11th – 24th May 2015

11th May -24th May 2015

Awesome! That’s just about the only word that describes some of the dry fly action that we have been privileged to enjoy over the last two weeks and had it not been for the nuisance of stronger than average winds, all areas of the loch would have been fishing at their Coldingham best.

With a bigger than average hatch of hawthorn flies and a plethora of other flies around the loch, the trout have been treated to a spring time feast and if that wasn’t enough, just a couple of days ago I spotted the first daddies of the season. Some of the evening rises have been spectacular and those fishermen that have been here for an evening session have been amazed by the spectacle, if not sometimes bemused at what to put on next to try to tempt the fish and as we know, fishing in these conditions, whilst encouraging, can be frustrating and casting to rising fish takes on a whole new meaning.

So, hawthorns, black beetles, daddies, yellow owl, cdc buzzers grey wolf, black spider have been amongst the selection of dries that have been doing the business but equally just below the surface, buzzers, olive lures / damsels, diawl bachs and cat’s whiskers have also had their fair share of attention.

As I mentioned earlier the wind has sometimes restricted where people can easily fish but on the rare occasions when the weather has behaved itself all areas of the loch have been producing good numbers of fish. The hard fighting nature of the fish has also been a feature amongst all anglers and with the water and the fish being in tip top condition it has been a case of sometimes just holding on and hoping. With fish feeding freely on the surface it’s also not surprising to see a number of browns being entered into the catch record book and again the fight that they are putting up is very impressive.

Cooler nights have been keeping the water at its best and I would recommend anyone who has time on their hands to take advantage of the current conditions and make the most of the superb fishing on offer.

Here’s a quick run through some of the best returns over the last two weeks:

  • John Foreman fishing boat & bank had 9 including a lovely brownie
  • Brian Palmer fishing from the bank reported super buzzer fishing & finished with a total of 12 rainbows
  • Ken Mason & Dave Roberts on their annual fishing holiday at the loch had a fabulous week staying in Sunnyside catching lots of fish but the highlights of their week must surely be a 7lb rainbow for Ken Mason and a 5lb brownie to Dave Roberts
  • Stuart Anderson had one of his best ever days fishing yellow owl and black gnat finishing with 14 to the boat.
  • And on the same day Grant Kell had 9
  • Holiday guest Nick Bull had 19 fishing the same day as Stuart and Grant
  • Derek McVay had a total of 10 rainbow
  • Ronnie Hunter using various flies had 9 to the boat in a half day session
  • Bob Cockburn had 21 to the boat, most caught on dries with a couple coming to biscuit blob and diawl bach and then 16 including a brown on his next outing
  • David & D Todd had 24 to the boat and commented ‘brilliant’
  • Keith Renton had 16 from the bank all to in a very impressive 3 hour session fishing in Swing Gate Bay
  • Les Lockey had his usual weeks fishing holiday staying in Elm and once again impressed with his fishing skills bringing in numbers of 20, 12, 10, 24 typified an impressive weeks fishing
  • Bob Harrison had a superb afternoon catching 15 mainly to hawthorns including a cracking 4lb rainbow
  • And on the same day Neil Keillor kept up his reputation by landing 17 to the boat
  • Holiday guest Tam Melvin fishing with his 4 pals from Paisley had a total of 12 which included 2 blues and on the next day had a total of 18 again including 2 blues
  • Gordon Brines who was one of the Paisley lads holiday group won their annual prize for best bag
  • Colin McIsaac had 10 to the boat
  • And on the same day P Culley and C Grey and 22 to the boat
  • That same day and fishing the evening session Charlie Punton and his wife Linda using bloodworm landed 15 to the boat
  • Bob Grant reported having an excellent day with action all day using black beetle and Klinkhammer finishing with 10 to the boat
  • Adrian Wilson had a very good afternoon & evening session with 7 fish including a big rainbow estimated at 11/12lbs, boat partner Bob Dillon took a photo (see below) before its safe return to the water
  • Finally, Bob Harrison, Ewan Whitelaw & his dad Hugh had a super 4 hour dry fly session yesterday with 20 to the boat

This has been an exceptional two week period with numerous fish and plenty of a good size. We have tried to list the people who had done exceptionally well over this period but the list could easily have been twice as long so apologies to anybody who feels they did well and didn’t get a mention……we have to draw the line somewhere!!


Club News

  • Ashington Kingfishers had their annual social day here at the loch using the BBQ to enjoy bacon rolls for breakfast and the loch fished extremely well despite the testing conditions of it being windy. They caught 133 fish for 20 rods giving a rod average of 6.6 with the comments being that some very decent fish were caught.
  • Norham & Ladykirk AC who fished the day after the Kingfishers reported having their best club day ever with their 14 anglers landing a total of 92 fish giving them an average of 6.5. All rods caught fish and of particular note was Dean Cockburn and Steve Martin, two young anglers who both bagged up. Ronnie Hek also reported having his best ever days fishing with 18 to the boat. Best bag went to one Norham’s bank anglers, Mark Straughen with 4 fish for 13lbs, Mark also had the biggest single fish a rainbow of 4lbs 13oz. Killer patterns included Hawthorn buzzer, CDC & bloodworm
  • Peebles Sea Fishing & Angling Club fished here for the first time on the last Sunday of this fortnight and had a fresh wind to contend with but reported and excellent days fishing with some good returns and again positive comments on the fight and quality of the fish. The biggest fish of the day was 6lbs 1oz and the rod average was 3.7 fish per angler.


Other News

  • The swans have been sitting now for a number of weeks and it won’t be long before we see cygnets again …….. we hope!
  • A reminder that evening sessions are now well under way and some of the most spectacular rises happen around this time of the year.
  • Check out the notice board for sale/ swap items… there are quite a few things appearing on the board now.
  • The first cuckoo of the season was heard on 19th May
  • Swallows had an inspection of the lodge for a nesting site (see photos ‘closer look’) but decided to stick with the boat house as a better option


Visiting Clubs in the next two weeks:

  • Wiremill FFC
  • Hoy and Hope FFC
  • Railway Inn FC
  • Ferranti FFC
  • Newmarket AC
  • Black Bull FC
  • Heriots FFC

We wish you a warm welcome and hope for good weather and plenty of surface action as we move into June.


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