Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience May 2018

Fly Fish Islay

Join Us On A Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience in 2018

We are now taking bookings for our Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience commencing 12th May 2018. Join us for a fishing trip of a lifetime on the beautiful Scottish island of Islay famed for top quality fishing and 8 iconic malt whisky distilleries!

This is an exclusive opportunity to join us for a week of fly fishing in spectacular scenery, searching out the wildest of Hebridean hill lochs for brown trout and the saltwater for the elusive sea trout. As former Distillery Manager of Caol Ila Distillery on Islay, I make the perfect host for our guests who enjoy a dram or two. Coupled with our expert local guides, our team is the best available to help ensure you get the most from your fishing holiday on Islay.

What is Included in Our Guided Fly Fishing Experience

As a guest on our Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience you will enjoy the following:

  • Accommodation in a large traditional Scottish sporting estate house fully equipped with drying room and racks, with roaring wood fires to relax in front of with a dram after the day’s fishing
  • Accommodation fully stocked with food and a few drams.
  • All fishing permits for both bank and boat fishing
  • A local guide for the whole week
  • Small group of anglers to ensure each guests spends plenty of time with a guide on a one to one basis
  • Loan of rods and reels if required
  • All flys included
  • Fly tying
  • Whisky tasting masterclass with David Wood, former Caol Ila Distillery Manager
  • Distillery visits if desired

Islay Brown Trout Fishing

There are dozens of hill lochs to choose from on Islay, some more remote than others, all in breathtaking surroundings. It is not uncommon to see osprey fishing whilst on the loch and Islay has fast become the eagle island with regular sightings of golden and white tailed sea eagle.

We fish the lochs from boat and from bank. During the week there is the opportunity to head out for one of the very remote hill lochs to search out a wee monster fish or two.

Islay Sea Trout Fishing

Islay is an incredible place to fish for sea trout. Our guides know the most likely spots to be holding fish at different tide states, at each time in the season. We always fish for sea trout with the fly rod and catches of fish of 4lb and above is not uncommon.

The fishing is very much tide dependent but we are usually able to give guests a chance to target and maybe even catch a beautiful Islay sea trout.

Islay Fly Fishing

Islay Sea Trout

Islay Whisky Distilleries

There are currently 8 whisky distilleries on Islay, by 2020 there will be 10. We can arrange distillery visits on your behalf, it is great to visit the place of where your favourite dram was created and matured. Islay is home to some of the best single malt whisky brands in the world. Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg distilleries can be found on the Kildalton Coast of Islay, Bruichladdich and Kilchoman on the West side of the island and Caol Ila and Bunnahabhain to the North. Every distillery makes fantastic whisky and whether you like big peaty, smokey whisky or light fruity drams, there is something for every whisky drinker.

Enquire About A Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience

If you would like to enquire about our Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience in May or if you would like to us to arrange bespoke trip for you and your friends, either call David on 07875 405 980, or complete the contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Fly Fish Islay Sea Trout

Welcome to Fly Fish Islay!

Islay Sea Trout Fishing

Bespoke Guided Islay Fly Fishing Holidays

We arrange bespoke Guided Fly Fishing Experiences for groups of anglers on the beautiful and magical whisky Isle of Islay in the Southern Hebrides, Scotland. Islay is one of the best places in the world to fish for the wildest of brown trout and for the hard fighting sea trout. The island is famous for whisky and wildlife as well as for the fishing. A visit to Islay is often a life changing experience, not least for your guides, David Wood and Doug Ross.

Book an Islay Fishing Trip

If you would like to get in touch to enquire about our bespoke guided fly fishing experiences on the magical whisky Isle of Islay please don’t hesitate to call David Wood on 07875 405 980 or send an email to david@flyfishislay.co.uk.

Our Next Scheduled Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience

We have a number of scheduled Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experiences arranged for 2018. The next trip that we have spaces on commences on Saturday 12th May, please contact us if you would like to enquire or to make a booking.

