Opening Weekend

Welcome to the first of our fortnightly Loch Reports for the 2012 season here at Coldingham Loch.

Over the winter period we have been busy getting ready for the new season and one of the key  jobs was to get the bank cleared to improve access for the bank fishermen. A number of you took up the offer of some winter bank fishing in late Feb & early March and were duly rewarded with some great fishing and good catches of over-wintered fish giving one or two anglers a good fight. One comment was ‘That was the one of the best days fishing I’ve ever had’  and we hope many more of you will be able to say the same over the coming months.


We had a great start to the season over the weekend, with both the Opening Day on Saturday 17th March and the Sunday having the bonus of glorious sunshine enabling the anglers on both days to enjoy some lunch time chat by the BBQ.

We had Simon Usher piping us on Saturday as we tucked into toast, tea and wee nip which gave a good start to the day and a lovely atmosphere, thank you Simon. Dave our good friend and helper fired the shot to mark the start and Alan Willis was the first to catch at 9.30 a.m a nice 2lb rainbow off the bank.

The rod average for the weekend was 4.4 (5.2 on Saturday and 3.6 on Sunday) with Robbie Bell being the top rod of Opening Day with the most number of fish falling to his rod. On the Sunday Bob and James Cockburn brought in the highest score off their boat.

On Saturday the weather was a few degrees warmer than the Sunday and the boat fishermen did well with fish just below the surface. The Sunday morning was harder going as the water was much colder. There were a high number of bank anglers with a strong representation of Tweed Ghillies enjoying the bank which fared better in the afternoon as the water warmed. The north westerly on Sunday kept things cooler with a max temp of 10C on the Sunday whereas Saturday was around 13/14C.

Successful fly patterns over the weekend were Black Spider, Buzzer, Pheasant Tail, Diawl Bach and Green Olives fishing just below the surface.

Thank you to the boys from Ashington Kingfishers, Anchor Inn, the Tweed Ghillies, all the regulars & all the anglers who came and supported us over the weekend and to those who sent their good wishes too.  It was great to see so many out there enjoying the Loch the fishing and the company. Thank you to Dave for all his help over the weekend, Simon for the piping and Norman for not drinking all the whiskey.

Our thanks too to Gus and the Anchor Inn for their kind gift of the old photo of Lochside Cottage which they kindly gave to us to mark Opening Day & which is greatly appreciated.

We look forward to seeing some of the High Constables of Edinburgh Angling Club this Saturday. The weather today is glorious and the fish are there waiting to be caught… we look forward to seeing you all soon.

Many thanks to Aaron Wilson from the Anchor at Coldingham for taking some great pictures of Opening Day and allowing us to use them here. We will also upload some on to the main gallery. Much appreciated Aaron thank you.

The Opening Day

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