Friday 22/10/2021 – Friday 29/10/2021
The team have been working very hard over the last 6 months to improve the water clarity and that hard work is paying off! There is a noticeable difference that has the anglers praising our efforts! Even after the heavy rain and flooding the water clarity was impressive! We will continue our hard work, next year will be even better!
The heavy rain kept a lot of anglers away this week, but the best sport came in the worst conditions! Very few blanks were recorded, a total of 311 fish were caught in 4 days and the rod average was a very respectable 5.01! Most of the fish were caught just below the surface.
This week we had the pleasure of welcoming 2 groups for their end of season competitions, The MMM joinery group and The Firefighters. Both days very different to each other but both seen most of their anglers catching fish! Thank you for choosing Burnhouse, we hope to see you all again! You can read how their days went after the catch report.
FISH OF THE WEEK – This weeks top spot goes to DEREK GRAHAM with an 8lb rainbow, well done Derek!
FLIES OF THE WEEK – This weeks top 3 flies were BUZZERS, ORANGE LURES and DAMSELS .
Other successful flies were NOMADS, EGGS, SHIMMY WORMS, YELLOW LURES, GREEN & ORANGE LURES, BLACK PENNELL, BIBIO, CORMORANTS, DADDIES, BLACK LURES, WHITE SNAKES, FABS, BLOBS, SEDGEHOGS, FRY IMITATIONS,BLACK SNAKES, DAIWL BACHS, BUNNY LEECH, SPIDERS, APPS, HENRIK LARSSONS, ZONKERS, ADAMS, OKAY DOKEY, FRY POPPER, VIVA, CAT BUGS, HUMONGOUS, TADPOLES, BLOODWORMS, BIBIO DOUBLE HUMPY AND PINK SQUIRMIES.
- ROBIN LAMBERT – Has had a spell of bad luck, losing more fish than he has landed lately but he finally had a brilliant day! He weighed in 3 fish for 7.8lb and safely returned a further 5 including a wild brown at just over 2lb and a 7lb 13oz rainbow, using spiders and buzzers on a floating line.
- HUGH ANDREWS – Had an epic day, he safely returned 11 rainbows caught using a green egg and a pink squirmy fished static under a sight indicator.
- ROBERT GRANGER – Doesn’t like it when his names not on the report and after a few weeks of the fish getting away HE MADE THIS WEEKS REPORT! He safely returned 5 rainbows caught using a green egg fished static under a sight indicator.
- DONALD FORBES – Was the only angler that remained out in the heavy rain, and it paid off! In just a couple of hours he safely returned 10 rainbows caught using cat bugs and buzzers on a floating line.
- GORDON MCVICAR – Finally got the fish to the net! He safely returned 5 using cormorants, black lures and fabs on a floating line.
- LAWRENCE MCDONALD – Had an amazing day in the rain! He safely returned 15 fish caught using daiwl bachs, fry poppers and a rhubarb & custard fab.
- BRUCE DYSART – It looked like Bruce was using rubber hooks at times because the fish just wouldn’t stay on, but he still managed to safely return 7 rainbows caught using an okay dokey fished static under a sight indicator.
- WULLIE CARR – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using an Adams on a floating line, the Adams has proved very successful for Wullie this season.
- TRACY & CHRIS ALLAN – First fished Burnhouse just a few weeks ago, since then they have returned every week. They both took home 1 fish each.
- LEE HORNER – Safely returned 6 rainbows caught using daiwl bachs on a floating line.
- NATHAN HORNER – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using zonkers on a floating line.
- KIERAN LATTO – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 3lb and safely returned 5 using a blue flash damsel on a floating line, most caught down at the bridge.
- ALEC EADIE – Enjoyed his first visit to Burnhouse and like Arny “I will be back!” He safely returned 6 rainbows caught using a black & green snake and a Henrik Larsson on a floating line.
- DAVID EADIE – Was like the Mr Miyagi of the fishing world, fish on fish off! But he still ended up with a good return, he safely returned 7 rainbows caught using shimmies fished static under a sight indicator, orange apps, orange blob and a black snake on a floating line.
- DEREK GRAHAM – “Ended up in double figures lol!” He safely returned 2 rainbows including the fish of the week weighing 8lb using buzzers on a floating line.
- TONY STEEN – Could have had a lot more than he landed but the fish were at the tease. He weighed in 2 rainbows for 5lb and safely returned 5 caught using a green shimmy fished static under sight indicator.
- GEOFF APPLETON – “Had another great day!” He safely returned 8 rainbows including 1 weighing 5lb caught using black spiders on a floating line.
- GRAEME WESTON – Is just learning how to fly fish but is already casting brilliantly and on every visit to Burnhouse has produced a return! He weighed in 2 rainbows for 6lb and safely returned 1 caught using an orange dancer on a floating line.
- NEIL WESTON – May end up regretting teaching is brother how to fly fish, after his brother beat him in magnificent style! Neil weighed in 1 rainbow for 3lb caught using an orange nomad on a floating line.
