As we move into the second half of August we are noticing a big difference in evening temperatures which usually heralds a return to some excellent fishing.
The nights are definitely drawing in and whilst it is still possible to fish an evening session, 9.30pm is a more realistic cut off point.
Fishing over the last two weeks has remained a little hit and miss and the couple of clubs that have visited us have had a tough time of it. Lots of fish are showing but at times are reluctant to commit to the fly and the best results have been coming from fishing a slow sinking or intermediate line with a slow retrieve and a team of flies that may include, FABs , bobbies, damsels, diawl bach or Apps.
This was certainly the case at the weekend when we held the second heat of the Coldingham Loch Cup Competition and I’m glad to report that there were some good catches. The 10 anglers that made it through to the final which will be held at the end of October were:
Keith Row (Heat Winner)
Despite a fairly dire weather forecast, we actually had very good conditions on the day with virtually none of the strong winds that had been forecasted and none of the rain. The majority of the fish seemed to be caught before lunch with the best drifts being between Boathouse Bay and Swing Gate Bay although there were reports that fish were being caught in all parts of the loch.
In the days leading up to the competition heat, people who were on holiday staying at our cottages here at the loch reported that their best fishing took part either before lunch or in the early evening. John Marshall and family were staying at the loch this past fortnight and (weather allowing) he was out early most mornings with one of his children before the loch opened to day anglers. John and four of his children all landed fish which was great to see (see photo gallery) and young Ethan landed the biggest fish at 5lb 6oz. John landed a 2lb perch which, like some of their trout went in the pan for lunch and was reported as being very tasty!
- All places are now filled for the Lad(y)s and Dads Comp at the end of September but please note that raffle tickets are still on sale in support of the day with some excellent prizes to be had.
- We still have one or two boats to sell so please get in touch if you think that you or someone you know might be interested in purchasing one.
- TOTGA – A disappointing day for the TOTGA lads with very few fish caught. Despite this they did report having had a very enjoyable outing.
- Heriots – Fished a very wet day (see Colin Riachs pictures gallery below) and at times struggled to find the fish. Once they did locate them there were some very respectable returns.
- Western AC
- Roslin British Legion
The above clubs will be fishing the loch during the next two week period. With conditions improving we hope that the returns will be good.
For the gallery please click on the image for full picture and use the arrows to scroll through – apologies for any heads chopped off! – this happens with large photos and is rectified when you click on for the full image, thank you
Gallery below are the pictures taken by Colin Riach whilst he fished with the Heriot AC on a very wet Sunday public=shed with Colin’s kind permission