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Grimersta Lodge

Grimersta Lodge, built in 1861 stands on the shore of East Loch Roag, the Atlantic sea loch into which the Grimersta River flows. When fish are running, guests in the lodge can enjoy the wonderful sight of shoals of salmon and grilse preparing to enter the river...

 

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An evening cast on the Grimersta First Stream....

 

A typical Grimersta summer Grilse....

 

Upstream from the Battery Pool....

 

Grimersta Loch Faoghail Chiorabhal with the Harris hills to the south....

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Reports 2020

WEEK 14 October 12th – October 15th. 

A  good final four days of the 2020 season, with all rods catching; a first Grimersta fish for one Rod; and a 12 lb. cock salmon from Loch Airigh na h-Airde.
This has been the most productive October since 2008 and with a final return of  447 salmon and grilse (95% returned), the best season since 2012. The healthy stock of fish throughout the “system” and in the upper reaches of Lochs Langabhat and Fhir Mhaoil is encouraging for the future.

20  salmon and grilse and 1 sea-trout for the week.

Beat Returns: Sea Pool (0), Kelt Pool (0), Bridge Pool (0), Major’s (0), Birkie Hue (0), Burn Foot (0), Tot Hole (0), Captain’s (0), Long Pool (2), Island Pool (0), Fraser Bird’s (0), Pople’s (0),
Lower Rocky (0), Colonel Bradford’s (0), Upper Rocky (0), Benjie (0), Lower Battery (0), Battery (0), Jubilee (0), New Pool (0), Loch Faoghail an Tuim (3), First Stream (2), Loch Faoghail Charrason (0), Macleay’s Stream (0), Sanderson’s (0), Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal (0), Ford Stream (0),
Loch an Easa Ghil (0), Loch an Fhir Mhaoil (2), Loch Airigh na h-Airde (11), Little Langabhat Stream (0)
Loch Langabhat (0)

 

WEEK 13 October 5th – October 10th. 

Another week of good water but tricky fish. Winds stayed mostly in the north and north-west, cold at times with the first snow on the Harris hills on the Friday.
Given the water height it was extraordinary that the river failed to produce a single fish, although those that were caught were well spread throughout the system. Sandy Pringle landed the biggest fish of the season, a 15 lb. cock from the outlet of Loch Langabhat.
Stornoway Angling Association caught 5 salmon from Loch an Fhir Mhaoil and decent numbers of fish reported on Loch Langabhat which is encouraging.

17  salmon and grilse, 3 sea-trout and 18 brown trout for the week.

Beat Returns: Sea Pool (0), Kelt Pool (0), Bridge Pool (0), Major’s (0), Birkie Hue (0), Burn Foot (0), Tot Hole (0), Captain’s (0), Long Pool (0), Island Pool (0), Fraser Bird’s (0), Pople’s (0),
Lower Rocky (0), Colonel Bradford’s (0), Upper Rocky (0), Benjie (0), Lower Battery (0), Battery (0), Jubilee (0), New Pool (0), Loch Faoghail an Tuim (2), First Stream (4), Loch Faoghail Charrason (0), Macleay’s Stream (0), Sanderson’s (0), Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal (3), Ford Stream (0),
Loch an Easa Ghil (1), Loch an Fhir Mhaoil (5), Loch Airigh na h-Airde (0), Little Langabhat Stream (0)
Loch Langabhat (2)

 

WEEK 12 September 28th – October 3rd

Fish still proving difficult to tempt, this probably down to changeable conditions. However, all four in the party managed at least a couple of salmon, including a Grimersta first for one guest. Heavy rain on the last day has the Charrason gauge at 4’ with unsettled weather to come. We have passed 400 salmon/grilse for the season which, given that we opened a month late, and are only fishing four rather than the usual eight rods is most encouraging.

15 salmon and grilse, 2 sea-trout and 51 brown trout for the week.

