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Brown Trout Fishing

There are numerous fresh water lochs on the Islay Estates in which brown trout can be caught. The best months are May, June and July. The main lochs are Gorm, Skerrols and Finlaggan and these fish well throughout the season. There are good trout in Loch Ardnave, but it is not recommended after July because of weed growth. Loch Ardnahoe is very deep; it fishes better after the end of May and is noted for its very large trout.

Lochs Laingeadail, Drolsay and Leathan are less accessible, but offer an interesting outing for someone walking into the hills and fishing in idyllic scenery.

A bank permit covers all lochs, except Loch Gorm. The Boat hire charge includes your fishing permit. There are boats on Lochs Gorm, Skerrols, Finlaggan, and Ardnahoe.

Boat keys are obtained from Islay Estate Office, Bridgend – 01496 810221.

The lochs where you may fish are shown on the map in the Estate Office.

The usual patterns of loch flies are used and a selection of the following may produce fish at most times of the year.

Sizes 10-14: Black Pennell Blue Zulu Soldier Palmer Coch-y-Bonddu Peter Ross


Season Permit £50.00
Weekly Permit £40.00
3 Day Permit £30.00
Daily Permit £15.00

Permits half price for under 15s


(Per day, incl. Permit) £40.00
(After 3PM) £20.00

It is strongly advised that life jackets are worn by all those using boats.
Contact Information
T: 01496 810221
E: jane@islayestates.com
W: www.islayestates.com
A: Islay Estate Office, Bridgend, Islay, PA44 7PB
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