Friday, 4 October 2013

Trout Fishing In Shetland Part Five – Return To The Mainland

Mill Loch, Mainland
Mill Loch, Mainland
From the ferry I drove to Collafirth in the north east of the Mainland. In the hills above this tiny fishing village and sheltered inlet are 2 lochs that hold good trout. Typically the book described them as “not easy”. Neither are they easy to get to with a very steep uphill walk required to get to them. I elected to fish Mill Loch first, the furthest of the 2 and then on my way back fish Clubba Water. The view from the top of Collafirth Hill looking north east was amazing. Below me was Mill Loch, a sizeable piece of water, and beyond was island scattered blue seas, in fact the very islands I’d just returned from...

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Trout Fishing In Shetland Part Four – The Island of Fetlar & A Return To Yell


Papil Water, Fetlar
Papil Water, Fetlar
I was sorry to leave Gardiesfauld Youth Hostel. It was a true home from home and had saved me from a very uncomfortable night. But I had one of the best lochs in Shetland to fish today: Papil Water on the island of Fetlar. From what I had read this was possibly the best loch in Shetland with “fish to 2lb common and 4lb+ fish also caught”. To say I was excited would be an understatement. It was an early ferry to Fetlar via Yell. I’d eaten a small breakfast in the youth hostel but the plan was to eat again on arriving at Papil Water then start fishing. Excitement got the better of me and the plan changed. I’d walk to the top end of Papil and fish one side of the loch, get something to eat back at the car then fish the other side...