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Weekly Report – 7th May 2021

Burnhouse Lochan Fishery – Weekly Report: 30/04/21 – 07/05/21

WEEK OVERVIEW

The weather has been so unpredictable this week the weather forecasters  can’t even get it right! Who would believe that we are in May and we are still seeing snow! The constant change in the weather, temperature and air pressure meant a complete mixed bag of results with no hour the same as the next!

There is a stir amongst anglers with the return of the deer! This year we have the juveniles at the fishery, they are young, curious, playful, and adventurous. What a great sight it is to watch them graze the banking and explore their new surroundings. However cute they are though we ask that anglers do not try to clap or feed them.

FISH OF THE WEEK – This week’s top spot goes to JONATHAN MCDONALD with a stunning 10.5lb Tiger. This was not the biggest fish of the week, but it was the biggest weighed fish and as the first double figure tiger to make it to the net for months, we say a massive well done!

Remember to get those big fish weighed so you do not miss out on the top spot!

FLIES OF THE WEEK – This week’s top 3 flies were BUZZERS , DAMSELS and FABS,

Okey dokey, daiwl bachs, black pennell, eggs, yellow dancers, squirmy worms, olive nymph, klinkhammers, blobs, black dancer, floating fry, bunny leech, wotsits, shammies, cormorants, apps, yellow owl, adams, cats whiskers, pink lures, black rabbits, black & green tadpole, covid, shipmans, pheasant tailed nymphs, bibio hopper, sedges, double humpy, single yellow humpy, and a pink lure.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

  • SCOTT MORTON – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a pink fab, okay dokey and buzzers on a floating line.
  • LARRY FINDLEY – Enjoyed his first day fishing since before lockdown! He weighed in 2 beautiful rainbows for 7.5lb caught using daiwl bachs on a floating line.
  • BILLY HOEHLE – “This fish just won’t come in!” After quite some time the fish finally showed itself, a stunning 6.5lb tiger! He was delighted! A black pennell on a floating line scored him his first ever tiger.
  • JOHN KERR – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • JOHN KERR JNR – “I love it here!” He safely returned 3 rainbows including his new P.B weighing 8.5lb, all were caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • KEVIN ROONIE – Safely returned 2 rainbows, 1 blue and a beautiful wild brown using damsels on an intermediate line, okay dokey and buzzers on a floating line.
  • ROBERT PATON – Safely returned 6 rainbows caught using a pink fab and buzzers on a floating line.
  • CHRIS DRAKE – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • LEON MASON – Weighed in 2 fish for 10.19lb and safely returned 8 rainbows and 1 5lb brown using a yellow dancer on an intermediate line, later in the evening changing to a floating line.
  • SAMMY TOMINEY – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a yellow dancer on a floating line.
  • BRIAN SKINNER – Safely returned a 6-7lb tiger caught using a green squirmy worm fished static under a sight indicator.
  • NEIL MCINTOSH – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using an olive nymph on a floating line. While his friend Michael practiced his long distance catch and release lol.
  • ALAN SMITH – Safely returned 9 rainbows caught using an olive hopper, olive klinkhammer and buzzers on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 5 rainbows caught using various dry flies.
  • PETER WEAVER – “ Was my first visit to Burnhouse… had an epic day! 16 cracking, hard fighting fish from 3lb – 8lb landed! I’m definitely going back, if you haven’t been before get yourselves along, you won’t regret it!” Thank you for the excellent write up Peter!
  • TAM WILSON – Safely returned 15 rainbows and dropped a good tiger, he was using various eggs, blobs and fabs on a floating line.
  • CHRIS HARRIS – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a black dancer on an intermediate line.
  • ROSS MORRISON – Safely returned 8 rainbows caught using a klinkhammer and f fly on a floating line and a damsel on an intermediate line.
  • JAMES CRAIG – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a hot head damsel and buzzers on an intermediate line.
  • LEWIS KIDD – Safely returned 2 rainbows including 1 weighing 9.5lb using damsels and a bunny leach on a floating line.
  • COLIN MARSHALL – “First day back at Burnhouse Lochan since lockdown, I finished 4 hours c&r with 5 cracking trout, 2 into double figures and what a fight! My arm is aching! Big thanks to Maisy for a brilliant fishery!” You are more than welcome Colin, thank you for that write up.
  • GEOFF APPLETON – Safely returned 3 rainbows using a hot head damsel on a floating line and a yellow wotsit on a di3.
  • GREGG MARSHALSEY – “Burnhouse is by far the best fishery around!” He safely returned 2 rainbows 1 weighing 9lb caught using a floating fry on a floating line and a damsel on an intermediate line. He also lost count of the amount of offers and fish dropped.
  • DREW MILLER – “ Had a smashing day at Burnhouse” He safely returned 11 rainbows and blues, using bugs, eggs and shammies fished 6ft under a sight indicator.
  • ANDY RICHMOND – “ Crazy days fishing, place was bubbling when we started!” He safely returned 18 rainbows including 1 double, 1 blue and 1 stunning wild brown. He changed his lines and tactics to meet the variable weather. On floating and midge tip lines he caught using size 14 buzzers, cormorants, fabs and a blob. Under a sight indicator shammies and a peach egg. “Had loads of chases using a tequila blob ripped back at 100mph!”
  • DECLAN WINTERS – Safely returned 6 rainbows caught using an olive cormorant, olive fab and a purple apps all on a floating line.
  • JOHNNY PORTEOUS – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a dry fly on a floating line.
  • GLEN SCOBBIE – Safely returned 5 rainbows caught using a yellow apps and yellow dancer on a floating line.
  • KIERAN JOHNSTON – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a yellow owl and a yellow dancer on a floating line.
  • COLIN ANDERSON – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a red apps and a gold damsel on an intermediate line.
  • JIM WATSON – Weighed in 4 rainbows for 11.69lb and safely returned 2 caught using a yellow dancer and dries on a floating line.
  • WULLIE CARR – Safely returned 4 rainbows caught using an Adams and buzzers on a floating line.
  • ROSS ANDREW – Safely returned 3 caught using a cats whisker on a floating line.
  • AARON KIRKWOOD – Safely returned 8 rainbows and 1 6-7lb tiger caught using a golden damsel and a blob on a midge tip line and a pink lure he calls a stinky pinky on fast glass. He is a very jammy man! He caught his tiger without even trying, whilst changing his dropper flies the tiger took his golden damsel as it dangled in the water in front of the podium. That is why I always nag at people to bring their flies right in and hang them, the fish are often right at your feet!
  • DAVID DUNN – Caught his new P.B weighing 7.8lb caught using a lure on an intermediate line.
  • JOHNATHAN MCDONALD – Safely returned a 10.5lb tiger and 5 rainbows caught using yellow owls, black rabbit, double humpy, and buzzers all on a floating line.
  • ALAN HOGG – (ALAN FLY GUY) From the Fly-Fishing Guy UK Stillwater & Rivers Facebook page safely returned 2 rainbows and 1 wild brown using a black rabbit and a daiwl bach.
  • NEIL LESTER – Safely returned a beautiful brown weighing approximately 5lb caught using a black & green tadpole on an intermediate line.
  • JOHN GEMILL – Safely returned 1 rainbow and 1 brown estimated to be around 7lb using a peach egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JOHN GILCHRIST – The original creator of the covid flies, safely returned 6 rainbows and 1 brown caught using a covid and a tequila fab on a floating line.
  • JIMMY JONES – Waited all day for a bite, but the wait was well worth it when he landed “a fish of a lifetime!” A rainbow weighing 12-14lb! Using a yellow dancer on a floating line, he initially thought he had caught a snag, until that snag made his reel scream! Well done, Jimmy!
  • ANDY MCALPINE – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a damsel on an intermediate line.
  • SANDY KIRKWOOD – “I’ve had such a great day!” He safely returned 3 rainbows all of a good size using a damsel nymph on a floating line.
  • DONALD FORBES – “Another brilliant day!” He safely returned 11 rainbows and 1 blue caught using a green & black fab and size 12 buzzers on a floating line.
  • STEVE CONAHAN – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a yellow owl on a floating line.
  • SCOTT MCKILLOP – Did not know Burnhouse existed, but he is “glad he has found it now!” He safely returned 2 rainbows the biggest weighing 9.5lb and the smallest 5lb, using a floating fry on a floating line and a lime green wotsit fished static under a sight indicator.
  • GREG RUSSELL – Also enjoyed his first visit to Burnhouse, he safely returned 2 rainbows weighing 5lb and 7lb caught using a fario bung fly and a shipmans on floating line.
  • IAN DON – Safely returned 1 blue caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • ALLAN DOWNIE – Safely returned 1 blue caught using pheasant tailed nymphs on a floating line.
  • MAY ANDERSON – Safely returned 12 rainbows, 1 blue and 1 tiger caught using a black pennell, buzzers, bibio hopper, a yellow humpy, pulsefire damsel and a black rabbit all on a floating line.
  • RICHARD TAYLOR – Safely returned 18 rainbows and blues caught using a double humpy, sedges, shipmans, olive klinkhammer and buzzers all on a floating line.