- THE WALKER BROTHERS – Were due a brilliant day and a brilliant day was exactly what they had! SCOTT safely returned 7 using an egg fished static under a sight indicator and a bunny leech on a floating line. ALAN safely returned 8 using a lime green blob on a floating line.
- BRIAN SKINNER – “THE EGG MAN” didn’t need his eggs, or his bung! He safely returned 5 fish caught using buzzers, a bibio double humpy and an orange blob all on a floating line.
- MARGARET HORNAL – Mastered the sight indicator, she weighed in 2 rainbows for 5.85lb caught using eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
- PAUL PRICE – Safely returned 15 using a “white & green nomad” he was “not” practicing for a group competition, and I suspect that might not be what he caught on, but he told us that just in case we let slip before the comp. He also put tinfoil on his flies the morning of the competition just to get a laugh from the group lol brilliant Paul we like a bit of fun and banter at the fishery, keep it up!
- JIM MCINTYRE – Who I honestly have not met before, especially not quite a few times in the last few weeks, also was not up practicing for a group competition, safely returned 5 using “eggs” fished static under a sight indicator.
- TONY STEEN – Weighed in 3 rainbows for 8.43lb and safely returned a further 4 using an orange shimmy fished static under a sight indicator.
- DEREK GRAHAM – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a yellow lure on a floating line.
- PAUL ROE – had a brilliant day with his buzzers, he safely returned 6 using a floating line.
- CAMBELL BAILLY – Safely returned 2 using an orange dancer on a floating line.
- HUGH RANKIN – MADE THE CATCH REPORT! He safely returned 1 rainbow caught using an orange & green lure on a floating line.
- BILLY HOEHLE – Had his best day yet, he safely returned 13 using an orange nomad, black pennell, buzzers, bibio and cormorants on a floating line.
- JIM ANDERSON – In a very short visit, safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a daddy and an orange rabbit on a floating line.
- WILLY MOUNFORD – Safely returned 4 using eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
- REG DAVIDSON – Safely returned 2 using a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
- DARRELL MARSHALL – Had a fish in just a few casts, he safely returned 3 using orange lures and black lures on a floating line.
- IAN DON – “Had a great time” He safely returned 7 using an orange lure and cormorants on a floating line.
- SANDY KIRKWOOD – Had “a fab day! I got 2 to the net, lost 6 and had so many offers!” using his favourite fly, a damsel. Just being at the fishery is a brilliant day for Sandy, even on days that the fish all get away he still comes up with a smile on his face and much appreciated great feedback! He loves the atmosphere, the banter amongst anglers, the coffee and blether with staff. Thank you, Sandy, for everything!
THE FIRE FIGHTERS
The day started off well, the conditions overcast and dry with a slight wind. A lot of the anglers bagged up in the first few hours! But it wasn’t to last, the heavens opened, and it didn’t go off for the remainder of the day! The half time game BBQ proved a massive hit, old friends taking advantage of their time around the log burning fire to reminisce and of course dry off. Thank you for all of your feedback, and a special thank you to Malcolm for taking the time the next day to call and thank us again, we are delighted you appreciated your day with us!
- M WARD – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 2.9lb caught using a viva on a floating line
- D SPINKS – It pays off to listen to the lady of the Lochan, he weighed in 3 fish for 6.8lb and safely returned a further 4 using a hot head damsel on a floating line, fishing at the bridge.
- P MCDONALD – Weighed in 2 fish for 3.4lb.
- D CAMPBELL – Weighed in 3 fish for 8.6lb.
- J TWADDLE – Won the competition, he weighed in 3 fish for 6.1lb and safely returned a further 9 using a green cat bug on a floating line.
- P DEVLIN – Safely returned 4 using daiwl bachs on a floating line.
- E MOTION – What a name! He weighed in 3 fish for 6.13lb using a humongous and a tadpole on a floating line.
- A GRANT – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 2.6lb and safely returned a beautiful tiger using a candyfloss hot head bloodworm on a floating line.
- A ROBERTSON – Weighed in 2 fish for 6.03lb caught using an okay dokey and a cats whisker on a floating line.
- D MURDOCH – Weighed in 1 fish for 2.3lb caught using a daiwl bach on a floating line.
THE MMM JOINERY GROUP
It was a pairs competition like we have never seen before, with rules guaranteed to cause a bit of friction and bring out the competitive banter! The conditions were perfect before lunch, and many bagged up and moved on to catch and release. At lunch, the beers were flowing and so continued the banter and friendly rivalry. After lunch a cold, strong wind picked up and the fishing slowed a little. 72 fish were caught with a rod average of 4. It was a pleasure to meet you all, we enjoyed the fun and banter in this competition!
- JIMMY MORRISON – Weighed in 3 fish for 7.14lb caught using a white snake.
- GARY IRVIN – Weighed in 3 fish for 6.90lb using orange fabs.
