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Dunalastair Water

 

Dunalastair Water lies between Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel and is fed by the River Tummel. It was formed by the Tummel/Garry hydro scheme, but is entirely natural looking. Furthermore it is unusual in that it is very shallow. Being flanked by attractive woodlands and pastureland makes it a very pleasant environment.

Fishing is strictly from boats only and outboard motors are banned. The shallow nature of the loch makes for rich feeding as the waters warm quickly and generates heavy fly life. Caution must be exercised as old tree roots can catch out the unwary. The loch is well known for its big fish, which feed predominantly late at night on the old riverbed course. Larger than normal flies can be used and Pennels, Invicta and Wickams do well.

 

Loch Rannoch
Loch Rannoch on a windy day!

     

Rannoch on a fine day
Super photo by David Fergusson
taken on a nice day!

 

Loch Rannoch is a large water running east to west and extending to 10 miles in length and just over a mile at it widest. It is a typical ribbon lake, bordered by spectacular mountains to both the north and south, the most famous being Schiehallion to the southeast. Many of the banks are wooded. The Black Wood on the south shore is one of the few last remnants of the old Caledonian Pine Forest, which once covered the land.

Loch Rannoch is perhaps most famous for its huge Ferox trout. Ferox are actually brown trout, which have discovered that other fish make an ideal meal. As a result of their carnivorous activities they grow faster and can attain enormous size. Indeed for until 1993 Loch Rannoch held the UK record. Many fish over 20lbs have been recorded from Rannoch and even a few larger specimens are rumoured to have been caught.

Fishing for Ferox is a real challenge and can be very specialised. Since they feed on smaller fish, the best bait is their natural prey, which in Rannoch is either other small trout or arctic charr, of which there are at least two species in the loch. These are best presented as a wobbled bait (often at depth). Live baiting is not allowed, alternatively large plugs (Rapalas) can be used. This is best achieved from a moving boat in order to cover as much water as possible.

However Rannoch is an unusual Scottish loch in that it has good areas of shallows particularly at the western end. These are ideal for fly-fishing from a boat (loch style drifting). The sheer knowledge that there are monster fish are in the loch adds a certain edge to your day. Indeed they do sometimes come to the fly. As the loch runs west to east (with the prevailing winds) there are some superb "drifts". Most of the trout are just under the pound, but they make for great sport with a team of three traditional flies such as the Pennel, Wickams Fancy and Bibio. Modern patterns such as the Pearly Pennel are also favoured. Fishing with a long rod and a short line enables the angler to present quietly and to hang that bob fly in the manner so beloved of the brown trout. Trout season extends from March 15th till October 6th.

The loch has the further advantage that minor roads (B846) run round its margins. This makes bank access much easier. Since larger fish use the burns and rivers to spawn in autumn, such locations offer a chance of an even better fish.


The loch is fed at its western end by the River Gaur which itself is sourced far to the west from Lochs Laidon and Eigheach. There are also numerous burns, which join the loch round its margins as well as another river called the Ericht. These all add to the rich features of the loch's Fishing. While the loch is part of the Tummel/Garry hydro scheme, with a barrage at its eastern outflow, the loch is quite natural and very beautiful. The loch contains brown trout, arctic charr and pike.

 

 
     
Dunalastair Estate

Dunalastair Estate
Self catering holiday cottages Rannoch by Pitlochry, Scotland. Secluded cottages, individually sited log fires - four-posters - pets welcome.

 

Boats avaialable £20/day.
Contact Jim at Lochgarry Cottage on 01882 632 354.


     
     
     
 
 
 

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