Chris’s tips for the best fishing in and around Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
When not busy mending things round Lochend or turning wood (and listening to Fitba’) in his shed, my husband Chris can usually be found up to his thighs in various fishing spots around the Trossachs. Chris looks after our two fishing boats which we rent out from the chalet jetty, and can be easily bribed with Tunnock’s Tea Cakes into revealing his favourite haunts around the lake.
Here though, are his favourite spots around the Trossachs:
Lake of Menteith, Port of Menteith
The lake is probably the best trout-fishing loch in Scotland, regularly hosting fly-fishing national and World Championship events. The lake is stocked with 30,000 fish every year, all over 1lb in weight, and anglers come from across Scotland and beyond, drawn by the quality of the fishing, as well as views of Inchmahome priory and Ben Lomond.
Loch Arklet, nr Inversnaid
It’s only half an hour away, but wedged between bens in the uninhabited wilds west of Aberfoyle, Loch Arklet offers an exhilaratingly remote slice of Highland grandeur, with fantastic brown trout fishing to match.
River Lyon, Killin
Famously good trout and salmon fishing on the beautiful Glen Lyon estate near Loch Tay.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirling
Not far from the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, this great wee fishery has fishing all the year-round, both from the bank and from boats, with a good supply of rainbow, brown, steelhead, blue and golden trout.
Orchill Coarse Fishery, nr Gleneagles
Open all year, this pretty fishery has three fully stocked coarse ponds (carp, bream, roach, rudd, tench, perch, ide, orfe and gudgeon) and a belter of a trout water.
River Teith, Callander
This is where Chris can usually be found on long summer evenings, fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout. Fly, spinning and bait; bank-only fishing. Roving permits can be bought from Baynes in Callander High St, then you’ve got 11 pools to choose from along the river as it meanders down from Loch Lubnaig, under Callander’s iconic 1906 red sandstone bridge, and off towards the Forth.