The amazing weather we have enjoyed for the first two weeks of opening has meant a lot of surface action with most anglers experiencing some success using floating or intermediate lines with a variety of flies fished on or just below the surface.
Top performing patterns have included various Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Olive & Orange Fritz and Montanas. Tommy Oliver with his pal Douglas had superb days fishing using a Beaded Daddy… in March! it just goes to show how unpredictable the success of fly choice can be.
The High Constables of Edinburgh enjoyed a good day at the Loch and despite the heavy mist coming off and on the loch they had a very creditable return and seemed to be enjoying their time …at least when we could see them they did!
We hope the Herriots & Border Bears Fishing Clubs both due over the next two weekends have an equally successful time. Unfortunately the Northumberland Police AC have had to cancel their trip due tomorrow due to the wild and wet conditions that have blown in last night. We hope they can find another date when the weather is kinder.
On Saturday the morning was very windy so some of the fishermen booked into boats went around the bank instead and had a good few catches between them. We continue to get good feedback on how well the bank fishes now and although waders are needed to enable anglers to get into some good casting spots, the Loch is now accessible right the way round.
Opening Day photos are now on the site with many thanks to Aaron Wilson for taking them and passing them on to us, some great shots thanks Aaron.
Also we now have holiday guests staying in Lochside Cottage which is now completed (and internal photos are on the website if you go to the Holiday Cottages pages) and so if you are a bank angler please be aware that we ask that you don’t fish from the garden area around Lochside Cottage which is defined by a fence and includes the jetty so as not to disturb the guests staying in the Cottage. If any of you would like to book a weekend or weeks stay (it comes with its own boat for fishing) it is still free during April just contact one of us.
Last but not least we would like to wish Bob Cockburn a speedy recovery to his shoulder so himself and his dad James can get back out again – it was unusual to have a week or two go by without seeing them both out there.
Best wishes to you all, tight lines
Gareth & Carmel