It’s hard to believe but we are already into September and with it we are seeing the start of what some describe as an Indian summer. The water in the loch is now once again crystal clear and the warm days followed by the cooler evenings means that the fish are in tip top condition and gorging themselves ready for the much colder winter months. Large hatches of daddies from the fields have been a major feature over the last few weeks and surface action has been electric at times. Many anglers have recorded large catches of fish and it is fair to say that the majority have been taken on or near to the surface. Boat fishing continues to be very good but if we needed a reminder as to just how good the bank can be then Ginger (Brian Palmer) provided that for us during two outings last week. A total of 23 fish for his two visits made it well worth the journey and he recorded catching roughly equal amounts of rainbows and blues.
Speaking of blues (see photo) we need to mention that Ewan Mutch finally landed one to the boat last week and those that were at the loch at the time were left in no doubt about his delight at doing so. “It was well worth the wait” reported Ewan “those things fight like hell” Buoyed by his success Ewan then went on to land a beautiful brown of around 4 lbs. in weight … all fish being safely returned to the loch.
As regular anglers to Coldingham will know, we insist that all brown trout are returned to the loch as there is evidence that some natural breeding might be taking place. Coupled to this the browns do take much longer to grow and so leaving them to develop into larger fish, that will one day give someone the catch of their lives is a feature that we are keen to maintain. To this end anglers are reminded that the fish should be handled as little as possible once caught and returned quickly to the water and we thank everyone that does this.
Interestingly, there have been a growing number of anglers reporting hooking and being snapped by large fish in Swing Gate Bay. Could these be the monster Coldingham browns?
More and more people are now photographing their catches so that we can include them into the loch reports. Included this time are:
- William Mirtle and Martin Reynolds, Martin holding a magnificent 4lb 12 oz. rainbow
- George Lumsden with one of three rainbows caught on the day from the bank
- Rob McEwan with his brace of rainbows
- Gavin Hylands with his brace of rainbow and blue plus an extra shot of him and his fishing party
- Stefan and Johnny Grzybowski
- Ewan’s prized blue in the net
At the risk of sounding like a stuck record fly choice remains the same, with daddies and hoppers proving to be particularly deadly on top and a range of buzzers, diawl bachs, cormorants and nymphs all working just below the surface. As always I would suggest that the use of traditional wet and dry flies work very well at Coldingham but the occasional switch to something more colourful, bright and fluffy can reap rewards and with the colder weather not too far away and the fly life easing off somewhat, the fish will almost certainly start to turn their attentions to small fry such as stickle back and perch so start tying the minkies now.
In club news:
Three clubs visited us during this period and first up was the Leith Angling Club. With only three boats out they reported having had a good day despite some changing weather conditions. We look forward to seeing them again in a week or so.
Ashington Kingfishers and Border Bears joined forces for their annual outing last Saturday and as well as having a cracking days fishing with 67 fish being caught and released to 17 anglers, they also enjoyed food from the barbeque. Chief cook seemed to be Alan Morton who coincidentally managed the best return of the day. However despite this, it was the Border Bears who took the club honours with their four anglers beating the chosen four from the Kingfishers.
During the next period we will be joined by The Priory AC, Leith Anglers, Norham and Ladykirk, Border Bears and The Anchor AC and as always we extend a warm welcome to all of their members.
Weekends in September are heavily populated with clubs and so it is advisable to phone first to check for availability if you are wanting to fish from a boat.
In other news:
- All the Swallows and House Martins have now successfully fledged their second clutches and are gathering for a final feeding frenzy before making their way to warmer regions. It doesn’t seem two minutes since their arrival in April and as always it is a joy to see them.
- The otters continue to plunder the loch but as yet we have not had any more actual sightings.
- All weed cutting is finished for the year and the weed cutter will be removed from the water this week.
- Our last day for boat fishing (weather permitting) will be Saturday 1st December. After this the boats will be removed from the water so that the annual maintenance can take place. Bank fishing will continue into December but the loch will be closed for the whole of January. More news on what happens after that and leading up to the start of the new season on the 16th March 2013 will follow in due course.
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