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Hooked On Scotland 2

In this extended series, Paul Young explores the vast fishing opportunities that Scotland and its network of islands offer. He meets up with some fantastic characters from the Scottish fishing scene including experts, ghillies, riparian owners and even a world famous author! Each episode sees Paul visit different locations in each region seeking out the best fishing spots whether shore or boat fishing, fly fishing for Trout and Salmon, Pike and Coarse fishing.
Paul heads north for the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides and discovers the delights of the island's magnificent fishing. The programme begins on the North Harris estate as Paul watches Atlantic Salmon leaping the falls on the Little Castle river, before estate manager Tim Kirkwood gives Paul the rundown on the fishing here. Tim then takes Paul on to one of Scotland's most famous Salmon and Sea Trout lochs, Loch Voshmid where Paul gets some early sport with a nice Sea Trout. As the wind gets up, Paul retreats to the shore in the afternoon and despite the blustery conditions has further success. Paul then heads out to sea to try some of the saltwater angling available here before enjoying more fly fishing on Harris.
Paul sets off to discover the great variety of fishing available in Loch Lomond, perhaps Scotland's best known loch. The Loch holds a variety of Coarse species, plus salmon Trout and Pike. In fact, it holds the Scottish Pike record, with a fish of 47lbs caught in 1945. Paul meets up with Pike fishing expert Mike Maules, and they make an early start heading out on Mike's boat and getting 4 bait rods out. After a slow start, they finally get a run and after a tough fight, Mike lands a lovely 12lb fish. Game angling on the loch is controlled by the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association so Paul meets some of their members to discover just how the fishing works and the best way to fish it.
Paul returns to the Isle of Mull and meets up with Duncan and Brian Swinbanks who have recently started a lure manufacturing business to keep them busy during Winter. He then heads out with Brian on to Loch Frisa, trolling some of these new lures for large Brown Trout, which are a feature of this water. Its April and with fishing lying deep, this is a great way to find them and Paul does just that landing a sizable Brown Trout. Fly fishing for Trout and Salmon gets underway properly during Summer but it's the sheer variety of sea angling that makes Mull such a great destination. Duncan and Brian invite Paul out for day's boat fishing with the challenge of seeing just how many different species they can catch in a day.
Paul visits one of Scotland's most famous Rivers, the Tay and its surrounding area of Perthshire. As well as some excellent salmon fishing, Paul also visits Perth Museum to see the famous British record Tay salmon, caught in 1922 by Miss Georgina Ballentine, it weighed 64lbs. But Perthshire is not only known for its salmon, the area also has coarse fishing for pike, perch, roach and grayling. Paul also discovers that many of the lochs in Perthshire have a healthy stock of trout
Forming part of the Outer Hebrides, South Uist is famous for its brown trout, that thrive in the rich Macher lochs dotted along the west side of the island. Paul joins John Kennedy for an evening's trout fly-fishing. Later he heads out to a couple of inshore marks for a session fishing for Pollack. When he visits Loch Fadda to wade the shoreline, sea trout and salmon are his quarry.
For the angler, Sutherland is renowned for its wild Brown Brout lochs in and around Durness. Each year, specimen trout are taken by visiting anglers which thrive on the nutrient rich waters. Paul joins Bruce Sandison on Loch Calladale and with a nice wave they adopt traditional loch style tactics using Black Pennells and Soldier Palmers to try to tempt fish on or near the surface. With Bruce's fishing prayer and his expert boatmanship, he soon has them on the fish landing some beautiful Brown Trout. Taking a break from the fishing, Paul smartens himself up and meets up with Dame Barbara Cartland, one of the most successful authors of all time and a keen Salmon angler. An endearing feature of Sutherland is its mountainous terrain and numerous highland spate rivers, and Paul visits the Helmsdale town water for the chance of a Salmon before trying the famous River Dionard.
The River Tweed, perhaps Scotland's most majestic river, here set against the backdrop of Floors Castle estate, Paul fishes with his grace, the Duke of Roxburgh on the Floors beat. Then he meets up with Jim Miller to fish the world famous Junction Pool in the heart of Kelso, a memorable day, as Paul hooks his personal best salmon on the fly at 20lbs.
