Car parking is on the right just after
you pass the Fishery office. The areas marked in red
show some of the favourite spots for bank anglers,
although you can find fish all round the reservoir. The
boats are moored in the bay in front of the office and
can fish anywhere inside the white poles located at both
ends of the reservoir. Tactics:
- Early Year - Lures such as
Dancers, Cats Whiskers, Damsels, Blood worms, Okay
- Spring - Buzzers, Cormorants,
Hares Ear, Diawl Bach
- Summer - Dries, Buzzers, Nymphs,
- Autumn - Lures & Buzzers
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The strong winds at the weekend spoiled the fishing but Brian
Ferrier provided an entertaining account of the corporate day
from the previous week along with lots of photographs.
Follow this link to see Brian's write up of events:
A big thanks to Brian and everyone involved for a great day
About 40 Anglers turned up for the Ferrier pumps open day on
Friday. The weather was kinder than usual and most of the
participants caught good numbers of fish. The top
anglers crept into double figures with muddlers, suspender
buzzers and hoppers on the bank opposite the cabin.
The fish were quite close to the shore and were all taken using
surface tactics. I tried the dam for a while
and was rewarded with my largest fish of the year (just over
12lbs) on a cormorant using an intermediate line.
The fish gave a good account of itself and was safely returned -
there are quite a few larger fish that were introduced earlier
in the year that are still to feature in the returns.
Things looked promising on Saturday with lots of fish rising
first thing but the wind strengthened and the fish became less
active as the day went on. Mick Mulgrew did
well on lures at the shallow end with a yellow dancer and damsel
on floating line tempting fish. Others had some success on
buzzers and FABs but the nymphs that had been successful earlier
in week didn't bring the same results. Dry flies
also attracted interest earlier in the day but the fresher
weather slowed things down. Fishing over the rest of
the week has generally been good with a mix of tactics bringing
success - suggest visitors ask when they visit for the latest
We received a good quantity of first rate blue and tiger
trout last Friday and the fishing was described as "ELECTRIC" by
some of the anglers. The fish were very active and
just about every fly was chased by the fish. The most
successful flies were back hoppers, dawl bachs, cormorants and
small black lures on floating lines. Fish were
active in all areas and some good catches were taken on dries.
I decided to try my luck on Monday, which brought a dramatic
change in the weather and discovered the fishing became more
challenging. After starting off with small black flies I
changed to a muddler and got one or two takes with no hook ups.
Two anglers in float tubes were doing well with back hoppers at
the shallow end so I decided to move to the dam and change
tactics after lunch. I was joined by Ian who quickly
got action on a sugar cube and CDC hopper with lots of takes and
two solid hook ups. There was lots of activity from
the fish but it was difficult to match whatever they were
taking. Other anglers had success on muddlers
and small lures. Fishing over the last couple of days
has picked up again and things look positive for the weekend.
There's plenty of fly life around so the fish will continue to
The fishing has continued to be excellent with
lots of anglers getting up to double figures. Last
Saturday started well with anglers getting action on diawl bachs
and nymphs. The wind then got up and seemed to put the
fish off. However, one or two anglers changed to lures and
had good returns. The fish are lively and were
hoping to see more top of the water action over the next few
weeks. Anglers last Saturday also witnessed at first
hand how important it is for walkers to keep their dogs on the
lead - A walker came off the hill with a large dog that then
proceeded to chase a lamb. To everyone's horror the lamb
jumped into the water and the dog followed.
Fortunately, a quick witted angler was able to manoeuvre his
boat between the lamb and the dog, which then retreated.
The angler was able to rescue the lamb and bring it back to the
All areas are fishing well and the best lines
are floating or midge tip, Diawl Bachs, Black lures, Yellow
Dancers, Hot Head Damsels, Black buzzers and Biscuit FABs are
all doing well.
Last Saturday fished well with a number of
anglers getting to double figures with different tactics.
Mayfly nymphs, buzzers and biscuit blobs all produced good
numbers of fish. The fish are in fine condition and
can be found in the top 5 feet of water so midge tip or floating
lines are best tactics. The boats are now doing well
- James Raeburn sent us a nice photo of a tiger after getting 18
to the boat this week (see photo on side bar). Oliver
Mayhew had a great day on his first visit and sent us a nice
email and photo - see the full story on our Facebook Page.
Outlook looks good for this Saturday...!
The weather has been extremely changeable over
the last couple of weeks but fishing has been good. The
clubs on Saturday had a good day with 23 anglers keeping 56 fish
and some returning quite a few on catch and release.
One or two larger fish have featured in the returns but quite a
few of the double figure specimens are yet to feature in the
returns. A real mixture of flies have been working well -
Boobies, Damsels, Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Blood Worms and FABs.
Most fish have been taken on floating and intermediate lines.
I'd suggest that anglers ask Karen what's working best when they
visit because the tactics have been so variable.
Free casting lessons are available on the last
Sunday of the month from Stevie Culbert. Stevie's
happy to provide casting tips for any anglers ranging from
beginners to experienced (It's never to late to learn something
new - roll cast, double hall, casting into the wind or just
avoiding the telegraph poles!). Why not catch up
with Stevie this sunday.
The fish are now well spread over the
reservoir and are in prime condition.
I met up with Mick and joined regular Marco at the burn
end. He had started
15 mins ahead of us and had already been broken and lost 3 fish
by the time we arrived.
I kicked off with a hares ear and 2 small buzzers and got
takes straight away - landing them was more of a challenge!
Mick did well on a traffic light buzzer and managed 3
fish before I landed and released one.
Marco was fishing a blue damsel and attracting lots of
takes. The fish were
lying about 4-6 feet down so a midge tip or slow intermediate
The fish went off slightly as the wind
strengthened so we decided to try the dam after lunch.
We met up with 2 anglers who told us that they had lots
of action with Ally McCoist and damsels.
A quick switch to lures brought action on black rabbits
with intermediate lines. I then decided to try a bung with
a black and red buzzer and was rewarded with a decent fish.
Mick was now on 9 fish and was determined to get into double
figures - I had to leave early so I'll let you know in
next weeks report if he achieved his target.
The area in front of the cabin was also fishing well and anglers
did well on buzzers with red or green cheeks.
Thought I'd also mention Marco's fishing blog - Fly Life which
he recently started -
www.flylife2017.wordpress.com you'll find extensive reports
about Loganlea and some great photos.
The fishing this week has been excellent with
anglers catching fish on buzzers, lures and nymphs.
Black buzzers with green or orange cheeks, hot head damsels and
hares ears all feature in the returns and the fish are now
better spread over the reservoir. Floating or midge
tip lines have been most successful but intermediates combined
with lures also produced results. The fishing last weekend
was more challenging with the bright weather putting fish off.
A good stocking of new fish was introduced on Thursday and this
should help keep things lively. The fishery is now open
until 6.30 in the evening.
Most anglers have been catching fish on a
variety of tactics - Bloodworms, OKayDokays, Buzzers, Hot Head
Damsels, White Rabbits.. have all featured in the catch returns.
The burn end continues to provide the best action, although the
area in front of the cabin and the far bank have also accounted
for fish. Fish have been taken near the surface as
well as on sinking and fast intermediate lines - ask others on
the day to find out what's working best. A
traffic light buzzer and red squirmy worm combination produced
good results (10+fish) for one angler on Saturday.
The first day of the new season kicked off on
Saturday and some anglers did exceptionally well with Hot Head
Damsels and lures. The freshly stocked fish all
headed for the burn end and anglers who were there early enough
had a terrific day with some getting well into double figures.
I tried the far bank with Mick Mulgrew in the morning and found
the fish harder to locate. We tried the area in front of
the cabin just after lunch and Mick hooked a lively 7lb+ fish
which gave a really good account of itself before being
released. We then headed back to the burn end and
met up with regulars Kenny & Billy. Kenny managed 3 fish
on a Diawl Bach and I had some success with an orange FAB.
The stocking included quite a few double figure fish and a good
number between 5 and 10lbs and all anglers reported that the
fish were lively and fought well. The boats also
picked up some fish but not in the same quantities as the bank
Looking forward to seeing folks this Saturday
for the opening day of 2017. We're stocking some fine
specimens in advance and hope to see some overwintered fish
feature in the returns.
Just a reminder that it's fly fishing only and
we open at 9am.
About 30 Anglers joined us again for the Alex
Jack Memorial Competition last Saturday. Everyone had a
great day with everyone contributing £10 towards the fishing
which provided prizes for the lucky winners. Food
was kindly provided by Davey Naismith and everyone
was treated to soups, stovies and cake at lunch time.
Billy Brown reluctantly returned the trophy that was provided
last year by Andy McBeth and lots of additional
prizes donated by Karen. Anglers had the choice of bank or
boat and set off in search of fish about 10am and broke at lunch
time to enjoy the soup and stovies. The fishery had
been stocked as usual the day before and
some large specimens have been introduced over the last few
Unfortunately (as last year) the fish resisted the temptation to
play ball and played hard to catch - by lunch time it was
apparent that most people would struggle to get anywhere near
the 15 fish maximum on the score card. Billy Brown,
last years winner failed to catch a fish by lunch
time and myself and Mick Mulgrew didn't expect to be in
the lead with 2 fish each . We had managed to
get into fish at the shallow end using FABs and small boobies
when the competition started. However, the weather changed
quickly and the bright conditions made the fish really difficult
to catch. In the afternoon I managed to catch another fish
on a Cormorant which took me into the lead, only to see Mick
catch 2 other fish in quick succession with an Ally McCoist.
Mick ended up in first place, myself second and Steven Smith
Alex is fondly remembered by all the Anglers
and we all clearly recall his banter and jokes.
It was nice to see Joyce and Misty turn up on
the day to help out and everyone wants to thank Karen for doing
a great job of organising things and supplying the prizes.
The settled weather with colder nights seems
to be bringing the fish on over the last few days so the fishing
is improving and lots of large fish introduced over the last few
weeks should start to feature in the returns.
Nymphs, buzzers and FABs have been most successful with Diawl
Bachs, Crunchers and Snatchers all featuring in returns.
Biscuit, Orange and Fusion FABs on either midge tip or floating
lines have all worked.
We've had lots of surface action over the last week and fish
have been caught on a variety of flies. Dries, nymphs,
buzzers and lures all feature in the returns. Fish are
well distributed and have been taken in all areas.
Floating and midge type lines are still the most effective.
Biscuit FABs were doing really well over the course of last week
and accounted for lots of fish on floating or midge tip lines.
Saturday was more challenging with a strong westerly wind and
the fish as the fish moved down in the water. On Saturday,
I tried various tactics without success before Mick Mulgrew
discovered that a black lure on an intermediate line worked.
Others took fish on a variety of lures including Ally McCoist's,
Black Dancers and White Rabbits. Earlier in the week
dries and nymphs including Daddies, Yellow Owls and Crunchers
accounted for fish. Fish are well distributed and can be
found in all areas.
Things have continued to improve as the weather has cooled.
Saturday was breezy but the fish were just under the surface and
FABs, cormorants, diawl bachs and bibios featured in the
returns. Red and black buzzers and bloodworms also
took fish. The weather outlook looks more settled
with reasonable temperatures.
The fishing has picked up in the last few days with anglers
doing well with plenty of surface action. The fish have
been rising more freely after some challenging conditions with
the warmer weather and some breezy days making things difficult.
Anglers have been doing well with bibios, fabs, dries and diawl
bachs on floating or midge tip lines. The outlook for the
weekend looks good. Hoppers and Daddies also feature
in the returns along with damsels and a variety of crunchers and
nymphs. The fish are well distributed with the area
opposite the cabin and both ends fishing well.
The weather on Saturday was settled with some rain showers.
The fishing during the week had been focussed on surface action
with Black hoppers doing really well. However,
Saturday was more challenging with only the occasional rise.
I started with a couple of dry flies and this attracted a few
fish to swirl at the flies but no connections. I then
switched to a hares ear and picked up a couple of fish - All the
takes happened just as the flies landed on the water!
Mick Mulgrew picked up a fish on a biscuit FAB then
quickly dropped a couple of other fish and some anglers also did
well on a Hot Head Damsel with a floating line.
The fishing continues to be good with lots of surface action.
Dries and small nymphs are most productive and the fish are now
well distributed over the reservoir. We've introduced some
special holiday deals for July - £2 off all tickets
(Monday-Friday) & Children go free when accompanied by an adult
(adult fish limit shared).
The fishing has been good over the last week with lots of
surface action. I visited on Saturday and managed 3 fish
on dries at the burn end on a shipmans buzzer and a mayfly.
I missed 3 times as many which was quite frustrating but the
quality of the fish was excellent. I had been at Carron
Valley the previous week with my club and managed to win the
outing with 3 fish for just under 5lbs. My first
fish at Loganlea was a good match for my 3 fish from the
previous week. After lunch I had lots of action on
snatchers in black and claret fished with a slow figure of eight
on a floating line. Others were catching fish on
similar tactics and one angler had great success using a float
tube down the far bank. Mick Mulgrew managed
to get well into double figures using one of Alex's flies the
big and ugly!
The weather has been bright and settled over the last week or so
and this has made fishing more challenging. There's
been lots of fish rising in the dam area but again, it's been
difficult to find out what they're taking. On
Saturday some anglers had great success with size 14/16 black
dry flies. Anthony Keenan managed 10 fish in a short session
using a size 16 dry fly. I had some success early on using
a hares ear and others had fish using FAbs and later managed
fish on a bloodworm and small black buzzer on a washing line
rig. A fresh stock of fish will be arriving before the
weekend to liven up the residents.......
Saturday started with a bang - the fish seemed happy chasing
anything near the surface and the first hour or so brought lots
of action using FABs and muddlers. The fish then
seemed to focus on something that most anglers found challenging
to match - It was frustrating to see so many fish rising but
refusing what was put in front of them.
The odd fish was picked up using buzzers, FABs or small nymphs
and the fish were moving freely all over the reservoir.
Mick Mulgrew and I tried the Dam wall for the first time and
were surprised by the number of fish freely rising - at times it
looked as if the water was boiling. Connecting with the
fish was a bigger challenge and I managed some action on a small
hares ear on a floating line. We both tried various
dries and some attracted interest but no solid connection.
Some of the boats were doing well with lures in the middle of
the reservoir but the majority of fish seemed to be taking very
small black flies. Mick had more success in the
afternoon with a pink and white small FAB and Thomas, one of our
regulars had success with a yellow owl emerger. The
fish are now well dispersed across the reservoir and most of the
action is taking place in the top couple of feet with the
weather looking settled over the next few days - this shouldn't
change too much. The fish are in great condition and
providing a challenging fight.
Despite the blustery conditions, the bank anglers on Saturday
had good returns with Hot Head damsels and buzzers featuring in
the catch returns. The area down by the burn was
again the most productive but some also had good results on the
far bank. Sink tip or dry lines with a steady figure of
eight worked best. The fishery was stocked on the
Saturday afternoon and this usually stimulates further action.
Saturday was my first opportunity to fish Loganlea for a few
weeks and it turned out to be my best outing this year. I
started off at the burn end with Mick Mulgrew and Steve Culbert
and kicked off with an orange FAB and 2 black and silver
buzzers. I managed 5 fish in my first 3 casts including 2
double hook ups. The fish took the buzzers and then
other went for the FAB on the point as the hooked fish darted
around. All of us got into double figures by lunch
time - Steve ended up with 25 fish taken on buzzers and a
biscuit midget gem, Mick also got 25 on a green and orange FAB
and I got to 20 fish using similar tactics. The fish
are now better distributed over the reservoir and I also hooked
up with fish in front of the cabin and had takes all along the
road shore. Ian and Lewis fished straight line
buzzers from a boat and also had a good bag of fish.
All in all - a great day fishing with some good fish and Tigers
featuring in the returns. The weather was bright and
The weather now looks set to be a bit warmer. Last weekend
anglers were welcomed with snow which developed into a bright
but cold day. The photo on the left highlights how
nice the surroundings are when the weather is unseasonably cold.
Not surprisingly, winter type tactics have been more successful
with anglers taking fish on bloodworms, lures and buzzers.
On Saturday one angler had 10+ fish on a bloodworm tied with
elastic bands and the burn end remains more productive.
Boats are having more success with drifts down the far bank
where black, orange and pink buzzers have all produced good
results. The warmer weather forecast over the next few
days should encourage more top of the water action with dries
starting to feature in the returns.
Buzzers (black, orange and olive) are taking lots of fish for
anglers and the fish have been taken in all areas.
Floating or midge tip lines are all that's required with very
slow retrieves. Some excellent fish about the 10lb
mark have been caught recently (see
our Facebook page) and Tiger's also feature prominently in
the catch returns. The evenings are fast becoming lighter
which will allow evening sessions and the weather is set to get
warmer over the next few days. Ferrier Pumps
corporate day last Friday was a big success with most of the
participants catching fish.
The fish are still more easily found
near the edges of the reservoir but are now better distributed
as they start to feed on naturals. Buzzers, diawl bachs
and nymphs are outperforming lures with black and olive colours
doing well on floating or sink tip lines. The dam wall has
started to produce fish and the area in front of the cabin and
burn end feature in the catch returns. The fishing
outlook looks good for this weekend.
The weather looked challenging on
Saturday morning with blustery conditions and rain in the
afternoon. Despite this - anglers had a good day
with plenty of action to be found at the burn end.
Mick Mulgrew beat his all time record with 27 fish on a pink
duck under a bung. Others took fish on a variety of lures
fished slowly. The catch returns over the last week
feature a large variety of flies; blobs, diawl bachs, dancers
Fishing has improved tremendously over
the last week with lots of anglers getting double figure
returns. Regulars Kenny & Billy enjoyed a bumper session
last Saturday with over 40 fish between them. Both
positioned themselves at the shallow end near the burn and
obviously hit the right location as they took fish after fish.
The fish were taken with a mixture of flies ranging from a
Yellow Dancer to buzzers. Mick Mulgrew eventually
encouraged them to move (reluctantly) out of the hotspot and
also enjoyed some frantic action. The boats found it
more challenging as the fish seem to prefer the shallower water
at this time of year. However, fish have been taken
in all areas with the small bay opposite the cabin , in front of
the cabin and the dam all producing good returns.
The fishery has been quite quiet this
week and the weather has been on the cold side.
Anglers braving the elements have had fish with a variety of
tactics: worms under bungs, diawl bachs, bubble caddis and a
variety of lures have all featured in the catch returns.
