North Uist Fishing

The fishing on North Uist is owned by North Uist Estate but administered through the Lochmaddy Hotel. Lochmaddy Hotel was established in 1863 and is the oldest hotel in North Uist. Recently the hotel has undergone refurbishment. You will find the owners, John and Lorna - who currently have 13 years of experience running Lochmaddy Hotel - on duty most days. John looks after all the fishing guests, giving them plenty of advice and often providing a ghillie service himself. Lorna is at reception most mornings and is often a great source of local information. 

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North Uist Fishing

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Sea Pool Fishing

North Uist is famous for its incredible sea pools where seatrout and salmon are found in summer and autumn. This is a unique experience for the fly fisher and something to savour out on vast open beaches next to the Atlantic. These tidal jewels change with every tide, they flow for miles and are set in the most breathtaking of scenery. Sea pool fishing is something truly unique and North Uist boasts over twenty recognised pools to fish for salmon and sea trout. Some sea pools lie miles out on the vast beaches while others run close to the edge of the land. Each sea pool is different and never fishes the same on different tides. Planning your fishing trip to North Uist should also include looking at the tidal charts for the area to ensure that you are able to fish the sea pools fish during your stay. In times of a lack of water and the lochs do not fish the sea pools come into their own.

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Chose Your Fishing

We are able to provide daily fishing guides or weekly guides from May to October but peak season is pretty busy and guides are scarce owing to demand.

The weekly rate for a fishing guide is £800 for two rods or £1000 for four rods.

This does not include the daily permits which must be obtained locally through the North Uist Estate or the Lochmaddy Hotel.

To guarantee better fishing on prime beats it is best to book into the Lochmaddy Hotel where the daily fishing roster is prepared or Langass Lodge which is a smaller boutique hotel with fishing places on the daily roster.

For further details about our fishing adventures please email us below 

Loch Fishing

The vast moorlands of North Uist are interspersed with peat bogs, moorland, hills, lochs and lochans and with over a thousand to choose from your fishing journey could last a lifetime. The North Uist sea trout and salmon lochs vary in size, some are small and easily either rowable or fished from the bank, while others vanish into the vast landscape as far as the eyes can see. North Uist loch fishing for sea trout and salmon can be fantastic but like many fisheries, the lochs are dependent on enough rainfall to enable sea trout and salmon to migrate. However, there are exceptions to this and North Uist has several brackish lochs, which are tidal and flood at high tide, enabling fish to move freely into the lochs. The variety of lochs to fish is endless, some are what we call Machair lochs and are on the west coast and famous for their large brown trout while the moorland lochs fill the interior of the land. Viewing North Uist from the summit of a high hill, it is like a drowned landscape and hard to fathom that people can live there with so much water.

Boat Fishing

Part of the joy of fishing in North Uist is the number of freshwater lochs, which number over a thousand. Of these, a good number is used for fishing seatrout and Salmon. Some of these lochs are pretty huge and can take over an hour to reach the top. On these lochs, the services of a local Ghillie are always advised, and to make your booking, don't hesitate to get in touch with Lochmaddy Hotel.

Sea pool Fishing

Sea pool fishing is unique to North Uist and gives the fisher a great opportunity to experience fishing in the tidal sea pools on some of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland for sea trout and salmon.

Salmon Fishing

The salmon lochs of North Uist are mainly found on the east coast and salmon usually begin to appear from the end of May onwards although in recent years fish have been hooked early May onwards. Fish average from 5Ibs upwards to 15 IB plus in any given season.

Loch Bank Fishing

With an endless choice for bank fishing for Brown Trout, Sea Trout, and Salmon, North Uist is every angler's dream. With easy access to many lochs and some remoter ones, the variety of choices is endless. Day permits are available through Loch Maddy Hotel.

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