Rainbow Trout fishing in Scotland
There are a great many rainbow trout fisheries across Scotland. They range from small, man-made waters fished from the bank to large, more natural bodies of water, typically fished from 2-man boats. For most fishers, it is the later type that hold the greatest appeal. Many of the larger fisheries are of a standard to sustain competition fishing among clubs and fishing associations. Of these, there are two which stand out as the best stillwater rainbow trout fisheries in Scotland; The Lake of Menteith and Carron Valley Reservoir.
Both of these venues are within easy reach of Edinburgh and Glasgow and their locations are ideal for visitors looking to combine a day or two of excellent fly fishing with visiting Perthshire and the southern Highlands. In close proximity to both waters, visitors can go deer stalking, wing-bird shooting and golf.
The Lake of Menteith
The Lake of Menteith covers 700 acres and it is stocked every week with excellent quality trout. The fishery supports 34 boats, including a Wheely-boat for fishers with impaired mobility. The lake sits close to Callander and Stirling and is set amidst beautiful countryside. It is also possible to stay at the Lake of Menteith Hotel which overlooks the loch. As well as superb quality rainbow and brown trout the lake holds large pike and a diverse range of waterfowl. The osprey is a regular summer visitor. This is considered the premier rainbow trout fishery in Scotland and is home to the Scottish National Fly Fishing Tournament and other international events.
Carron Valley Reservoir
Carron Valley Reservoir is probably the most scenic stocked fishery in all of Scotland. Located in the eastern Campsie Fells, the reservoir covers about 1,000 acres and supports a healthy population of wild brown trout, supplemented by weekly stocking of both brown and rainbow trout. Although this is now a private, members-only venue