We have a fairly exclusive, super amazing opportunity for 6 lucky anglers to join SmithFly in the wild hinterlands of extreme northern Scotland fishing for Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout and wild brown trout at the amazing Kinloch Lodge on the River Hope
July 1- 8th, 2018.
Crucially, the estates (all now owned by one guy) have combined all of their fishing options under one main lodge. By combining all of the estate's fly fishing assets under one operation means that we are able to fish this vast area as it if it were wilderness. Selecting the best options for guests each day based on prevailing conditions, and with the ability to fish a variety of styles in a single day. Moving from salmon river to loch, or wherever is best, to ensure we always get some good fishing.
- River Hope (Tidal salmon river)
- River Kinloch (Classic highland spate river)
- Loch Hope (Scotland's best seatrout fishery)
- Wild trout lochs (dozens of wild lochs filled with hungry and willing brown trout.
The estate does have Ghillies for the river fishing, however their role is more like that of a green's keeper in golf rather than a caddy. So they are there to give a rough idea of where and what to fish but they don't stand on your shoulder and help you tie flies or work on your cast.
If you've followed the SmithFly social media feed this past summer you may already be aware that we fished Scotland with The Wild Rise Company. And we already know he does the best everything proper way.
We had an amazing time fishing and exploring Scotland for two weeks. The history, culture, is amazing and the fishing is as one might expect, as good as it could get if you factor in all the history and tradition as the role of the birth of fly fishing.
How to get there:
Last year, the SmithFly crew flew on Norwegian airlines out of Stewart International Airport with a non-stop flight to Edinburgh. As of this writing a one way ticket on this flight is only $139! So to keep it even more affordable we drove to New York. To get to the lodge you will need to rent a car in Edinburgh and drive to the lodge which is about 5-6 hour north. So it's not exactly easy to get to, but sort of the whole point right?
Photos from our 2017 Scotland trip.