Angling Reports/News

New Official Sunday Hours and some nice Pics. Current Stocking average fish weight 3lb +

Water temperature has been declining steadily and is now 13C at 6ft. Clarity is 2.2m. for the last two weeks we have been stocking with 800 fish per week of average weight 3lbs plus. Today 400 went in with an estimated average weight of 3.25lbs.

FLIES and LINES. Dries/Pulling lures.

THE NEW SUNDAY HOURS START FROM THIS SUNDAY 4TH OCTOBER. Gates open 8.15, Boats out 9 till 10am and in for 5.30pm. Sundays have been slow to fill in recent years and the angler’s opinion was that you lost the whole day and evening and missed the best part of the day. We will be sorry to miss out on our early morning lying-in but the customer comes first :).

BEST AREAS as usual are hard to pin down. Recently Hotel Bay and International Bay have produced a lot of fish but today I heard the top end at Stable Point and Malling were  good and the fish can be found in shallow water.

Recent flat calms and bright sunshine have made conditions difficult and some folk found it quite hard going. Others though, had some tremendous sport.  Bill Ramage and Alan Bernard netted over 20 to the boat yesterday.  Others managed good catches on dries. Colin Riach and Jimmy Miller had 12 to the boat and some fine photos…….

Below Colin’s Hackled shipman

Colins Big Terrestrial

Jimmy Millar playing a trout

On Sunday the Cormorants had their annual Shield Competition which was won by David Cruickshank (below) with 13 fish.

In second place was Evan Kerr with 7 trout.Evan Kerr picked up the Tam Denholm Memorial chase cup for coming 2nd (the chase event wasnt fished due to COVID).

Ron Orr is pictured below with bended knee receiving some big draming glasses from Alisdair Mair – An award for long service helping Alisdair administer the Cormorant Young persons evenings. The prize for best newcomer went to Euan Beaton who received a prize of fly tying gear courtesy of Dale and Sarah Robertson. Sandy Forgan with a guid yin from his last visit.

We were sorry to hear of the recent passing of Lake Regular Harry (Henry) Miller who visited the fishery for as long as the staff can remember. We send our condolences to his friends and family.


Lakeward 22/09/20

22/9/20 Temperature 14.5C  Clarity 3.1

Some lovely trout in the catches these days and the lake is fishing well. Today there are reports of good catches from all over the fishery. Peter Edge and George Cashmore were in early with 20 on buzzer tips and cat boobies at Lochend. John Slaven was also off before the rain and had 13 on a floater and mainly a blob in the gap. I daresay there will be bigger catch reports still to come in……It was a big wave today so no surprise that thefish were on lures. In the calmer weather at the weekend Brian MacKenzie netted 27 on dries.

Landward’s Nick Nairn and Dougie Vipond were at the Lake the other day and I was on the tiller of the camera crew boat. In my defence they found themselves in a wind eddy.  If you want to know how to cook a trout Nairn style -tune in on Thursday 15th October BBC Scotland  8.00pm,  Friday  16th Oct BBC 1  7.30 pm and Sunday 18th Oct 9.30am BBC2.

Below: Iain MacGregor from Stirling with a proper  pike of 20lb 1oztaken on 8lb leader and a size 12 hook. Further down a cracking blue caught by Andrew Menmuir, Derek Barclay with a plump blue and Barry tyndall with another less blue bow.




15th September 2020 Blog and Fly Pike Master Class

Secchi disk 2.1m: Temp at 6ft 15.5C

The Lake has been fishing well in between the gusts – thankfully we appear to be entering a more settled phase of weather.

Reported catches have been good – with one long time regular – Donnie MacBeth, reporting his best ever catch at the Lake this Sunday (13th Sept). The main action has been on floating lines or sink tip with a variety of styles. Washing line, pulling snakes and dries have all produced good bags. Todhole, The Butts, International Bay, Shear Point and Reedy Point have been the top areas. Colin Riach and Jimmy Millar were out on Monday and had a very good day on dries ……Colin was using a crippled midge and a clinkhammer to very good effect (all the takes were on the former – see  pic below).

The staff all had a wee masterclass from Pike Fly Fishing Guide Stuart Sutherland (with Loop Hat). Stuart gave out some priceless casting tips and general advice for fly fishing for pike and some of his favourite Lake spots. Stuart has arranged for some top quality pike hire equipment to be available at the Lake – courtesy of LOOP tackle. We were fishing the Loop Q rods 9ft (9wt or 10wt) with intermediate lines. Come to the Lake and try before you buy…… Stuart can be contacted for his guiding service via FishX on facebook or by contacting the fishery.

Lake Blog 8/9/20

  1. The Autumnal colours are starting to appear at the Lake  but the weather has been good and mild. Best areas have been Tod hole, Gateside, Malling, Around the islands and the Road Shore. Great catches are not generally easy to come by but Campbell morgan took some time off from his housework to get some Practice in for the Sierra Pairs and managed with some help from

Alan Porteous to net around the 25. A few other boats did equally well although the Ed. Waltons and the Rotary found the going a lot tougher. On Friday in the Ladies National the 7 boats netted 45 trout and Dione Roberts finished top rod with 8 fish and Jean Ferguson was in 2nd place.


Best tactics these days are washing line on a full floater – so we are told.

Above: Angling Coach John Milne playing a 6lb cracker last week on a buzzer. A great picture and a contender for the Brochure Front Page. We have a few spare boats this Saturday and Sunday FYI.

