What should have been a period of pretty settled weather turned into two weeks of the most topsy turvy June weather seen for quite some time. Towards the end of this period it was reported that we had had a month’s worth of rain in one day. Despite this fishing has somehow remained very respectable for those keen and brave enough to brace themselves against the elements. With this in mind, special mention must go to David Reid who was resident here for 2 weeks and managed to fish every day with a total catch of 108 fish in 14 days averaging almost 8 fish per day. Amongst these were some notable catches including some fine specimen brown trout and rainbows up to approximately 6lbs.
The cooler wetter weather means that we can expect this type of good sport to hold up but if it becomes warm then it is highly likely that the fishing might slow down. With the warmer weather comes the hatching of insect life with the evenings being most prevalent. We have already seen very large hatches of caenis, buzzer and sedge which has meant that surface sport has on occasion been excellent if not a little frustrating for those fishermen who experienced fish all around the boat or bank but were unable to catch.
The warm weather also means that extra care is needed when fishing catch and release as the fish are more vulnerable to damage or infection when the water temperature is high. We have put notices up in the lodge advising on how best to handle the fish in these conditions.
Clubs visiting the loch during this period all reported that they had enjoyed their visit and generally caught very well. The Invicta Club enjoyed a glorious days sunshine, fished well and topped off their outing with a picnic at the end of their day. June Patterson managed the biggest fish of the day with a beautiful rainbow of 3lbs 11oz. Well done to June and all the other ladies and we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit.
Lucy Bowden and her Fishing for Everyone Club had a great days bank sport despite changeable weather conditions and all commented on the quality and fight of the fish that they caught. Thanks to Lucy for sending the photos which are on the gallery below.
Leith Anglers made an impromptu return visit to the loch and we are delighted to say they had a really productive outing helped this time by the absence of the killer East wind that somewhat spoiled their previous visit to Coldingham.
The angling party from Hardy’s factory fished an evening from the bank that began with torrential rain and finished with bright evening sunshine. As you might expect catching was impressive and again those that caught were minded to comment on the quality of sport that the fish provided. They also commented on the number of fish seen rising.
Killer patterns during this period were hawthorn/heather fly, cdc buzzer, bibio, damsel, damsel nymph, black spider and sedge, all fished on or just below the surface.
In other news
- Peter Hill landed a very respectable 4lb 6oz rainbow whilst fishing from the bank (see photo)
- Mary Gardner whilst on holiday at Lochside Cottage with her family took the opportunity to receive some basic instruction as a first time fly fisher and was duly rewarded with a lovely rainbow caught whilst fishing from the cottage jetty (see photo). Mary was fishing completely by herself when she hooked the fish and those that were in ear shot were left in no doubt that she had got one on! And the only assistance she received was from her excited husband bringing the landing net to her & getting his feet wet in the process. Well done Mary and it’s great to know that you are now thinking of taking up this great sport. We also have included photos of Mary’s son Andy and husband Dave with their catches.
- Biggest catch of the period is quite bizarre. This goes to Paul whose second name will remain anonymous who whilst out fishing one evening with his pal Barry somehow managed to hook himself in the tongue! We would estimate therefore that the catch would be in the region of twelve and a half stone! The good news is that Gareth was able to extract the hook without Paul having to visit A&E though the nurses may have been a bit more sympathetic than Gareth and hidden their hilarity at the situation better than he could! We hope Barry will send a photo soon….
Clubs visiting during the next period are the Ellem Club and Mid Lothian AA. As always we extend a warm welcome to them and hope that they enjoy a good days fishing here at Coldingham Loch.
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(On the gallery below please double click on the first picture for the full images and then click on the next button for the full picture of each image.)