The burn end has produced most fish but other have been caught
in front of the cabin and the far bank. We're
loading up with a new batch of fish today just in time for the
weekend. The weather also looks warmer - looking forward
to seeing more anglers dust their fishing gear down and visit
over the weekend.....
First fish of the season was a nice 8lb
approx rainbow caught by Krystian Zebrowski on a golden olive
hot head damsel, using an intermediate line. Fishing started
slow with morning being pretty unproductive, the wind dropped
just after lunch and all anglers who fished late into the
afternoon were treated to a decent amount of sport.
It's been quiet over the rest of the week with the weather
being cold with varied winds. The weekend looks more
settled but remaining cold.
Season opens on 1st March and we've organised
some fine new specimens to join the overwintered residents.
Look forward to seeing you the.
Some fish are now chasing the fry as we move
into the autumn and anglers have had better results with lures.
Yellow Dancers, Cats Whiskers and Damsels have done well under
the right conditions. The burn end has fished better than
the Dam recently but fish have been taken all over the
reservoir. We've now got most of the boats out in
preparation for the close season.
The club bookings
are coming in now for next season so drop us an email or call
to find out about availability.
The weather has been more settled this week
and much colder in the mornings. This has encouraged the
fish to be more active and the fishing has improved.
Anglers have done well with Cormorants, Damsels, Cats Whiskers
and Buzzers featuring in the returns. Floating lines with
a steady figure of eight retrieve have been most productive and
fish have been taken all over the reservoir. We're now
starting to take some of the boats out for the winter and we're
closing in the evenings as the light fades.
About 30 Anglers joined us last Saturday for
the Alex Jack Memorial Competition last Saturday. Everyone
had a great day with the fishing sponsored courtesy of Ferrier
Pumps, flies supplied by Tom Grey and Dougie Taylor with food
provided by Davey Naismith . A trophy was also
provided by Andy McBeth and lots of additional
prizes donated by Karen. Anglers had the choice of bank or
boat and set off in search of fish about 9am and broke at lunch
time to enjoy the soup and stovies. The fishery had
been stocked as usual the day before and the fish farm donated
some large specimens to spice the day up.
Unfortunately the fish resisted the temptation to play ball and
played hard to catch - by lunch time it was apparent that most
people would struggle to get anywhere near the 15 fish maximum
on the score card. Billy Brown managed 3 by lunch
time with a number of others chasing him with 2 fish.
The afternoon continued in the same vein and Billy Brown took
the trophy with 4 fish. Ian McNicol Snr managed to hook
into one 10lb specimen and ended up with the largest fish on the
day. Dougie Taylor finished in second place with 3
fish and was closely followed by several angers who took 2 fish.
The fish were taken on a variety of tactics - buzzers, blobs and
lures (mainly on midge tip or floating lines).
Alex is fondly remembered by all the Anglers
and we thought it would be appropriate to start a collection for
a memorial bench - this was kicked off by most of the
participants donating £10 and we hope to get to our target of
£500 which will allow us to purchase a memorial bench with
plaque that can be sited on the bank at Loganlea for all to
enjoy. Karen is holding the Kitty at the fishery and we
would welcome additional donations which can be left with Karen
to help us meet our target .
The settled weather with colder nights seems
to be bringing the fish on over the last few days so the fishing
is improving and lots of large fish introduced over the last few
weeks should start to feature in the returns.
Fishing has been challenging at times and
anglers have struggled to find fish on occasions. I
visited on Saturday and started off at the burn end with a midge
tip line, halo blob and 2 cormorants. I was luck enough to
connect with 4 fish before lunch time using a slow figure of 8
retrieve and missed quiet a few more fish. The boat
anglers seemed to be struggling and resorted to using a variety
of tactics. Consequently, fish were taken on lures and
nymphs using intermediate and sinking lines. Similar
conditions have been experienced during this period in previous
years and the fish will suddenly switch on and the sport will
The fishery will be closed to the public for a
private competition this Saturday 26th September.
We've had a good stock of fish introduced
again last week - this included quiet a few Tiger Trout and some
Brown Trout. The fishing usually improves as we move
into September and cooler temperatures prevail.
We're hoping to see more top of the water action stimulated by
Daddies but nymphs and lures have been the best tactic on
floating and intermediate lines. Flies featuring in
the catch returns include: crunchers, diawl bachs, damsels and
dancers. Some anglers have also had success with Halo
Blobs/FABs. Fish have been taken in all areas but
the area in front of the cabin, the dam and far bank have
produced more action for anglers.
When the conditions are right, there's lots of
movement on the surface and fish can be seen rising all over the
reservoir. However, anglers have found it tough to match
whatever the fish are taking. Some have had success
with small black flies, yellow owls or Daddies but the fish seem
to vary their preferences so trying a range of tactics seems to
be the best approach. There have also been fish taken with
OkayDokays, lures and crunchers - Again at varying depths.
A fresh stock of fish will be introduced today and the cooler
weather should encourage more activity. The fishery
is now open until 8.30pm in the evening.
Fishing has been varied over the last week
with the fish sometimes less cooperative than usual but some
good bags have been reported. Saturday was one
of the tougher days but some good fish were still taken by
anglers. I spent a bit of time at the Burn end and
struggled to catch fish but Mick Mulgrew managed 4 fish on
Damsels and buzzers. I changed tactics in the
afternoon and picked up a couple of fish at the Dam end on a
damsel bug and a black hopper. A nice Brown trout
about 3lb took the damsel bug which I'd shamelessly fished about
4ft under a bung. The more settled weather should
bring more top of the water action. Please note that the
fishery remains on shorter hours 9-5pm for the remainder of this
week and will be closed on Friday.
The fishery will be closed again tomorrow and
will reopen this Saturday from 9.00am-5.00pm. We
hope everyone understands the exceptional circumstances as per
the note below.
12-08-2015 - We are extremely sad to announce that Alex, the
previous owner of the fishery and father of Karen passed away
this afternoon from complications following a cardiac arrest
last week. The fishery will be closed tomorrow 13th August and
we will post a further update then.
The weather on Saturday was again cold and
only a few hardy anglers fished the bank with mixed results.
A couple of nice brown trout featured in the catch returns and
one angler reported returning a fine specimen about the 5lb
mark. We introduced a good number of Brown trout
over the last few weeks along with some fine blue, tiger and
rainbow trout. Tactics continue to vary with the
conditions and we suggest anglers ask at the Cabin for the
Unfortunately, we've had to close the fishery
from the 3rd-5th August due to unforeseen circumstances - The
fishery will open again on the 6th of August. We will
organise regular checks over the closed period.
The fishing followed the direction of the golf
on Saturday with wind stopping play for everyone. Sunday
was much better and folks did well on dries - small black
spiders, Daddies and yellow owl patterns all featured
prominently in the returns. Lures don't seem to be
attracting many fish and anglers are getting better results with
smaller nymphs on floating, midge tip or intermediate lines.
The fish are well distributed and have been taken in all areas.
The weather is still very changeable so I'd suggest you
ask what tactics are working on a particular day when you
purchase your permit.
The fish have generally been more active when
the weather is more settled and there has been good rises when
the conditions are right. A variety of tactics
have been used to pick up fish with dries (sedges, yellow owls
and Daddies), Lures (Black, Hot Head Damsels and Cats Whiskers),
Snatchers (Black & Olive) and Buzzers (Black, Orange & Olive)
all featuring prominently in the returns. I picked
up 4 fish on Saturday morning with Orange, Black & Yellow FABs
using a floating line at the burn end - Generally the fish
seemed to prefer the FABs either static or a very slow figure of
eight retrieve on a floating line. I also hooked and
lost a good fish on the far side across from the Cabin.
The better weather has brought more anglers
out in the evenings with the promise of some surface action.
The best tactics were sedges or yellow owls but bubble caddis
and a variety of dry flies also featured in the catch returns.
Anglers on Friday reported good returns with quiet a few getting
into double figures with sedges. Check out our
Facebook page for some nice photos of the bigger trout.
Our stocking on Friday included some nice Tiger trout and quite
a few 5lb+ Blue trout so things looked promising for Saturday.
However, the weather turned slightly colder and a strong breeze
lasted most of the day. This meant that lures were
more productive and black or a combination of black and green on
intermediate or floating lines produced fish. Mick
Mulgrew picked up 4 fish using a black lure at the burn end over
his morning session and two of the trout turned out to be
Tigers. The forecast for this week looks positive
and should bring lots of surface action again.
The fishing over the majority of last week was
good with lots of action on top of the water. When it got
to the weekend, the fish became a bit more fussy.
The colder front forced the fish down a bit - although, some
were quite happy to come up and take something off the surface.
Some anglers did well with fishing yellow owls and waiting for a
fish to come up. One angler with the Rainbow Warriors
picked up a nice fish about 7lbs from the far shore.
I had a spell down at the burn end and managed a couple of fish
on an Orange FAB with a slow figure of eight retrieve.
Mick Mulgrew used an intermediate line with an orange snatcher
and also managed a couple of fish.
The sun continued to shine for most of last
week and the fish were active on the surface. One
boat had 35 fish on dry flies during an evening session and
anglers took fish on sedges, hoppers and varieties of CDC.
The good weather also encouraged more visitors and the fishery
was busier than previous weeks.
Saturday brought cooler weather and the fish
preferred deeper water. Consequently, the boat anglers did
better than the bank anglers using intermediate lines with lures
or nymphs. Some anglers did well with buzzers from
the Dam but most of the bank anglers found the conditions
challenging. The weather looks to warm up again over
the course of this week and we should see plenty of surface
action. Some of the bigger fish
introduced in the last few weeks have yet to feature in the
reports so we hope to see some double figure trout caught over
the next couple of weeks.
The weather has improved quite a bit and the
fly life has encouraged lots of surface action.
Yesterday quite a few of the anglers reached double figures with
dry flies for the first time this year. Sedge type
patterns attracted lots of trout and some anglers managed to
hook into some of the larger residents using this tactic.
Others have had success with lures - grizzle cats and cats
whiskers (both available in the cabin).
A nasty incident was averted yesterday when
Karen's son Lewis rescued an angler in difficulty - With no
thought for his own safety he jumped in and saved the day.
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Ferrier Pumps hosted their Corporate Day on
Friday and all of the guests had a good day with quite a few
getting into double figures.
Saturday brought some long awaited better
weather and the fishing continued to be good with anglers
catching fish with Cats Whiskers, Damsels, Buzzers and dries.
The banks anglers did well at both ends of the reservoir and
quite a few larger fish are featuring in the returns.
Mick Mulgrew managed to get broken three times by large fish and
he finished up with 8 fish taken on Tweezies (available in the
Cabin) and black buzzzers. The fish are still near
the surface and most anglers had success with floating lines - A
few also reported success with DI3 lines and orange blobs.
The weather continues to vary from day to day
and Saturday brought gusty winds, rain, sunshine and sleet all
in one day. Despite this, the fishing was good with
most anglers catching fish. I tried a few casts at
the burn end and started with a yellow FAB on the point with a
black buzzer and bibio on the droppers and caught a fish
straight away. Letting the flies drift round
in the wind with a very slow figure of eight seemed to work
best. Mick Mulgrew had tried the dam end, casting into the
wind and had better results at the burn end with a black lure
fished slowly. The fish are in excellent condition
and I was lucky enough to hook into a double figure specimen
which took a black buzzer.
Some of the bank anglers did well on Saturday
managing to get into double figures on buzzers and FABs.
Brown and Dennis the Menace buzzers with sunburst FABs on the
point featured in the catch returns. On Sunday, a
lot of anglers did well with Ally McCoist lures on intermediate
lines - this created a bit of a run on the fly and we quickly
sold most of our stock. Fish have been taken all over the
reservoir - both ends, the far bank and the area in front of the
cabin have produced lots of fish. The weather is
still unseasonably cold but the insect life is slowly developing
and one or two fish have been taken with dries under the right
conditions. Fingers crossed for some warmer
Saturday was extremely cold - about 6.5 C and
more like winter than spring. The cold weather
suppressed the majority of surface action and most anglers
started off with lures. I tried the burn end and
eventually tried a FAB on a floating line with a Diawl Bach and
Cormorant on the droppers. This brought immediate
success and I managed 7 fish in quite a short session.
The boats had more success with Damsels and other lures.
The Dam end had been fishing well but the Easterly wind moved a
lot of the fish to the burn end.
During brighter spells, the fish have been
further down and anglers have had more success with intermediate
lines using lures. This is probably down to the
number of minnows and fry that are now active and the fish are
now better distributed over the reservoir as the natural feeding
has developed. There has also been lots of fish taking flies
from the surface when the conditions have been more overcast but
it has proved difficult to match the hatch. Anglers
using small shipman's buzzers in black or olive have had most
success and the boats are now taking as many fish as bank
anglers. Cormorants, snatchers and Diawl Bachs
have also featured in the catch returns with midge tip or
Buzzers produced lots of fish for anglers on
Friday - black with pink or red cheeks worked well.
I visited on Saturday and was joined by Mick along with regulars
Billy and Kenny. Mick got off to a flying start and
never looked back - He was well into double figures by lunch
time and finished with over 20 fish. His setup
consisted of a FAB on the point (Black or Biscuit) with 2
buzzers (Black) on the droppers with a floating line. I
faired poorly in comparison - even when using the same tactics,
only managing a few fish. Kenny managed about 8 fish
and Billy 6 on various tactics including lures (Yellow Dancer),
Shipman's and epoxy buzzers. Alan Burns and a few
other tried the Dam after starting at the Burn end.
Alan was on a 4 hour ticket and ended up with 14 fish taken on a
white cat bug under a bung! In general the bank
anglers are doing better than the boat anglers but the fish are
now starting to move into all areas as the weather warms up.
Saturday was extremely quiet because of the
strong gales and we only had a handful of visitors.
The fishing was productive for those that braved the weather.
Mick Mulgrew ended up with 8 fish taken from the burn end and
the area in front of the cabin on a black bug under a bung.
Sunday was much kinder and fish were taken on
a variety of tactics including buzzers. Paul Irvine from
Edinburgh took a nice 8lb rainbow on a black and red buzzer.
Fingers crossed that next weekend brings better weather.
Over the last week the fishing has varied from
day to day. I tried my luck on Saturday and started off at
the burn end using a pink and yellow bug about 4 feet under an
indicator. This provided some good sport with a couple of
fish and lots of takes. I then changed to an intermediate
line with a hot head Damsel after watching Mick Mulgrew get lots
of attention with the same setup. I was immediately into fish
and managed to pick up a further 4 in quick succession with a
fast figure of eight retrieve. Mick created some
excitement when he hooked into a big fish that immediately took
most of his line before shaking the hook.
I managed another 4 fish on a variety of
tactics before breaking for lunch. I then decided to
try a FAB on the point with a couple of Nymphs on the droppers
and was rewarded with a strong take. The fish
was similar to Mick's earlier one and took lots of line before
shaking the hook.
Others managed fish on different lures
including Dancers, Cormorants and Apps Bloodworms.
The fishery is back to a weekly stocking on a
Friday and some monster fish have been introduced over the last
The wind changed to a cold easterly on
Saturday and this made the fishing harder than it's been over
the last couple of weeks. There was still good sport
for anglers and quite a few managed good catches.
Most of the fish were taken at the burn end but the area in
front of the cabin also fished well. Fish were
taken on a variety of methods including buzzers, lures and
nymphs. Some did well with indicators with bugs and
brightly coloured buzzers about 6 feet under the bung.
Damsels and black lures on intermediate lines also worked well.
We've now got some dates arranged for free
casting lessons - The first session is on 6th April from 2pm-6pm
(get more information under our casting
instruction section on the menu).
Fishing has continued to be good, even the
strong winds and rain hasn't put too many anglers off.
A variety of lures, nymphs and buzzers have featured in the
returns for anglers using either intermediate or floating lines.
Cormorants, damsels and hares ears have attracted lots of
resident and recently stocked fish. We're now
stocking the fishery weekly and some impressive large fish have
been introduced. The over wintered fish are easy to
identify from their slim profiles and large tails.
The road up to the fishery is in excellent
condition after the comprehensive resurfacing at the end of last
year. Anglers are reminded to take care on the way up to
the fishery as we come into lambing season.
We also stock a full range of all the latest
flies and have a few lines for sale at bargain prices.
The weather was kinder than forecast and we
had a good number of bank anglers and boats out yesterday.
The best action was at the burn end and quite a few of the
anglers got double figure returns. The tactics
varied - buzzers, loop bloodworms and damsels all featured in
the catch returns with either floating or intermediate lines.
I started in front of the Cabin and picked up an overwintered
fish with my second cast before venturing down to the burn end.
I managed another 10 before lunch time - mainly on a pink loop
bloodworm but also caught fish on a hot head Damsel. After
lunch I tried the Dam end and managed a fish at the far corner
of the dam on a hot head damsel. The boats also
picked up fish but not in the same quantities as the bank
Only 4 days to go until our opening day on
Saturday. We've got some large specimens (fish) joining
the overwintered Rainbows before the weekend. Look forward
to welcoming old and new faces.... Good luck to everyone
for the new season.
As predicted in the last report, we've had
quite a few larger fish getting caught and despite the blustery
conditions last weekend a good few anglers had good returns.
Check out our facebook page for some good photographs of some
Anthony Keenan took a cracking 9lb rainbow (which is now his
record fish) on a flashback damsel nymph. Others had
good results with hot head damsels, yellow dancers and other
lures on intermediate lines. The reservoir is
fishing well in all areas.
The fish are more active now the weather has
cooled down and some have started to do a bit of fry bashing to
bulk up for winter. This usually results in some
larger fish making an appearance. Last weekend the
fishing was exceptionally good with lures doing better for
most anglers. Conditions and the fishing has been up and
down since then with some days producing good sport and others
being more challenging. Unfortunately, this Saturday was
one of the more challenging days and most anglers found it hard
going. I managed to pick up a good fish on the Dam
using a black lure and connected with another on a yellow Apps
The road up to the fishery has now been fully
repaired - it makes the drive up the glen a real pleasure and
you can now enjoy the surroundings without concentrating on
avoiding the potholes.
The fishing has been variable with no set
tactics bringing greater success. On Saturday some fine
fish were taken including a 7lb Rainbow on a Cats Whisker with
an intermediate line and a 5lb Tiger on a Tequila FAB.
The fish were very active but were feeding on very small flies
which led to frustration for many anglers. However, small
yellow Owls and lures pulled very fast seemed to attract fish.
