Welcome to Oykel Salmon Flies and Tackle – 8 Cherry Wynd – Culbokie – Dingwall – Ross-shire – IV7 8ND
We offer a range of products and services – from a single fly to tuition and advice – designed to give every fly fisher with just what they need to pursue their passion for angling. We also provide river owners with advice on in-stream river works and riparian zone works.
Oykel Salmon Flies & Tackle (OSFT) evolved in 1980. I am the third generation of my family to have ghillied on the Oykel. Between us, we have worked well over a century on this world famous salmon river. Indeed one could almost say that the Oykel flows in our veins! In 2005 I was honoured to be personally awarded an MBE for services to salmon fisheries within the Kyle of Sutherland.
I began my career as a ghillie at the age of 15 in 1960. I became Head Ghillie at just 18 and progressed to Fishery Manager in 1985. Since then I have combined both roles. I have also acted as a Salmon Fishery Consultant to the Lower Oykel Proprietors, designing and constructing new salmon pools, some of which have produced far more fish than I would ever have imagined! My experience has also included the supervision of major river bank restoration works as well as hatchery work, river habitat surveys and electro-fishing for juvenile fish. I am due to retire as Head Ghillie and Fishery Manager in January 2010. However I have been asked to continue in a consultative capacity for the Lower Oykel Fishery.
For very many years we haved designed and tied salmon flies. They have enjoyed astonishing success worldwide. Here the Oykel General Practitioner (OGP) has been known to account for 42% of the seasons catch on the Lower Oykel.
I do not claim to be a world fly champion caster. However I have won local events such as the North of Scotland Salmon and Trout distance trophy on more than one occasion and, because of my profession, I am highly proficient at giving tuition in all aspects of salmon fly fishing and casting – in particular the techniques used in the Scottish Highlands.Order by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RegardsGeorge R Ross.