Fishing amidst the beautiful Torridon Mountains of Wester Ross is almost reward enough for being in this part of Scotland. Although the fishing nowadays is only a shadow of what it once was, perseverance and adapting your tackle to meet conditions can still bring results, especially in the late summer when water levels are a wee bit higher. As in Harris the deep water close inshore can provide some excellent sport from both shore and boats.
Approximately 18 miles to the north of Dunnet Head in Caithness, across the Pentland Firth, sits the fertile chain of islands collectively known as Orkney. For the angler, the islands are home to a great variety of trout lochs, the largest of which is Loch Harry, not far from Kirkwall. Paul joins local angling experts Stan Headly and Billy Sinclair in search of Orkney Brownies. The rugged coastline around the islands offers great scope for sea angling, as seen when Paul fishes Hoxa Head for big pollack and coal fish.
Paul heads to Dumfries in the southwest of Scotland and starts his trip by fishing for Arctic Char in a newly opened fishery near Locherbie. He then visits Drulanrig Castle and the River Nith for some late season salmon fishing. At Polnuer, Paul enters the World Flounder Tramping Championships, trying to catch flounder with his bare feet.
Paul fishes in the beautiful Stirling area, home of William Wallace who was immortalised in the film Braveheart by Mel Gibson. Here Paul joins local anglers on the River Forth on the craggy Corner Pool, where bait, fly and spinning are all successful methods of catching Salmon. Every season the Forth produces some big fish and Salmon to over 20lbs are not uncommon. Paul then meets up with Peter Anderson on the River Teith starting on the town water before moving upstream to find some lovely fly water where Peter saw a good fish. Stirling also offers some excellent coarse fishing for perch, roach, carp and pike and Paul explores the options for this too.
On his trip to West Argyll, Paul begins by fishing on the River Fyne for salmon. Then on to beautiful Loch Awe to explore its potential for pike. The programme also includes shots of the then new British brown trout record, a magnificent specimen of just under 20lbs.
Paul begins this programme at the very source of the Clyde, high in the hills of Lanarkshire, from here he explores the river downstream to the estuary. Nowadays the Clyde offers a variety of fishing, including salmon, sea trout and trout as well as a whole host of coarse fish. Many sea anglers also enjoy fishing the Clyde estuary.
Islay is known as the "Queen of the Inner Hebrides" and is just a short ferry sail from Oban on the mainland. Paul begins the programme here, fishing Loch Gorm with local angler Billy "the Butcher" for trout. He then sets off on a trek around the numerous lochs on Jura. He also tries a spot of sea angling out of Port Charlotte and even some coarse fishing for roach and rudd.
It's "back to school" for Paul on Speyside as he meets up with fly casting tutor Arthur Oglesby, an expert spey caster and angler. Later they both head down river to fish the Castle Grant beat, noted for its lively run of fresh salmon in early May. Sea Trout also feature strongly on the Spey, the best time to fish for them is after dark.
Paul travels over the seas to Skye to join members of the local angling club to fish the famous Storr Lochs, which lie in the shadow of the Old Man of Storr, an ancient tall rock stack. There's salmon fishing on the River Snizort and sea angling out from Portree. Then Paul sets off in search of ancient Loch Char.
The Kingdom of Fife on the east coast is home to Scotland's best known trout lochs. Loch Leven, a fishery that in its hey day could boast 35,000 rod visits per season is home to the famous silvery Loch Leven Trout, a slim powerful fish that looks more like a sea trout than a brownie. Paul spends an evening fishing Loch Leven, he also goes sea angling and salmon fishing in the River Eden.
Caithness in the extreme northwest of Scotland is famous for its rugged coastline. Here Paul begins with loch fishing for wild brown trout, then explores the sea angling potential in the area. On the River Thurso, Eddie McCalthy shows Paul how the river level is maintained during summer droughts. This artificial spate actually turns out to help Paul connect with a couple of nice Thurso salmon.


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Loch lomond (the big loch)

Rated 5 out of 5
18th January 2023

Great to hear the words of wisdom from Dave Sunman (sadly no longer with us) during the loch Lomond episode as he had the trolling lures out in the company of Paul. Wonderful scenery but a shadow of the former fishery as it was then . Fantastic series, shame they don’t make fishing programs of this quality any more. Thanks Fishing TV it is great to re-live episodes

Alex Burns


Rated 5 out of 5
22nd May 2021

I thought I had seen all these on a TV channel at some point, but it transpires that I haven’t. It’s so refreshing to see a professional presenter present interesting angling programmes unlike todays ego trippers. Please, please, please can somebody make more programmes like these.

Mike Fox

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