Well here we are at the end of yet another season and our fourth full term at Coldingham Loch. Where does the time go?
For us and many other fishery owners that we know, this has been a season that is best described as ‘never really getting going’. Apart from our opening weekend the early part of the season saw us constantly battered by unusually strong winds which, whilst not preventing fishing from taking place, made conditions tricky and sometimes very difficult. Spring time presented some excellent fishing but then in summer very few hawthorns were replaced by unusually early and vast quantities of caenis flies. Great for the fish which were being observed in vast quantities gorging themselves on the surface on the tasty, tiny morsels that have rightly earned the reputation of “the fishermans’ curse”; not so great for the anglers that were trying everything, and then some, to tempt them on to their flies. A decent autumn then gave us perhaps our most predictable weather of the year and good catches were a consistent feature of this period with clubs and individuals taking full advantage of the hard fighting and free feeding fish at their disposal. Latterly a switch to winter conditions has seen a return to the conditions of the early part of the season with some perishingly cold temperatures thrown in for good measure. So well done to all of those anglers that have fished up to the end … it’s testament to your resilience and the quality of your clothing!!
As always we have been kept busy with ongoing work around the loch and we would like to think that access around the loch is now better than it has ever been and certainly our many bank anglers have expressed their appreciation of improved conditions and 2015 saw us once again amongst the top 100 fisheries in the country as identified by Trout Fisherman Magazine. We will of course endeavour to keep the improvements going and hope that the loch continues to be a destination of choice for years to come. We also hope that more anglers take advantage of the superb bank fishing that the loch offers and that people don’t just see us as a boat only venue as this could not be further from the truth.
Already the club bookings for 2016 are very encouraging as are the bookings for our holiday cottages and chalets and we look forward to seeing familiar faces and hopefully some new ones next year. Please contact us (by email to email@example.com) if you are looking to book a cottage for next year and we can get this sorted for you. Our opening day which will be on the 12th March has been fully booked for some time now and opening Sunday (13th March) is getting there so please phone early to avoid disappointment.
One of the continuing highlights of the years was once again the success of our annual Lad(y)s and Dads competition. It is always a lot of fun for us to stage this and this year was especially significant as it saw us donating all proceeds from the day to the newly formed St. Abbs Independent Lifeboat. Over £1000 pounds was raised this year and we will continue to support this very worthwhile cause in the future. We heard recently that the organisation has now met their target for a new lifeboat thanks to a very generous donation from a large confectionary company but on-going support for the organisation is vital to its future survival and so we hope to be able to play our part in this for the benefit of the local community and the people that they serve.
Many more people took advantage of the tuition being offered here by Robbie Bell and it was very encouraging to see more experienced anglers taking notice of skills improvement sessions being offered by Robbie, and as they say, you are always learning at this game. We would also like to thank Robbie for his input into our loch reports and we know from your comments, that many of you have been entertained by the regular blogs that Robbie provides throughout the season and that the impartial information that he provides about the loch has helped with your own fishing. We look forward to Robbies continued involvement in 2016 and once again, “thanks Robbie”.
Finally we would like to thank everyone that has visited us this year and we hope that you have enjoyed not just your time at the loch but also the loch reports and many memorable photographs that we have shared with you through our web site. Many of you have received well-earned mentions in the reports for your splendid achievements on the loch and it has been great for us to see a good number of younger anglers really getting to grips with the excellent fishing to be had here at Coldingham. We look forward to our break over the closed season but know that it won’t be long before we are missing the buzz of the fishing and the company of our guests. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and productive new year.
A few photos of the loch one from the Spring summer and autumn this year: