Looking North towards the Paps by Jase Snape
It's that time of year again. My favourite time of year. Summer is nearly here, the rivers are alive with rising fish, the evenings are getting longer and longer, some of the local farmers have cut their first grass of the year and that can only mean one thing. It's time to pack the van with as much angling and dramming related kit and people as possible, and point it North t'wards my favourite place on Earth, the Isle of Islay.....Angling and Dramming Heaven.
This time there will be quite a large party of us travelling to and meeting on Islay, some to work, some to fish, some to drink good whisky and some to do all three. Among us will be people who are lucky enough to have travelled to this beautiful island before, but there will also be people who are making the long trip for the first time and I'm enjoying seeing their faces when they encounter the island's magic and get sucked in to 'Islay Time'.
Finlaggan House with the Paps of Jura beyond by Jase Snape
During the week, our party will be fishing the wild lochs of Islay. Glen will be guiding anglers on the loch Finlaggan and we'll be exploring further afield, visiting other fishy places such as Lochs Ballygrant, Gorm and Ardnahoe. With Glen for company, I'm sure there will be laugh or two, and by the end of the week, our Islay newcomers will know for sure that they have truly been given the 'Pointon treatment'.
The Paps of Jura and Finlaggan Castle by Jase Snape
Our base will be Finlaggan House overlooking the historic Finlaggan Castle, once the home of the Lord of the Isles.
Finlaggan House by Jase Snape
Woody into the wind on Loch Finlaggan by Mark Williams
Pointon casting to rises late September evening 2009
We'll be happy if we catch a few like these.....
A 5lb fish from Ardnahoe.......
Click here for info about Laggan Estate fishing
Click here for info about Dunlossit Estate fishing
Click here for info about Islay Estates fishing
We've picked a great week to visit Islay. It is the week of the Islay Festival of Malt and Music. I'll be working at Lagavulin Distillery on Saturday 21st May and at Caol Ila Distillery on Monday 23rd of May where I'll be holding 'nips and nibble' whisky and food matching events...I can't wait!
Click here for loads of info about the Islay Festival of Malt and Music 2011
Please watch the video below which was put together by Mark Unsworth from Islay Studios. The film shows scenes from last year's festival.........
If you are interested in joining us on one of our trips to Islay, please don't hesitate to get in touch.......
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