Daily Guided Fly Fishing

We can arrange daily guided fishing on many lochs on Islay, we can also provided fly fishing tackle and tuition. Please contact us if you would like to enquire about guided fly fishing for trout or to make a booking.

Guided Islay Distillery Experiences

We also host Guided Islay Distilleries Experiences for groups of whisky enthusiasts, for more info about this have a look at our sister website www.distilledevents.co.uk.

We would love you to join us so please do get in touch.

David

Islay Fly Fishing

Guided Fly Fishing Experience September 2017

Fly Fish Islay

We are just back from another fantastic Guided Fly Fishing Experience on the beautiful and remote  Isle of Islay. Four guests enjoyed fantastic fishing for wild brown trout and sea trout in the hill and sea lochs of Islay. Our guests caught plenty of fish and to top it all the weather was good for the time of year, proving the miserable weather man totally wrong!

Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience

Our guests enjoyed a full week of extremely varied, guided fly fishing. Our guide for the week was Wychwood’s Glen Pointon who put our guests through their paces on the lochs, matched the hatch and found the fish.

We fished quite a few favourite locations including sea trout marks and hill lochs on various estates. Among our guests was Kenneth Halley who has a great fishing website and blog called The Unfamous Fly. Click here to visit his site and read his write up about our trip.

Islay Fly Fishing Brown Trout

Remote Hill Loch Fishing

Among the venues for our fishing during the week was a favourite hill loch. Glen took two of our guests on the long walk up the hill, enjoying fantastic views along the way. There was some fantastic fishing on both dry and wet fly and they connected with a fair few large brown trout, bringing a couple of lovely specimens to the net.

Islay Trout Fishing

Islay Fly Fishing

Join us or Fly Fishing on Islay in 2018

We are now taking bookings for our Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience commencing 12th May 2018, we have 2 places left. Join us on for a fishing trip of a lifetime on the beautiful Scottish island of Islay famed for top quality fishing and 8 iconic malt whisky distilleries.

Please email David at flyfishislay@gmail.com to book your place or for more info.

This is an exclusive opportunity to join us for a week of fly fishing in spectacular scenery, searching out the wildest of Hebridean hill lochs for brown trout and the saltwater for the elusive sea trout.

During this week long trip, as our guest you will be part of a small group of only four anglers. We like to keep the groups small so that everyone spends plenty of time with our of guide to ensure that each guests gets the best possible experience.

For those anglers who enjoy a dram or two, there are no less than 8 iconic malt whisky distilleries on Islay, David used to be distillery manager at the largest of them all so is the perfect host for the whisky enthusiast!

Islay Brown Trout Fishing

There are dozens of hill lochs to choose from on Islay, some more remote than others, all in breathtaking surroundings. It is not uncommon to see osprey fishing whilst on the loch and Islay has fast become the eagle island with regular sightings of golden and white tailed sea eagle.

We fish the lochs from boat and from bank. During the week there is the opportunity to head out for one of the very remote hill lochs to search out a wee monster fish or two.

Brown Trout Islay

Islay Sea Trout Fishing

Islay is an incredible place to fish for sea trout. The fishing is very much tide dependent but we are usually able to give guests a chance to target and maybe even catch a beautiful Islay sea trout.

 

What is Included in Our Guided Fly Fishing Experience

As a guest on our Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience you will enjoy the following:

  • Accommodation in a large traditional Scottish sporting estate house fully equipped with drying room and racks, with roaring wood fires to relax in front of with a dram after the day’s fishing
  • Accommodation fully stocked with food and a few drams. We all help out during the week with cooking and clearing up.
  • All fishing permits for both bank and boat fishing
  • Two guides for the whole week
  • Maximum 4 guests (on our scheduled trips) to ensure each guests spends plenty of time with a guide on a one to one basis
  • Loan of rods and reels if required
  • All flys included
  • Fly tying
  • Whisky tasting masterclass with David Wood, former Caol Ila Distillery Manager
  • Distillery visits if desired

 

Join Us For a Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience in May 2018

If you would like to join us in May 2018, or if you would like us to host a Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience for you and your group of friends, please drop me an email at flyfishislay@gmail.com

Slainte and tight lines all!

