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    Default Re: North Coast 500 - Fishing for trout in the highlands

    As already said I'd get a copy of Bruce's book and highlight the lochs on the route then highlight them on an OS map, then you have the choices and know what to expect from each place.
    I'm guessing not many here know the route so not easy to be more specific.
    Goodbye Denzil

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    Default Re: North Coast 500 - Fishing for trout in the highlands

    Probably be slim pickings on the Halladale and Thurso in May . However it’s got to be worth a phone call? 7wt would cover most of the water. Cheers
    GG

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    Default Re: North Coast 500 - Fishing for trout in the highlands

    it's a great route in either direction but I would do it anti clockwise as the scenery just keeps getting better as you go.
    If you only stick to the route you will miss a lot of places that are worth a detour. NC500 guide books are available as you probably know.
    Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last river poisoned, will we realise, we cannot eat money.

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    Default Re: North Coast 500 - Fishing for trout in the highlands

    How is the road for traffic now it has a new name?

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    Default Re: North Coast 500 - Fishing for trout in the highlands

    You're guaranteed to be stuck behind a hired motorhome at least 50% of the time. They're everywhere since the nc500 was introduced. They drive at tortoise speed, yet still manage to slow down even more, to 'look at the view'.


    One more cast.....

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    Default Re: North Coast 500 - Fishing for trout in the highlands

    Quote Originally Posted by gegg View Post
    You're guaranteed to be stuck behind a hired motorhome at least 50% of the time. They're everywhere since the nc500 was introduced. They drive at tortoise speed, yet still manage to slow down even more, to 'look at the view'.
    Unfortunately this is quite correct. Also, this behaviour means that the queue behind them becomes unmanageable when the road sections with passing places are reached - and only the locals are used to the pulling in and reversing etiquette.
    But it is still a trip worth doing. My choices of places to fish would be Scourie and Dunnet Head. Both for the fishing and the views.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gegg View Post
    You're guaranteed to be stuck behind a hired motorhome at least 50% of the time. They're everywhere since the nc500 was introduced. They drive at tortoise speed, yet still manage to slow down even more, to 'look at the view'.
    Unfortunately this is quite correct. Also, this behaviour means that the queue behind them becomes unmanageable when the road sections with passing places are reached - and only the locals are used to the pulling in and reversing etiquette.
    But it is still a trip worth doing. My choices of places to fish would be Scourie and Dunnet Head. Both for the fishing and the views.

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    Default Re: North Coast 500 - Fishing for trout in the highlands

    Yes, there is more traffic now but the north of Scotland is not like most of the U.K. I drive to all corners of the country and I know where I'd rather be!
    If you can avoid school holidays it's obviously better.
    If everyone stuck to the rule of using passing places to allow following, faster traffic to get by on the single track sections it would help. Foreign drivers are the worst at this imho.
    On the plus side, the extra visitors are bringing much needed income to the Highlands.
    Anyway, relax, enjoy the stunning scenery and allow some extra time for photo stops, you won't regret it.
    Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last river poisoned, will we realise, we cannot eat money.

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    Default Re: North Coast 500 - Fishing for trout in the highlands

    What about shoals of ignorant ***** on cycles?

    It is bad enough over here on the island in the tourist (pain in the @rse) season when you need to get about your business in a hurry, so I feel for the natives.

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    Default Re: North Coast 500 - Fishing for trout in the highlands

    Watch out for the TT riders who seem to think it's a good name for a race, or the wild bunch on their Harleys, I watched about 100 passing a loch , I was out in the Boat,and the noise was incredible, easker1

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    Default Re: North Coast 500 - Fishing for trout in the highlands

    Quote Originally Posted by easker1 View Post
    Watch out for the TT riders who seem to think it's a good name for a race, or the wild bunch on their Harleys, I watched about 100 passing a loch , I was out in the Boat,and the noise was incredible, easker1
    The Harley wild bunch were probably doctors, bankers etc.. Top of the range tourers are nudging 30,000 now, it's not a cheap hobby!

    Motorcycle News has been extolling the virtues of many routes around Scotland almost weekly for months now.
    Some of these will be plodding tourers, others riding in a more "spirited" manner. A lot of those bikers are from abroad as well, Scotland is a biking destination for many.

    That's how I first visited in 1987 since when I had at least one holiday every year until I moved here permanently.
    As I mentioned earlier, the visitors bring lots of welcome money to this beautiful part of the world.
    Unfortunately, the road surfaces are deteriorating year on year.
    Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last river poisoned, will we realise, we cannot eat money.

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