Portree Angling Association offer a variety of river fishing in the north and east of Skye. All the rivers contain brown trout, most have a reasonable run of sea trout and some offer an occasional salmon. All legal methods of fishing are allowed
The Association controls the fishing in the rivers in the east of the Trotternish peninsula – the Kilmaluag, Brogaig and Kilmartin –and the north bank of the River Lealt.
The Lealt has in recent years been the most productive of our rivers. There is only one pool fishable, at the foot of the Lealt Gorge beneath a magnificent waterfall. The approach to the river is steep and the paths can get slippery with rain, so a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as some agility. Remember that when you catch a salmon you will have to carry it back up the hill! Fly fishing is virtually impossible due to the cliffs surrounding the pool, so spinning and worm fishing are recommended.
The Kilmaluag river is located in the north of the island and runs into the sea at Kilmaluag Bay. This is a small river with runs of sea trout and the occasional salmon.
The Brogaig river just a few miles to the south and runs into Staffin Bay, another small river with sea trout and an occasional salmon. Some good brown trout are present, particularly in the upper reaches.
The Kilmartin river rises in the Trotternish Ridge and flows past the village of Malagar and down the valley through a succession of pools to join the sea in Staffin Bay. Given water, it can provide excellent sport with both salmon and sea trout. Access is good, with the road to Malagar running alongside the river. It is suitable for fly, small spinner or worm.
The Association leases a stretch of fishing on the upper reaches of the Snizort River. This is Skye’s premier salmon water and can be very productive - last season the lower reaches yielded over 150 salmon. Our Glenmore beat, in the river’s upper reaches, sees a very good run of salmon and sea trout. Fifteen salmon were caught last year even though it was lightly fished. There are also some good trout to be caught here.
We also have fishing on the river Ose, which joins the sea at Osedale and provides interesting angling for brown trout and a run of sea trout, with the possibility of a salmon. A few miles to the east, running into Loch Beag, the Amar is a small river with a run of sea trout.
Except for the Snizort, grid references show the point where the river flows into the sea.
Kilmaluag River - NG438749
Park by the minor road off the A855 at NG435742
River Brogaig - NG476685
Park in Brogaig
Kilmartin River – NG485684
Park on the Malagar road or in Stenscholl
River Lealt - NG520605 Park at the car park off the A855 and follow the track to the shore, then along the river.
River Snizort (Glenmore) Upstream from NG420426 (meeting with Lon Dubh)
Either park by the road in Glenmore and walk down to the river or park by the bridge on the Portree to Struan road and walk upstream to reach the Association water.
River Ose - NG314406
Park in the lay by at Ose Bridge on the A863 Sligachan to Dunvegan road for lower reaches. For upper reaches, park at Balmeanach road end and follow the forestry track, taking the first right into Glen Ullinish
River Amar – NG363388 Park by the minor road in Glen Bracadale
(click ref.no. to view / print map)
We now have the fishing on the whole bank furthest away from Portree and fishing on the opposite bank from the old road bridge downstream to where it meets the Braes Estate water. This is an excellent acquisition for the club on lease and returns have been healthy. Caution should be excercised when fishing up the glen as underfoot conditions can be rough. It is best to walk up the path and head straight for the river fish the pool and then regain the path till the next pool.
Both these fishings are leased. Please use them and let us know what you think about them.
The committee are keen to get feedback to see if we will keep the leases.
Glenmore Information Snizort River
We now have fishing on both banks above the water controlled by Derek Dowsett.
Access either by walking up from the Struan Road Bridge on the Portree bank or down the forestry road . That is the first road on the left after crossing the bridge going towards Struan. This road stops just a few yards short of the river. To gain access to the fishing turn right at the bottom of the road and cross the burn at the guide rope. Waders are normally required for this, thigh waders are sufficient. As well as salmon and sea trout later in the season there are also some very good brown trout fishing to be had. There is a sign marking the top of Dereks fishing.