Islay Stags

 

 

Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience May 2018

Islay Fly Fishing

Join Us On A Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience in 2018

We are now taking bookings for our Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience commencing 12th May 2018. Join us for a fishing trip of a lifetime on the beautiful Scottish island of Islay famed for top quality fishing and 8 iconic malt whisky distilleries!

If you would like more information about our Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experiences please click here. If you have any questions or if you would like to book with us, please contact us here.

This is an exclusive opportunity to join us for a week of fly fishing in spectacular scenery, searching out the wildest of Hebridean hill lochs for brown trout and the saltwater for the ellusive sea trout.

Islay Sea Trout Fishing

 

During this week long trip, as our guest you will be part of a small group of anglers. We like to keep the groups small so that everyone spends plenty of time with the local guide to ensure that each guests gets the best possible experience.

For those anglers who enjoy a dram or two, there are no less than 8 iconic malt whisky distilleries on Islay, David used to be distillery manager at the largest of them all so is the perfect host for the whisky enthusiast!

Islay Brown Trout Fishing

There are dozens of hill lochs to choose from on Islay, some more remote than others, all in breathtaking surroundings. It is not uncommon to see osprey fishing whilst on the loch and Islay has fast become the eagle island with regular sightings of golden and white tailed sea eagle.

We fish the lochs from boat and from bank. During the week there is the opportunity to head out for one of the very remote hill lochs to search out a wee monster fish or two.

Islay Fishing

Fly Fish Islay

Islay Sea Trout Fishing

Islay is an incredible place to fish for sea trout. The fishing is very much tide dependent but we are usually able to give guests a chance to target and maybe even catch a beautiful Islay sea trout.

Fly Fish Islay Sea Trout

What is Included in Our Guided Fly Fishing Experience

As a guest on our Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience you will enjoy the following:

  • Accommodation in a large traditional Scottish sporting estate house fully equipped with drying room and racks, with roaring wood fires to relax in front of with a dram after the day’s fishing
  • Accommodation fully stocked with food and a few drams. We all help out during the week with cooking and clearing up.
  • All fishing permits for both bank and boat fishing
  • A local guide for the whole week
  • Small group of anglers to ensure each guests spends plenty of time with a guide on a one to one basis
  • Loan of rods and reels if required
  • All flys included
  • Fly tying
  • Whisky tasting masterclass with David Wood, former Caol Ila Distillery Manager
  • Distillery visits if desired

Trout Fishing Islay

Listen to The Yorkshire Gent Podcast

During our Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience in April 2017, we were interviewed by Rob Marsden from The Yorkshire Gent Website. The interview was conducted over the phone which adds to the remote feel. The photos on this blog post were all taken during that trip.

Listen to The Yorkshire Gent podcast here.

Join Us For a Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience in May 2018

If you would like to join us in May 2018, or if you would like us to host a Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience for you and your group of friends, please contact us here.

Slainte and tight lines all!

Islay Fly Fishing

Podcast Interview with Glen and David – The Yorkshire Gent

I was hosting a whisky tasting event at a lovely venue in Leeds in March where I had the pleasure of meeting Rob from The Yorkshire Gent website. Rob is a keen whisky enthusiast and a fly fisherman so he was keen to hear all about Fly Fish Islay. He’s kept an eye on Glen’s antics on Facebook over the years and was keen to interview us both whilst we were on Islay in April hosting our first Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience of 2017.