I managed 1 fish on a maroon half hog size 16, another on a
sunburst FAB and then hooked another when winding in with a Cats
IMPORTANT NEWS - The road is being fully
repaired next week and we've been told that this will take about
a week - Anglers are requested to come up for 9am to avoid any
delays at the roadworks. Any short term
inconvenience will be far outweighed as folks will no longer
have to avoid potholes on the way up to the fishery.
The fishing continues to be very mixed with no
particular tactic producing consistent results.
Lures, buzzers, nymphs and dries all accounting for fish in a
variety of locations. Hot Head Damsels, White Rabbits,
Diawl Bachs, Snatchers, Daddies - all featuring in returns on
either intermediate or floating lines.
Fish have been rising freely over the last few
days but anglers have been finding it challenging to match what
their feeding on. Diawl bachs, buzzers, kate
mclarens and Daddies have all featured in the returns and fish
have been taken in just about all areas. Things have
definitely improved following the warmer period and quite a few
heavier fish have been taken. The weather looks good
for the next few days and we expect to see some fry bashing in
the near future.
The cooler weather has started to make the
fish more active and a wider variety of tactics have been
working. Our fish supplier has also decided to transport
some of his larger fish - which he'd been apprehensive to do
during the hot weather. Our weekly stocking last week
included a good batch of trophy fish which should bring some
tremendous sport to anyone that's lucky enough to hook one.
Regular Brian Ferrier invited Louise Callow on
Saturday - Louise is Captain of the England Ladies Fly Fishing
Team and wanted to squeeze in some practice for the UK fly
fishing championships this weekend. She was visiting
Edinburgh for the Fringe with her theatre company and found
Loganlea provided exactly what she was looking for, and
commented "it would be difficult to find a prettier place with
such friendly staff and customers" She promises to
be back again next year.
She caught 3 fish on what was a difficult day,
her weapon - a foam arsed tequila Blob! Picture on
the left hand gallery shows Louise with her catch + Alex and
Stevie our resident instructor.
Fishing on Thursday and Friday was excellent
with trout actively feeding on the surface. Dries produced
lots of action with Daddies doing particularly well.
Buzzers also did well when fished on a washing line.
The fish are well dispersed over the reservoir and can be found
in most areas. Unfortunately, the weather on
Saturday was terrible and this seemed to put the fish off.
A few hardy soles went out on boats but quickly discovered that
the wind was too strong to get an anchor. Most
anglers resorted to the bank and struggled to cast in the strong
winds. Fingers crossed that the weather is kinder
over the next few weeks.
Things have finally cooled down and the fish
are more active - Consequently, the fishing is much improved and
many anglers have had good returns. Lures, nymphs,
buzzers and dries have all featured in the catch returns with
Daddies doing well on occasion. The fishery is
now closing earlier as the nights get darker and we are open to
9.30pm - if you plan to arrive after 5.30pm please let us know
The continuing hot spell makes for difficult
fishing and Saturday was almost tropical. The Rainbow
Warriors made the most of the weather by bringing a barbeque,
gazebo and quality food and drink. Only a few fish
were caught on buzzers with either sinking or fast glass lines.
Karen's husband Ian showed everyone how effective this tactic
was by catching a fish within 10 minutes of taking a boat out.
He used a bloodworm on the point with 2 buzzers on a fast glass
and the fish took the bloodworm. Mick and I tried
the burn end and dam with dry flies, buzzers, lures and nymphs
but both blanked and decided to throw in the towel early.
The boats appeared to have better luck with most of the fish
taken in the middle area on sinking lines. The temperature
is set to drop a good bit over the next week and this should see
the fish more active.
The fishing has remained variable as the
weather heats up and cools down. The fish can still
be found near the surface and anglers have managed to attract
fish with either dries or small nymphs fished just under the
surface. The cooler water at the burn end holds fish
on the warmer days but fish have also been taken from the dam,
in front of the cabin and the far away bank.
The fishing has varied greatly from day to day
- At the end of last week lures seemed to be more successful on
intermediate lines and some anglers did well with yellow dancers
and other bright lures. By Saturday, the fish were back on
the surface and smaller snatchers and dry flies brought success
to some anglers. I spent a bit of time at the
burn end and managed to attract a couple of fish with a black
snatcher and Daddy. Others had some success with
black and red holographic buzzers fished under an indicator.
Over the last few days it has been tougher in the bright
sunshine and has fished better during cloudy or rainy periods.
There have been quite a few larger fish introduced over the last
few weeks with the weekly stocking and many of these are yet to
feature in the returns.
The fish are still taking on or near the
surface and anglers have had more success with dries and small
Sedges, sedgehogs, hoppers, diawl bachs and
crunchers have all featured prominently in the returns.
The weather temperature dropped a few degrees last week and this
seems to have improved the fishing. The fish are
well spread across the reservoir and boat and bank anglers have
enjoyed successful periods of fishing.
Saturday started off a bit colder than the
previous few days and fish were difficult to find. I tried
the burn end in the morning with Mick Mulgrew and struggled to
get any takes with dries or nymphs. Mick eventually tried
a olive bug with orange hot head about 3 feet under a bung and
managed to get a couple of fish. I tried the same
technique and got some takes but failed to connect with the
fish. We then tried the Dam before lunch and failed to get
any further action. Things improved after lunch when I
tried a black hopper at the burn end and got immediate
attention. I went on to take six fish on the same
techniques and Mick took his tally to 8 before I left about 3pm.
The boats had taken fish on dries from the surface and some also
had success with sinking lines with lures or nymphs.
The fishery is now open until 10pm in the
evenings and we've had quite a few folks up in the better
weather. The fishing has been quite varied as the
conditions change but dries are still the best tactic.
Matching the hatch can be the main challenge - size and colour
are the key to success and this seems to vary from day to day.
t the weekend some anglers did well with hoppers and daddies,
cormorants and diawl bachs have also accounted for fish.
Fish can be found in all areas.
The most productive tactic over the last week
has been dries - Daddies and Sedges. Mikey McVeigh had a
good day on the Dam last Saturday with a single Daddy and
managed to get well into double figures. Fish were
also taken on lures, nymphs and buzzers but dries were
definitely the most productive. The bank on the far side
and Dam area produced a lot of fish. The reservoir
is now full again and the weather has certainly thrown some
mixed conditions at the anglers - please ask at the fishery
office for latest tactics, information and flies.
A good mix of larger fish and some Tiger Trout
were introduced on Friday.
On Saturday morning the fish were rising everywhere but
seemed to be focussed on small flies just under the surface.
This made matching the hatch difficult, but anglers
managed to tempt trout with yellow owls, black emergers, buzzers
and lures. I found
things difficult in the morning but managed to tempt fish in the
afternoon with a small hares ear and a tequila fab.
The rising fish demonstrated just how many fish are
around and verified that just about every area is holding fish.
The Rolls Royce club had a good day and one of the
members managed a fine 7lb Rainbow on an Ally McCoist.
Another good fish was taken on Sunday with a Yellow
Dancer on a sinking
line (despite most of the activity being on the surface).
Check our Facebook page for up to date pictures and
The weather turned cold on Saturday and dries were not quite
as successful as earlier in the week. Fish were taken on a
variety of tactics including lures, buzzers, nymphs and FABs.
My own club - Gilmerton Bowlers Fly Fishers had a good day with
all but 2 of the club getting full bags - Unfortunately, I was
one of them with 2 fish. The outing was won by Colin
Broadhead (aka Nobby) with 3 fish for 12lb 12ozs. Nobby
took his fish on his own cats Whisker from the area in front of
the cabin. The dam area and bank on the far side
both fished well and dries worked betterin the afternoon with
Daddies and sedge patterns managing to raise fish.
The boats seemed to be doing well with sinking lines and blobs
or FABs fished with slow retrieves.
The water is still about 1.5 meters lower than normal but the
valve has now been closed by the water board and things should
return to normal levels.
A large stocking of fish went in on Friday including some
nice Tiger Trout. One of these was caught and released
from the burn end within a few hours. The water level is
about 3 feet down on usual as the work continues at Glencorse.
The Dam fished well on Saturday morning and some anglers were
into double figures using Cats Whiskers. Lures
seemed to be the most successful tactic - yellow dancer, f###
up, damsel - on intermediate lines. Some fish were also taken
with buzzers (black) and snatchers.
Fished well over the weekend, despite the changeable weather
conditions. Lures did particularly well with one of
the clubs doing particularly well with a new fly which accounted
for lots of fish - We were so impressed that we've got some of
these tied up and you can buy them from the cabin.
Cormorants and dries also accounted for fish and slow
intermediate or sink tip lines were most productive.
The fish are now well dispersed over the reservoir and all areas
are holding fish.
Saturday brought colder weather with a light westerly wind
and the fish seemed to prefer a very slow or static retrieve.
The burn end held lots of fish and regulars Thomas and
Christian took lots of fish on FABs (yellow and sunburst) with
buzzers fished very slowly. Carluke Angling Club had a
good day out and many members bagged up early on a variety of
tactics - Lures (damsels & yellow dancers), nymphs (diawl bachs,
black snatchers) and buzzers (Dennis the Menace) all featured in
the returns. The area in front of the cabin was also
popular and anglers picked up fish on hot head damsels.
Fishing well with buzzers doing particularly well and the
fish are now well dispersed over the reservoir and actively
seeking food. On Saturday Seafield AC had a good day
with everyone bagging up. Mr Baird won his club outing
with 3 fish for 11lb one of which was a cracking 6lb 8oz blue.
Lures and Fabs have also featured in the returns with anglers
catching on midge tips, floating and intermediate lines.
On occasion dries are also doing well and anglers are best to
ask at the cabin to see what tactics are working best.
The weather looks to be settled over the next few days with
high pressure dominating. Fishing tougher over the weekend
with quite strong winds that made casting difficult.
Friday had been excellent with buzzers and lures doing well and
some anglers getting into double figures.. A nice 15lb
fish was caught in front of the cabin last week on a Dennis the
Menace buzzer - see photograph opposite.
The fishery was quite quiet on Saturday after being busy on
some of the days through the week. The fish seemed more
interested in smaller nymphs and buzzers and some anglers did
well at the area near the white post at the burn end and in
front of the cabin. The Dennis the Menace buzzer
(available in from the cabin) accounted for lots of fish and
finding the right depth seemed to be the key to success.
The fish were lying about 6 feet down and seemed to be taking on
the middle dropper when straight lining buzzers or under a bung
at the right depth. Lures also accounted for some
fish and Mick Mulgrew had a good spell on an Apps Bloodworm
(White & Green) on a long leader fished very slowly.
The water has returned to near normal levels at Loganlea,
although Glencourse is well down as repairs continue.
The fish are now better dispersed over the reservoir and the
boats have had good returns. Over the last few days the
fish have been quiet high in the water and floating lines have
proved to be the best option. Buzzers, Lures and Nymphs
have all featured in the catch returns with some anglers even
managing fish on dry flies. The water has been dropped
quite a bit but the reservoir is now filling back up after the
run off valve has been closed.
Once again the weekend proved to be windy but most anglers
that braved the elements were rewarded with fish. The most
successful tactic was an intermediate line with a single fly
(black and green lure) on a long leader. The fish were
accumulated at the burn end not far from the white posts and
some anglers managed double figure returns. Others
reported success with black buzzers and smaller nymphs but
I missed out on Saturday but managed to join Alex for a quick
fish on Monday - the weather was still windy and cold but we
managed to tempt fish with the Ally McCoist fly which I tried
for the first time. Alex also took fish on the same
fly, so I snapped up a few of these flies from the cabin -
there's still one or two left for those that get in first.
Gale force winds on Saturday kept most anglers away and those
that did attempt to fish left early after brief struggle with
the strong winds.
Sunday was more settled and most anglers had a good day with
some even catching fish on dry flies! The burn end was
most productive with buzzers and small nymphs featuring in the
returns. Hot head damsels and black lures also accounted
for fish on intermediate or sink tip lines.
The weather forecast looks more settled for the rest of the
week with bright spells and light winds through to Thursday.
The fishery opened yesterday and the weather was reasonably
kind with a light westerly wind, but still quite cold.
The fish weren't in the most cooperative of moods but most
anglers managed some action.
The burn end was busy early on with regular anglers hoping
that the fish stick to their regular habit of migrating towards
the shallow end at the start of the season. This didn't
appear to be the case and fish were caught around the reservoir.
I was joined by Bob, Mick and Steve to try the area in front of
the cabin and got a few takes straight away with Black & Green
lures fished slowly on an intermediate line. Given that
the burn end was busy, we decided to try the dam end and managed
to tempt a fish with a hot head Damsel. By the time we
headed back to the cabin - Steve had caught and released at
least 4 fish using a white bug with orange bead about 7 feet
under an indicator. We followed his lead and had varying
degrees of success. We eventually discovered that
the right depth was about 10 feet under the bung and most of the
takes were very slow and resulted in dropping quite a few fish.
The boats seemed to be doing reasonably well and regulars Jake
and David were catching fish on intermediate lines using small
yellow dancers with a slow figure of eight retrieve.
Our casting instructor Steve Culbert has now given us some
dates for free casting lessons and you can get details under the
casting section. We've also got a new selection of flies
(lures, buzzers and nymphs) from Tom Gray who tied the white
bugs mentioned above - these are available from the cabin.
Best wishes for the 2014 season.
Only a few weeks until the fishery opens and look forward to
welcoming regulars and new faces.
From this weekend it's Saturday's and Sunday's only for the
month of November. The weather has been quiet variable
over the last few weeks and anglers have to change their tactics
and experiment to find out what's working. This changes
from day to day so we suggest you ask at the desk when buying
your ticket. Successful tactics have included dries,
buzzers, nymphs and lures on different days. Black
continues to work well as a colour and fish have been caught
with floating lines through to fast sinkers. Some of
the larger fish are starting to bulk up for the winter so
fishing a fry imitation can be a good bet. The club
bookings are coming in now for next season so drop us an email
or call to find out about availability.
The fishery was quiet during the week but Friday turned out
to be a good day with all of the anglers catching their limits.
The fish were all taken near the surface with black flies
accounting for most of the fish - buzzers, cormorants, diawl
bachs and even dries, featuring in the returns.
Saturday was much tougher with the fish proving to be elusive
for most of the visitors. I managed to get one interested
in a foam daddy at the burn end but found it difficult to repeat
this. Another angler was managing to get fish on buzzers
fished on a washing line and a couple of the boats picked up
fish on black lures.
Alex joined us for a fish on Saturday and we decided to head
up to the Dam to locate the fish. After trying different
tactics for an hour or so - with no success, we decided to head
for the burn end. By lunch time Mick and I had managed a
couple of fish each. I stuck to a floating line and took one on
a Cormorant and one on a FAB, Mick used an intermediate and took
both fish on a Carron Rabbit (he also missed a few fish).
Alex persevered with Dries and buzzers but struggled to get any
attention. During lunch we noticed a couple of fish moving
in front of the Cabin and Alex took one on his first cast with a
CDC hopper. We returned to the burn end and Mick got a lot
of attention with a brown CDC dry fly.
Most of the boats were finding the fishing challenging and
anglers had to vary tactics to pick up fish. On a couple
of the milder days last week it looked as if the water was
boiling with fish rising. Unfortunately, the fishery was
quiet and folks missed the action.
Some good specimens caught over the weekend - Check out the
details on our Facebook page. The fish are starting to
bulk up for the colder weather and some larger trout have been
feeding on fry. Lures, nymphs, Fab's and buzzers all featured in
Friday's strong wind didn't impact on the fishing and those
that were brave enough to cast into the wind from the Dam did
exceptionally well with Cormorants on intermediate or midge tip
lines. Saturday was a much more settled day and
anglers did well with a variety of tactics Alan Burns Jnr & Snr
did well in front of the cabin with Sunburst FABs and a Pink
Duck. A group of beginners that visited with Wild
Days caught 5 trout on black lures (pics and story on their
After blanking last Saturday the pressure was really on and
Alan Burns's daughter Eilidh even started to rib me after I'd
not caught any in the morning. I was lucky enough to pick
a couple up in the afternoon at the Burn end with a sunburst Fab
and you've probably guessed - a pink duck.. The more
skilful anglers also did well on Dries and nymphs...
Dries, Fabs and buzzers fished on a washing line have been
the most successful tactic. Depending on the weather
conditions - Daddy's have been the most productive way to fish.
The fish have been taken in all areas but the roadside and Dam
are fishing well. I visited on Saturday and
discovered that most anglers on Friday had caught lots of fish
on Daddy's and CDCs. However, Saturday was more
challenging and I managed to blank - despite having lots of
takes. Mick Mulgrew had a better day and took fish on
Daddy's and a black snatcher from the Dam. I eventually
resorted to a Pink Duck about 2 feet under an indicator and
struggled to connect with fish every time the indicator went.
On Friday and Saturday, most of the fish were congregated at
the dam end with the strong westerly wind. On Friday
the best tactic was a single Daddie on a long leader.
On Saturday - this had changed to FABs , muddlers or lures.
Ian McNicoll had a good number of fish from the Dam using his
own sunburst blob. He was good enough to let me try one
and I also managed a couple of fish before changing to a Damsel
in the afternoon - this also produced fish.
On Wednesday through to Friday the fish were gorging
themselves on small black flies and the water looked like it was
boiling at times. Anglers found it easy to get attention with
small red or black dries. Alex looked after the fishery on
Thursday - but managed to squeeze a few minutes fishing in -
taking 7 fish from the area just in front of the cabin on dries
(on a small red shipmans).
Saturday brought a change in appetite for the fish and
anglers had more success with Daddies - either fishing then dry
on the surface or letting then sink and encouraging the fish to
chase with a fast figure of eight. Steve (our
casting instructor) provided a few more dates for free casting
lessons during September and managed a few fish on Daddies at
the shallow end. Check out the dates for free lessons on
the casting instruction page.
I'd recommend a session with Steve if you want to achieve extra
distance or learn new casting techniques.
Anglers had a great time with dry tactics over the course of
last week - Daddies, F-Flies and Hoppers all accounting for lots
of fish. However, the weather on Saturday brought strong
South Westerly winds and some monsoon type rain showers.
This was enough to make the fish less cooperative and anglers
had to vary their tactics to get results.
I'd managed to talk Alex into joining Mick and I for some
fishing on Saturday. We started off at the burn end and I
began with a washing line set up which attracted a fish to
a Black Pennell after about 10 minutes. Unfortunately this
was our only action in the first couple of hours, but
Steve Culbert managed 4 fish on a loop bloodworm. We
headed to the Dam after a quick tea in the cabin and I was lucky
enough to catch a fish on my first cast with a Cormorant and
took a further fish with a pink duck. Unfortunately, Alex
and Mick both blanked and we headed for lunch.
