Lewis is the wandering trout fisher's paradise island and is said to have between 1200 and 2000 trout lochs, depending on who you ask. Dollag's Cottage, being self catering, makes the ideal base as you can come and go as you please. Some lochs hold only relatively small fish but even so there is a lot of pleasure to be gained from walking to a remote loch and catching a small fish that may never have seen a fly or lure in its lifetime. For the most part the only limits or rules are set by how far you can walk in a day. Dollag's Cottage is ideally situated for the trout angler and several very good lochs are within a short distance of the cottage. The loch at the shore in Shawbost also produces the occasional salmon and is only a few minutes walk from the cottage. Fly fishing is probably the most common method but the spinner and the worm are also in regular use and will often take the larger fish. The brown trout on Lewis are all wild and have been lurking in their remote lochs since the last ice age so there is often a marked difference in shape, size and colouration in the fish from different lochs. Most people have their own favoured flies but a Black Pennell and a Zulu or Blue Zulu are hard to beat.
Should you wish to fish while on Lewis then be sure to let Dollanna know and she will be able to suggest some lochs that are worth a try though one of the great pleasures of a visit to the island is that you can walk the moor and explore the lochs with total freedom to go and fish where you like. Given this part of the fun is in selecting a loch and wandering out to see what it is like, sometimes the fish are small but just occasionially the wandering angler hits it lucky and ends up catching decent trout from a loch that may not have been fished in years.
The travelling angler may like to take a look at the following links giving further information on fishing in the area around Dollag's Cottage:
Below - A guest at Dollag's Cottage fishing for trout on a moorland loch
Below - Finding somewhere to fish isn't the problem. The problem is deciding where to fish next.
Below - Heading for a trout loch in the early Spring.
Below - Take your pick.
Below - Despite the peaty moorlands quite a few Lewis lochs have very clear water and good insect life. There is about 3 feet of water at the base of the big rock in this image. This loch holds some very big brown trout.
Below - A bit of wild camping for a night at a remote trout loch.