6th – 19th August 2018

A definite swing in the weather coupled to the new aeration system up and running has produced a turn- around in fortunes. Wetter, cooler conditions mean that the water temperature is now sitting at around 13 degrees C which for the time of the year is around what we would expect. The aerator is also pushing around 250 tonnes of water per hour which means that it’s doing its job in terms of de-stratifying and oxygenating. Not surprisingly therefore, there are a good number of fish located around the area of the aerator and as such we would remind anglers that it is etiquette to move periodically to allow other people to enjoy what might be the hot spots.

You will also notice that there is now only one buoy in that area of the loch and this is now attached to the end of the aerator diffuser. It is therefore very important that no-one uses this buoy to anchor to and we would ask that you try to avoid hooking the buoy rope if at all possible. The diffuser is situated in approximately the deepest part of the loch and we would like it to remain there. As part of the process we have also removed the old system from the loch and for those bank anglers who have been used to seeing the blue pipe at the south end you will now notice that it has been removed, which means, we hope, one less trip hazard. We always had a problem with the old system as the buoyancy in the blue pipe, particularly when the aerator was running, meant that the pipe was constantly popping up and had to be weighted to hold it down. The new system is fed by a self- sinking pipe which I have routed in a direct line to the diffuser, therefore out of the way for bank anglers, and as such should be far less problematic on a number of fronts.


Following the weed cutting we have once again experienced the inevitable algael bloom but it is fair to say that it has not been as bad as in previous years. In fact, the cooler, wetter weather and the fact that the daphnia are now hard at work grazing the algae has meant that it is clearing far quicker than we could have hoped. We needed rain and boy did we get some during this last week. There has been a discernible rise in the water level but it is fair to say that more of the same would not go amiss. It has been unfortunate for those that have been caught out by the wet days but in general the loch has fished ok during these conditions although I’m sure that there are one or two people who might disagree with this; but that will always be the case, or as they say in The Borders “ it’s ayers been “ So who are the ones that did better than most during the last two weeks:

  • D Fairgreave 5 to the boat. Bloodworm
  • Bob Cockburn 15 to the boat using various patterns and on his next outing went one better with 16 and so did his dad James with 4 and on his last outing during this period had 8. Various flies.
  • Gordon Kidd and Danny Lee reported having an amazing evening with 9 using shipmans buzzers
  • Father and son, Simon and Alfie Mattacks each caught their first ever trout whilst on a short break at the loch and out on a tution session with Robbie (see photos)
  • Derek Crombie and Davy Simmons had 16 to the boat using variety of flies
  • C Copeman had 9 to the boat. Grizzle, cat
  • Alistair Fyvie took his grandson Arran McKenzie out on the loch and Arran caught his first trout on a daddy (see photo)
  • Charlie Kennedy 9 to the bank in an evening session. Red Apps
  • Colin McIssac had 8 to the boat on a day that never stopped raining. Size 16 cdc orange shuttlecock
  • John Marshall enjoyed a superb two week holiday at the loch with many fish on his various outings but the highlight was his son Ethan’s (aged 9) first catch of three fish on one short early morning session (see photo). His daughter Temperance who featured last year with her first fish also landed her fair share of fish this year during their stay.
  • Ronnie Hunter had 7 to the boat in a 4 hour session including one brown. Buzzers.
  • Gordon Boulding shared a great evening session on the bank with Steve Bowden. They landed 9 using diawl bachs, buzzers and damsel
  • Gordon had a further 6 two nights later using daddy and bloodworm
  • Steve had a further 6 the next evening, followed by 4 the next and 3 the next.
  • Alec McMeiken had 6 to the boat using cats whisker and daddy
  • Robbie Bell and Corben Skene landed 18 to the boat with honours even. Orange egg.
  • Scott & Callum Carmichael had 5 to the boat on a short session using daddy and bloodworm
  • Paul Shirkie reported a great day landing 5 to the boat suing bloodworm and sedgehog


Club News:

  • Heriots FFC – Received an absolute soaking whilst fishing last Sunday. Fishing was generally very hard but as always, a couple of the anglers managed to return decent numbers. Hats off to anyone who endures such atrocious conditions for a full day.
  • TOTGA FFC – Three anglers managed a total of 12 fish on what was a changeable day of weather. Most fish were caught in the afternoon in the deeper area of the loch.


Other News:

  • Important Announcement- For some time we have been considering running a Coldingham boat competition and we have decided to give it a go this year. It will be known as the Coldingham Cup and we hope that over time it will become an automatic date in the diary for those keen to compete. It is an open age competition and will be limited to ten boats / 20 anglers. There will be two heats with the best 10 rods from each heat going through to the final and people will be allowed to enter both heats with the provisio being that if they get through at the first time of asking and there is a demand for places at the second heat, they give up their place to allow someone else to enter. In a situation like this, money will be refunded in full to those giving up their place in the second heat.