Mick had better luck in the afternoon at the burn end with
Skinny Buzzers - Dark Green seemed to work best on a short
leader and very slow figure of eight.
Fingers crossed the weather settles down again over the next
couple of days.
The continued fine spell the last couple of weeks has made
the fishing challenging at best. However, things have improved
greatly over the last few days and anglers are getting plenty of
surface attention. F-Flies, CDC emergers, Daddies and
small nymphs fished on a washing line have all worked well.
Fish can be caught across all areas and the boat anglers and
bank anglers are doing well. The weather forecast
looks good over the next few days and should result in some
The weather has stayed surprisingly warm over the last week
and this has made for challenging fishing at times. The
boats have had better results than the bank anglers with the
fish lying deeper in the warm conditions. On
Saturday some of the boat anglers did really well using lures or
FABs on sinking lines. Within the first hour, regulars
Jake and David were into a fish straight away on a Hot Head
Damsel and another boat had picked up fish on a Yellow Dancer.
Mick and I tried the Dam using the same tactics that had brought
success the previous week - FAB and buzzers on a washing line.
Unfortunately this didn't produce any results and even switching
to lures failed to attract any fish. One angler on the Dam
managed 4 fish using black buzzers about 10ft down but even this
failed to work when I tried the same tactics. We tried a
boat for a short spell in the afternoon and Mick was quickly
into a fish between the Cabin and the Dam using a hot head
damsel on an intermediate line. The fine weather is
forecast to continue but not quite so warm - this should improve
the fishing over the next few days. I'm on holiday for the
next couple of weeks so please check our Facebook page for
The weather has certainly improved with sun lotion being a
prerequisite for the weekend. The wind was quite strong on
Saturday and most of the action was focussed on the Dam end.
Buzzers, Pink Ducks and FABs were all producing results. I
managed to hook and loose about 7 fish using a Pink Fab with
snatchers or buzzers on a sink tip line. Black Sugar Cube
flies also worked well when the wind dropped .
The previous Saturday had been very productive at the burn
end so I decided to start off with the same tactics. A
sink tip line with a tequila FAB on the point and 2 buzzers on
the droppers. The fish obviously still liked this setup
because one took the FAB on my second cast using a slow
figure of eight retrieve. Mick used the same setup with a
floating line but this was less productive - Mick had lost his
sink tip the previous week when the line snapped whilst playing
a fish! I'd managed 7 fish by 11am and decided to try the
Dam end. The Dam was quiet apart from a single boat that
was taking lots of fish on intermediate lines with lures
stripped quickly. Mick and I had a couple of takes but
didn't pick up any further fish. After lunch we headed
back to the burn end and tried a bubble caddis on the point with
2 orange buzzers. The fish duly responded and I was
quickly into a fish until I heard an unexpected crack when my
rod snapped. This is the third time it's happened to
my Hardy Demon - a great rod but expensive when you count all
the replacement sections.
The fishing on Saturday was excellent with lots of early
surface action at the burn end. The wind got stronger as
the day progressed which forced the fish down but they were
still keen to connect with buzzers, nymphs and lures.
I started off at the burn end with Mick Mulgrew and we both
found fish easy to hook into using floating lines and a slow
figure of eight with FABs on the point and buzzers on the
droppers. Another angler was doing well with small CDC
(Size 16) emergers. The fish are in superb condition
and provide some great action.
On the Friday Tom Grey had good results with a new variant
of a Hot Head Damsel he had tied up, having caught 7 fish in a
short session with an intermediate line (these should be
available for sale in the Cabin soon).
Ferrier pumps hosted a corporate day at the fishery on Friday
and all of the guests had a great day out - As usual, Brian
provided lots of prizes and refreshments - Catch more of the
action on Ferrier Pumps Facebook Page :
The fishing on Saturday was more challenging with strong
winds making life difficult for the Boat Anglers. However,
lots of anglers caught fish with a variety of tactics and small
nymphs did well towards the afternoon at the burn end. The
boats did better with lures and intermediate or DI3 lines -
Damsels are still accounting for lots of fish. The
more settled conditions should see some surface action over the
next few days.
The good weather continued over most of last week and the
fishing has been excellent. In general terms the Dam
end has fished well for those using lures and dries - the burn
end has been better for nymphs. Saturday was the
hottest day and probably most challenging with unbroken
sunshine. However, some anglers did well and others
struggled: There didn't seem to be any specific formula
for success - some of the boats had good results with lures and
sinking lines, hoppers doing well on the Dam and buzzers also
producing fish. Damsels and Black lures , Black
buzzers with orange cheeks and Black or Scarlet Hoppers were
The road has also had some further work done to improve the
drive up to the fishery.
Our stocking on Friday included some double figure Rainbows
and some specimen Tiger Trout. The better weather meant
the fish were in a more cooperative mood and some of the folks
that headed to the Dam did well on Friday evening. One
angler managed 21 fish in less than 4 hours with a Damsel.
The boats also did well using lures with intermediate lines.
I visited on Saturday with Gilmerton Miners Fly Fishing Club and
we had a great day with just about everyone catching their
limits and many of the members getting into double figures.
The Dam was most productive and it didn't seem to matter what
fly you had on - Lures in all colours, FABS, buzzers and nymphs
all picking up fish. If you like lots of action now is the
time to visit - the fish are also in top condition and provide
some great sport once hooked..
Saturday was warm with some bright sunny spells but the water
was still cold from low temperatures on Friday. This meant
that there was less surface action than expected but fish were
still keen to take lures and buzzers. Mick Mulgrew and I
tried the burn end first with buzzers but were obviously using
the wrong tactics as we watched Thomas Kraniec pick up lots of
fish with a Hot Head Damsel fished slowly on a floating line.
Mick had more luck with buzzers as we made our way to the Dam
end and picked up 4 fish between the cabin and dam on the far
side. After lunch, both Mick and I picked up fish with
Damsels and Buzzers. On Sunday anglers did better with
orange blobs and lures in shades of orange.
We're expecting some nice Tiger Trout this week in time for
The weather has improved as predicted and fish have been more
active as they start to feed on naturals. Small nymphs,
buzzers and dries have been doing well but some anglers have
also had good results on lures - Cats Whiskers and Yellow
Dancers have been mentioned.
Steve Culbert our casting instructor has scheduled some
additional dates for June and July for anyone interested in free
casting lessons. See the Casting Instruction link from the
top menu to get dates - Some quick advice from Steve can be
valuable for even the most experienced fishers.
The weather improved last week and by Friday fish were taking
dries off the surface and providing great support. This
all changed on Saturday which started off overcast with a slight
wind but by 11am the wind strengthened and brought monsoon type
conditions. I tried my luck on the Dam first and
managed a couple of fish with a pink duck on a floating line,
followed by another 2 down the far bank. After lunch I
tried the Dam end and managed a few more fish on the same tactic
- others were taking fish on buzzers but fishing was difficult
in the heavy rain and strong winds. Pink appeared to
be a popular colour with lures and buzzers in this colour
accounting for fish. The weather looks to be more
settled for the next few days so we should hopefully see return
to surface action....
Some better weather over the last few days brought trout to
the surface and some are starting to take an interest in dries.
By contrast Saturday was quite cold and extremely windy which
made fishing more challenging for the boat anglers. Yellow
Dancers and Hot Head Damsels on intermediate or dry lines worked
well in the area in front of the cabin and on the far side
closer to the Dam area. On Sunday more anglers had
success with buzzers and smaller nymphs in the lighter wind.
The road up to the fishery is much improved after filling the
potholes a few weeks ago but anglers are advised to drive slowly
in consideration of the lambs.
Fishing was mixed on Saturday with some anglers doing well
and others struggling. Fish were taken all over the
Reservoir but the area near the slipway at the Dam seemed to be
holding a lot of fish and buzzers or small nymphs did well.
One angler did particularly well with a single traffic light
buzzer about 7 feet under a bung. Lures also featured in
the returns - Hot Head Damsels, Yellow Dancers and Black&Green
The wind on Saturday started off quite lightly but
strengthened through the morning. This made life more
difficult for the boat anglers. I started at the burn end
and decided to try elsewhere after about 30 minutes of little
action. I tried buzzers, lures and a black snatcher which
had worked well the previous day. One or two anglers
managed to tempt fish but it was obvious that the fish had moved
elsewhere. Mick Mulgrew and I set off towards the Dam end
but stopped to try a cast opposite the cabin - Mick picked up a
fish on a black snatcher and we could see other anglers catching
fish just beyond Flesh Cleugh. One angler was doing well
with a black and green buzzer on the dropper and a fab on the
point drifted round in the wind. Another
angler was getting lots of action on the Dam, casting into the
wind with a sinking line and black & green lure.
Mick and I changed to intermediate lines with Hot Head Damsels
on the Dam and were immediately into fish - both of us managing
4 fish each before lunch time. After lunch we headed
back to the Dam and I tried a Pink Duck with great success -
casting out and bringing it back slowly on floating line.
I also tried a single black buzzer on a short leader and managed
to pick up more fish. It looks as if the fish are
now well dispersed across the reservoir. Others took fish
on Okay Dokays, Black Dancers and Blood Worms.
The fish obviously believe it's spring with lots of activity
on the top of the water this morning. Fish were taken on
buzzers fished static and lures on a steady figure of eight
retrieve. Black buzzers and Yellow Dancers were successful
for lots of anglers fished on floating lines. The fish
have now spread across the reservoir and this should bring more
success for anyone in a boat this weekend. The
weather forecast predicts it will stay mild with a light to
moderate wind with cloudy conditions in the morning and brighter
in the afternoon.
The fishing has been much better over the last week with the
bank anglers doing better than the boats. The burn end is
still the most productive and anglers have been taking fish on
floating lines with lures, nymphs and buzzers. Quite
a few big fish have been caught and carefully returned including
the fine fish on the left - taken by Mr Potter on a black and
green buzzer at the burn end.
A number of anglers on Saturday got well into double figures
- Yellow Dancers and cut throat cats featured well in the
What a difference a week makes - things are starting to warm
up... Saturday was cold to start with but the fish
provided plenty of action with quite a few anglers getting into
double figures. Mick Mulgrew started the day with a
fine Tiger trout on a cut throat cat lure and went onto get 16
more with a slow retrieve on a floating line. Most
of the action was focussed on the shallow end but fish were
taken all over the reservoir.
The pot holes on the road are now filled and the drive up to
the fishery is quite straightforward....
The cold weather continues and the lack of any breeze on
Friday night meant that the reservoir was frozen for Saturday
morning. We attempted to break the ice with boats
and by afternoon quite a bit of the water was fishable but the
fish were also sluggish and the few hardy anglers that tried
their luck found it difficult. Lures and
intermediate lines are the best tactics with various colours of
marabou with hot heads attracting attention. The
weather forecast predicts that things should get slightly
warmer. Roll on spring........
It's only just over half way through the month and the
weather experts are already saying this is the coldest March on
record! Hence, it has been a slow start to the season with
less anglers than usual visiting. The good
news is that the road has been filled and the
bad potholes are no more!!! However, the snow and ice have
made it difficult to get up to the fishery and we've had to shut
on a few days. Here's to better weather over the next
For those that have braved the cold fishing has been good
with got bags of fish taken at both ends. Cats Whiskers,
Damsels and Yellow Dancers all featuring in the catch reports.
A pink Duck about 7 feet under an indicator has accounted for
fish at the Dam end for some anglers.
The latter part of last week was really quiet with the cold
weather putting most people off. I visited on Saturday to
try my luck and was welcomed with heavy snow and strong winds.
I almost decided to go home but decided to try my luck with
regulars Kenny and Billy when they turned up. I
headed off to the burn end and started with a hot headed Damsel
- Both Kenny and Billy managed to hit fish in their first couple
of casts with Damsels - I'd had no luck after about 15 mins so
changed to an intermediate line with white dancer on the point
and orange blob on the dropper. My first cast
resulted in a double hook up and I managed to get takes
every second cast with most of the fish falling to the orange
blob on a steady retrieve. I ended up with 10 fish in a
couple of hours before I headed off to the rugby (Shouldn't have
Others caught fish on a variety of lures and the burn end is
holding most of the newly stocked fish. If you're after an
overwintered fish I'd suggest you try the Dam or between the Dam
and small bay on the bank opposite the cabin.
The Fishery opened on Friday and about 15 hardy anglers
braved the cold weather to join us for the first day of the new
season. Unfortunately the fishing didn't live up to
expectations and most anglers blanked - with the exception of
one brown trout about 3lbs which was caught and released again.
Saturday was much better with most anglers catching fish on
lures at the shallow end. Intermediate lines with
gold head damsels (gold fritz body) or fire dancers (yellow /
red / orange maribou) taking fish with a slow retrieve in the
shallow water. The boats found things tougher but
Jake Johnstone managed a couple of fine fish near the bay
opposite the cabin. The Mackie family enjoyed a good
day and managed over 20 fish between them and Thomas Kraniec
landed 7 on a damsel.
I visited on Sunday and started at the burn end and managed 2
nice fish on a hot head Damsel after discovering that the fish
were looking for a faster retrieve. Lewis and
his dad (Ian) were doing well with Damsels and Orange Blobs
fished quickly and other anglers were catching fish on Yellow
We then walked round and tried the Dam end - Ian and Lewis
both catching over wintered fish on their first casts
(orange blob and black and green lure).
Karen has taken over the management of the fishery from Alex
and looks forward to welcoming anglers - We're back to stocking
on a weekly basis. Tight lines......
Some road repairs are scheduled to take place (mon-fri) over
the next week but this shouldn't cause any delays if you get up
to the fishery before 9.30 and leave after 4pm.
We're now closed for winter and open again on 1st March 2013
- Look forward to seeing you then.
You can make bookings for the new season by emailing us at
Have a great Christmas and New Year - Tight Lines for 2013
The fishery was quite quiet over the weekend but fishing was
good with anglers having success with lures, nymphs and buzzers.
The shallow end continues to produce more action with a good
number of fish congregated at the burn mouth.
Floating with black or red buzzers did well but some anglers
had good results with intermediate lines and black or darker
coloured lures fished quite slowly.
I visited on Saturday and started off at the burn end in
bright cold conditions with light winds. I started with an
intermediate line and a single black lure but had little success
- Although, Mick Mulgrew managed 1 fish on a Cut Throat Cat.
Others were having some success with Diawl Bach's and other
small nymphs so I changed tactics and managed to pick up a fish
on the opposite bank. After lunch I had more success at
the Dam with a Pink Duck about 8 feet under an indicator.
The cold weather has obviously slowed the fish down because most
of the fish were taken on static or very slow figure of eight
retrieves. Alex's Grandson Lewis did well with black
buzzers with orange cheeks and Thomas Kraniec also managed 9
fish on nymphs (Size 14 Diawl Bachs) and buzzers.
First of all apologies for the lack of reports over the last
2 weeks - I've been on holiday to Cape Verde and you'll be glad
to hear we had some rain - so don't get too jealous..
The good news is that fishing has continued to improve and
the water is restored to former levels. Hence the shallow end is
fishing well with lures (orange) doing particularly well.
Pictured on the left is regular angler Tomasz Kraniec with an
8lb Rainbow taken on a hot head Damsel at the shallow end.
Fishing has improved quite a bit over the last week with most
anglers managing good bags on a variety of tactics. The
water level is slowly rising and should return to normal levels
soon. Lures, buzzers and nymphs have all produced
good results with black, orange and damsel colours doing well.
The colder weather should see some of the bigger fish more
active - tight lines....
Tom Grey brought some new flies to try on Friday and did well
with a Hot Head Damsel with Black and Red body - catching a
total of 14 fish from a boat. Tom left some of these
for Mick Mulgrew and I to try when we visited on Saturday.
The weather conditions had changed with a strong Westerly wind
blowing for most of the day. We started off from the bank
at the Dam and Mick managed 4 fish with a Clinton style
Cormorant - This is basically a Cormorant with more marabou than
usual and a red head. I managed to get lots of takes but
In the afternoon my luck changed and I ended the day with 7 fish
- Five taken by fishing a single black rabbit lure with a red
head on a slow intermediate line. The last 2 were
taken on bloodworms.
One angler did well with a pink blob fished about 8 feet under
an indicator and others had success with hot head Damsels.
One visitor was luck enough to catch a Brown (2.5lbs), a Tiger
and a Rainbow in a morning session.
Fishing has improved over the last few days with some anglers
managing 10+ totals over the weekend. Black lures featured
well in catch reports and some anglers did well with buzzers at
the Dam end. Floating, Slow Intermediate or Midge
Tip lines brought success and fish were taken in all areas.
Fishing has been more difficult than usual over the last week
with many of the regular anglers struggling. The boats
have also had more success than the bank anglers. Some have had
good results on Hot Head Damsels, Pink Ducks, Buzzers and small
Sedges when fish are on the surface.
Fishing has been more challenging over the last week with the
brighter conditions and East wind. On Saturday, some
anglers did well with Hot Head Damsels and buzzers (The Dam end
has been fishing better than the burn end) . The water is
still about 7 feet down from normal levels but the Water Board
have now finished repairs and the water should return to normal
levels over the next couple of weeks.
Surface action was good through most of last week until
Saturday morning. The bright conditions and easterly wind
meant that the fish had moved down in the water and with only
occasional evidence of any surface activity. This is
unusual because the bright conditions don't tend to put the fish
off at Loganlea. However, the additional factor might be
that the Water Board are running water off the reservoir and the
level has dropped by about 6 feet.
I managed my first blank of the year on Saturday, although
other anglers managed to locate fish without problem. Mick
Mulgrew took a number of fish with a traffic light buzzer about
9 feet under the surface. Others reported success with
blood worms, hot head damsels and black lures.
Earlier in the week Sedges, Daddies and a variety of dries
were the best tactic.
Great top of the water sport over the last few days with
CDCs, Sedges and even Foam Daddies doing well.
A lot of visitors have been asking about the road from
Glencourse up to Loganlea. It's in very poor condition
after the severe winter 2 years ago and has worsened since then.
The Water Board have indicated that they will resurface the road
but this will entail part draining Glencourse to reinforce the
bank at the edge of the road. It's unlikely to happen
until later in the year. In the mean time please drive very
slowly through the areas with potholes > this should get you to
and from the fishery with no problems. We'll keep
The bright conditions on Saturday made fishing difficult but
anglers had some success with buzzers and dries. A single
Sedge worked well when the breeze was fresher in the afternoon.
