About Skye Ghillie


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’.

Earning his living from fishing has not diminished his enjoyment of the sport, he still loves nothing more than spending the day on a remote hill loch or river with his dog and his kettle; and when the fishing is good, cooking the fresh catch right there on the bank.

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.


What is a Ghillie?

The word ‘Ghillie’ is Gaelic for man servant, and this is essentially what the role entails.

The Ghillie is your personal assistant while you are fishing. He will advise you on the best tackle to use on any given day. If you are a beginner, he will show you how to tackle up and teach you all the intricacies of casting a fly. He will advise you on the lies where the fish are most likely to be found.

Your ghillie will have have knowledge of the river or loch bottom and help you wade safely so you can concentrate on your casting. When a boat is required, he will handle it so you can focus on your fishing.

He will help you with your fly choice and at what depth to fish it, wether it be a dry, wet or nymph fly, or perhaps all three at the same time. In essence he has the local knowledge that you lack. But he is not super human. Even he, on occasion, goes home with an empty bag!




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