Beat Returns: Sea Pool (0), Kelt Pool (0), Bridge Pool (0), Major’s (0), Birkie Hue (0), Burn Foot (0), Tot Hole (0), Captain’s (1), Long Pool (0), Island Pool (0), Fraser Bird’s (0), Pople’s (0),
Lower Rocky (0), Colonel Bradford’s (0), Upper Rocky (0), Benjie (0), Lower Battery (0), Battery (0), Jubilee (0), New Pool (0), Loch Faoghail an Tuim (2), First Stream (4), Loch Faoghail Charrason (0), Macleay’s Stream (1), Sanderson’s (0), Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal (0), Ford Stream (0),
Loch an Easa Ghil (1), Loch an Fhir Mhaoil (1), Loch Airigh na h-Airde (3), Little Langabhat Stream (0)

 

 

 

 

WEEK 11 September 21st – September 26th

Heavy rain and gales on the Tuesday and over 4’ on the gauge, otherwise a week of changeable conditions. One of those strange times when fish refused to cooperate on promising days and the seemingly hopeless days proved productive. Closing in on 400 salmon/grilse for the season.

12 salmon and grilse, 3 sea-trout and 17 brown trout for the week.

Beat Returns: Sea Pool (0), Kelt Pool (0), Bridge Pool (0), Major’s (0), Birkie Hue (1), Burn Foot (0), Tot Hole (0), Captain’s (0), Long Pool (0), Island Pool (0), Fraser Bird’s (0), Pople’s (0),
Lower Rocky (0), Colonel Bradford’s (0), Upper Rocky (0), Benjie (0), Lower Battery (0), Battery (0), Jubilee (0), New Pool (0), Loch Faoghail an Tuim (3), First Stream (4), Loch Faoghail Charrason (0), Macleay’s Stream (0), Sanderson’s (0), Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal (2), Ford Stream (0),
Loch an Easa Ghil (0), Loch an Fhir Mhaoil (0), Loch Airigh na h-Airde (1), Little Langabhat Stream (1)

 

WEEK 10 September 14th – 19th

The system continued to rise, reaching 4’ 6” on the Tuesday before dropping back to 3’ 7” at the end of the week. Variable conditions with winds at every point of the compass and two days of flat calm. Almost too much water to cover with the reduced number of rods, with all pools in the river looking enticing, plenty of fish showing on the lochs, and Sanderson’s and Langabhat streams coming into play.

16 salmon and grilse, 5 sea-trout and 13 brown trout for the week.

Beat Returns: Sea Pool (0), Kelt Pool (0), Bridge Pool (0), Major’s (1), Birkie Hue (0), Burn Foot (0), Tot Hole (1), Captain’s (0), Long Pool (0), Island Pool (0), Fraser Bird’s (1), Pople’s (1),
Lower Rocky (0), Colonel Bradford’s (0), Upper Rocky (0), Benjie (0), Lower Battery (1), Battery (0), Jubilee (1), New Pool (0), Loch Faoghail an Tuim (0), First Stream (4), Loch Faoghail Charrason (0), Macleay’s Stream (1), Sanderson’s (1), Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal (1), Ford Stream (1),
Loch an Easa Ghil (0), Loch an Fhir Mhaoil (1), Loch Airigh na h-Airde (0), Little Langabhat Stream (1)

 

WEEK 9 September 7th – 12th

Over 60 mm of rain during the week saw the gauge go from 2’ 3” to 3’ 10” and water levels still rising. Good conditions with winds generally SW Force 4-6 although gusting a Gale 8 on the Friday.

15 salmon and grilse, 9 sea-trout and 22 brown trout for the week.