Sunday was extremely windy and made things difficult for the
boat anglers. The fishery was quite quiet as a result of
the conditions but most of the anglers managed to connect with
The boat league finished last Thursday and our
congratulations go to the winners who were were presented with
Fishers tackle vouchers. Thanks to everyone who attended the
event and to Fishers for organising the event. The final results
are as follows; 1st place- Ben Robertson (35 fish) 2nd
place - Iain Wright (23 fish) 3rd place - James Paterson &
George Charters (21 fish each) 5th place - Craig Aberdein (18
The fishing has continued to vary with the weather and dries
have been the most successful tactic - However - other tactics
have also delivered results - Hot Head Damsels, buzzers and
nymphs all featuring in the catch returns.
We've also launched a new Facebook site and welcome your
posts or feedback -
www.facebook.com/LoganleaFishery. The page is still
work in progress but we'll load more photographs and posts as
the season progresses.
July and no respite from the rain - Saturday was a complete
washout after extremely heavy rain on the Friday night.
The road up to the fishery was like a river and the burn was
close to flooding the road. Despite this, a few hardy
folks managed up to the Fishery and were brave enough to go out
fishing from the bank. The fish didn't seem to be
put off by the weather and were even taking flies off the
surface in the heavy rain.
A combination of the bad weather and Edinburgh holidays has
resulted in things being quiet for most of the week but the
fishing has been good for those that have visited. Next
week is the final event for the Boat league and we'll carry a
full write up in the fishing reports. Ben Roberts is
leading with 30 fish and Mike from Fishers who sponsor the event
is second with 28.
Best tactics this week have been FABs, CDC emergers, Hoppers
and Sedges on midge tip and floating lines.
Ferrier Pumps hosted a Corporate day yesterday with about 40
guests and the weather wasn't the best - rain, wind and more
rain. Despite this everyone had a great day and Brian
provided gifts, food, drink, sunscreen, midge repellent and
prizes to keep everyone happy. Half of the anglers
took to the Boats and half to the Bank but the Boats seemed to
do better in the morning. The Burn end was very coloured
after all of the rain and this impacted on the fishing - the Dam
and the middle areas producing more action. Small lures on
floating lines seemed to do best - the fish having moved down in
the water after the heavy rain.
The picture on the left shows Alex's Grandson Lewis with a
fine Rainbow of 6.5lbs taken on a Yellow FAB on Thursday
The Fishers Direct Boat league has 2 weeks left -
Congratulations this week to Iain Scott and Ben Robertson who
shared the top spot this week with 5 fish each. Overall there
was 16 fish caught for 6 anglers (2.7 fish per rod average) No
rain this week which made a nice change however no let up in the
wind. Top flies were sedges,
dancers, cats whiskers and blobs on floating
and intermediate lines...
Most of the action can be found on top of the water - Yellow
Owls, sedges and even small Daddy's have been very successful.
The fishery was very quiet on Saturday with the strong Westerly
Wind and rain showers putting most people off. I decided
to try a lure with a slow glass line based on the weather and
managed 4 fish in the morning on a hot head damsel and one of
the new style cut throat cat's (available in the Cabin).
Mick Mulgrew employed the same tactics and also took fish.
In the afternoon I changed to a floating line with a FAB on the
point and a couple of buzzers on the droppers. This
brought more constant action - most of the fish taking the
Tequila FAB just on or under the surface. Mick also
changed to a floater with similar results.
The new picture added to the gallery on the left shows a fine
Tiger caught on the 9th of June by a Mister Moffat (apologies -
we haven't got the first name).
The Boat league entered the 5th week with the top two anglers
on 24 and 23 fish after 5 weeks - Full details on the Fishers
Direct web site:
The wind continues from a North Easterly direction and brings
lots of cold rain. The boat league on Thursday managed to
average just over 3 fish, despite the cold and was won by James
Paterson with 7 fish all taken on Kate McLaren patterns.
Mike Wilson of Fishers now leads the table at the half way
Saturday was a complete wash out with driving rain and strong
winds. However some of the bank anglers did well on lures
and muddler patterns. The long range forecast indicates
that the weather should improve towards the end of the week -
The weather is making fishing difficult at every venue -
I was unlucky enough to be out at loch Leven with our club on
Saturday and it was more like being in the North Sea - only 3
fish caught by 12 anglers. You can get more information
here : www.gmffc.co.uk
The weather was unkind again for the boat league last
Thursday but the only one who didn't catch a fish turned out to
be George Charters - This can only be down to giving him a
mention last week for topping the league after the first two
outings. The others caught fish on a variety of
tactics including lures through to dries and averaged just over
4 fish each - Mike Wilson of Fishers & Wayne Cramb now top the
league with 14 fish each.
I visited on Saturday and was surprised to see the fishery so
quiet in what looked to be perfect fishing weather. I
started off from a boat with Alex's grandson Lewis and managed 4
fish on buzzers with a yellow FAB on the point. Lewis did
well with a Yellow Owl and a variety of dry flies. I then
headed for the Dam with Mick Mulgrew and we both managed fish on
washing line tactics - despite the midges. By now the
fishery was much busier and most of the boats seemed to be doing
well in different areas across the Reservoir. Mick
and I moved down to the Burn end after lunch and found the fish
to be very cooperative. At one stage Mick tried the Cut
Throat Cat lure on a floating line and managed what looked to be
a fish a cast from a wading position on the other side of the
burn. Others were doing particularly well on black
buzzers - I gave up for a short period to watch one
of the anglers who hooked into a fish on a black buzzer - His
entire line was quickly stripped off the reel followed by a
hundred feet of backing. Everyone expected to
see a giant fish but after a long struggle the fish was brought
to the bank and turned out to be foul hooked - Hence the
Just as we thought the weather was getting better - it takes
a turn for the worse. The boat league participants were
drenched. However this is a section from Mike @ Fishers
report from last Thursday - " George Charters, the winner of
the first 2 rounds caught this stunning Tiger Trout of around
8.5lb on Thursday. This spectacular looking fish was tempted by
a hot head damsel nymph being fished on a fast glass
intermediate fly line. However as if this belter wasn't enough,
using the same set up, George only minutes before catching the
Tiger Trout had hooked into a much larger Rainbow Trout which
after a short tussle sadly gave him the slip. Please note: All
George's big fish, league session winning, killer flies and
tackle are supplied by Fishers ;-)
Fishing over the weekend was mixed with the weather being
very cold on Saturday - Despite this it was still possible to
tempt fish with dries as Alex and demonstrated on Saturday
afternoon. I had better results with buzzers and
managed to tempt 4 fish with an orange and black buzzer.
Mick Mulgrew had good results with a cut throat cut lure (on
sale in the Cabin) and took 4 fish in a forty five minute spell
in the morning. The Mackie's had lots of fish at the Burn
end on snatchers and father and two sons all achieved double
Looks as if we've missed spring and went straight to summer
with a lot of the anglers catching sunburn as well as fish this
week. The boat league also kicked off this Thursday - in
association with Fishers
www.fishersdirect.com we're offering fly anglers of
any level the chance to enjoy competitive fishing for fantastic
prizes. The boat league will run for 8 weeks on a
Thursday evening from the 24th May until the
12th July 2012. The competition is fully catch & release with
the winning results based on the individual anglers total catch
from their 7 best visits. (For information and to register
please contact Fishers on 01968 672877 or visit us instore at 10
John Street Penicuik.)
The first night kicked off with a bang as the trout produced
plenty of surface action and the winning angler picked up 8 fish
in the 4 hour session - Full results here:
I visited on saturday and kicked off on the Dam and tried
dries for a short spell - this attracted a few swirls but
resulted in no fish. A switch to buzzers and I managed to
pick up 3 fish in quick succession with an Orange buzzer about 5
feet under the surface. Mick Mulgrew and I then
tried the Burn end and fish were more difficult to come by here,
although Mick did pick one up on a traffic light buzzer.
The same buzzer brought more success in the area across from the
Cabin where Mick picked up 4 fish in a 30 minute spell.
Graeme Keir caused a bit of commotion on the Dam when he
connected with a monster fish which took about 10 minutes to
land. Graeme estimates the fish was about 21lb and
was taken on his own pattern Grizzle Cat. He went onto
pick up 6 fish in total after moving onto dries. (See
Graeme's fish on the left - thanks to Graeme for the picture)
A cold North East wind made it more like November than May on
Saturday. The fishery was also extremely quiet due to the
football. Fish were hard to come by at first and were
surprisingly still willing to take dry flies even though there
was no signs of any fish moving. Alex managed 5 fish
during a short spell on the Dam - all taken with a Shipmans
buzzer with gold rib. Mick Mulgrew had a number of good
fish on different tactics ranging from buzzers to crunchers and
a Carron Rabbit. The Dam end fished better than the
Burn end - probably due to the amount of water that fell on
Friday. The BP club had a good day out on Friday - despite
the wet conditions and caught a lot of fish on mainly black
lures. Pictured on the left is one of the fine
double figure fish taken by one of the club.
Over the latter part of last week dry flies and small nymphs
were the best tactic but the bright and cold weather on Saturday
meant that lures and intermediate lines were the best tactic.
The Gilmerton Miners Fly Fishing Club had a good day out with
all but 2 of the club bagging up - Most of the fish were taken
on the Dam or the area in front of the cabin with small black
lures, cats whiskers and hot head damsels all featuring in the
Saturday was busy with 3 different clubs taking to the boats
or bank and some great fish were taken including a monster of
18lbs 12ozs by Drew Bryce Junior on a Yellow Dancer.
Other good fish featured in the returns - including a 7lb
4oz specimen taken by Tom Paterson on a mini cat and Mr Baird
with a 5lb 4oz rainbow taken on a buzzer (all fish are pictured
in the gallery on the left). Again the weather was
unseasonably cold and the fish had moved down in the water as
opposed to earlier last week when there was great sport with dry
flies on the surface. The fish are well
dispersed over the reservoir with boats and bank anglers having
success in all areas.
The colder weather over the weekend has put the fish down in
the water again. Buzzers and lures proved to be the most
productive tactic. Mick Mulgrew had 14 fish on buzzers at
the Burn end and the Rainbow Warriors had a good day with most
of the anglers getting their limits. The
Fishers Boat league starts on May 24th and will run on a
Thursday evening - get more information by contact Mike at
www.fishersdirect.co.uk or Alex at Loganlea. The
weather forecast shows thing will get warmer over the next few
days (It can't get colder!!!).....
Free casting lessons with Steve Culbert start this Thursday at
17.00 - Come along and sharpen up your technique or learn some
Over the latter part of last week the fishery was quiet but
the fishing was excellent with fish being taken on all tactics
including dries. I visited on Saturday morning and the
weather had turned colder again with lots of rain overnight on
the Friday. This meant that the water was slightly
coloured at the Burn end and fish were more difficult to tempt.
I eventually discovered that the fish were still looking for dry
flies after persevering with buzzers and nymphs for too long.
My first change to a small shipmans buzzer brought immediate
attention from a couple of fish and I discovered that others
were having better results on the dry fly. Mick
Mulgrew ended up with 3 fish on a variety of tactics ranging
from a small white rabbit lure through to a flo yellow egg fly.
Ian McNicoll Snr and Dean Thomson were having good success with
dries on the road side near the Dam by casting at rising fish.
John Miller managed to tempt a fine 11.4lb Rainbow on a Yellow
Dancer (See picture on left hand gallery). The fishing
just now tends to vary with the weather and it's always best to
ask Alex what tactics are best on a particular day....
The colder weather has sent the trout down in the water and
intermediate lines with lures has continued to be the most
successful tactic. Hot Head Damsels, Dancers, Cats
Whiskers have all featured prominently in the catch returns.
Despite the colder conditions most of the anglers have managed
good bags of fish with both bank and boats doing well.
The weather has reverted back to being more like our usual
expectations of early Spring with snow, wind and rain appearing
over the last few days. The fishing has been varied
depending on the conditions and different tactics have brought
success on specific days. Last weekend some anglers had
great success with buzzers at the dam end and the small bay
opposite the office. Others were successful with lures in
a variety of colours on intermediate lines. The
picture on the left shows a nice Tiger Trout taken on one of the
colder April days last weekend.
Summer arrived early this weekend with some fine weather
after the mist cleared in the mornings. The fishing was
also excellent with some anglers doing very well on hot head
lures, buzzers and even dry flies. The fish have already
dispersed across the reservoir and both boat and bank anglers
had success in all areas. Ian McNicoll Snr connected
with the 9.5lb specimen that's pictured on the left with a small
CDC emerger and managed to tempt 4 or 5 other fish with similar
tactics. Hot head damsels, black and green hot heads
and buzzers and blobs in orange shades also did well.
Floating lines were all that was required as most of the fish
were moving in the top 4 feet of water.
Towards the end of last week a lot of rain fell and the
weather turned colder - this seems to have put the fish off
feeding for a few days. Hence, anglers at the weekend had
mixed results and those with intermediate lines and lures seemed
to have the best returns. One or two anglers did well with
buzzers in the area in front of the cabin. Unlike last
week - there does not seem to be a specific area that produced
better results with fish taken in all areas. Top
lures - New style small yellow dancer with hot head and rabbit
fur has accounted for lots of fish (these have been tied by Tom
Grey who invented the original Dancer and are available in the
cabin - currently sold out but more will be available shortly),
hot head damsel, cormorant. Top buzzers - okay dokay,
black with read bead, pink.
of the action was found at the shallow end with anglers having
more success with intermediate lines and small lures.
Thomas Mackie at 17 years old caught a fish that most anglers
would be proud of this Saturday - a 17lb Rainbow - taken
on a Cormorant with intermediate line. The fish is pictured
below and was safely released for someone else to catch!!!
intermediate lines with - Cats Whiskers, Hot Head Damsels,
Black Dancers and Pink Lures (Tweezies) have all featured in the
returns. On calmer days buzzers have also worked well...
This is the 3rd double figure fish in a week.....
Fishing has been excellent over the first few days of the new
season - The best areas have been in front of the cabin or the
small bay on the opposite bank. Buzzers (Black & Red,
Orange) and lures (Cats Whiskers, Hot Head Damsels, Pink Cats,
Black & Green) have been the best tactics. Paul
Baxter hooked a 14lb fish which took over 25 minutes to land and
Mr Jones also caught and released a fine double figure fish.
Now open for business. The water is slightly lower than
usual to allow workers to do work round the Dam. This
doesn't impact on the fishing - The fish have continued feeding
over the close season and are in prime condition - We're
back to stocking on a weekly basis. Tight
The fishery opens next week and a fresh stock of fish is
being introduced in advance. This will include quite a few
double figure fish to join the residents who have kept in prime
condition over winter. I've visited on a couple of
days over the closed season and the fishing has been excellent
both in terms of the number of fish and fighting quality.
Look forward to seeing you soon.
Last week brought heavy rain and a big dip in temperature
which made fishing difficult. We also took most of
the boats out this weekend as the fishery prepares to close for
the winter. We did however get quite a few anglers
on Saturday and some managed to land a few fish - The fish were
taken on a variety of methods ranging from buzzers (black) to
hot head damsels. Overall - October has been quite
challenging with no consistent weather patterns and anglers
having to vary tactics to find success. The fishery
closes this weekend for the winter and we look forward to seeing
you on Saturday or Sunday if you want to fit in one final
The milder weather over the weekend was frustrating with lots
of fish rising but most anglers struggling to find what the fish
were taking. Some anglers managed good returns with
black buzzers or shipmans buzzers near the surface - the burn
end produced better results than the dam. Others
managed fish on bloodworms and a variety of lures or snatchers
with darker shades more successful.
The colder windy weather has meant that the fishery has been
quieter through the week but the forecast for the weekend should
see a slight improvement in the conditions.
better on Sunday, despite the strong winds
and anglers had good results with
intermediate lines and lures or blobs. The
best areas were in front of cabin and the
more challenging but fish were taken with
lures and cormorants - again the burn end
was more productive. The fishery is
now closed at 5pm until the end of October.
The weather has
been quite windy over the last week and very
few anglers have ventured out. Last weekend
most of the fish were taken on lures (hot
head damsels) and nymphs (snatchers & diawl
bachs) on sink tip or intermediate lines.
The Dam end fished well but fish were caught
in most areas. Some anglers persevered
with dry flies and were rewarded with good
bags of fish using small daddies and sedge
A good stock of fresh fish is being
introduced for the weekend and the weather
forecast predicts slightly higher
temperatures which should make for good
fishing conditions - tight lines.
The fishery is
now closing about 7.30pm as the nights close
Fishing over the
last week has been mixed. At times the
fishing has been excellent and top of the
water sport has been good with some anglers
catching well into double figures. At other
times the fish have been difficult to locate
and anglers have had to experiment with
different lines and flies. There are quite a
few Daddies around and we expect the fish to
be targeting them over the next few weeks.
The fishery now closes just after 8pm as the
light fades quickly at this time of year.
A fresh stock of
fish just introduced including a 17lb
specimen. The fish seem to have gone down
in the water and anglers today had more
success with lures on intermediate lines.
Anglers have had
to vary their tactics to find out what works
on a daily basis. Sometimes the fish have
been feeding hard on the surface in short
spells and Dry Flies such as Daddies,
Sedges and CDC's are accounting for fish.
When the conditions are right some anglers
are managing to catch into double figures
and quite a few larger trout have been
successfully caught and returned. At other
times - nymphs, snatchers, Cormorants and
lures are more successful using a sink tip
or floating lines. The Burn end has
produced more fish than the Dam end but the
fish are well distributed over the
continues to be stocked on a weekly basis
and good quality Brown, Blue, Rainbow and
Tiger trout are introduced.
received a small stock of the imported
floating and intermediate lines that were
mentioned in the report on the 05-08-2011.
The lines are priced at £10 and have been
quickly snapped up by anyone that has tried
temperature has dropped significantly with
all the rain in the last week but the fish
can still be found near the surface.
I visited on
Saturday and started off with a FAB and two
buzzers at the Dam end. This tactic has
worked well recently but failed to attract
any fish. Mick Mulgrew and I then moved
round to the far side and managed to connect
with fish using Bibio snatchers. Mick had
moved to an intermediate line and I stayed
with a floating line. The fish appeared to
like a fast figure of eight interspersed
with some quick pulls. After lunch we moved
to the Burn end and had some great sport on
dries. I used a black sugar cube on the
dropper and a black Klinkhammer on the
point. Chris Verrecchia and Neill Barrett
visited later in the afternoon and were
quickly into fish from the bank on CDC
Hoppers and Buzzers at the Burn end.
