As our first season at Coldingham Loch has come to it’s completion we are posting our final report of the year. Both Carmel and I are extremely grateful for the fantastic support that we have received this year and we hope that we have been able to provide the quality of fishing that Coldingham’s reputation deserves. Since arriving last September we have tackled a number of jobs around the loch and we have been particularly pleased by the positive responses that we have received from our bank anglers who seem to be unanimous in their verdict that access around the loch is now as good as it has ever been. Once the season ends we are planning to make further, minor improvements to the access with the hope that this will help us to maintain the walkways more easily in the future. Strimming around the loch is a mammoth task and so the more we can do with the mower the better.
We will also be heavily involved with improvements to the chalets, boat maintenance, road maintenance and general grounds maintenance all of which will keep us busy during the closed season.
In the last few weeks of the season the numbers of people fishing the loch has decreased but for those keen enough to brave the elements there has been some tremendous sport. A few worth a mention are:
- Steve Kelly, Ian Fairgreave and Alan Nelson who in one day managed to net and return a total of 46 fish amongst which were some fine blue and brown trout.
- Bob Cockburn had an equally fruitful outing and managed a solo total of 19 fish the biggest of which was six and three quarter pounds …. Weighed in the boat and safely returned. Bob and his Dad, James, have fished the loch consistently well all year and it was great to see the season rounded off in such style.
- Sandy Amos caught two fish in a four hour session. One of which was 6lbs 8ozs and the other 6lbs 10ozs. Sandy and his boat partner David are both now in their 80’s and their enthusiasm for the sport is no less diminished today than ever before. They are truly an inspiration to us all.
Our apologies for anyone that we have not mentioned but in the interests of keeping this report readable we will move on.
Another key highlight for us at the end of the season was the visit from Jeff Prest, features editor of the Trout Fisherman magazine. Jeff spent the best part of a day out on the loch with Bob Cockburn and for those of you who are not aware, his article was spread over five pages in the November issue of Trout Fisherman magazine. We would like to thank Jeff for his presentation which gave a good insight into what tactics work well here and to Bob for sharing his secrets for all to see. We will watch with interest next year to see how many of Bob’s tips are adopted by other anglers and whether this has an effect on the numbers of fish caught.
As might be expected the fishing during these last few weeks was affected to a large degree by the weather and no two days were alike in terms of tactics being used or returns being recorded. In general though it was a time for the larger and more ugly flies to be considered and, for example, those fishing minkies very close to the shore lines were rewarded with some fine catches. That said, the ever popular Diawl Bach proved to be equally effective on its day.
Some things to note for next season:
- Ticket prices are set to remain the same as this season
- Life jackets/buoyancy aids will be compulsory when on the loch. It is hoped that most anglers will have their own but those who do not, we can provide buoyancy aids free of charge or life jackets at a nominal charge of a pound to help us cover maintenance costs
- Thank you to those who responded positively regarding our loch reports in 2012 and by popular demand we will therefore continue with the reports next year
- Our opening weekend is Saturday 16th March 2013
Thank you once again for your custom and friendship and best wishes to you all for the coming festive season and a Very Happy New Year