ORKNEY ISLANDS

Setting for part of the North Sea oil boom with its record-breaking sea fishing potential also only just being developed, Orkney’s islands are best known among freshwater anglers for their brown trout potential for they offer no salmon fishing of any note.

Orkney has many splendid lochs, the most famous of which is, perhaps, the large, shallow Loch of Harray, situated near the centre of the main island. Surrounded by good farmland, the fish are well fed and fight well. But beware of the ‘skerries’ which abound in this loch. Trout like to lie near these outcrops of rock jutting up from the bed to within, in some cases, a few inches of the surface. Boats have come a cropper through lack of care with these obstacles. The biggest trout from Harray went just over 17 lb.

Adjoining Harray is the brackish Loch of Stenness. This does attract salmon and sea trout, some making their way into Harray late in the season. Locals maintain, however, that more are seen splashing than are ever caught!

Other highly-rated Orkney lochs are Boardhouse (often heavily weeded in summer), Swannay, Hundland and Kirbister (like Sten-ness attracting some migratory fish).

Apart from these, there are many other waters, often offering free fishing.

Still Waters

DOUNBY

Loch BoardhouseT

Freefishing J-(both classes of boat can be arranged at Smithfield

Hotel, Dounby; Tel: Harray 215)

Loch Harray T

Freefishing x (both classes of boat can be arranged at Smithfield

Hotel, Dounby; Tel: Harray 215)

Loch Swannay T

Freefishing x j.(both classes of boat can bearranged at Smithfield

Hotel, Dounby; Tel: Harray 215)

HARRAY

Loch Harray TST

FreefishingH(Merkister Hotel at lochside for boats and ghillies)

ROUSAY

Loch of WasbisterT DT:(L3)to 1 boat and 6 anglers from shore)TO or ARO (Maj. Ritchie, Trumland House, Rousay; Tel: Rousay 263) Muckle Water, LT DT:(Lto1 boat and 6 anglers from bank)Toor ARO (Maj. Ritchie, Trumland House, Rousay; Tel: Rousay263)I x

RAASAY, ISLE OF

Fishing is free on all lochs and streams on this island

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