Morsgail Estate is a wonderfully secluded estate of some 14,000 acres situated on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis with a very comfortable fully refurbished modern lodge and excellent unspoilt salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing, exciting red deer stalking and walked up grouse shooting over pointers. The estate and lodge are accessed by a two mile private road from the coast road, and this is the only road on the estate.

Fishing 

Fishing is available for salmon, sea trout and brown trout on both river and loch. The principal system is the Morsgail, which has two boats on the loch and two rods fishing the upper and lower rivers. The river is at its best in spate conditions. There can also be exciting fishing in the Loch Ken Resort estuary, particularly early in June and July when numbers of sea trout can build up. There is a further boat on Loch Langavat, headwaters of the famous Grimersta river, offering the chance of a salmon, ferox and brown trout. In addition there are numerous lochs offering brown trout fishing. 

Stalking

Morsgail offers exciting red deer stalking for one rifle on two beats, with an expectation of up to 5 stags per week.

Shooting

The estate offer walked up grouse shooting over the estate pointers, and snipe and woodcock later in the season.

Rods

For salmon and sea trout on the lochs and rivers of Lewis and Harris a 10ft 7 weight is the ideal tool. The same rod can be pressed into service on the brown trout lochs although this is often ‘too much rod’ and a 9 ft 5 weight might be more appropriate.

Dapping can be a deadly technique for sea trout. Some lodges have a supply of dapping rods but if not 17ft telescopic outfits can be cheaply sourced. (Dapping is great for beginners.) 

If you are planning on fishing in the sea for Pollock/coalfish off the rocks a 9 ft 9 weight is the best tool.

Lines

95% of the time a floating line would be the first choice in the western isles. In very high water or windy weather an intermediate might be useful or alternatively a couple of sinking polyleaders.  For sea fishing off the rocks fast sinking shooting heads are almost essential.

Flies

Generally people fish a 2 or 3 fly cast on the lochs. The size is largely dictated by the wind. Traditionally the top dropper would be drawn through the surface film with a slightly heavier fly or double on the point anchoring the cast. This is still a deadly technique. The bigger the wave the bigger the fly. Everyone has their favourites but we would recommend the following for the lochs:-

Muddler Minnow (natural, orange, on Harris traditional flies with muddler heads score heavily), zulu, kate maclaren, bibio, grouse and claret, soldier palmer, goats toe, clan chief, silver daddy, black pennel, butcher, green peter in a range of sizes.

River- Shrimp flies- cascade, ally, calvin. Dark flies- willie gunn, stoat, silver stoat, green butt. Teal blue and silver, medicine, Sunray and hitch tubes.

Trout- the smaller sizes of the loch patterns will cover much of the fishing but I would also take Hedgehogs, sedges, grouse and claret, doobry

Sea- Sinuous sandeel’s for Pollock etc, teal and blue for sea trout.

Other

Dapping floss, gink, nylon 6-12 lb’s, midge repellent. 

Morsgail Lodge is sited in a spectacular secluded position, nearly two miles from a main road, in a south facing position overlooking Loch Morsgail. Built in 1986 in a traditional style, the lodge has been extensively refurbished and modernised in 2006/2007 to provide very comfortable accommodation for 10 in 5 ensuite double/twin bedrooms on the first floor. Additional accommodation for a further two can be made available with a sofa bed downstairs. The public rooms include a sitting room with wood burning stove, looking over Loch Morsgail, a large kitchen, separate dining room,gun/rod room with amazing views over the loch, drying room and utility room. It provides ideal accommodation for both fishing and family parties. Dogs are welcome on the estate, but not in the house. Kennels are provided nearby

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Morsgail - Estate Info

Morsgail Estate is a wonderfully secluded estate of some 14,000 acres situated on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis with a very comfortable fully refurbished modern lodge and excellent unspoilt salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing, exciting red deer stalking and walked up grouse shooting over pointers. The estate and lodge are accessed by a two mile private road from the coast road, and this is the only road on the estate.

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