Stuart Topp

Stuart has been introducing anglers to the fishing in Orkney since the early 1970s and as a keen flytyer has been providing flies both to local and visiting fishers.

In more recent years the quality of boats available has improved significantly and Stuart now works with the modern and purpose-built "Drifter" 470. A pair of pedestal pivot seats combined with the internal flat floor make fishing very comfortable and the boat can be easily moved to the loch of the angler’s choice.

Information is constantly sought from fellow anglers such that we have a good idea which of the lochs are providing the best opportunities and which techniques most likely to be rewarded at any particular time.

Scapa Drifter 470

Providing for the skilled and experienced visitor is an exciting challenge however Stuart is equally comfortable helping beginners with casting or variety of approach.

Visiting parties of various sizes can be catered for with the co-operation of experienced fellow boatmen.

The Lochs

Orkney lochs

The fishing in Orkney is for wild brown trout and takes place in a wide variety of waters. Most of the interest lies in the lochs of the West Mainland, that is the area to the north of Kirkwall and Stromness. The main lochs of Harray, Swannay, Boardhouse and Hundland encompass by far the greater part of the angling effort and provide such variety that the visitor is truly spoilt for choice. There are extensive areas accessible to those who wish to wade which, given the shallow nature of the lochs, provide wonderful sport. Many anglers prefer to go afloat and would argue that loch-style drifting gives the very best of opportunities and it is certainly true that that is what most anglers come to Orkney to experience.

Unlike many parts of the north of Scotland the waters here are nutrient rich with an abundance of insect, snail and shrimp; not surprisingly therefore trout are fast growing, numerous and almost always in excellent condition. Orkney is one of those special places where exceptional sport can be had in an inspiring environment.


Angler with Orkney trout

The price per day for guided fishing is £95. This includes all that you would expect – boat, gillie, engine and petrol – and is, of course, normally shared between two anglers. Those travelling alone might contact Stuart to see what arrangement might be made.

Lifejackets are provided.

We can be entirely flexible and indeed generous about time understanding that a nine to five approach is not always required.

We have a policy of requiring guests to take out a Visitor’s Membership of the Orkney Trout Fishing Association at £20.

For accommodation we are pleased to recommend the Smithfield Hotel.


Stuart Topp




KW17 2ND

Tel: +44 (0)1856 721488