Beat Returns: Sea Pool (0), Kelt Pool (0), Bridge Pool (0), Major’s (0), Birkie Hue (1), Burn Foot (0), Tot Hole (0), Captain’s (2), Long Pool (0), Island Pool (1), Fraser Bird’s (0), Pople’s (0),
Lower Rocky (0), Colonel Bradford’s (0), Upper Rocky (0), Benjie (0), Lower Battery (0), Battery (1), Jubilee (0), New Pool (0), Loch Faoghail an Tuim (5), First Stream (0), Loch Faoghail Charrason (1), Macleay’s Stream (0), Sanderson’s (1), Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal (0), Ford Stream (0),
Loch an Easa Ghil (0), Loch an Fhir Mhaoil (0), Loch Airigh na h-Airde (3).

 

WEEK 8  August 31st - September 5th

Much improved conditions, with strong southerly and westerly winds prevailing. Heavy rain over the weekend has seen the Charrason gauge at last climbing above 2’, with more unsettled conditions forecast.
Fish are well spread  throughout the system, with an impressive shoal on the boundary on Loch Faoghail an Tuim.

23 salmon and grilse and 4 sea-trout for the week.

Beat Returns: Sea Pool (0), Kelt Pool (0), Bridge Pool (1), Major’s (0), Birkie Hue (0), Burn Foot (0), Tot Hole (0), Captain’s (0), Long Pool (0), Island Pool (0), Fraser Bird’s (0), Pople’s (0),
Lower Rocky (0), Colonel Bradford’s (0), Upper Rocky (0), Benjie (0), Lower Battery (0), Battery (0), Jubilee (0), New Pool (0), Loch Faoghail an Tuim (12), First Stream (2), Loch Faoghail Charrason (0), Macleay’s Stream (0), Sanderson’s (0), Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal (2), Ford Stream (0),
Loch an Easa Ghil (0), Loch an Fhir Mhoil (0), Loch Airigh na h-Airde (6).

 

WEEK 7 August 24th – 29th  

Three weeks with no rain, combined with predominantly easterly or northerly winds made for difficult fishing.

6 salmon and grilse and 2 sea-trout for the week.

Beat Returns: Sea Pool (0), Kelt Pool (1), Bridge Pool (0), Major’s (0), Birkie Hue (0), Burn Foot (0), Tot Hole (0), Captain’s (0), Long Pool (0), Island Pool (0), Fraser Bird’s (0), Pople’s (0),
Lower Rocky (0), Colonel Bradford’s (0), Upper Rocky (0), Benjie (0), Lower Battery (0), Battery (0), Jubilee (0), New Pool (0), Loch Faoghail an Tuim (5), First Stream (0), Loch Faoghail Charrason (0), Macleay’s Stream (0), Sanderson’s (0), Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal (0), Ford Stream (0),
Loch an Easa Ghil (0), Loch an Fhir Mhoil (0), Loch Airigh na h-Airde (0).

 

WEEK 6 August 17th – 22nd  

Another challenging week. Generally hot and calm although gales on the Thursday as Storm Ellen passed through. Fish showing on the upper two lochs but proving difficult to tempt.
Of note, Paul Goodwin landing two salmon on the same cast from the Cairn on Loch Faoghail an Tuim (Loch One). This is only the second time Jason has witnessed this in his 32 years at Grimersta!

12 salmon and grilse and 2 sea-trout for the week.

Beat Returns: Sea Pool (0), Kelt Pool (0), Bridge Pool (1), Major’s (0), Birkie Hue (0), Burn Foot (0), Tot Hole (0), Captain’s (0), Long Pool (0), Island Pool (0), Fraser Bird’s (0), Pople’s (0),
Lower Rocky (0), Colonel Bradford’s (0), Upper Rocky (0), Benjie (0), Lower Battery (0), Battery (0), Jubilee (0), New Pool (0), Loch Faoghail an Tuim (10), First Stream (0), Loch Faoghail Charrason (0), Macleay’s Stream (0), Sanderson’s (0), Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal (0), Ford Stream (0),
Loch an Easa Ghil (1), Loch an Fhir Mhoil (0), Loch Airigh na h-Airde (1).