Islay Sea Trout Glen Pointon

The interview took place very late one evening as the guests were relaxing in front of the spitting fire with large glasses of Bunnahabhain and Laphroaig single malt whiskies. Rob had originally suggested that we record the interview over skype but the weather had turned very stormy and our internet was disrupted to we had to record it over the phone, which I think adds to the remote feel.

During the interview we talk about why Islay is such an amazing destination for the whisky and / or fly fishing enthusiast. We talk about how we came to set up Fly Fish Islay and how guests join us on a Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience. Glen talks in-depth about what to expect from the fishing and what tactics he finds to work best as well as offering a comparison between Scottish loch style fishing and English stillwater fishing.

Please click the logo below to go to the podcast:


Join Us on a Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience

If you would like to join us on one of our Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience or if you would like us to arrange a bespoke experience for you and your friends please call David on 07875 405 980 or get in touch via our contact page.

Islay Sea Trout

Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience April 2018

Fly Fish Islay Sea Trout Fishing

PLEASE NOTE THIS TRIP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. WE ARE NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR OUR MAY TRIP, PLEASE EMAIL FOR MORE INFO.

We are now taking bookings for our Guided Fly Fishing Experience commencing Saturday 21st April 2018. Please email David at david@flyfishislay.co.uk to book your place or for more info.

This is an exclusive opportunity to join Wychwood Game’s Glen Pointon and former Islay Distillery Manager for a week of fly fishing in spectacular scenery, searching out the wildest of Hebridean hill lochs for brown trout and the saltwater for the ellusive sea trout.

 

During this week long trip, as our guest you will be part of a small group of only four anglers. We like to keep the groups small so that everyone spends plenty of time with each of the guides to ensure that each guests gets the best possible experience.

For those anglers who enjoy a dram or two, there are no less than 8 iconic malt whisky distilleries on Islay, David used to be distillery manager at the largest of them all so is the perfect host for the whisky enthusiast!

Islay Brown Trout Fishing

There are dozens of hill lochs to choose from on Islay, some more remote than others, all in breathtaking surroundings. It is not uncommon to see osprey fishing whilst on the loch and Islay has fast become the eagle island with regular sightings of golden and white tailed sea eagle.

We fish the lochs from boat and from bank. During the week there is the opportunity to head out with Glen for one of the very remote hill lochs to search out a wee monster fish or two.

Islay Fishing

Fly Fish Islay

Islay Sea Trout Fishing

Islay is an incredible place to fish for sea trout. The fishing is very much tide dependent but we are usually able to give guests a chance to target and maybe even catch a beautiful Islay sea trout.

Fly Fish Islay Sea Trout

Listen to Glen and David on The Yorkshire Gent Podcast

During our Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience in April 2017, we were interviewed by Rob Marsden from The Yorkshire Gent Website. The interview was conducted over the phone which adds to the remote feel. The photos on this blog post were all taken during that trip.

Listen to The Yorkshire Gent podcast with Glen and David here.

Join Us For a Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience in April 2018

If you would like to join us in april 2018, or if you would like us to host a Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience for you and your group of friends, please drop me an email at david@flyfishislay.co.uk

Slainte and tight lines all!

David & Glen

Islay Fly Fishing

Islay Trout Heaven April 2017

Islay Sea Trout Fishing Fly Fish Islay

Our first Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience of 2017!

Well that’s Glen and I just back from Islay, and what a truly amazing week of fishing it was. Our four guests enjoyed awesome fishing, and unexpectedly incredibly good weather too! For many anglers, fly fishing on Islay is a dream come true, particularly when they realise there are also 8 whisky distilleries on the island to visit and enjoy.

Two of the group drove all the way from Moscow in a Landrover Defender, certainly the furthest anyone has ever driven to join one of our Guided Fly Fishing Experiences.

Fly Fish Islay

Islay Fishing Conditions

For the last few seasons, April has provided us with tremendous sport on the lochs and in the salt. Even though the air temperature was typically around 8 degrees, and the wind was a biting one, the fish were free rising and plentiful. Catching rising fish during a snow storm will be a memory that stays with our guests for a while!