A sheet outlining all the rules and terms of entry can be found both at the end of this loch report and on the drop down menu of the loch reports entitled ‘The Coldingham Cup’ . Those wishing to enter are advised to book early as we anticipate quite a demand for places in what we hope will become a popular, annual event. Our thanks to Robbie for helping to fine tune the competition outline and to Alex Harvey who has also had an input.

Robbies Blog:

First Rainbow.

I still remember mine. It was on a float and a worm in a little pond just outside Berwick.

Well over 50 years ago!

It was probably less than a pound but it went ballistic jumping all over  the place and obviously made a lasting impression on a very young lad.

Last week I had a hand in 3 people catching their first ever Rainbow Trout.

The fact that two of them were about 16 years of age made it even better.

Being a Fly Fishing Instructor is a great way to make a bit of pocket money and it allows me to put a bit back into the sport that I enjoy almost to the point of obsession. Almost!

So last week I had Simon and his son Alfie out on the Loch and whilst it was not the easiest of days they managed three fish each and also had a few other takes as well as one trout each lost in play.

I also had young Mathew from Canada out last week and he managed 4 trout with again a few more takes and a couple of lost fish.

Mathew has some experience of Pike Fishing back home and really took to fly fishing very well indeed and played his fish very nicely for a relative novice.

One of the hardest things to teach is how to play a fish.

You can only really learn to do it by catching them! So it is a bit of a Chicken and Egg situation.

However the best advice I was ever given was to do what the fish tells you.

What I try and teach my clients is that if the fish is pulling really hard it is telling you I want some line so let it have some.  If it is telling you it is taking a breather just hold on and if it is telling you it is getting tired then gain some line. Back and forward till it comes to the net.

Maybe not the best advice but I am open to hearing anything better.

You can probably become fairly competent after about ten or so reasonable sized trout but it probably takes hundreds before you are really proficient.

Even then the odd mistake can still be made.

Pulling the top dropper too far in and getting it stuck in the top eye can still happen to anyone.

Especially if you are fishing a four fly cast.   

Failing to have your boat partner pull in the Drogue or Anchor when you get a big fish on is another.

Being too quick with the net and snagging a dropper in it is something I did only last season.

Luckily the dropper snapped off and I got away with it.

As I have probably said before Fly Fishing is a Journey and not a Destination.

You never stop learning and I love the Travel.

Best Regards


Visiting Clubs:

From now until the end of October we will once again see the return of the clubs, mainly at the weekends. It is therefore advisable to phone a reserve a boat in advance of any outing over the coming weekends.

During the next two weeks we are pleased to be welcoming the following clubs and weather permitting, we are hoping that the returns will start to put a smile on the faces of those involved.

  • Mayfly AC
  • Roslin British Legion AC
  • Gulls Nest FFC


The Coldingham Cup.

Catch and Release Boat Fishing Competition

Two Heats and a Final.     20 anglers per heat with 10 going forward to the Final

Heat 1.   Sunday October 14th 2018

Heat 2    Saturday October 20th 2018

Final   Sunday 28th October                 (Reserve Day Sunday 4th November)

Entry fees £30 per Heat and £30 for the Final. This includes bacon rolls at lunchtime and fishing fee.

Anglers can enter both Heats.

Prizes for Heat Winners and to 5th Place in the Final.


Fishery Rules plus;     Having fun and an easy going demeanour is compulsory .No entries accepted without full payment.

Entries can be made at the Fishery  by cash or cheque, or by contacting by phone or email to arrange a bank transfer.

( email: info@coldinghamloch.co.uk; Tel: 01890 771960 )

No refunds issued although anglers who cancel can substitute another angler.

Catch and Release on Barbless Flies (Hooks that are de-barbed should be filed smooth.). Competitors to check each other’s flies with the cloth sample provided.   Fish to remain in the water when unhooking.  One point per fish and one point per hour session a fish is caught in.

Fish to count at the time of netting.   Number of fish to act as first tie breaker   Time of first fish as second tie breaker.

Coin toss for further ties.  Entrants can pick their boat on a first come first served basis but cannot pick their boat partner.

Boat Partners will be drawn from a hat.

Fishery opens at 07.30         Briefing at 08.30      Boats to leave the dock after Briefing

Fishing 09.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00

Only one rod to be set up in the boat.  A Spare Rod can be carried in a rod bag or tube.

Maximum of 4 flies per cast.

Size 10 hook maximum. Single hooks only. No tandems doubles or trebles.

No Anchoring unless specifically informed on the day. Drogues are advised but not supplied by the fishery.

Heats        09.00 to 12.00                  One hour Lunch                       13.00 to 17.00

Final          09.00 to 12.00                  One hour Lunch                       13.00 to 16.00

Start and finish on the signal.    Line is dead on the session end signal.

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