... stoidhle sgoinneil!

 

WEEK FIVE August 10th – 15th

A really challenging week. Light winds with mist and low cloud, hot and humid conditions prevailing. Plenty of fish showing on the lochs. Rain and fresher weather needed.

9 salmon and grilse and 2 sea-trout for the week. 313 salmon for the season with 94% returned.

Beat Returns: Sea Pool (0), Kelt Pool (2), Bridge Pool (1), Major’s (0), Birkie Hue (0), Burn Foot (0), Tot Hole (0), Captain’s (0), Long Pool (0), Island Pool (0), Fraser Bird’s (0), Pople’s (0),
Lower Rocky (0), Colonel Bradford’s (0), Upper Rocky (0), Benjie (0), Lower Battery (0), Battery (0), Jubilee (0), New Pool (0), Loch Faoghail an Tuim (4), First Stream (1), Loch Faoghail Charrason (0), Macleay’s Stream (1), Sanderson’s (0), Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal (0), Ford Stream (0),
Loch an Easa Ghil (0), Loch an Fhir Mhoil (0), Loch Airigh na h-Airde (0).

 

WEEK FOUR August 3rd – 8th

Water levels remaining steady at 2’ 9”. Ideal wind direction WSW 4-6 throughout the week. The fish reported as being in fantastic condition, strong and well-proportioned, but some now seemingly unwilling to “take”. 

25 salmon and grilse and 2 sea-trout for the four Rods.

Beat Returns: Sea Pool (0), Kelt Pool (1), Bridge Pool (1), Major’s (0), Birkie Hue (0), Burn Foot (0), Tot Hole (0), Captain’s (0), Long Pool (0), Island Pool (0), Fraser Bird’s (0), Pople’s (0),
Lower Rocky (0), Colonel Bradford’s (0), Upper Rocky (0), Benjie (0), Lower Battery (0), Battery (0), Jubilee (0), New Pool (0), Loch Faoghail an Tuim (5), First Stream (6), Loch Faoghail Charrason (0), Macleay’s Stream (2), Sanderson’s (0), Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal (2), Ford Stream (0),
Loch an Easa Ghil (0), Loch an Fhir Mhoil (3), Loch Airigh na h-Airde (5).

 

WEEK THREE July 27th – August 1st

Variable but decent wind throughout, showers and heavy rain on the Monday and Friday, the gauge rising to 3’ 2” A productive week with several fish between 8 lbs. and 12 lbs, including a 10 lb. fish for Leonora Beamish from The Alligator on Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal.

31 salmon and grilse and 7 sea-trout for the party.

Beat Returns: Sea Pool (1), Kelt Pool (5), Bridge Pool (3), Major’s (0), Birkie Hue (0), Burn Foot (0), Tot Hole (0), Captain’s (0), Long Pool (2), Island Pool (0), Fraser Bird’s (0), Pople’s (0),
Lower Rocky (0), Colonel Bradford’s (0), Upper Rocky (0), Benjie (0), Lower Battery (0), Battery (0), Jubilee (0), New Pool (0), Loch Faoghail an Tuim (9), First Stream (3), Loch Faoghail Charrason (0), Macleay’s Stream (5), Sanderson’s (0), Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal (5), Ford Stream (2),
Loch an Easa Ghil (0), Loch Airigh na h-Airde (1).

 

WEEK TWO July 20th – 25th

Water levels slowly dropping to 2’ 4” but still a respectable height for this time of the season. Winds varying from NW to SW. 33 salmon and grilse and 6 sea-trout for the week and 248 salmon for the season to date.

