For Loch fishing a modern carbon fibre rod of around 9-10ft is ideal, with a range of floating, intermediate and occasionally a sinking line. The number of different fly patterns used for Loch fishing are too numerous to list, as a guide Soldier Palmers, Invicta, Zulu's, Ke He, Kate McLaren, Butchers and Black Pennel all do well in our Lochs. Size range from 8's to 16's with 10's and 12's used most.
Tackle, for Salmon fishing in Sutherland's rivers is dependent on time of year and river conditions. In the early months of the year, (known as Spring Fishing) a rod of 15-16ft is required capable of casting large flies and a full range of Sinking, Intermediate and Floating lines to suit conditions. Flies for spring fishing range from 1 inch to 3 inches depending on water height and temperature.
For Summer Fishing a shorter rod can be used to cast lighter flies and in low water conditions a trout rod is often all that is necessary. For summer fishing in very low water a size 16 double is not too small. As for patterns the Shrimp flies do well including the Oykel GP, Ally’s Shrimp, Stoats tails and in recent years the Sunray Shadow and Cascade have fished well. A full range of balanced tackle is available at the Highland School of Fly-Fishing for clients to use.
Backing to the reel is best done with the ARBOUR knot.
The Arbour Knot
The Nail Knot
Attaching fly line to backing, offers the choice of the NAIL knot.....
The Superglue Splice
Or, the Superglue Splice....
The Needle Knot
Leader to Fly Line : The traditional way is with the SHEEP BEND but far neater versions are the Needle knot or the Nail knot
The Blood Knot
To connect 2 pieces of nylon use the Blood Knot or water Knot
The Water Knot
The Clinch Knot
The Turtle Knot