Another period dominated by unpredictable weather has made the fishing equally unpredictable. Choice of flies remains somewhat of a lottery and fishermen are having to go through the fly box to find what is working on any particular day. Dry fly fishing has remained the most effective method and those patient enough to fish an almost static line with either a daddy, hopper or sedge pattern have generally been rewarded with some great sport. Bob Harrison, one of our more regular anglers has perfected this technique and has had some notable success whilst anchored in the narrows close to the eastern shore.
The sedge and cdc shuttlecock patterns also worked well for Robbie Bell and Mark Howard who together managed to land 23 fish to the boat in an eight hour session. We won’t say who had 12 and who had 11 but Robbie went home with a smile on his face. All of their fish were rainbows which is quite unusual as more anglers are now recording catches which include brown and blue trout. More blues have recently been introduced to the loch and the quality of these fish is second to none so good luck to anyone who is lucky enough to hook into one.
John, Geraldine, Andrew and Ian Bruin (see photos) returned to spend a week’s holiday at Coldingham Loch and John enjoyed a fantastic week of fishing both here and at The Whinney. Many thanks to Ian for giving us two of his brilliant drawings which are now in the process of being framed ready to be hung in the fisherman’s lodge.
Maureen and Andy Delaney also returned for their second trip of the year and well done to Maureen for picking up the rod again and having a go (see photos).
In club news Wiremill AC joined us last Saturday (see photo) and reported that they had had “the best day’s fishing this year.” The top bag went to Sterling McDonald with 4 fish weighing in at 11lbs 4ozs. Again all reported top of the water action with Klinkhammer, Shipman’s Buzzer and CDC’s being most effective.
The Fisher’s Tryst from Penicuik joined us at the weekend and enjoyed an extremely warm and bright day. Needless to say this was enough to drive the fish deeper down and patterns such as Bloodworm and Damsel were needed. Some good catches were recorded and Ross McDermid had the biggest fish of the outing with a rainbow of 4lbs 2ozs (see photo)
During the next period we will be joined by Loan Head Miners, The Spittal Club and The Black Bull FFC from Dalkeith. We extend a warm welcome to them and hope that conditions are right for some great sport fishing.
In other news:
- Bank work is still on-going but with all the recent rain progress has been quite slow. The high level of water has made some sections of the bank quite muddy and difficult to negotiate. As always, bank anglers are reminded that waders are necessary to get the most from bank fishing.
- The weed is finally starting to poke through at the top end of the loch near to the reed bed. Dry fly fishing is still possible at this stage and we shall be monitoring the growth of the weed and are ready to cut it once it reaches the right stage of growth. As you will probably all be aware, if we cut it too soon we will simply strengthen its growth and so timing is all important so that when we do cut it, it stays cut.
Finally we have had two phone calls from people who have been worried by rumours that the Loch is once again up for sale. Please be assured that this is definitely not the case and we can only think that people are reading old entries in fly fishing forums that date back to 2009 / 2010.
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