Beat Returns: Sea Pool (3), Kelt Pool (3), Bridge Pool (4), Major’s (0), Birkie Hue (0), Burn Foot (0), Tot Hole (0), Captain’s (1), Long Pool (1), Island Pool (1), Fraser Bird’s (0), Pople’s (0),
Lower Rocky (0), Colonel Bradford’s (0), Upper Rocky (0), Benjie (0), Lower Battery (0), Battery (0), Jubilee (0), New Pool (0), Loch Faoghail an Tuim (7), First Stream (2), Loch Faoghail Charrason (0), Macleay’s Stream (5), Sanderson’s (0), Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal (4), Ford Stream (2),
Loch an Easa Ghil (0), Loch Airigh na h-Airde (1).

 

WEEK ONE July 16th – 18th

A short “week”, as we finally opened on 15th July. With physical distancing there is only very limited use of boats and we have reduced to four Rods from the usual eight. The traditional Grimersta Wednesday to Wednesday fishing week has been changed for this season with arrival on a Monday and departure on a Saturday to allow COVID-19 protocols in the lodge.

Heavy rain and strong south-westerly winds, with the Loch Faoghail Charrason (Loch Two) gauge at a
healthy 2’ 9”. Plenty of fish seen entering the “system” with a particularly good run on the Thursday evening. Fish in all pools on the river and good shoals at the First Stream, Loch Faoghail an Tuim (Loch One) and The Alligator on Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal (Loch Three)

25 salmon and grilse and 5 sea-trout for the party; the best a fresh 12 lb. fish taken from the tail of the First Stream by Victor Beamish on a Size 14 Black Squire.

Beat Returns: Sea Pool (1), Kelt Pool (0), Bridge Pool (4), Major’s (0), Birkie Hue (0), Burn Foot (0), Tot Hole (0), Captain’s (0), Long Pool (1), Island Pool (1), Fraser Bird’s (0), Pople’s (0),
Lower Rocky (0), Colonel Bradford’s (0), Upper Rocky (0), Benjie (1), Lower Battery (0), Battery (0), Jubilee (0), New Pool (0), Loch Faoghail an Tuim (8), First Stream (0), Loch Faoghail Charrason (0), Macleay’s Stream (0), Sanderson’s (0), Loch Faoghail Chiórabhal (4), Ford Stream (5),
Loch an Easa Ghil (0), Loch Airigh na h-Airde (0).

... and some Grimersta Ghillies past & present featured in Seisean HebCelt (HebCelt Sessions) during Lockdown 2020 raising funds for Bethesda Hospice so please give generously and support this charity that does so much for our community in the islands. Here is the link to the JustGiving page. All funds go directly to the charity.:

 

Early Season / June Report

No fish were caught in early spring this year, although we had the occasional hardy angler giving it a go. Just as we would expect to start picking a few Springers up, Covid-19 put a spanner in the works and all fishing stopped until Friday 29th May. From that point local anglers were able to have a cast (whilst observing the necessary social distancing and hygiene requirements).

Water levels were pretty low but fish were very much in evidence. Re-opening day saw several fish lost and the first two fish of the year were landed on the 30th by Colin Macleod, including a lovely 8 lb. cock fish from the Kelt Pool. The water remained fairly low throughout early June, but with enough for fish to comfortably run the river. At it's lowest it dropped to 1' 7” on the gauge.

By mid-June multiple fish were being caught daily throughout the system by local anglers and Grimersta staff, with fish caught from the Sea Pool to Loch Airigh na h-Airde (Loch Four). Although mostly average sized grilse, the fish have all been in excellent condition and fought strongly.

As the month progressed more and more fish were in evidence, both in the river and lochs and in the sea loch. A dramatic thunderstorm and torrential rain on the 25th brought the system up to over 2' and further heavy rain a few days later brought it up to a high of 3' 6”. This rise brought with it a good run of fish and some spectacular catches. On Monday 29th June 25 fish were landed and many more lost.  Gordon Mackenzie managed 6 to his rod for the day and Howard Maciver had 7.

We finished June on a total of 105 for the month, and 107 for the season overall, This is the best return for June since 2002 and extremely encouraging for the rest of the season.

 


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