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04-2017 Oliver Mayhew with a fine Tiger

05-17 Tiger in the Net - James Raeburn
Loganlea 2016 Winner Mick Mulgrew
AJ Memorial 2016


Loganlea April 2016
Loganlea April 2016 - Photo -Mick Mulgrew

Loganlea first fish of 2016  Krystian Zebrowski
First fish on opening day 2016


A panorama shot taken on 18-9-2010

Loganlea Alex Jack Memorial Competition
Billy Brown 2015 Memorial Champion

loganlea trout 2015
July 2015

Loganlea 2015
A fine tiger trout taken at the Dam

Loganlea Louise Callow
Louise Callow with Alex and Steve


Mr Baird with a fine 6.5lb blue.
 April 2014

Loganlea Fishery 15lb Rainbow
A nice 15lb Rainbow taken on a dennis the Menace buzzer - April 2014


Mr McCombe with a well proportioned Rainbow



Photo: Mr Potter, today with his 5lb 7oz rainbow taken on a green buzzer at the shallow end!
Mr Potter with a fine 5.5lb Rainbow

 

Loganlea 8lb Rainbow

Loganlea Trour 6.5 lbs Lewis
Lewis with a fine 6.5lb Rainbow 28-6-2012

Loganlea Tiger Trout
Mr Moffat with his fine Tiger Trout - 9-6-2012


George Charters 8.5lb Tiger 31-5-2012

Graeme Keir 20lb trout at Loganlea
26-05-2012 - Graeme Keir with a 20lb fish

Fine rainbow taken at Loganlea Fisher May 2012
18-05-2012A nice Rainbow

Drew Bryce Jnr with an 18lb rainbow at loganlea
5-5-2012 Drew Bryce Jnr - 18lb 12oz

Tom Paterson with 8lb rainbow at Loganlea
5-5-2012 Tom Paterson - 7lb 4ozs

Mr Baird with 5lb fish taken on buzzer at loganlea
5-5-2012 - Mr Baird  - 5lb 4oz

Loganlea Fishery 11.4lb Rainbow on Yellow Dancer
John Miller with a fine 11.4lb fish

Loganlea Tiger Trout
A fine Tiger Trout taken on 7-4-2012

A 9.5lb Rainbow taken in March 2012 Loganlea
24-03-2012 Ian McNicoll with 9.5lb Rainbow


17-03-2011 a fine overwintered fish

17lb Rainbow trout loganlea
Thomas Mackie with his 17lb Rainbow 11-03-2012


One of the first doublers of 2012


Alan Burns with his 21lb Rainbow 12-06-2011


A 12lb fish taken by Neill Barrett on 28-5-2011


Graham Nash with his 18.5lb Rainbow 27-4-2011


A fine Brown taken by Marco Capozzella 30-3-11


One of Marco Capozzella's fish - 25-03-2-11


Raphael Ibanez – The former French rugby captain visits the fishery 21-03-2011



The first double of 2011 - 18.5 lbs caught by Robin Scott


An angler nets a fish - 18-9-2010

 A recent 9 lb 3 oz fish caught by John Patrick senior on a bibio hopper

 

A fine 8lb fish caught on (27/07/10) by Mr C. Stewart on a Black and Claret Emerger.

 

Mr Henderson with a 13lb rainbow, caught on a bloodworm, at the dam.

 

The first double of 2010 13lb 4ozs
see the report for 7th March


Gordon Reekie shows off a fine Brown!


Michael Benigno and Ian McNicol


Ian Remler nets a fish



 

 

 

FISHING GUIDE

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 Dokay..
  • Spring - Buzzers, Cormorants, Hares Ear, Diawl Bach
  • Summer - Dries, Buzzers, Nymphs,
  • Autumn - Lures & Buzzers

FISHING REPORTS - Fishing Weather Forecast
Also check out our tweets on twitter for up to date information. .....

17-09-2017

Fishing has been good over the last few days with many anglers getting into double figures. The slight drop in temperature seems to have brought the fish on. Fish have been taken on dries, FABs and buzzers using sink tip or floating lines. The dam and far bank have been productive but fish have also been taken from the shallow end and other parts of the water. Black buzzers, Halo FABs, Daddies and Yellow Owls are all doing well.   

 

31-08-2017

The fish were caught on a variety of tactics last weekend - FABs, Dries, Bloodworms, Bugs.   it was difficult to find any consistent method that worked well so anglers resorted to changing flies in an effort to see what might work well.   The shallow end yielded the best results and locals Marco and Mick did well on a sqirmy worm (orange) and white bug about 3ft under a bung.  Lots of fish showed for short periods and I managed to pick one up on a foam daddy but the fish quickly went off when the wind strengthened.  

