Born in 1967, Mitchell Partridge has been fishing since the age of 10 and was well and truly hooked on the sport by the time he landed his first salmon, aged 12.
After serving in the military, Mitchell settled on the Isle of Skye where he has been a full time ghillie since 2001. He lives with partner Samantha not far from Talisker distillery. Whether he’s at home, walking on the hills, or out on the water, his collie dog Breac is his constant companion.
Mitchell has been lucky enough to have fished some of the best salmon rivers in Scotland, including the Dee, Tay and of course the mighty Spey. Locally on Skye he guides on 4 miles of the R. Snizort as well as several other rivers and frequently fishes loch Leathan and Fada where the famous Old Man of Storr provides a stunning backdrop. He knows many of Skye’s rivers and lochs extensively and has many a ‘secret spot’.
As well as being recognised as Skye’s most experienced ghillie, Mitchell is also an island walking guide, taking people off the beaten track to see Skye’s abundant flora and fauna. Mitchell’s military background adds another dimension to his walks – with ad-hoc Bushcraft and survival skills providing an unusual and interesting twist to his excursions.
On a rare day off, what does he do to relax? You got it walking and fishing.
Mitchell holds a current first aid certificate is a volunteer for the RSPB monitoring the white tailed eagle population on Skye. He is also a trained marine medic with the British divers marine mammal rescue and is actively involved in the rescue of whales, dolphins and seals.