a stunning loch

Skutes Water

managed by Shetland Anglers Association

Duration: 00:04 Distance: 0.33 km Ascent: 63.68m Difficulty: 5 / 100
High alkalinity Shallow Low shoreline complexity Low elevation Very small


We fished Skutes water on the way to Winayadepla.
It’s a completely featureless loch and it's hard to know where to start.
There is good wading all around the loch. You can wade the full length of the western shore, fan-casting your flies towards the bank and back to the drop-off. Good quality fish averaging 12 ounces can be caught and some bigger ones too.
The loch is in a bird reserve, so please try not to disturb the nesting birds.

  • Fetlar, Shetland
  • Lake
  • Brown trout



Permission & Tickets

Fishing permits can be purchased at either the Lerwick Tourist Office or the tackle shop, Rod and Line, which is in Harbour Street in Lerwick. The SAA organises a number of fishing competitions during the season running separate boat and bank leagues and the visiting angler will be made most welcome at these. Details will be supplied with your permit.

You can also buy a permit online from the Association's website.

Boats for hire – The Association has several boats for hire, and at present these are located at the following lochs – Loch of Benston, Loch of Asta, Loch of Northouse, Loch of Clousta, Loch of Tingwall, Sulma Water and Punds Water. These can change, but details of boat locations and hire can be got from the tackle shop.

Clubhouse – The SAA owns an unlicensed clubhouse, situated in Burns Lane in Lerwick, to which the visiting angler is most welcome. Hours of opening are from 8.30pm and 11.00pm on most Tuesdays and Fridays.

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