- PAUL PRICE – Weighed in 3 fish for 6.31lb and safely returned a further 11 using an orange & green shimmy egg and a damsel.
- JIM MCINTYRE – Weighed in 3 fish for 7.5lb and safely returned 4 using green and orange blobs.
- MAJIC KOLENKO – Weighed in 1 fish for 2.14lb using a daddy.
- COLIN MCKENZIE – Weighed in 3 fish for 7.09lb using a sedgehog and a damsel.
- GARY MCCAW – Weighed in 3 fish for 7.15lb and safely returned 7 using damsels.
- NAM BARRON – Weighed in 2 fish for4lb using damsels.
- GEORDIE DOUGLAS – Weighed in 3 fish for 7.89lb and safely returned 2 using a fry imitation and a blob.
- ALLY DOUGLAS – Weighed in 3 fish for 6.02lb and safely returned 1 using an orange fritz.
- BRIAN LAIDLAW – Weighed in 3 fish for 6.67lb using buzzers and a damsel.
- SANDY KAY – Weighed in 3 fish for 5.88lb and safely returned 1 using a hot head damsel and a black snake.
- DOUGIE COOPER – Weighed in 3 fish for 5.3lb using buzzers.
- MAGDA – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 2.62lb and safely returned a stunning 5.4lb tiger using buzzers. She was ecstatic to catch the tiger!
- KAROL – Weighed in 3 fish for 5.93lb and safely returned 5 using daiwl bachs and buzzers.
- FLY FISHING ONLY
- NO LITTERING. ALL RUBBISH, CIGARETTE ENDS AND USED LINES MUST GO IN THE BINS PROVIDED.
- BARBLESS HOOKS ONLY, NO DOUBLE OR TREBLE HOOKS
- EVERY TICKET ENTITLES ANGLERS TO FISH ONLY 1 ROD AT A TIME
- NO SET LINES
- NO BOOBIES, DOUBLE HOOK SNAKES OR SPIN FLIES
- A MAXIMUM OF 3 FLIES TO BE FISHED AT 1 TIME
- NO LURES FISHED STATIC UNDER A SIGHT INDICATOR
- NO SPLIT SHOTS OR WEIGHTS
- GROUND BAITING, THE USE OF BAITS AND SCENTED DIPS ARE STRICTLY FORBIDDEN
- ALL FISH OVER 8LB, TIGERS AND BROWNS MUST GO BACK, UNLESS IN POOR CONDITION. THE DECISION TO KILL THESE FISH MUST ONLY BE MADE BY THE BAILLIFF
- BAG LIMITS ARE ACHIEVED FROM THE FIRST FISH CAUGHT, NO SELECTIVE KILLING. FISH MUST BE KILLED IMMEDIATELY AND SHOULD NEVER BE KEPT ALIVE IN KEEP NETS UNTIL THE END OF THE SESSION.
- ALL RETURNS MUST BE RECORDED WITH THE BAILLIFF BEFORE DEPATURE, EVEN IF IT’S A BLANK.
- ANGLERS MUST NOT AID OTHERS TO ACHIEVE THEIR BAG LIMITS
- CATCH AND RELEASE ANGLERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO KILL FISH, KILL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED BEFORE FISHING.
- WHEN FISHING CATCH AND RELEASE THE FISH MUST BE KEPT IN THE WATER AT ALL TIMES.
- IF ANGLERS FIND THEMSELVES ON A HOT SPOT, PLEASE MOVE ON AFTER 5 FISH
- THE BAILLIFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PERFORM BAG CHECKS
ANYONE FOUND TO BE IN BREACH OF THESE RULES WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE, NO REFUND WILL BE ISSUED AND NO RETURN VISITS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
SAFE CATCH AND RELEASE PROCEDURE
- Only use single, barbless hooks. Strictly no multiple hook snakes, double or treble hooks. Not just for catch and release but for kill tickets too.
- Due to the size and strength of our fish we ask that ALL anglers use a minimum of 8lb line, this is to reduce the number of fish being lost and over played.
- Bring the fish to the net as quickly as possible. Over playing a fish causes stress and exhaustion and decreases the chance of survival.
- Unhook the fish as quickly as possible, keep the fish in the water. Never bring the fish onto the banking or podiums as this removes the protective slime, increasing the chances of infections and diseases.
- If you have to handle the fish do so with wet hands, never with gloves on, this avoids removing the protective slime.
- If the hook is too deep to be removed, cut the line as close to the hook as possible.
- Avoid squeezing the fish as this can cause damage to internal organs.
- Take time to recover the fish, be patient as this can take some time especially in warmer weather. Support it gently until the fish is strong enough to swim away from you.
If you are struggling to recover a fish please call the bailiff for assistance, the decision to kill any fish whilst on catch and release must only be made by the bailiff.
Thank you to all of the anglers this week, we look forward to seeing you again!
TIGHT LINES FOR THE WEEK AHEAD!