 

18-08-2017

Last Saturday started off with heavy rain but things brightened up for spells throughout the day.   Consequently, there were periods of surface action when the fish were active during hatches of small flies, followed by periods when the fish were deeper.   The wet weather also brought the midges out in force and Skin so soft or repellent was necessary for bank anglers.    I started off at the burn end and one or two anglers were quickly into fish with Dries - Daddies, sedges and yellow owls all attracted action.   I tried FABs and buzzers before eventually switching to dries - by this time the weather had changed and the fish were less active.  I had more luck at the Dam end using a Hares Ear and landed a 3lb+ fish after a good fight.    Karen's husband Ian had taken a few fish in front of the Cabin using a yellow owl and some of the boats also did well with dries.

The heather is now in full bloom and Loganlea looks at it's best - You would never think that you're only a few miles from Edinburgh.

 

02-08-2017

Most fish have been taken with small nymphs - diawl bachs, crunchers and hares ears on midge tip lines with FABs on the point.    The dam hasn't been fishing well until Friday when one angler picked up 8 fish using a sinking line with lures.   Most fish have been taken close to the edges but spread over the water when a hatch occurs.

22-07-2017

It rained all day yesterday and was quite cold for the middle of summer.  Fishing was challenging in the conditions and there was no consistency to what worked.  Mick Mulgrew caught a fish early on with an orange Apps bloodworm and others also had success with varieties of bloodworm.  I managed to hook into a good fish at the Dam on a cormorant but it managed to escape after a few minutes!.   Others picked up fish on grey and black buzzers.    There's quite a few larger fish that have been stocked over the last few weeks that are still to feature in the returns.    Hopefully the weather will become more settled and encourage more surface activity.

 

07-07-2017

Saturday started out well with light winds but the wind increased during the day and this combined with bright sunshine made fishing challenging.  The top tactic was buzzers fished static on a long leader - I had some success with a yellow buzzer and regular Marco did well with a green Okay Dokay.   The weather has been very variable over the last couple of weeks and it looks more settled over the remainder of the month.

 

27-06-2017

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: http://www.ferrierpumps.co.uk/fishing2017.html

A big thanks to Brian and everyone involved for a great day out! 

 

20-06-2017

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.

 

08-06-2017

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 update.

 

31-05-2017

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 be active.

 

18-05-2017

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 bank safely.

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.

04-05-2017

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...!

 

24-04-2017

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.

 

 

04-04-2017

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 worked best.

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.

 

 

31-03-2017

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.  

 

12-03-2017

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.

05-03-2017

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 anglers.

 

01-03-2017

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.  

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10-10-2016

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 weeks..    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 third.  

 

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. 

25-09-2016

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. 

26-08-2016

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.

 

17-08-2016

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.

03-08-2016

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.

 

28-07-2016

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.

 

11-07-2016

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.

07-07-2016

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).

 

22-06-2016

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!

 

09-06-2016

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.......

 

02-06-2016

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.

 

24-05-2016

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.

 

14-05-2016

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 settled.

 

26-04-2016

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.

 

18-04-2016

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.

 

05-04-2016

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.

 

27-03-2016

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 and damsels. 

18-03-2016

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.

 

11-03-2016

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.....

 

04-03-2016

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.

 

21-02-2016

Season opens on 1st March and we've organised some fine new specimens to join the overwintered residents.

Look forward to seeing you the.

25-10-2015

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.

 

15-10-2015

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.

 

01-10-2015

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. 

 

21-09-2015

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 improve.

The fishery will be closed to the public for a private competition this Saturday 26th September.

 

09-09-2015

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.

28-08-2015

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.

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18-08-2015

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.

 

13-08-2015

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.

01-08-2015

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 latest update.

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.

 

22-07-2015

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. 

11-07-2015

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.    

28-06-2015

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.

 

21-06-2015

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.

 

14-06-2015

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.

05-06-2015

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.   See more information on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LoganleaFishery

 

25-05-2015

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.

 

17-05-2015

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.

 

12-05-2015

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 conditions.....

03-05-2015

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.

 

24-04-2015

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 intermediate lines.

07-04-2015

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.

 

30-03-2015

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.

 

24-03-2015

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 few weeks.

 

15-03-2015

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).

 

7-03-2015

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.

1-03-2015

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 anglers

 

24-02-2015

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.

 

23-10-2014

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 nice fish  https://www.facebook.com/loganleafishery 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.