Bannockburn Club hired most of the boats on
Saturday and picked up fish on a variety of
methods - Blobs, Yellow Dancers and Nymphs
all featured in the catch returns. The Burn
end was more successful in the conditions.
Some of the catches last week
have been impressive with many anglers getting into double
figures. Last weekend - small nymphs, either snatchers or
diawl bachs on floating or sink tip lines produced excellent
results (I purchased one of the Rio Midge Tip lines from
Fishers Direct three
weeks ago and have had some great success with the line - It
casts well, has no memory and the short sink tip presents the
nymphs or buzzers at just the right depth). In the early
part of the week dry flies came into there own and anything
black or claret encouraged attention from the fish - CDC's, foam
beetles or anything close to a heather fly performed well.
The monsoon conditions have discouraged anglers since Tuesday
but weather conditions are forecast to be better over the
I visited last weekend and
started off at the burn end with Mick Mulgrew - With warm sunny
conditions - both of us started off with a washing line rig
using a midge tip with a tequila or sunburst FAB on the point
and two buzzers on the droppers. Fish were more interested
in the FAB and takes were very tentative so resulted in only one
solid hook up. Anglers on the Dam were having more
success and Alan Burns and his Father had had 4 fish each with
striped quill buzzers on either washing line or bung. Some
of the boats did well with diawl bachs or small lures with very
few fish showing on the surface in the bright conditions.
Mick had purchased a new line
through Alex from Dave Clark who's importing them and took the
opportunity to try it out on the Dam in the afternoon.
I'm a big fan of the Snowbee XS line and was interested to see
how the new line performed because it looks and feels just like
the Snowbee. Mick was good enough to give me a cast and
not only was I impressed with the line which shoots out with
absolutely no memory - I also managed to catch a fish to break
in the line. The really good news is that the lines are
great value at about £10 per line. I've ordered one and
would encourage anyone to try the demonstration one that Alex
has if your visiting. Steve Culbert our casting instructor
was similarly impressed and immediately ordered a few.
Speak to Alex at the fishery if your interested in one.
Wednesday was also the final night of the boat league and a
total of 20 fish were caught between 10 anglers (2 fish average)
well done to Wayne Cram winning this weeks session with 7 fish.
Big congratulations to the top 5 anglers who finished the
Fishers/Loganlea boat league as follows:
1st - Ben
(tie) - Callum Greens and George
Derek Sibson, 5th
Wayne Cram (The final results were decided by totaling each of
the anglers individual catches and then deducting their four
worst session scores) Prizes included cash and Gift Vouchers. A
massive thanks to all those who participated in the event and
Fishers Tackle... who kindly organised the
Look out for news about next years league and join in the fun.
Finally Alex has been having some tremendous success with a
new dry fly which might be on sale soon....
The fishery has been quite busy
through the week with anglers taking the opportunity to get out
when the weather is better. However, there doesn't
seem to be a specific tactic or area that is delivering
consistent results. Anglers have had success on a variety
of methods covering lures (Cats Whiskers, Yellow Dancers &
Sunburst FAB Blobs), buzzers (Black, Lime, Orange), dries
(CDC F Fly, Daddies) and nymphs (Snatchers, Diawl Bachs).
The fish do seem to be in the top 4 feet most of the time and
floating or sink tip lines are producing the best results.
The Boat league had a difficult
night on Wednesday night with only 16 fish caught (1.6
fish average) Top rods were George Charters, Derek Sibson and
Wayne Cram who won this session with four fish each using nymphs
and dries. The anglers were frustrated by fish rising everywhere
but everyone struggled to find what they were feeding on.
The league is run in partnership with Fishers based in John
Street precinct, Penicuik,
There's one week to go with vouchers and cash for the top 5
Many of the large fish introduced
last Friday are yet to be caught and a fresh stocking of quality
fish was introduced yesterday afternoon. The
forecast for the weekend looks good so tight lines to everyone
planning a visit.
We've had a number of calls about
a misleading article in the paper regarding Glencourse Reservoir
- This has led people to assume that Loganlea is also closed.
The article refers only to Glencourse and Loganlea is open
for business as usual. A correction will be published
next week confirming this.
The water is still slightly
coloured from the heavy rain at the weekend but is slowly
The Wednesday League last night had a challenging evening with
the 10 anglers managing an average of 2 fish per person. The
Wednesday league has just 2 weeks to run with a number of
anglers in reach of the 500 pounds of prizes. Congratulations go
to Callum Greens the winner of this weeks session who located
fish and successfully caught 8 in quick succession using a
yellow dancer at the shallow end.
The shallow end is fishing better than the dam end and some
anglers are still doing well on buzzers
A fresh stock of fish was introduced today with a good number of
double figure fish, including some stunning blues, browns and
Saturday brought warm
temperatures with thunder and lightening throughout the day in
advance of monsoon type conditions in the evening. This
again made fishing challenging during the day with some anglers
having success on buzzers (black and red, brown) and lures
(orange variants). Lots of fish were rising but it was
difficult to determine what they were taking and connecting with
fish using dry flies was challenging. The downpour
in the evening left the water extremely coloured after the level
rose by about 4 feet in a couple of hours. The water
remained coloured on the Sunday but most anglers managed to find
fish with buzzers or lures. By Monday the water was still
coloured but fishing was good with bloodworms and buzzers
accounting for some good returns.
Fishing was more challenging over
the weekend after heavy rain on the Friday night and a mix of
thunder, bright spells and more rain over Saturday and Sunday.
I visited on Saturday morning with Mick Mulgrew and we both
started with washing line set-ups at the burn end - sink tip
lines with a FAB on the point with two buzzers on droppers.
I was quickly into a fish on the FAB and managed two others in
quick succession on the buzzers. Mick also took two fish
and dropped two more before things went quieter after a change
of weather. In the afternoon we tried the Dam end with
Alex and found it difficult to locate fish - Mick managed one on
a white rabbit but we concluded that there was more action at
the burn end. Some of the Boat anglers did well with
black CDC flies and other took fish on Nymphs and Buzzers whilst
others struggled to find any action. Fingers crossed that
the weather becomes more settled.
The weather continues to change
from day to day which makes it difficult to find a consistent
formula for success. Small lures or nymphs seem to work
better on one day and dries on others. Hence, some anglers
who get the tactics right are managing to land lots of fish,
whilst others are struggling. The fish have tended
to be in the top 4 feet of water and anglers fishing buzzers on
washing lines or nymphs/lures on floating lines have had most
success. When conditions are right - CDC's and Daddies are
attracting fish on top. The Wednesday league last night
saw anglers catching an average of just over 3 fish per rod on a
variety of tactics.
The fishing over last week was
excellent and the Wednesday league had a good night with most of
the fish taken on top of the water with dry flies and muddlers.
A fresh batch of fish was introduced on Friday including some
good tiger trout and blue trout in the 5lb - 8lb range.
However, the weather on Saturday was again cold wet and
miserable, forcing the fish down in the water and making things
more challenging. I visited on Saturday and was
joined by Gene Cavallucci who was on holiday from Florida and
headed up to the Dam area with Mick Mulgrew. Despite there
being no sign of fish rising Mick and I started with dry flies
and let Gene try a hot head Damsel - Things started well with
Mick into a fish on his 2nd cast and I connected with a fish on
my 3rd both using the new CDC pattern I mentioned last week.
Thereafter things were more challenging with Gene getting the
only action on his hot head Damsel. We all managed to pick
up other fish by moving around and varying tactics but things
were certainly more difficult than usual. One of the
Anglers from the Alexander Club was doing well with an olive
booby and DI5 line on the Dam and managed a good bag of fish
including one of the larger Blue trout.
Alan Burns caught one of the
20lb+ fish last night at the Dam on a DI6 line with a Cormorant
- Alan wasn't quite sure what he'd hooked into at first but the
fish was eventually landed (after breaking his net),
photographed and safely released for someone else to catch.
(Photographs are on the left). The rest of the week
has been about the weather, or rather how cold it has been for
June. However, lots of anglers have had good sport on the
surface with dry flies - Tam Grey who ties the flies on sale in
the cabin brought up a new prototype CDC pattern last week and
quickly caught about 7 fish in quick succession. He left 2
of the flies with Alex to try and I managed to get a hold of one
when I visited on Saturday. The weather was cold, wet and
miserable but I was delighted to catch 2 fish on the surface in
my first 30 minutes with the fly - The fly should be available
for sale soon! Despite the conditions on Saturday
most of the boats had good catches and the Seafield club average
about 3 fish per angler on a variety of methods.
Mick Mulgrew beat my total on Saturday (despite the advantage of
the new fly) using snatchers and a small black rabbit.
A big thanks to Trossachs Trout /
Invicta Trout for supplying all our fish in such prime
Last Wednesday's boat league had
their best night so far with some of the anglers catching 10
fish in the four hour session. The weather continues to
disappoint and last Friday finally brought temperatures of 25C -
However things were back to normal on Saturday with temperatures
of around 12C and this has continued since then.
Despite this the fishing has been good with most anglers
securing their limit on different tactics. On occasions, dry
flies can do well with black beetles, CDCs and Daddies all
achieving results. Others are having more luck with
lures on intermediate lines or buzzers on floating lines. I
visited on Saturday and was lucky enough to hook a fish with my
first cast from the Dam using a floating line with a traffic
light cruncher. I also managed fish on a gold
snatcher and kate mclaren whilst Alex had a number of fish on
buzzers (black and yellow stripes) - The most productive area
was the side opposite the cabin down to the Dam. Jake
Johnstone and his Brother in-law David managed some good fish
from the Dam after deciding it was too rough for a boat but some
of the boats that ventured out did well on Cats Whiskers.
The fish over 20lbs are yet to
appear in the returns but quite a few fish over 6lbs have been
caught in the last week.
Gilmerton Miners Fly Fishing Club
visited yesterday and had a good day, despite the windy weather.
Everyone caught fish with most of the members catching their
limits before lunch time. Most of the fish were taken on
the far side between the Dam and opposite the cabin. Blue
Damsels, Rabbits and Buzzers all featured in the catch returns.
A new stocking went in on Friday including another fish over
20lbs - a 24lb fish introduced a few weeks ago has yet to be
caught and there are now several fish over the 18lb mark.
The boat league had a good night
tonight with 9 anglers catching a total of 38 fish in just over
3 hours - get more details from the
Wednesday League section. The strong wind and heavy
showers has continued for most of the week and at times the
fishing has been impossible. This has kept the fish down
and most are being taken around three to four feet deep but some
fish have been taken off the surface when it was less windy.
Lures, buzzers and nymphs are producing results and top
flies are Dancers, Hot Head Damsels, Cats Whiskers,
Cormorants, Orange Buzzers and Small Sugar Cube Dries.
I visited last Saturday and was
lucky enough to get a fish on a dry fly (gold sugar cube) in
front of the cabin before the wind got too strong. I
also managed to pick up a couple of fish casting into the wind
from the Dam on an Orange Blob with DI3 line and 1 fish at the
shallow end with a Hot Head Damsel
The strong wind on Saturday made
things difficult for the boat anglers but the fish were lively
and just about everyone managed to catch fish. A single
lure on an intermediate line proved to be the most effective
tactic in the conditions with Yellow Dancers, Blobs and Damsels
all featuring in the returns. Buzzers also delivered
results and Mr "T" our regular buzzer expert took 9 fish in a
short session on Saturday afternoon.
The weather has continued to be
difficult but the fishing has been excellent for those braving
the conditions. One of our anglers last weekend brought up a
photograph of Loganlea when it was drained (accidently) some 20
years ago - We thought you might be interested to see this:
The new Wednesday league kicked
off this week in conjunction with Fishers Fly Fishing Shop
In a 4 hour session the 11 anglers managed to catch and release
39 fish. Ben McBeth stormed into the lead with 9 fish,
closely followed by Wayne Cram and Derek Sibson with 6 each.
The fish were taken on various flies but lures and cormorants on
intermediate lines produced the best returns. The league
will run for the next 12 weeks with the best 8 weeks counting
towards the competition - so there's still time to enter -
We'll also feature a report on the Wednesday league section on
this web site.
I visited the fishery yesterday
and for a change the weather was actually better than forecast -
the heavy rain didn't arrive until later in the afternoon.
I started at the burn end where there were lots of fish rising
but I tried a cats whisker on an intermediate line and caught a
fish on my first cast. It was difficult to match whatever
the fish were taking off the surface but other anglers were
taking fish on lures and orange blobs. I ended up
with 4 fish before lunch and Mick Mulgrew had managed 7 fish on
mixed tactics. We then headed up to the Dam and found that
anglers had been having success on dries but things had slowed
down as the changeable weather had forced the fish down in the
water. Alan Burns then changed to buzzers and took about
10 fish in rapid session on orange coloured buzzers. Other
anglers were taking fish on loop bloodworms and orange blobs
fished slowly on intermediate lines. Chris Verrecchia had also
taken fish on buzzers about 200 yards down from the cabin.
The boat anglers were having success in all areas with
intermediate lines and lures or boobies - most of the anglers
from Carluke angling club managed to take their limits.
The fishing has been exceptional
since the weather warmed up a bit in the last couple of days.
On occasions there are lots of fish feeding actively off the
surface and anglers with dry flies have managed lots of fish:
Black Shipmans buzzers and CDC dries in size 10 or 12 have done
particularly well. Lures and muddlers stripped just
under the surface have also attracted lots of attention.
Yesterday brought difficult
fishing conditions - a strong easterly wind and bright sunshine.
Despite this, many anglers managed to hook into fish - lures on
intermediate lines worked well and one angler did well with
bloodworms on a floating line. Fishing on Friday
which was more overcast was better with most anglers doing well
- Cats Whiskers, blobs and buzzers all doing well.
The easterly wind is forecast to
continue with bright conditions today and more overcast
Fishing has been good for most of
the week with the fish active for long periods. Graham
Nash from Edinburgh hooked and landed one of our double figure
fish at the Dam end on Wednesday evening. The fish fell to
a Damsel with dumbbell eyes and weighed in at 18.5lbs,
taking over 30 minutes to land - There are still plenty of
other double figure fish remaining including the 24lb monster
that was introduced a week ago.... Graham is pictured with
his fish on the gallery.
The fishing on Saturday was
excellent, despite the disappointing weather in the afternoon.
Bonnybridge Angling Club created a new record with 18 anglers
accounting for 62 fish on their tickets they went onto take
another 225 fish on C/R ! Most of the fish were taken
between the Dam and Cabin on Damsels and Blobs but a number of
other flies featured in the reports. Sunday was more
difficult but a number of anglers had good baskets of fish.
I visited on Monday and still found things difficult (certainly
compared to Saturday's report), but managed 4 fish on a variety
of tactics including one on a dry shipmans buzzer. Mick
Mulgrew managed about 8 fish, mainly on a Carron Rabbit but also
took a few on buzzers. We found the area between the Cabin
and Dam most productive and on occasions fish were rising freely
in the middle areas of the reservoir. No report yet
of the 24lb fish being caught!
A top condition 24lb fish was
introduced last night with our weekly stocking - It's your
chance to catch the fish of a lifetime over the Easter weekend.
The weather forecast looks good for fishing and a variety of
tactics should bring success as the fish seem to be feeding hard
on anything that's available. The fish are now well
distributed over the reservoir and the boat anglers are picking
up fish in all areas, For bank anglers the hotspots are
both ends, along the bank between the Dam and Flesh Cleugh, and
don't be afraid to try a few casts in front of the cabin.
I was away with our club -
Gilmerton Miners Fly Fishing Club to Lintrathen this weekend
(see www.gmffc.co.uk if you
want to find out how it's fishing there.) so gave Alex a call
for an update on the weekend's fishing at Loganlea.
Obviously the weather was better on Sunday but the fishing on
both days seems to have been exceptional. On Saturday, 35
of the fishers on take fish permits took good bags of fish and
21 of 23 fishers on Sunday caught all of their fish.
Buzzers were doing exceptionally well, with lime, pink, red
holographic and loop bloodworms all featuring in the catch
returns. Some anglers reported taking over 20 fish
along the Dam using an indicator with a bug and John Watson
hooked and landed a very large fish which he struggled to get
into his net -The fish was successfully released to fight
If anyone is interested in
joining a club, we're currently looking for new members -
please drop me an email for more information.
Just back from a
week's break in Tenerife and gave
Alex a call to find out how things
are fishing. The better weather
continued over the weekend and
fishing on Saturday and Sunday was
exceptional. Quite a few fish were
tempted by dries on Saturday and the
fish continue to be better
distributed over the reservoir.
Most productive technique continues
to be a lure on intermediate line
but many fish were taken on buzzers,
snatchers and nymphs.
yesterday was probably the best of
the season so far, despite the
strong winds. Just about every
angler took fish with many recording
well into double figures. The fish
were also better distributed over
the reservoir and are obviously more
active with the better temperatures
and natural feeding improving.
The fishery has
been quite quiet through the week
but the fishing has been good for
most anglers. Marco Capozzela
visited again on Wednesday and had 9
fish all on lures - including the
fine brown trout which is pictured
on the left. Black and Green lures
were attracting the fish, although
the brown trout was taken by a
yellow dancer using a very slow
figure of 8 retrieve. Alex tells me
that orange lures were also working
and fish are now better distributed
over the reservoir. New stock
arrives today including some double
figure rainbows in advance of the
weekend. Tight lines to everyone -
I'm actually off to the Watch this
weekend for my first club outing of
the year so I'll get an update from
Alex to let everyone know how things
Many thanks to Marco
for sending his photograph and note - Let me
know if you want to share any feedback or photos
in the fishing report. just email me @
The better weather
continued on Saturday and the
Cormorants that have plagued the
fishery for the last few months seem
to have headed back to sea for their
mating season. I turned up on
Saturday morning to find things
busier than usual - Mick Mulgrew and
a few others were already fishing
down at the shallow end when I
arrived and had managed fish before
I even started. I started with an
intermediate line and the same
Damsel that's pictured in the 13th
March report. This produced a fish
first cast but I unfortunately lost
the fly when the second fish took
but was lucky enough to get 4 more
on a hot head damsel and lime green
dancer. I then tried the far bank
and changed to a lime green beaded
buzzer about 5 feet under a bung -
this accounted for another 3 fish
before lunch. Mick also picked up
fish on buzzers. Regulars Kenny and
Billy were out in a boat for the
first time and were regularly
hooking fish on okay dokays and
lures. Mick and I tried the Dam
after lunch and managed 1 fish each
on lures - There were lots of fish
rising but they were difficult to
tempt. We then headed down to the
burn end and I was struggling to
tempt fish. Mick had moved down
further to the point and was getting
interest with every cast on a
Damsel. I then tried wading in
front of the burn and managed a few
more fish - all on lures - Either
Electric Blue Damsels or a "Bigio"
with pink tail and black and blue
fritz. I ended up with 14 fish and
left Mick still fishing with 14 fish
caught and released - Kenny & Billy
managed 22 fish from the boat. The
fish still seem to be congregating
in tight groups and I'd suggest
people move around to try and find
them. Some anglers were really
successful - Whilst other anglers
struggled to find fish.
