Fishing

With classic spate rivers, picturesque hill lochs and crystal clear sea lochs to choose from, Argyll and the Isles offers an abundance of opportunities for excellent fishing for everyone.

Here are top tips for having the best possible fishing adventure with your family - and why Argyll is best suited to providing it.

Tips for Fishing Argyll and Isles

1. On the way to the your chosen fishing spot, we'd steer you to observe your surroundings and appreciating views, bird calls, flowers and other plant life.

2. Argyll has excellent fishing from May to October and if you know what species to go for and where they can be caught then you're half way to an amazing day.

3. Each year is different and the only way to know what fishing is best at any given time is to ask a guide or sometimes fishing tackle shop staff can be very helpful. Local knowledge is the key.

4. As a very general guide the species to go for from May to October are: brown trout in May, pike in June, sea trout in July, mackerel in August, salmon in September and pollack in October.

5. This is a very flexible guide and all of those species can be caught in all of those months, but the best time to target them is usually the month mentioned. Rainbow trout, a stocked (non-native) species are also available to bridge any gap.

6. With brown trout in almost every freshwater loch in Argyll, fantastic sea trout fishing in multiple rivers from Ardfern to Dunoon, some of Scotland's biggest pike in Loch Awe, rainbow trout in Inverawe, arguably Scotland's most easily caught salmon in Argyll's wee rivers and finally mackerel and pollack all along our extensive coast.

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Argyll truly has it all, and in abundance but you may need some support to help make your trip.

7. Boats lend themselves to relaxing experiences. Whilst fishing on a loch being out in a rowing boat is great as everyone can have a go on the oars, it's always fun to be the driver particularly if you've never done it before.

8. If the fish aren't co-operating then a break to look under rocks for insects or under stones in the water to discover stonefly, upwings or caddis nymphs is a great way of building up the picture of what ecology is and how animals interact with their environment.

9. A good guide will be able to teach these things while keeping an eye out for the fish coming to feed!

10. A guide is essential for trips with kids as it is important to choose a time and place where catches are going to be fairly easy, to ensure you get a result within the first hour or two and make the most of their enthusiasm.