12-10-2014

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 worm.

 

21-09-2014

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 Whisker.  

 

12-09-2014

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.

05-09-2014

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.

 

26-08-2014

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.

16-08-2014

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.

 

04-08-2014

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 in advance.

 

28-07-2014

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.

 

21-07-2014

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.  

 

11-07-2014

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.

01-07-2014

The fish are still taking on or near the surface and anglers have had more success with dries and small nymphs.

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.  

24-06-2014

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.

 

18-06-2014

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.

 

12-06-2014

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.

 

02-06-2014

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 reports.

25-05-2014

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.

 

19-05-2014

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.

 

12-05-2014

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. 

04-05-2014

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.

25-04-2014

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.  

14-04-2014

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.

 

10-04-2014

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.

04-04-2014

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.

16-03-2014

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 lures.

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.

10-03-2014

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.

 

02-03-2014

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.

03-02-2014

Only a few weeks until the fishery opens and look forward to welcoming regulars and new faces.  

 

30-10-2013

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.

 

21-10-2013

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.

 

5-10-2013

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.

 

29-09-2013

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 the returns.

 

22-09-2013

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 website http://wild-days.co.uk/ ).

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...

 

14-09-2013

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.

 

01-09-2013

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. 

 

25-08-2013

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.

 

 

16-08-2013

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.

08-08-2013

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 excellent sport.

 

15-07-2013

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 updates.  

 

08-07-2013

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 .

01-07-2013

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.

 

24-06-2013

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).

 

18-06-2013

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 : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ferrier-Pumps-Limited/184860218224009

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.

 

10-06-2013

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 most productive.

The road has also had some further work done to improve the drive up to the fishery.

03-06-2013

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.. 

 27-05-2013

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 next weekend.

 

23-05-2013

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.

 

20-05-2013

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....

 

08-05-2013

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.

30-04-2013

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  caught fish.

22-04-2013

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.  

 

19-04-2013

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.

15-04-2013

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 returns.

06-04-2013

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....

 

31-03-2013

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........

 

19-03-2013

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 week.....

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. 

10-03-2013

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 bothered).

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.

 

04-03-2013

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 Dancers.

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.

31-10-2012

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 webmaster@loganleafishery.co.uk

Have a great Christmas and New Year - Tight Lines for 2013

 

18-10-2012

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.  

 

07-10-2012

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.

 

 

03-10-2012

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.

 

13-09-2012

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....

 

02-09-2012

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 no fish!
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.

 

27-08-2012

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.  

19-08-2012

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.  

13-08-2012

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.

 

06-08-2012

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.

 

26-07-2012

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 you updated.

 

23-07-2012

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 fish.

16-07-2012

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 fish). 

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. 

11-07-2012

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.

30-06-2012

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 evening.

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...

25-06-2012

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: http://www.fishersdirect.com/boat-league-12-w.asp

 

17-06-2012

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 stage.

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 - Fingers crossed. 

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

 

 

11-06-2012

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 struggle... 

04-06-2012

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 ;-) www.fishersdirect.com "

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 figure retuns.

 

27-05-2012

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:         http://www.fishersdirect.com/boat-league-12-w.asp

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)

 

20-05-2012

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.

 

13-05-2012

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 returns. 

 

9-05-2012

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.

 

30-04-2012

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 Fishers 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 new casts.

 

23-04-2012

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....

17-04-2012

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.

10-04-2012

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.

26-03-2012

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.

 

19-03-2012

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.

11-03-2012

17lb Rainbow T MackieMost 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.....

03-03-2012

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.

01-03-2012

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 lines......

22-2-2012

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.

 

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2011 REPORTS:

24-10-2011

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 fishing session...

06-10-2011

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.

28-09-2011

Fishing was 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 burn end.

Saturday was 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.

23-09-2011

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 patterns.   
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 in.

05-09-2011

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.

26-08-2011

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.

25-08-2011

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 reservoir.

The fishery continues to be stocked on a weekly basis and good quality Brown, Blue, Rainbow and Tiger trout are introduced. 

We've also 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 them.


16-08-2011

The water 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.  

The 1314 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.

 

  • 12-08-2011

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 weekend.  

  • 05-08-2011

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.

This 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 McBeth, 2nd (tie) - Callum Greens and George Charters, 4th 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 especially to Fishers Tackle...  who kindly  organised the competition.

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....

  • 29-07-2011

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, www.fishersdirect.com   There's one week to go with vouchers and cash for the top 5 placed anglers.

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.

  • 21-07-2011

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 clearing.