On the subject of
mating - The reservoir is full of frogs just now
and Alex captured a photo of one getting amorous
with a Brown Trout in the Harbour. At
first Alex thought the Brown Trout was dead and
managed to lift them out and separate them - The
fish then darted off leaving the question how
did the frog manage to catch the fish in the
first place. A quick check on the internet
and I discovered that this is quite common with
many reports of goldfish and carp being killed
by frogs trying to mate with them. In this
case the Brown Trout was able to live for
another day and might be lucky enough to be
caught by an angler in future!
Things have warmed
up quite a bit and the fish are in a
more active mood. Robin Scott
visited today and caught over 20
fish on a Damsel - at the burn end +
in front of the cabin. Others have
also had better results after
struggling on earlier visits - This
is a note we received from Marco
Capozzella from his visit on
Wednesday (you can see his photo on
"Was up at the fishery again on wednesday some
photo's from the great day i had landing 11 fish
in total not big but nice and clean and missing
a good few as well, most of the fish being
caught on a Green Dancer and a Black and Green
Montana also stirred a few, again a pleasurable
day for me after blanking on my previous 2
visits this month.
Marco Capozzella "
The fishery has
been very quiet through the week
with mixed weather. Thursday was the
busiest week day and we had a
surprise visit from Raphael Ibanez
The former French rugby captain He
was commentating on the Scotland v
Italy game for French TV and decided
to check the fishery out.
Fortunately most of the fishers on
Thursday managed to catch all their
fish with most of the action
taking place during a two hour spell
in the afternoon with best results
using a lime green dancer on a
floating or intermediate line.
Raphael was delighted to catch a
couple of trout and we hope to see
him back in future. He even
correctly predicted a win for
Scotland against Italy!
Saturday was extremely cold and the
fishing in the morning was again
difficult with only a couple of
anglers picking up the odd fish.
Like most anglers I managed to blank
during the morning and retired to
the cabin to rethink tactics for the
afternoon. Mick and I returned to
the burn end and I decided to try a
lime dancer This brought a fish
after a couple of casts on an
intermediate line fished as slow as
I could manage. Mick then picked up
another using similar tactics with a
hot head damsel. I then tried a
minkie using a very slow retrieve
and immediately picked up hits
before hooking a good fish.
Unfortunately I had to leave at this
point and left Mick to what seemed
to be better fishing conditions. I
heard later that he had finished up
with 5 fish the latter fish taking
buzzers towards the end of the
The forecast on
Thursday changed from a reasonable
outlook to predicting the
temperatures would plummet bringing
a good load of snow. And sure
enough I opened the curtains on
Saturday morning to see grey skies
and heavy snow. I made a quick call
to Loganlea to check the conditions
and Joyce confirmed "It's snowing
but the road is fine and the
forecast looks better for this
afternoon". She forgot to mention
that they have a 4x4 and it's very
good in the snow - I really
struggled up the hill to the fishery
but eventually made it. Mick wasn't
so lucky and had to be towed by Alex
in the 4x4!
All of the effort was rewarded when
I eventually made my first cast at
the burn end - Two fish on
straight away and one landed and
safely released - the other took my
point fly for keeps after heading in
opposite directions to the one on
the dropper. I decided to keep
fishing with just one fly, an
electric blue damsel (pictured
opposite) on a Cortland Blue line.
I then managed a fish on each of my
next 3 casts and Mick was also
picking up fish on lures. In spite
of the conditions - the fishing was
good all day and we took fish on
buzzers (lime green) and nymphs as
well as lures. There were even fish
rising in the afternoon - I ended
up with 9 fish and Mick got 12
(although he did stay longer than
me!). Let's hope this is the start
of some better fishing and improved
weather. The fishing up to now has
been difficult - despite the large
number of new fish introduced over
the last 3 weeks.
A further batch of
new fish were introduced on Friday
ahead of the opening weekend.
Saturday brought a cold easterly
wind and challenging fishing
conditions. The boats found things
harder than the bank anglers with
only one or two boats managing any
fish. The bank anglers had better
results at the shallow end with the
fish mainly falling to lures with
I started in front of the cabin and
was lucky enough to catch 2 rainbows
(white lure with black fritz and
green bead) before moving down to
the shallow end. After trying a
variety of nymphs and buzzers - I
finally tempted another fish on a
yellow apps bloodworm before lunch.
Other anglers managed fish on a
variety of lures and the odd fish
was tempted by buzzers. After lunch
Mick Mulgrew and I tried the Dam end
with no success before eventually
walking down to the shallow end. I
then headed to the cabin for a
coffee whilst Mick continued fishing
- only to hear that he'd caught 3
fish in quick succession on a green
lure. I tackled up with the same
lure and connected with a fish on my
first cast in front of the cabin but
lost the fish before it was
landed. A few casts later - I
connected with another fish, which
was landed and carefully released to
leave Mick and I 4 fish each.
Fingers crossed that the weather and
fishing warms up over the next
week. Big thanks to Tom Grey for
tying up a batch of lures for Mick
and I that tempted most of our fish
(The flies were based on a Dave
Downie pattern and christened a
Bigio by Ian McNeil!).
A good selection of
Tom Grey's flies are on sale in the cabin priced
at 80p each.
The opening day
brought good weather but fishing was
more challenging than anticipated.
The highlight of the day was Robin
Scott from Penicuik who caught and
carefully returned an 18.5lb rainbow
which was tempted by an Okay dokay
(see picture on left). Other
anglers found the fishing hard which
was surprising after the large stock
of fresh fish. Looking forward to
things improving over the course of
The fishery was
stocked on Friday and some prime
fish were introduced to join the
residents - A few double figure
fish, including one at just over
18lbs should create some excitement
for early season anglers. Alex
allowed a few of us an early try at
the fish on Saturday in the fine
Spring conditions. As usual for
this time of the year most of the
fish had migrated towards the
shallow end away from the Dam and
responded to most flies that were
put in front of them. Lures,
buzzers and nymphs all brought
action - Most fish were taken on
intermediate or floating lines with
Tight lines to
everyone for the start of the new season......!
buzzers and nymphs have had more
success than lures over the last
week. A lime green okaydokay
suspended about 4ft under a large
dry fly managed to tempt 8 fish at
the shallow end. Others using lures
struggled to tempt fish but 1 angler
reported some success with blobs on
a DI3 line. The weather continues
to vary from one day to the next
making it difficult to find tactics
which are successful.
Fishing over the
last couple of weeks has been
extremely mixed - much like the
weather. Some anglers have managed
to catch fish whilst others have
struggled. There doesn't seem to
be any specific tactic that produces
better results - some fish are being
caught on lures of all colours with
intermediate, floating or even DI3
lines depending on the conditions
and during the better spells dry
flies are still taking fish. I
suggest that anglers ask Alec what
tactics are producing results and
some indication of where the best
Things turned very
much colder this week with a lot of
rain on Thursday - As a result - the
lower water temperature has sent the
fish down deeper and made them more
difficult to locate. The fishing on
Saturday was mixed with some anglers
doing well and others not catching
any fish. The shallow end produced
the best results with one of the
boats catching 11 fish on
intermediate lines and orange blobs
on the dropper / hot head yellow
dancer on the point - using a very
slow figure of eight retrieve. In
front of the cabin produced good
results for some of the bank anglers
- one even managed a tiger trout on
a viva lure with a very slow
retrieve. I'm afraid to say that I
managed to blank this week after
recording 11 fish last Saturday -
All I had to show was two missed
takes on a white rabbit - I fished
buzzers and dry flies in the morning
with no success.
Unfortunately - It
was another windy Saturday which
made life difficult for the boats.
The fish had moved down in the water
with the colder weather and the more
successful anglers hit fish with
intermediate lines and lures. I
visited on Saturday and decided to
try my luck at the Dam end into the
wind using a single Hot Head Damsel
with intermediate line. After
trying different retrieves and
depths I managed to connect with a
fish at the far corner of the Dam
and managed 7 fish in the morning
between the Dam corner and the small
bay on the opposite side from the
fishing cabin. After lunch I
managed one fish in front of the
cabin and another 3 after returning
to the Dam to make this my most
successful visit for a few weeks.
Most of the boats and the other bank
anglers favoured the shallow end and
generally found it more difficult to
find fish. The harbour also
produced fish for a few bank
The fishing has
gradually improved over the week -
About 50% of the fish falling to
lures and the rest caught on top of
the water with a variety of dries
and emergers. The fishery was
stocked yesterday so the new batch
of fish should probably stir things
up and cause a bit of competition
This week has
continued pretty much like last
week. The fishing has been very
mixed with some anglers doing well
and other not managing to connect
with fish. Successful anglers used
everything from small nymphs through
to orange lures on floating and
intermediate lines. On Saturday
fish were rising everywhere but
everyone struggled to find what the
fish were feeding on.
The wind this
weekend has again spoiled things -
Many of the boats struggled -
especially those without an electric
motor. There was no pattern to the
fishing with successful anglers
using lures, nymphs or dries. Hot
Head Damsels featured prominently in
the catch reports but many anglers
struggled to find what would tempt
fish. The colder wind seems to have
sent the fish slightly deeper and
there has been little sign of fish
feeding on the top. However some
anglers managed to tempt fish with a
variety of emergers and dries.
Fishing over the
last few days has been mixed with
some reasonable spells mixed with
difficult periods. Nothing in
particular is attracting the fish
with anglers reporting success on a
variety of tactics - lures, buzzers,
dries and nymphs. The weather
hasn't helped with a variety of
temperatures, winds and rain - Let's
hope things settle down a bit so
that the terrestrial life can get
back to normal.
We've had regular
reports of 6lb+ fish being caught by
anglers on dry flies and hoppers
just below the surface. We're
trying to feature these through the
photographs on this page so please
take a picture if you're lucky
enough to catch one and send it to
Most anglers are having success with
floating lines and dries or nymphs
near the surface.
Fishing has been
good on most days and most of the
fish were taken by dry flies - small
and black! On Saturday their was a
light North Easterly wind which
favoured the Dam end. Members of
the Bon Accord club from Shotts had
a good morning catching fish from
the dam - Hot Head Damsels, Dries
and nymphs all produced fish. I
started in the far corner of the Dam
and caught my first fish on a size
14 Bibio, then had some luck on a
Bibio emerger before being broken.
The afternoon was more challenging
and although lots of fish were
rising it was difficult to find out
what they were taking and most flies
The average weight
of fish since the start of the season is 2.5lbs.
Many of the boats
struggled to cope with the wind on
Saturday (Why does it always seem to
be windy at the weekend!). Some
anglers did better than others and
the fish responded to different
things throughout the day. My own
experience reflects this - I fished
the bank on Saturday and ended up
with 5 fish - 1 on a Sedge, 1 on a
green and white lure, 1 on a yellow
buzzer, 1 on a yellow dancer & 1 on
a Cats Whisker. The last 2 fish
were taken on an intermediate line
and the others on a floating line.
Most of my fish were taken at the
Dam end fishing into the wind or the
small bay opposite the cabin.
Fingers crossed for more settled
Please note that we do not supply
anchors for the boats so please
bring your own anchor if you wish to
use one. We have a small number
of spare anchors but they are of
varying quality. Drogues are also
The average weight
of fish since the start of the season is 2.5lbs.
On the windy days
the fish tend to go deeper and
intermediate or midge tip lines
produce the best results with lures
or nymphs. On the better days the
fish move up into the top few feet
of water and floating lines with
dries or small nymphs do well. The
boat anglers tend to do better than
the bank anglers when the fish are
on dries with plenty of action in
the middle of the reservoir.
The weather forecast for the next
week appears to be more settled with
temperatures about 19 and light
winds from the west.
CDC emergers and
F-flies have been bringing the fish
up to the surface over the weekend.
Hooking and landing the fish
continues to be a challenge and a
keeping a steady eye on the fly is
required. Others have had success
with lures and cats whiskers, yellow
dancers and hot head damsels have
all featured in the returns. The
wind has made fishing challenging
for the banks fishers and makes
casting from the Dam difficult.
We've now got a more extensive range
of flies for sale!
The conditions on
Saturday were ideal for dry flies
with a light easterly wind and
overcast sky. I tried the bank
first at the Dam end and had 2 fish
within 30 minutes on a size 14 sugar
cube fly and a Daddy. It wasn't
always easy to hook the fish but the
dry flies got plenty of attention.
Others managed to get fish on lures
and nymphs - Black and yellow lures
worked well along with snatchers or
Diawl Bachs. I tried a boat in
the afternoon and had a good session
from the Dam to the Cabin - The fish
were very active and any Sedge
imitation attracted attention.
Small CDC F-Flies also worked well.
- these are available from the
Fishing on Saturday
was more challenging than the last
dew weeks with a strong westerly
wind mixed in with some bright
sunshine. The most successful
tactic was lures on floating or
intermediate lines. Bank anglers
who were willing to cast into the
strong wind managed to tempt trout
off the dam wall with yellow
dancers, cats whiskers or hot head
damsels. Some of the boats did
better than others but most managed
to tempt some fish - Orange blobs
brought success to a number of the
Bank of Scotland club who managed to
catch their limit. Snatchers and
dries were less productive than
previous weeks but still managed to
tempt the occasional fish. The
conditions on Sunday were terrible
with winds gusting to 60 miles per
hour at times but the outlook for
the next week is mixed with some
good spells and rain. Tactics will
change from day to day so speak to
Alec at the fishery for the latest
Weather wise and
fishing - Saturday turned out to be
a better day than Sunday. Most
people on Saturday caught their bag
limits on a variety of tactics and
the fishing was good all over the
reservoir. Floating lines or slow
intermediates were all that was
required and fish took everything
from dries through to lures. Sunday
started off with a colder wind and
this seemed to move the fish down,
consequently they were much more
difficult to tempt. The weather for
this week should see the fish
returning to the top few feet of
water - Snatchers and nymphs have
been doing particularly well in
these conditions. A good selection
of flies is available for sale in
The fishing over
the weekend was good - The wind on
Saturday resulted in the Dam being
the best spot and anglers had good
results with lures, nymphs and
dries. More fish were rising when
the wind dropped slightly and CDC
emergers or black foam beatles were
able to tempt the trout. Emergers
and nymphs (snatchers, diawl bachs,
bibios) proved to be the most
successful tactic on Sunday - this
should continue if the weather
Snatchers on sink
tip, floating or intermediate lines
(depending on weather) seem to be
the best tactic. I visited on
Saturday and opted for a floating
line with a gold snatcher on the
dropper and diawl bach on the
point. This produced 3 fish in
about 6 casts at the far corner of
the dam all on the gold snatcher.
Others managed to tempt fish with
buzzers and lures but things proved
to be more challenging after the
hectic start. I managed 6 fish in
total - the others falling to a hot
head damsel, kate mclaren and white
cat. Fish were rising regularly in
all areas but matching the hatch can
be a challenge. The worst pot holes
on the road are now filled and the
drive up to the fishery is much
frustrating with fish rising
everywhere but anglers struggled to
match the hatch. The best tactic
was casting into a group of rising
trout with a cast of snatchers. The
top boat had over 30 fish using this
tactic and most anglers managed to
catch their limits. The Dam end
was more productive for bank anglers
and the fish were tempted by lures
and small nymphs. Sunday brought
heavy rain which caught most anglers
by surprise but the fish were still
in a cooperative mood and easy to
catch. Repair work has started on
the road up to the fishery but
anglers are still advised to take it
slowly to avoid damaging their cars.
The bright sun on
Saturday made fishing difficult
throughout the day. Lures
delivered results for some anglers
on intermediate lines - Green was
mentioned a number of times.
Fishing was much improved on the
Sunday with fish taking a selection
of buzzers, nymphs and dries. Free
casting instruction this Thursday
from 10.00-14.00 - come along and
sharpen up your technique.
The warm weather
has certainly brought the trout to
the surface and anglers are having
great sort with dries and muddlers.
Weather forecast remains good for
We've also heard the Water Board
intends to do some repair work on
the road and we're trying to ensure
they do this right up to the fishery
this time. There appears to be some
dispute about who's actually
responsible for the stretch of road
from Glencourse to the house at the
top of the Glen! We'll keep you
updated but in the mean time please
drive very slowly up to the fishery
and this should not cause any harm
to your car.
The wind on
Saturday resulted in lures being the
most productive and again - most
angler caught their limits. Many of
the boats reported 15 + fish but the
wind made casting more difficult for
the bank anglers. Intermediate,
sink tip and floating lines were
most successful and the fish
remained in the top 6 feet of
water. Hopefully the weather will
settle down over the next week ....
The 3 clubs this
Saturday - Cleland, Rolls Royce &
Monkton - caught a total of 158 fish
weighing 390lbs. The unseasonably
cold wind restricted the top of the
water tactics but anglers caught
fish with lures, buzzers and
nymphs. The shallow end fished well
in the morning and most anglers had
caught their limits with lures in
the first hour. The dam area also
fished well first thing. The fish
were more interested in buzzers and
nymphs as the day progressed - red
and black buzzers produced results
and the fish were active in the top
8 feet of water. Quite a few large
fish were stocked on Friday and only
one of these was caught and
successfully returned on Saturday -
Hopefully these fish should start to
feature more regularly in the catch
reports over the next few weeks....
The fishing is
excellent with the majority of
anglers catching their limits -
Carluke angling club had 73 fish on
Saturday for 161lbs. The reservoir
is fishing well in all areas and
fish have been caught using a
variety of tactics - lures, nymphs
and buzzers all producing results -
The colder temperature has made it
more challenging to find fish on the
dries but hopefully things will warm
up again over the next few days.
conditions have brought the fish to
the surface in search of food and a
few anglers managed their first fish
of the season on dries. Lures,
nymphs, buzzers and dries all
produced good results for bank and
boat anglers. The fish can be
found all round the reservoir and
floating lines were most
productive. Anglers fishing the
bung had good results at the Dam
with orange and black holographic
buzzers about six feet under an
indicator. Yellow Dancers, Hot Head
Damsels were the most popular lures
and red holographic diawl bachs and
crunchers were the most productive
nymphs. Small sugar cube dries
brought the fish to the surface when
conditions were right.