The lochs are full to the brim of water, higher than I have seen for a long time. I’ve heard it said that the fishing can be tough in these conditions, but we experienced the opposite.

We find that whilst these conditions would mean few fish on the mainland and further south, the Islay troots are full on the feed. April is also the time when sea trout start to show around the shores of Islay, whereas most other places in the UK won’t see any for a while yet.

Fly Fish Islay

Islay Fly Fishing Fly Patterns

We provide our guests with a box packed with fly patterns which we think appropriate for the time of year. On this trip we had provided the following patterns; bibio, black & peacock spider, LTD sedge, bibio sedgehog, snatcher and jingler. Guests also had the opportunity to tie a few patterns of their own during the evenings, guided by our Glen.

On one loch in particular we watched hatch after hatch of pond olives, the trout locking on to them and hammering them in the warm afternoon sun. We found as well as olive patterns, bibio and snatchers were readily taken by the hungry brownies.

Fly Fish Islay

Fly Fish Islay

 Islay Fly Fishing Venues

Our fishing during the week was focussed on Loch Skerrols where guests had access to a boat, Loch Finlaggan, Loch Drolsay and a small loch on Dunlossit Estate. Conditions were different at each, the more sheltered lochs like Skerrols providing the best sport. Finlaggan looked incredibly windswept and moody, ideal conditions for some but to us seemed a little too early in the season for such an unsheltered hill loch.

On Wednesday last week our itinerary showed us due to make the long walk up Glen Drolsay to the loch of the same name way up in the hills. This difficult two hour walk was a little daunting for some so Glen took one keen guest on the outing, both hoping that one of the rare, large brownies would put in an appearance.

Our angling guest was soon scrapping with a huge wild hill loch monster. Having already managed to land a nice sea trout earlier in the week, all his dreams had come true, and all boxes well and truly ticked.

Islay Fishing

If that wasn’t enough, a few cast later he was in to another. Some of these hill loch fish are so dark, nearly black, and this one looked a little like a tench!

Islay Fishing

Islay Sea Trout Fishing

For most parts of the UK, April is too early for fishing for sea trout in the salt. Always on the look out for activity, and desperate for a guest or two to experience what it is like to catch one on the fly in the salt, we headed to a couple of favourite spots.

Catching sea trout is never guaranteed, fishing for them can be frustrating and many hours drift away which could be spent fishing for brownies. Most guests however managed a fish or two, one lucky chap caught more than a few!

Fly Fish Islay Sea Trout Fishing

Fly Fish Islay Sea Trout

Guided Fishing Islay

The Islay Whisky & Fishing Experience AKA The Craic

None of our guests come to Islay without experiencing the incredible whiskies distilled here. During the week our guests tried some stunning Islay drams. Bunnahabhain 12 year old went down particularly well, a bottle being ever-present on the mantlepiece. Our guests from Moscow very kindly presented us with a single cask Bowmore 17 year old bottled by the SMWS. Probably the best single cask Bowmore I’ve ever tasted!

As always, evenings were spent tying flies in front of the fire and enjoying a dram or two, accompanied by one or two of Glen Pointon’s infamous anecdotes. Perfect.

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Listen to Glen and David on The Yorkshire Gent Podcast

During our Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience in April 2017, we were interviewed by Rob Marsden from The Yorkshire Gent Website. The interview was conducted over the phone which adds to the remote feel. The photos on this blog post were all taken during that trip.

Listen to The Yorkshire Gent podcast with Glen and David here.

Join Us For a Fishing Trip to Islay

If you would like to join us on one of our forthcoming trips, or if you would like us to host a Guided Islay Fly Fishing Experience for you and your group of friends, please drop me an email, david@flyfishislay.co.uk

Slainte and tight lines all!

David & Glen

Islay Fly Fishing