Membership 2024

MEMBERSHIP of the OTFA is the most active way for the individual angler to support the essential work of conservation and preservation of the trout fishing in Orkney. For a nominal sum of money, local and visiting anglers may use all the facilities of the Association and also ensure the future of some of the best wild trout fishing available.

For the 2024 season anglers may join/renew their OTFA subscription online. Site keys, boat tags and visiting angler brochure if required, will still be available for collection from
W. Shearer, Victoria St, Kirkwall on the production of a membership payment receipt.

Following the 2024 AGM the annual subscriptions for this season remain as per 2023

Subscription Rates 2024
Full Members £40.00
Visiting Angler £30.00
Concessionary member (OAP 65+, and disabled) £20.00
Juniors (school attendee) £5.00

Boat registration Details:
When joining the association members will pay the subscription fee of £3.00 for the first boat owned and a fee of £10.00 for each additional boat owned.  A numbered registration tag. will be issued. Members are advised to fix the tag to the bow of their boat before placing on the Association Sites.

Replacement/spare keys, if required. can be purchased from
William Shearer
Victoria Street

Competition Entry Fees:
Entry fees for each competition are Fly: £4.00
Brodgar League: £4.00
Junior: £0.00

Competitors may pay the season's Fly and Brodgar League competition entry fees prior to the start of competitions.

Full members may pay the combined sum of: £88.00 for Fly competitions (including subscriptions)

Full members may pay the combined sum of: £68.00 for Brodgar League competitions (including subscriptions)

And must be paid on entry at:
W. Shearer, Victoria St. Kirkwall.

2024 subscriptions will be available from

William Shearer, Victoria St. Kirkwall

Merkister Hotel, Harray (Membership only No Competition entry)

For further information contact:

Malcolm Russell
Heddle Road,
Orkney KW17 2EG

Tel: 01856 761586


Boat Hire on Orkney Lochs

Need A Local Ghillie?

If you would like to email Jim Adams, direct or through the web site contact form he can put you in touch with a local ghillie

Recently we have been receiving a number of enquiries regarding boat hire on the Orkney Lochs. Over the past few seasons the number of local land owners making boat hire available has decreased probably due to the rising costs involved in offering this service.
Local OTFA members in general do not hire out their own boats, engines and equipment but a few local anglers offer a ghillie service with boats and motors on all the lochs but again do not advertise and rely on word of mouth. The aforementioned if by far your safest option and should guarantee excellent boats, motors and fishing – but comes at a price.
To our knowledge the following are at present hiring boats on our lochs:

Harray Loch: Merkister Hotel, telephone: 01856 771366

Boardhouse: Barony Hotel, telephone 01856 721327 or
Mr W Hay, telephone 01856 841722

Swannay: Mr R Breck, telephone: 01856 721281