SHETLAND ISLANDS

Like Orkney, booming from North Sea oil and, to a much lesser extent financially, from its superb sea fishing, Shetland is highly rated by freshwater anglers for brown trout and, especially, for sea trout, the latter at their most exciting in the famous Shetland voes, tidal estuaries where countless burns pour into the sea. Much – indeed most – of the fishing is free and if that sounds remarkablethen only a trip to these islands will convince you of the staunch independent frame of mind here which gears a friendly economic policy between land and water.

The voe fishing for sea trout is world famous though it must be added that it is said to have suffered from a policy of over-netting by local fishermen. Perhaps the most famous is Laxo Voe which, with its associated streams, attracts one of the best sea trout and grilse runs in Shetland. A permit is needed but the charge is moderate.

Notable trout lochs – some con-trolled by the Shetland Anglers’ Association with others in private hands though offering access -include Tingwall, Spiggie (this con-taining some really big trout), Sandwater, Girsta (the only loch where spinning is generally allowed) and Asta. There are literally hundreds of others, dozens of them classifiable from good to excellent.

Visitors to Shetland should note well that the Shetland Anglers’

Association is one of the friendliest anywhere in the British Isles and they will be delighted to help with enquiries. Their address is 3, Glad-stone Terrace, Lerwick. In a note replying to our enquiry as to whether tickets were limited, an official of the association replied: ‘Not only are they unlimited, our waters are (his emphasis). ‘What we want to see is more fishingl The visitor is very welcome here.’ For such visitors, he added the interesting tip that experience over many years had proved that the Shetland lochs which fish best are those that are fished most often ratherthan those which are tackled the least.

Still Waters

LERWICK

Numerous lochs and voes in area controlled by Shetland AA TST

DT: A (Bank of Scotland,

Commercial Street, Lerwick)AA (Shetland AA)=OpensFeb (ST); Mar 15 (T) (forST)e

SCALLOWAY

Lochs Asta, Burwick, Greista, and

Tingwall and Neugleswater

Reservoir TST

DT: ATS (Lerwick) or AAA (Zetland AA) Feb 25-Oct (ST); Mar 16-Oct6(T) (forST)

SCOUSBURGH

SpiggieLochTST

DT: AH (Spiggie Lodge Guest

House)MA(forST)e Loch Fishing in area TST DT:AH (Spiggie Hotel, Scousburgh) x (forST)e UNST

Loch fishing in area T

DT: AH (Baltasound Hotel)!

WEST SANDWICK

West Sandwick Lochs T

Free fishing (subject to advance permission from RO)

YELL

Loch PapilT

Free fishing (subject to advance permission from RO)

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