Regulars will be aware of the sad loss of two of our angling friends on the same day last week.

Sandy Boag was 72 and fished with Balbeggie AC.  He is pictured here in 2016 getting his photo taken for the capture of the biggest trout in the Anglian Water Heats. It was fun to be around Sandy to catch the accompanying banter exchanges.




Geordie Black fished with Luggie Bank AC and is pictured here in 2005 with a great looking resident trout.  It was always good to see Geordie and to benefit from his great zest for fish and fishing.


We will miss the visits of these two very fine guys and send our sincere condolences to their friends and families.

Gone with that north wind 1/9/20.

Water temperature 15.5C , Clarity 2.1.  Last stocked 1/9/20 422 fish; Previously stocked 26/8 450 fish.

Well that is a big seasonal marker when the swallows leave – kinda expect these developments at my age – especially when the north wind is blowing at the end of August. The Lake is fishing all over on dries at the moment but also the lures are working, Di 7 in Gateside Bay, but perhaps glass lines else where. Peter Lee and Bill Greer had 18 to the boat on Monday 31st Aug (16 on yellow owl and hare’s ear shuttlecock).

25th August Blog – Sundays are Changing from October

Water Temperature 17C at 6ft Clarity 2.2m

By popular request we are moving the start time officially forward from October on Sunday to a start time of 9 till 10am (previously was 12 noon but this was relaxed during Covid) and all boats in by 5.30pm.  Some anglers have felt that they miss the best of the day on the Sunday whilst others  complain about how late back they are. We also encountered shortened days in October so this move will give us more light.

Best bags in the last few days have been in the Tod Hole area twiddling diawls and nymphs often with a booby or fab or blob. Dry flies have also been working and produced some top bags recently in the Gap and the Rookery. The colder air temp should help to further improve the surface action. Alternatively some good fish have been caught in Gateside bay by pulling big flies with fast sinkers.

Craig Cowan netted and returned this brownie on Sunday.

Temperature falling gradually at the Lake – Currently 19C at 6ft – 19/8/20

STOP PRESS –  Most of the best catches today were on blobs pulled or static – or lures on slow glass lines in the east basin.

The Temperature at 6ft reached 20C on Friday 14th which hopefully represents a peak for the year (there is some wind on the way). Temperature dropped down to 18C but today was up a little to 19C with a clarity in Gateside Bay of 2m. Colin Riach sent these photos of his recent trip when the water was warm and he as always did reasonably well on dries. His track is shown in the picture below and shows where he was getting results. He was of the opinion that the fish were feeding on phantom midge larvae.  There are some well known schools of surface fish swimming around in the eastern basin which will not look at anything I am told – although they are nice to watch…..Advice I heard from yesterday was not to waste time on these fish but to stay out in the open water on dries where there were some very high catches taken. With the east wind prevailing the clarity in the western drifts has not been as good.

















The evening fishing is now over for the year. We are aware that the web cam is not showing online and will try to fix it as soon as possible. Also internet related – we plan to keep the current booking system until the end of this season.

11/08/2020 report

With our new thermometer we can confidently tell you the water temp at 6 feet is 18.5c and the sechi disk is reading 1.9 meters.

There has been reports of big shoals feeding on daphnia down at Todds hole and round the shallow markers straight out from the hut. Other areas that are doing well include Sandy bay, Roman bay and cages. Yellow owl, Grunters, Orange blobs, pearly cormorants and the minister buzzers are some of the flies that are catching fish.

On the second last boat league sponsored by Fario flies. Bill Ramage was top rod with 15 fish second was Craig Ingles with 10 fish Craig wins the Fario fly box and Bill gets the Voucher.

Just a wee reminder the evening fishing finishes this Saturday (15th August)

Colin Hutchison-Reddie with a nice fish

Neil Turner with a 20lb 4oz pike on the fly

Peter Lees close up with his fish taking a yellow owl.


Lovely Weather at the Lake for the fish.

The boats are half full of water and it is still lashing down – only a few hardy individuals out today. Not sure what Les Grant caught this on during the boat league heat last wednesday. A fine looking trout. Top areas recently have been Gateside Bay, Malling Shore and the Road Shore but reports of good catches still coming in from all over. Methods? The fashion is for a sink tip and a fab at the moment but pulling lures is also producing and I heard Graeme  Niven had a good day on Monday with a ginked up snakelet and some good catches on more traditional dries. Some lovely trout coming off the water this week as well as the brown (see below).   In the FARIO boat league the 15 anglers netted 87 fish. Top rod was Craig Inglis with 16.






Alan Dickson caught this 5lb 12oz fish on a blob.



















Lachie Bain’s was 5lb and Chris Hunter from Dalkeith had a goodie at 6lb 6oz.

Lammas Floods 28/07/20

My Dad always liked to sneek this phrase in when it rained at this time of year – and it didnt half come down yesterday – drier to day but with gusts to 38. It is not ideal harvest weather, but the fishing has been quite good! Visibility hasn’t been brilliant for a while and the washout from yesterday hasnt improved matters. Clarity is 2.1m on the Secchi disk and water temperature at 6ft is 17C.

Bill Ramage and Alan Bernard had a good day yesterday despite the rain – catching over 30 to the net. Bill was on his renowned cat – not sure what line. Best sport recently has been at the Malling Shore, Gateside, The Islands and the Gap and the Butts. Dries, washing line wth crunchers and diawls and lures on a di 3 have all had their moments.