind passing on a bit of information/recommendations. I did do some research and understand that there are runs of Atlantics and Sea Trout in the Morar River, as well as a few rivers off-mainland such as the Snizort on Skye ( which is a ferry ride away ). We've rented a cottage just south of Morar, and will be able to travel by car to any local destination. So far, the only plan is to fish Loch Morar ( perhaps catch the 'Morag' ), but I would personally like to get out and swing a few flies in a local river for salmon and sea trout as a nice break from fishing the lake ( and surrounding streams ) for browns. I'll be bringing both two and one handers with me. I'll also be bringing my family with me ( and we'll be joining my brother's family from Edinburgh ) so time management will be a factor as well . None the less, any information/recommendations would be much appreciated from any of you who may have strayed this way before.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-10-2008, 06:19 AM
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May is probably a little on the early side for salmon and sea trout in that area, the runs are mainly in the summer and autumn. You would probably have to travel to the Spey or Ness systems, which are probably the nearest places with a reasonable chance of a fish at that time of the year. There is always the brown trout fishing in the Morar area if you want to concentrate your efforts there.
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The river Brora can produce fish at this time of year, it is however on the East coast & so you would probably want to stay over & fish it for a couple of days at least. Similarly the Dee, which is at its best at this time of year on the middle / upper sections & is a beautiful river to fish - letting details / availability are posted on the 'FishDee' website. you will be a bit early for the main sea trout runs but spot on for salmon on the Dee.

Most of the West coast rivers are spate rivers with summer grilse & Autumn salmon runs, the earlier rivers tend to be the larger East coast rivers & their main tributaries, some of the Tay tributaries such as the Tummel [still a decent sized river in its own right as the Tay is huge] can fish well at this time of year, but bear in mind that West Highland Roads are generally narrow & winding & it may take a lot longer to reach some where than you may think [Note, Drive on the Left & watch out for livestock in the road !]. Also the days are long at that time of year so even a start after lunch at, say, 2pm could still give you 8hrs fishing, with a dawn start up to say 12.30pm being similar - which may help with the fishing / family activity conflicts.

Its a total long shot, but the River Lochy is fairly close & produces small numbers of really huge fish in May, however it is usually a case of ''Dead mens shoes'' to get on here, but who knows? It's worth trying - again they have their own website.

Whatever you decide I wish you an enjoyable & successful trip.

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Thanks guys. I'll look into beat availability on the Lochy as it is the closest to our cottage let. We'll be passing through Fort William on our way up to Morar. I've fished the east coast a number of times - particularely the Tay in the Dunkeld area ( my brother's mother-in-law lived there up until recently ), and would love to be able to head speyside ( I have great memories of the Spey - I hooked and lost my first atlantic on a beat in the Aviemore area) but I am afraid I won't have time to do so. None the less, I will definitely get a permit for Browns and fish Loch Morar and the surrounding hills. We're hoping that we'll be a little early for the midges .

Thanks again for your help,

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Unfortunately the Lochy is only available if you book the entire beat (4 rods) for the week. Mallaig is a little off the beaten track at that time of the year salmon wise and its remoteness means a long journey if you are determined to be in with a reasonable chance of a salmon. Best of luck with the trout fishing anyway, the midgies are usually not too bad that early in the year.
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