Fly fishing on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Fly Fishing

Whether you're a seasoned angler or a first-timer, discover one of Skye's best fly fishing spots.

Fishing on the River Snizort

The Snizort is the main salmon river on the Isle of Skye, and we're lucky to own the fishing rights for its entire length. The river has 12 beats - the first two including sea pools within the grounds of the Skeabost.

Some of the best holding pools are in the middle section of the river, known as “the flats” (beats 3 - 7). They're only a short drive from the hotel and get most of the angling effort throughout the season. The character of the river changes as you move on to the upper stretches, with gorge pools and streamy glides to explore for the more adventurous angler (beats 8 - 12).

As the Snizort is a typical highland spate river, it is dependent on rainfall to create good fishing conditions. The best conditions are the days following a heavy downpour when the river has risen in height. Fish start to rest in the various pools as the spate recedes, temporarily halting their journey to the spawning grounds in the hills of Glenmore. Sea trout follow the salmon up the river and they can provide good sport in lower water conditions on single-handed rods. Although they are smaller in stature, they are hard-fighting and acrobatic when hooked.

We do not have a Ghillie on site but we can recommend one for you to contact directly to arrange tuition.

Please contact us to book your permit.

Other Equipment

Equipment hire (per rod per session) £50

Packed lunch (per person) £20

Fishing season

The salmon and sea trout season opens on the 11th of February and concludes on 15th of October, with the first runs of salmon arriving usually around the end of June.

The peak fishing months are from August through until the end of the season on the 15th of October.

Please note that there is no fishing on a Sunday.

The five-year average catch return for the river is 70 salmon and 41 sea trout.