Two weeks of very mixed weather have given anglers some challenging conditions which have produced great results for some and for a few not so good…the joy of fishing!
The Heriots Angling Club had their opening outing on the Loch on Sunday 8th April and had a great day averaging just over 7 fish per rod. Weather conditions were changeable but judicious changes of fly at key times saw all anglers have a good day. The one blip in the day is that we didn’t provide Bovril for Ed! (we’ll see what we can do next time …). Thanks to Colin Riach a Heriots member for providing some superb photos with permission for us to attach here on the report.
The Border Bears had a rather different experience on Saturday 14th when the weather took a turn for the worse & the temperature dropped significantly. Despite this they were able to use all of their fishing prowess to land respectable catches and all of them agreed that it had been a good if cold day at Coldingham.
Our youngest fishermen so far this season, Angus and Freddie Sloss braved the elements with their Dad and were rewarded with two great fish and are looking forward to coming back soon to see if they can improve on their tally. It was great to see such enthusiasm and hardiness from such young aspiring fishermen.
There have been numerous sightings of Roe deer around the loch & it’s great to see people enjoying the other wildlife which is in abundance at Coldingham.
Further work has taken place on the bank and all the Whin bushes have now been cut back to provide a walkable strip around the loch.
Successful flies have been Buzzers, Damsels, Nymphs, and for one angler Sunburst blob. During the cold period most fish were predominantly holding to the south end of the loch however more recently the fish have dispersed and can be found in just about all areas. There have been a couple of nice brown trout landed and safely returned along with a handful of hard fighting blue trout. The over wintered rainbows have also provided some fantastic sport for those lucky enough to have hooked in to them. One such angler was Tony Avril who caught & released a 7lbs rainbow with his first cast followed 10 minutes later by one of about 5 lbs.
We look forward to welcoming Portobello this Saturday and Pencaitland on Sunday, next week we have Northumbria Police, Earlston Angling Club and the Ashington Kingfishers and hope that they all have enjoyable and successful outings.