Sunday, 15 September 2013

Trout Fishing In Shetland Part Three – The Islands of Yell & Unst

Shetland's Inter-island Ferry
Shetland's Inter-island Ferry
Having left Vicky at the airport I drove north towards Toft for the morning ferry to Yell. A slight detour took me to Loch of Benston where I was to meet Colin for an evening session in his boat. Located roughly in the middle of the Mainland, Benston is another of Shetlend’s premier lochs where many large trout have been caught in the past. Colin had told me about Loch of Benston and its large trout in his e-mails and he talked about it during our day fishing Loch of Clousta. If truth be known he’d have loved to have taken me there on our first day but this is no easy loch. You can fish there many times before connecting with one of its large inhabitants and, therefore, he didn’t deem it suitable for a Shetland rookie like me; rightly so as it turned out. We didn’t get good conditions that evening. There was a big change in weather occurring, from the settled, overcast with sunny spells and the odd shower that Vicky had experienced during most of her trip, to very wet and very windy weather that was to dog me for the next 2 days. That evening we were sandwiched right between both weather fronts. The wind died away to nothing leaving us with a flat-calm loch, it became quite cold and it just felt like time to pack up and go home. Colin’s persistence paid off though, with a trout around the 1lb mark taking his greased up top dropper. Not what you fish Benston for (apparently) but a result in the conditions that faced us...