The fishing has
been consistently good over the last
week with many anglers catching
their limits and some reporting
double figure returns. The fish
seem well dispersed over the
reservoir and black and green or
black lures on intermediate lines
have worked well + buzzers in black
and red stripes on floating lines.
Quite a few 6lb+ fish have been
reported by catch and release
anglers. Favourite areas - in
front of the fishery office and both
ends. Hope to see more activity on
top of the water in the next week or
Spring at last -
Bright sunshine and light winds all
weekend. The fishing on Thursday
and Friday had been exceptional with
most anglers catching their limits
and some recording 20+ fish.
Saturday was more difficult and the
fish were harder to tempt - Yellow
lures, buzzers and orange blobs all
featured in the catch reports.
Buzzers suspended about 4 feet under
an indicator and drifted on the
light breeze seemed to work
consistently at the shallow end.
DI3 or intermediate lines worked
better for the bank anglers. Two
tiger trout were caught this weekend
and one doubler + a couple of 6lb+
fish also featured. The
overwintered fish are now starting
to become more active and searching
for food........ Thanks to Jimmy
Dunn for supplying the scenic
photograph of Loganlea.
Just when everyone
thought winter had ended - Heavy
snow arrived on Tuesday and the
fishery had to be closed until
Friday because the road was blocked
with the heavy snow. This had
started to clear by Saturday and the
snow began to melt rapidly - This
meant that a great deal of icy water
was flowing through the reservoir
which made fishing challenging.
Some anglers on Saturday did well
and bagged up whilst others didn't
touch fish. The hottest area was in
front of the cabin and the shallow
end next to the road - Buzzers,
lures and small vivas all featured
in thae catch report. Darren
Watters from Gilmerton Miners Fly
Fishing Club had a 6lb 13ozs
rainbow. Hopefully spring will
arrive next week.
The weather has
remained windy all week and has made
things difficult for boat anglers.
Bank anglers have done well and the
fish are now well distributed over
the reservoir. A fresh stocking
went in this Friday with quite a few
large fish and they seem to have
motivated some of the overwintered
fish to move around and become
active. Hot spots were in front of
the cabin and both ends - Lures and
buzzers producing results on
floating and intermediate lines.
Some anglers on Saturday managed 20+
fish, whilst others struggled -
Being in the right spot was
important. Ask Alec for advice when
visiting because the hot spots do
vary from day to day.
The ice has
completely cleared after the warm
weather last weekend and the fishing
has improved considerably. Last
weekend the bank anglers had good
bags with intermediate lines and
small lures or bloodworms. Most of
the fish are congregated at the
shallow end and are easy to tempt -
The boats had mixed results with
some blanking and one boat catching
28 fish! The fishing over the rest
of the week has stayed consistently
good with most anglers catching
their limit and going onto double
figures on catch and release. Small
lures in black and green, bloodworms
and okay dokay buzzers all featured
in the catch reports.
We've also featured
in the Trout Fisherman magazine this month -
They visited last July (see the report in the
listing below) and had a great time fishing with
Ian McNicoll (Mick) and Colin Broadhead (Nobby)
- They've given away lots of good tips for
improving your catch rate.
lessons are now scheduled so book yourself a
place to improve your technique and catch rate.
First the good news
we've managed to get all the boats
in and the ice has cleared up until
the last 200yards at the shallow
end. The bad news is that the fish
seem to be lying under the ice near
the burn mouth. The few fish caught
on Saturday were caught in the few
yards of clear area at the burn
mouth. Mr McIndoe had 2 fish for
16lb 2 ozs - the heaviest at 13lbs
4ozs was our first doubler of the
year, caught on a small black lure
on an intermediate line.
The ice is forecast
to clear over the next few days and we hope to
see fishing improve.
The road up to
the dam has been damaged even more by the cold
weather and visitors should drive slowly through
the pot holes to avoid damaging cars. If
you drive slowly it's quite safe and
straightforward - even for cars with low profile
The weather remains
uncertain and the Reservoir has some
ice cover - We hope to take a
stocking of fish this weekend and be
open for business on 1st March.
Give us a call before visiting to
make sure conditions are OK
The fishing on
Saturday was particularly difficult
with only a few anglers managing to
connect with fish. Black lures on
intermediate lines worked for some
anglers but the fish seemed less
than interested in buzzers, nymphs
and dries. The weather forecast for
the next few days predicts more rain
and wind. The fishery is open until
the end of the month so fingers
crossed that the weather settles and
Anglers have been
having more luck with lures and
intermediate lines at the burn end.
Although, Alec managed to catch 3
fish on buzzers (including a Tiger
Trout) on Saturday morning in about
45 minutes. I'd tried various
tactics during the same period -
other anglers had success with black
and green dancers, yellow dancers
and cats whiskers. Finding
consistency is difficult with the
wide variation in weather conditions
- On Saturday the wind changed from
West to East and back again about 3
to be quite mixed with some good and
bad spells - A drop in temperature
and bright conditions meant that
Saturday was difficult with a number
of anglers blanking and one or two
having success with small grey dry
flies, small diawl bachs or hares
ear's. Lures were less successful,
despite lots of anglers trying a
range of patterns on floating ,
sinking and intermediate lines.
The first couple of
hours on Saturday brought a light
wind and good conditions which
brought lots of fish to the
surface. However, the winds picked
up over the day and the temperature
fell, forcing the fish down. Most
anglers found success on lures -
Yellow Dancers on intermediate lines
produced consistent results for a
number of anglers. Others reported
good results at the burn end with
Diawl Bachs and one or two anglers
took fish on Cormorants. The wind
on Sunday was much stronger and most
anglers found it more difficult to
get fish interested. Lures were
again the most successful tactic but
some anglers managed fish on Diawl
Bachs and size 12 olive buzzers.
The pictures on the
right show some of the fish recently
caught by Alan Gray - 3 fish for 9lb
12ozs including a fine tiger trout.
The fishing has varied again along
with the weather but most anglers
have managed to find fish with
dries, nymphs or lures depending on
conditions. Best option is to check
with Alec what's working best on a
specific day. Most of the fish have
been caught in the upper layers on
The fishing this
weekend was challenging with the
bright conditions and a fall in
water temperatures combining to make
the fish less than willing. The
Loanhead Miners club visited for
their last outing of the season and
only managed 10 fish from 9
anglers. I McNicoll Snr and Junior
had success with a white egg about
14ft under a bung fished between the
cabin and dam. Others had some
success with Daddies fished on the
far bank. Otherwise lures seemed to
produce the best results for a
variety of anglers. Fishing from
the dam was difficult in the strong
winds but fish seem to be favouring
the deeper water.
The weekend anglers
had success with lures on floating
lines - coral dancers, yellow
dancers, cats whiskers and hot head
damsels all featured in the catch
reports. Anglers fishing nymphs and
buzzers had less success but still
managed to catch some fish. The
strong winds and rain continued over
the weekend and the weather forecast
for the next week looks better.
The fishing on
Saturday proved difficult with high
winds keeping the boats off the
water. George Dale and his friend
managed 1 fish at the burn end
before trying the Dam end at the
mercy of the wind. Mick Mulgrew and
myself went one worse with no fish
for 3 hours of effort at the burn
end and after an early lunch we
tried the Dam end and managed to
locate fish on the opposite bank.
I managed 3 fish on an orange lure,
a yellow okay dokay then a black
lure. Mick Mulgrew hooked up with a
rainbow and then a Brown on a bibio
and Neil Barret who had spent the
morning at the bay opposite the
cabin had 7 fish on a hot head
Damsel. Earlier in the week the
fishing had been better and Gordon
Reekie from Cowdenbeath (pictured
left) managed to hook the fine wild
brown just outside the cabin. Ian
Remler and Michael Benigno from the
United States visited on Tuesday
afternoon and were both delighted at
managing a fish each after some
coaching from Ian McNicol. Heather
flies and Daddies promise some good
sport if the weather improves.
continues to be exceptional with
many anglers catching 10 or more
trout per visit. Mick Mulgrew had
great success last Thursday evening
on the Dam with Black CDC emergers
with a red butt (these can be bought
in the Fishery Cabin). Fish were
taking confidently on just about
every cast and Mick safely caught
and returned one of the rare Tiger
Trout. The weather continues to
change from one day to the next
which makes it difficult to predict
which tactics will work on a
particular visit. Dries have
brought consistently good results -
with Daddies and Hoppers standing
out in the catch reports. Floating
lines and nymphs or lures have also
produced good results on particular
days. The fish seem to be well
distributed across the reservoir
with no particular area standing
out. As always it's best to ask
Alec for an up to date report when
The weather this
weekend has brought strong winds and
plenty of rain which made fishing
difficult. Lures tended to be the
most successful tactics in the
adverse conditions with fish falling
to hot head damsels, yellow dancers
and gold head daddies. Earlier in
the week the dry fly fishing had
been exceptional with shipmans
buzzers proving to be
irresistible. Some fish have
started fry bashing at both corners
of the dam and reports and one very
large fish has been noted by a
number of anglers. The weather for
the next week should see the winds
dropping and the rain easing after
The warmer weather
has brought some good evening rises
and anglers have been getting good
results on dries - size 16 cdc
emergers have been very successful.
The fish are well dispersed across
all areas and bank and boat anglers
have had no difficulty finding
fish. Floating lines are all that's
required because the fish are in the
top few feet of water - Lures,
nymphs and snatchers have also
produced results with diawl bachs
(size12) working particularly well
on a slow retrieve. Lures need to
be pulled faster with some anglers
resorting to a rolly polly retrieve
to get the fish chasing.
The Fishery was
quiet on Saturday as no clubs were
visiting and anglers in the boats
did very well, fishing cats whiskers
on floating or intermediate lines.
Fishing from the bank was better at
the burn end and two anglers had an
excellent day's sport, caching 18
fish each on an olive woolly bugger
and hot head damsel on a midge tip
line. Mick Mulgrew managed 4 fish
on snatchers on his Cortland Blue
line and I had some limited success
with a Kate McLaren. Another
doubler fish was caught,
photographed and safely returned by
a catch and release angler on Friday
+ several other have reported their
lines snapped after hooking into
good fish. The right weather
conditions brings good surface
action with Daddy Long Legs and CDC
Bloodworms and red
lures have been noted consistently
in the catch returns this weekend.
Small nymphs and dries have also
been noted with most anglers using
floating lines with a slow figure of
8 retrieve. One catch and release
angler was lucky enough to hook and
land one of the 17lb fish that was
introduced a couple of weeks ago.
The fish was returned safely after
removing 4 flies from its mouth - so
it looks as if a number of other
anglers have made contact briefly
before being broken.
The fishing has
been consistently good despite the
changeable weather. Floating lines
have been most popular with a mix of
dries, nymphs and lures all having
periods of success. The heavy rain
at the weekend stirred up the burn
end and bloodworms worked well in
addition to nymphs. The majority of
anglers managed to catch their limit
- However, one or two visitors were
washed out by some of the heavy
showers at the weekend and finished
early. I visited yesterday and the
weather provided strong winds and
periods of bright weather which
presented challenging conditions. I
managed to catch a fish on my second
cast in front of the cabin and had
some success at the burn end with
gold diawl bachs size 12 & 14 on
very slow retrieves and managed to
also tempt some fish with a red holo
cruncher pattern. I'd suggest
visitors ask Alec what's working
best on any particular day. A
number of 15lb + fish have been
introduced over the last few weeks
and are yet to figure on catch
reports although some double figure
trout have been reported by catch
and release anglers.
magazine visited on Wednesday
afternoon and Alec tells me they
enjoyed a good afternoon and evening
fishing with some of the regulars' -
Ian McNicoll, Tom Gray & Colin
Broadhead spent time with them on
the dam and everyone managed to get
into fish on dries - Small Shipman's
buzzers tied by Ian were popular
with the fish but a selection of
nymphs were also successful. Tom
Gray is the designer behind the
famous yellow dancer and he provided
a range of flies to keep things
active - The full range of Tom's
flies are available in the cabin.
This Saturday brought a light
easterly wind and bright sunshine
which sent the fish deeper than
usual. The burn end fished better
in the morning with anglers catching
fish on small goldhead yellow
dancers. After trying the burn end
with dries, nymphs and buzzers
without success .- I decided to try
the dam end and managed to land one
rainbow and a brown trout on a
cormorant before taking a break for
lunch. After lunch I persevered
with dry flies for a while but
couldn't seem to match whatever the
fish were taking so changed tactics
to an 18 foot leader with a hot head
damsel and immediately had success
on a very slow retrieve. Two fish
later and the next fish then managed
to escape with my full cast of 7lb
The warm weather
made fishing a pleasant experience
but anglers had to work a little
harder during hot spells in order to
find the fish. There were still
plenty of excellent trout being
landed by those who chose the
correct tactics. The fish seem to
favour the dam end during the hot
spells but have been caught all over
the reservoir. Sometimes lures on
intermediate lines are successful
but small nymphs and dry flies are
bringing the greatest success -
Speak to Alec to find out what's
working best when you visit.
Most of the
activity has now returned to the
surface with dry flies and muddlers
doing well for visitors. This
weekend some of the regulars caught
20+ fish and most visitors caught
their bag limits. Some anglers also
did well with small nymphs - bibios
and diawl bachs size 14 on floating
lines. Buzzers also produced
results but these were limited to
short time frames when the fish were
less interested in the dry flies.
The forecast for this week is warmer
weather so this should see the
surface action continue...
The fishing has
continued to be good despite the
variations in temperature. The
colder weather last weekend turned
the fish off dry flies and lures
were most successful. One boat
angler caught 30+ fish on a large
gold head damsel and most anglers
caught their limit. The differing
weather through the week saw the
fish more focussed on dries and
small nymphs. Small sedges and
sugar cube flies worked well but
sometimes needed a bit of movement
to catch the attention of the
fish. The weekly stocking over the
last few weeks has included some
monster trout that were too big to
go down the pipe.
The weather this
weekend was glorious with blue skies
and unbroken sunshine. Fishing the
previous week had been very good
with most anglers catching their
limit on dries. Small sedges, Klink
hammers,sugar cubes were all popular
until Friday evening when fish were
rising everywhere but anglers all
struggled to match what the fish
were after. I visited on Saturday
and started off on small dries and
despite the number of fish rising in
the sunny weather, had only 1 fish
in front of the cabin on a size 14
black kinkhammer. I then moved up
to the Dam and caught 3 fish after
changing to a sedge. Regular - Ian
McNicoll was also catching fish on a
size 14 sugar cube. I then changed
to a small white cats whisker and
caught 5 fish in quick succession on
a floating line with a slow figure
of eight retrieve. The fishing on
Saturday evening was reported to be
excellent - Tom Grey and Alec
catching almost a fish a cast from
the Dam wall on dry flies. Boats
also reported good catches from all
parts of the reservoir.
continued to be excellent with most
fish caught in the top few feet of
water. Fish have been caught at
both ends and the boats are starting
to match the bank anglers for bags.
It continues to be that no single
tactic seems to be bringing greater
success - floating, intermediate and
even sinking lines have been used by
anglers with lures, nymphs and
buzzers all productive. CDC flies
have been very successful at the
burn end during better spells of
weather and dries including small
Daddies, Alec's Big n Ugly, Sugar
Cube Shipmans and Klinkhammers have
all worked well. Top flies - Hot
Head Damsel, Orange buzzer, Kate
McLaren, Diawl Bach (Red Holo).
The weather has
been dominated by fresh cold winds over the
last couple of weeks which has resulted in
the fishery being quiet through the weeks.
Most anglers have managed to catch their
full quota of fish despite the adverse
weather and bank anglers have generally
faired better than boat anglers. The fish
are now well dispersed across the reservoir
- both ends and the area in front of the
lodge have been fishing particularly well.
No single tactic seems to be bringing
greater success - floating, intermediate and
even sinking lines have been used by anglers
with lures, nymphs and buzzers all
productive. CDC flies have been very
successful at the burn end during better
spells of weather. Top flies - Hot Head
Damsel, Orange buzzer, Kate McLaren, Diawl
Bach (Red Holo).
Fishing has been
good and buzzers have produced good results
on most days. During the warmer spells fish
have been taken on dries - Alec's Big and
Ugly fly has done particularly well. The
fish are near the surface and floating lines
have been most successful.
to be difficult for the boat anglers but
most of the bank anglers caught fish. The
most popular flies were nymphs or small
lures - Damsels, Dwial Bachs and black and
green lures all featured in the returns.
The weather was bright but still cold in the
sunshine which kept the fish near the bottom
and slow retrieves were the order of the
continued to be unkind at the weekend and a
strong cold wind brought rain. Many of the
anglers who visited threw in the towel at
about 2pm but most had managed to get some
good sport throughout the morning. The fish
continue to take all sorts of flies and the
main criteria for success is locating the
fish - The area close to the burn continues
to be most productive and Yellow Dancers
through to small buzzers and nymphs all
featured in the returns. Fingers crossed
that the weather improves - the long range
forecast is for a lighter wind on Saturday
offered some shelter from the strong North
wind on Saturday which also brought low
temperatures. The forecast had obviously
kept most anglers away and the small handful
of customers who visited had good sport.
Unlike the previous Saturday when fish had
been very difficult to find - Most anglers
had good results on floating lines with
lures or nymphs. The area in front of the
lodge and the burn end were most productive.
The weather on Saturday brought extremely
strong winds which stopped any boats going
out on the reservoir. A few hardy bank
anglers fished the burn end and were
rewarded with good bags of fish. As with
the opening weekend - lures, bloodworms,
bibio's all seemed to work and the fish were
tightly congregated at the burn mouth.
The season kicked off on Saturday with a
handful of bank fishers and just one boat to
try their luck... Most of the fish were
congregated round the burn mouth and the
anglers that got there first had a bumper
time. The two anglers there first ended up
with more than 60 fish each before moving
off to allow others an opportunity to access
the prime spot. Mick Mulgrew had 20+ fish
to a variety of flies ranging from lures to
buzzers on a floating and intermediate
line. The fish seemed happy to take any fly
presented in the right place at the right
depth and fish were taken all round the
reservoir - A bumper day for all that were
lucky enough to visit.
All anglers commented on the quality and
fighting ability of the fish - A large stock
of overwintered fish have been freshened up
with a fresh stocking of A1 quality
rainbows , blues and tiger trout.