The River Creed fishery provides local and visiting anglers with ready access to high quality, low cost, salmon and sea trout fishing. Ticket prices range from £10 for an evening ticket to £55-£95 for season tickets and are available to both locals and visitors.
The River Creed is located just a few miles to the west of the town Stornoway in the Western Isles. It is a renowned salmon and sea trout fishery with records dating back to 1871 and has been managed by the Stornoway Angling Association (SAA) since 2001. The SAA have restored the fishery (re-stocking, habitat improvement, poaching prevention) and catches have improved greatly. The 5 year averages for salmon and sea trout are now 164 and 193, respectively. The highest sea trout catch was in 2003 (355) and the highest salmon catch in 2007 (308). In 2015, 138, salmon, 309 sea trout and 437 finnock were recorded.
The fishery consists of the lower 4 miles of the river, both banks, where there are 20 named pools, and fishing on 2 lochs. Unusually for the Western Isles there is extensive fishing on the river where there are numerous holding pools as well as other runs where fish can be caught during high water. The association has boats on Loch Chlachain (2) and Loch an Ois (2) where fishing can be very productive given the right weather conditions.
The spring season runs from April 1st to May 31st and the main season from 1st June to the 15th Oct. July, August and September are normally the most productive months. The quality of the fishing on the river is very much dependant on sufficient rainfall to raise the river level, whilst on the lochs it is dependent on the strength and direction of the wind, with a strong W or SW wind providing the best conditions.
During the main season day and evening tickets are available at all times for both the river and the lochs and can be obtained from several outlets in and around Stornoway. The boats are almost always available and can be easily booked through Angus Campbell’s Filling Station (01851 702127).
Access to most areas of the fishery is easy as a number of roads cross the catchment with the river below Loch Chlachain the only area where a walk of more than a mile is required. Although it is an association fishery it is always possible to find a quiet stretch, especially during weekdays.
The most productive pool, The Bend Pool, is situated within the picturesque amenity woodland called the Castle Grounds. Also within an easy walk of the main road are the Peat Stack and Dam Pools, where many big fish have been caught over the years. Although the majority of the run consists of grilse there are invariably a few multi sea winter fish caught each year, with the best fish in recent years one of 19lbs landed in 1991.