March 14th, 2017SAA MEMBERSHIPS FOR 2017 NOW AVAILABLE
Season memberships are now available from Sportsworld, Stornoway. The prices of Full, Associate and Concession SAA membership fees were increased by £5 (Junior price unchanged) at the March 2017...
January 31st, 20172016 Season Summary
The total Creed catches for 2016 were 95 salmon, 110 sea trout and 229 finnock. The heaviest salmon was a 10 lb hen fish caught by Robbie Bell in August. ...
May 21st, 2016First Salmon Of The Creed Season
Robbie Bell got the 2016 Creed season off to a great start today (Friday 20th May) with this lovely 9lb salmon he caught and returned on the upper river. Fish caught on a size 10 ghillie on a float...
The total Creed catches for 2016 were 95 salmon, 110 sea trout and 229 finnock. The heaviest salmon was a 10 lb hen fish caught by Robbie Bell in August. All salmon were released and just 2 finnock and 13 sea trout retained. The salmon and sea trout catch was approximately 40% lower than the 5 year average (5YA) due in large part to the extremely low angling effort this year. Compared to the 5YA, ticket sales were down by 20% (Season), 27% (Boat), 40% (Day) and 80% (Evening). Fishing conditions later in the season may also have contributed to the lower catches with predominantly dry sunny weather from mid August to October though that was also the case in 2015 and, to a lesser extent in 2014.
In contrast to the Creed fishing, the Langavat fishing was slightly more popular this year despite the price rise (31 trips vs. 5YA of 27). The fishing was very good with 48 salmon (5YA of 31) and 408 trout (5YA of 384) caught. The biggest fish was a 13lb cock fish caught by Norman Graham on Oct 14th (one of 6 salmon caught that day).
The trout boat fishing proved more popular than in previous years with 138 boat trips (5YA of 72). This was partly due to the new fishing on Loch Orasaigh (38 trips) but fishing on the other Lochs was also up by 40% compared to the 5YA. At least 514 trout were caught (5YA 468) though some members are still not submitting catch returns (no returns for 38 trips). Loch Orasaigh produced some excellent trout with 10 of those caught weighing between 1.5 and 4.5 lb (average 1.7 lb vs. 8oz on other SAA Lochs). Fewer trout were caught per trip than on the other SAA lochs (0.6 compared to 3-9) but 12 char were also caught on Orasaigh (largest 1lb). The SAA would like to thank Soval Estate for making the Orasaigh fishing available to our members.
Members took good advantage of both the Grimersta Friday night and Garynahine fishing this year and were rewarded with some excellent catches. Robbie Bell caught what must be the fish of the season, a cracking 16lb spring fish off Garynahine. The fish even managed to snap Robbie’s rod while being landed. We have not had much feedback from members fishing Amhuinnsuidhe or other Estates so if members would like to forward any Information to the committee that would be greatly appreciated. The MacLarty Shield is awarded for the heaviest salmon caught by an SAA member in North Harris so please send in nominations.