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 tiger trout..

  • 19-07-2011

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.

  • 12-07-2011

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.

  • 7-07-2011

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.

  • 20-06-2011

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.

  • 13-06-2011

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 condition)

  • 07-06-2011

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.

  • 29-05-2011

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.

  •  25-05-2011

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, Cat’s 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

  • 20-05-2011

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:

  • 13-05-2011

The new Wednesday league kicked off this week in conjunction with Fishers Fly Fishing Shop www.fishersdirect.co.uk .
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 - Details from: http://www.fishersdirect.com/boat-league-4-w.asp .  We'll also feature a report on the Wednesday league section on this web site.

 

  • 7-05-2011

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.

  • 5-05-2011

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.

  • 1-05-2011

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 tomorrow.

  • 29-04-2011

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.

  • 26-04-2011

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!

  • 23-04-2011

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.

  • 18-04-2011

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 another day. 

If anyone is interested in joining a club, we're currently looking for new members  - please drop me an email for more information.

  • 11-04-2011

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. 

 

  • 03-04-2011

The fishing 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.
  • 01-04-2011

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 are fishing.

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 @ webmaster@loganleafishery.co.uk

 

  • 27-03-2011

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!

 

  • 25-03-2011

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 the left):
 

"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. 

 thanks again 
Marco Capozzella
 "

  • 21-03-2011

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 afternoon.
 
  • 13-03-2011

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. 
  • 06-03-2011

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 intermediate lines. 
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.

  • 01-03-2011

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 week.

 

  • 27-02-2011

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 slow retrieves.

Tight lines to everyone for the start of the new season......!

 

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2010 REPORTS:

  • 24-10-10

Anglers using 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.

 

  • 12-10-10

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 locations are. 

 

  • 25-9-10

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.

 

  • 19-9-10

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 anglers.
  • 11-9-10

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 for food.
  • 5-9-10

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.

 

  • 29-8-10

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.

 

  • 24-8-10

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.

 

  • 20-8-2010

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 webmaster@loganleafishery.co.uk.   Most anglers are having success with floating lines and dries or nymphs near the surface.

 

  • 15-8-2010

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 were ignored. 

The average weight of fish since the start of the season is 2.5lbs.

 

  • 2-8-2010

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 weather.   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 allowed.

The average weight of fish since the start of the season is 2.5lbs.

 

  • 26-7-2010

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.

 

  • 19-7-2010

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!
  • 12-7-2010

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 Cabin.
  • 5-7-2010

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 advice.

 

  • 28-6-2010

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 cabin......

 

  • 21-6-2010

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 proves consistent.

 

  • 14-6-2010

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 easier..........
  • 7-6-2010

Saturday was 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.

 

  • 24-5-2010

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.
  • 20-5-2010

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 the weekend. 
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.

 

  • 16-5-2010

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 ....
  • 8-5-2010

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....

 

  • 1-5-2010

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.

 

  • 25-4-2010

Settled weather 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.

 

  • 20-4-2010

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 so....

 

  • 12-4-2010

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.

 

  • 4-4-2010

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.

 

  • 28-03-2010

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.

 

  • 20-03-2010

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.

Free casting lessons are now scheduled so book yourself a place to improve your technique and catch rate.

 

  • 07-03-2010

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 tyres.

  • 24-2-2010

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

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2010 Archive

 

  • 01-11-2009

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 sport improves.

 

  • 27-10-2009

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 times!

 

  • 18-10-2009

Fishing continues 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. 

 

  • 12-10-2009

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.

 

  • 01-10-2009

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 floating lines.

 

  • 13-09-2009

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.

 

  • 06-09-2009

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.

 

  • 30-08-2009

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.

 

  • 24-08-2009

The fishing 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 you visit. 

 

  • 16-08-2009

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 wednesday. 

 

  • 06-08-2009

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.
  • 02-08-2009

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 emergers.
  • 27-07-2009

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.
  • 21-07-2009

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.

 

  • 12-07-2009

Trout Fisherman 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 fluorocarbon attached. 

 

  • 03-07-2009

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.

 

  • 22-06-2009

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...

 

  • 12-06-2009

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. 
  • 01-06-2009

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. 

 

  • 22-5-2009

Fishing has 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).

 

  • 7-5-2009

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).

 

  • 18-4-2009

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.

 

  • 11-4-2009

Saturday proved 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 day.

 

  • 4-4-2009

The weather 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 coming...

 

  • 29-3-2009

The reservoir 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.
  • 14-3-2009

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. 

 

  • 28-2-2009

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.