The OTFA kindly ask that you please adhere to the following safety guidelines when using the OTFA sites for the 2021 season:

Site Huts:

The OTFA encourage all members & visitors to stay updated on the following guidance from the Scottish Government:

Thank you and tight lines for 2021!


2021 Season – Subscriptions update

As from Monday 26th April, and in accordance with the removal of travel restrictions throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK, OTFA annual subscription is open to visiting anglers.

Local members are asked NOT to select the online competition fees option as the cost for this season is reduced.   


Membership 2021

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 2021 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 and W.S. Sinclair, John St, Stromness on the production of a membership payment receipt.

Following the 2021 AGM the annual subscriptions for this season remain as per 2019

Subscription Rates 2021
Full Members £30.00
Visiting Angler £20.00
Local Disabled / OAP Concessionary (local anglers only) £15.00
Juniors (school attendee) £5.00

Replacement/spare keys. will be availabe from W.S.Sinclair’s in Stromness and William Shearer’s in Kirkwall ”

Boat registration Details:
When joining the association members will pay the subscription fee of £2.00 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.

2021 subscriptions will be available from
Merkister Hotel, Harray
W. S. Sinclair, Tackle Shop, Stromness
William Shearer, Victoria St. Kirkwall

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

Hundland: Mr R.Hourston, telephone: 01856 721275
Jim Sinclair, telephone 01856 771257

Swannay: Mr R Breck, telephone: 01856 721281