Scottish Flyfisher

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The Trossachs

The Trossachs and Loch Lomond are the perfect place for a good fishing experience. 

There are lots of Lochs and Rivers with a range of different fish such as trout, salmon, pike perch and more. You can choose between some of the most beautiful lochs and rent a boat or do fishing from shore. Some fishing locations are easy accessible and have great facilities such as the Lake of Menteith near Aberfoyle, others are more isolated. There are also tackle shops in some towns and villages where you can purchase the equipment you need. 

For fishing beginners it is wise to look for a Ghillie, a Scottish fishing guide who can explain all the fishing techniques. 

In general the season for trout fishing is from 15th March to 6th October. Salmon season is usually from the 1st February 31st October but can also be from 15th January to 15th October depending on the loch or river.

Loch Achray

Loch Achray is a small freshwater loch located just below Ben A’an on the A821 and it can be reached by taking the A821 from Callander via Brig O’Turk or from Aberfoyle over the Dukes Pass. The loch lies between Loch Katrine and Loch Venacher in the heart of the Trossachs. Loch Achray is well known for its sheltered location. 

Fishing Permits are available locally. Loch Achray is controlled by the Loch Achray Conservation Association. 

Only fly fishing from boats is permitted. If you are fishing on Loch Achray please leave your cars in the Fishing Lodge Car Park and fishing is only allowed from Conservation owned boats. 

Permits available from

James Bayne Fishing Shop Tel: 01877 330218
Forestry Commission Aberfoyle Tel: 01877 382 383
David Marshall Lodge Aberfoyle Tel: 01877 382258
Post Office Aberfoyle Tel: 01877 382231
Aberfoyle Motors: Tel: 01877 382231
Tigh Mor Tel: 01877 332 800

Loch Arklet

Loch Arklet is a small loch lying between Loch Katrine to the East and Loch Lomond to the West. To get there you must take the Inversnaid road from Aberfoyle.

About 10 miles from Kinlochard you will come to a T junction, turn left for Inversnaid. Loch Arklet is the Loch on your left.There is a picturesque walk along the river from Loch Arklet to Loch Lomond which is steep in places. After the footbridge there is a path leading to viewpoints between here and the Dam at Loch Arklet. The level of Loch Arklet was raised by the building of a dam, erected to supply Glasgow with water in the early part of the 20th century. As you travel along the shore of Arklet you will pass Corrie Arklet Farm where Rob Roy was married. Now the fishing rights for Loch Arklet are secured after being closed for a number of years, boats subject to availability are available so please book in advance at Loch Katrine Fisheries on 01877 386374. Fly fishing for brown trout is possible but is only permitted by boat. Petrol engines are not permitted, boat hire with electric engines is available from the Inversnaid end of the loch.

Permits available from

Loch Katrine Fisheries Tel: 01877 386374 (also boat hire)
M Meikle: Tel: 0850 558869 or 01786 841692

Loch Chon

Loch Chon is situated between Kinlochard and Inversnaid on the B829 Road. The loch is popular for picnics, cycling, walking, canoeing and fishing. 

The Loch is about 20km away from the village Callander

Fishing is allowed from bank for  brown trout, perch and pike and the season is from March 15th till October 6th.

Permits available from

Portnellen Luxury Lodges Tel: 05241 8000
Dochart Estates Tel: 01838 300315

Loch Earn

Loch Earn lies between the villages of Lochearnhead and St Fillans in the Central Highlands. The name Loch Earn is thought to mean “Loch of Ireland”, suggesting that it might derive from a time when the gaels were expanding their kingdom. 

A renowned fishing location, Loch Earn is regularly stocked with brown and rainbow trout; 

Fishing permits which are available from numerous local outlets allow fishing from both the shore and by boat. 

Permits available from

Drummond Estate Tel: 01567 830400
Loch Earn Caravan Park Tel: 01764 685270
                                                                                                                                Lochearnhead Post Office Tel: 01567 830201

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is the largest expanse of fresh water in the UK and has the largest variety of fish in the National Park. The loch has also a very good reputation for coarse fishing. Loch Lomond has been rated as one of the hardest lochs for pike fishing. The variety of fish reaches from sea trout to chub. Loch Lomond is also home to a protected fish species: the powan (a white fish). If caught, the fish should be returned quickly to the water.

Boats can be hired from different companies around the loch such as Balmaha Boat Yard for fishing on east Loch Lomond and from Loch Lomond Boat Hire at Balloch for fishing on the south of the loch

You can fish Loch Lomond for Salmon, Sea Trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, pike perch, roach, chub, and dace

Fishing permits can be obtained from

Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Tel: 0141 781154
MacFarlane & Son Tel: 01360 870214
Inverbeg Holiday Park Tel: 01436 860267
Ardlui Hotel Tel: 01301 704243

Loch Tay

Loch Tay  is a freshwater loch in the central highlands of Scotland, in the Perth and Kinross and Stirling council areas. The watershed of Loch Tay traditionally formed the historic province of Breadalbane.

It is a long, narrow loch of around 14.55 miles (23.42 km) long, and typically around 1 to 1.5 miles (1.6 to 2.4 km) wide, following the line of the strath from the south west to north east. It is the sixth-largest loch in Scotland by area and over 150 metres (490 ft) deep at its deepest.

Loch Tay is a famous Scottish salmon fishing venue which is renowned for its productive boating approach through traditional tactical shore line trolling. 

The main hub for the loch fishing is the village of Killin at the West end of this historic Scottish loch. 

Fishing permits are available in store from James Bayne fishing tackle in Callander. Trout & char fishing permit from the 15th of March to the 6th of October.