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Fishing in and around Hoy

Hoy is able to offer both sea fishing and fly fishing neither of which requires any permit or licence.

 

Sea Fishing

Orkney offers the sea angler a varied range of species to target on both heavy and light line tackle.

The species available around the Orkney Islands from both boat and shore include:

Ballan Wrasse
Brill
Cod
common skate
conger eel
cuckoo wrasse
Common Dab
Ballan Wrasse

Brill

Cod

Common Skate

Conger Eel

Cuckoo Wrasse

Dab

Flounder

Halibut

Ling

Plaice

Pollack

Porbeagle Shark

Turbot


Flounder
halibut
ling
plaice
Pollack
porbeagle shark
turbot

With advance notice we should be able to arrange a boat on Hoy to take two – three anglers out into Scapa Flow for a day trip of fishing.  Alternatively, Sea Orkney ((www.seaorkney.co.uk) based  on the Orkney mainland in Kirkwall are also available for charter to take a small party either sea-fishing - with rods provided - or whale watching, if you hope to watch rather than catch.

 

Remember though that one of the best spots to fish from the shore is considered by the locals to be the rocks at Cantick Head.  Other spots include the Old Man of Hoy and Lyness Harbour.

Fly Fishing

 We have a loch on Hoy, named Heldale Water, which has been stocked with Brown Trout by the Orkney Trout Fishing Association and may be fished without the need for a licence or permit.

The Scottish trout fishing season runs from 14th March - 6th October each year

brown trout

Heldale Water in South Hoy is completely different from all the other lochs in Orkney because of its great depth, up to fifty feet in parts. It also came under the OTFA stocking policy only recently and is now starting to produce quality fish but it is largely under fished due to its location and high sloping banks which make wading downright impossible on most of the loch.  With Arctic Char being reintroduced in autumn 2002, the future for this loch could be very interesting. 

There are no boats for hire at this loch. 

Elsewhere on Hoy, Hoglinns Loch, which feeds Heldale, is thought to be devoid of fish and the Sandy loch in North Hoy does not hold many.

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Elsewhere on Hoy, Hoglinns Loch, which feeds Heldale, is thought to be devoid of fish and the Sandy loch in North Hoy does not hold many.


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