 

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.

 

Tight lines for the week ahead!

 

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Weekly Report – 30th April 2021

Burnhouse Lochan Fishery – Weekly Report: 23.04.21 – 30.04.21

WEEK OVERVIEW

The sun has been glorious this week but the prevailing wind from the east has kept us all wrapped up warm with its chill.

The fish have still been sitting deep during the day when the sun has been at its strongest, however the second there is cloud cover the water comes alive! Evenings are still providing the best returns, especially on dries and buzzers.

FISH OF THE WEEK – This week’s top spot goes to AARON KIRKWOOD with his new P.B a 12.5lb rainbow. Well done, Aaron!

FLIES OF THE WEEK – This week’s top 3 flies were BUZZERS, DAMSELS and YELLOW DANCERS.

Other successful flies were –  Orange lures, Ally McCoist, cormorants, fabs, black pennell, eggs, olive dancer, millennium bugs, shimmy worms, rabbits, double humpy, wotsits, foam daddy, pheasant tailed nymphs, hares ears, zonkers, nomads, daiwl bachs, blobs, gold dancer, black & green lure, apps, green & white lure, smoker, hoppers, shipmans, yellow owls, olive fluff cat and sedges.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

  • BENN KELLY – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using an orange lure on an intermediate line.
  • GORDON BARR – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using an Ally McCoist and a cormorant on an intermediate line.
  • DONALD FORBES – Safely returned 10 rainbows including 1 weighing 11lb caught using a black and green fab and buzzers on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 1 rainbow.
  • JORDAN COLLINS – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using an Ally McCoist on a floating line.
  • BILLY HOEHLE – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a black pennell on a floating line.
  • BRIAN SKINNER – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a black & green fab on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a mojito shimmy worm fished static under a sight indicator.
  • AARON KIRKWOOD – Safely returned 5 rainbows caught using buzzers on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 8 rainbows including is new P.B weighing 12.5lb caught using damsels and an olive fluff cat on a slow intermediate with a fast figure of 8 retrieve.
  • KEVIN MUIR – Safely retuned 2 rainbows and 1 tiger caught using a yellow dancer on an intermediate line and a coral egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • DAVID MCROBERT – Safely returned 11 rainbows including 1 weighing 10lb caught using damsels and an olive dancer on an intermediate line.
  • GLEN MCNEIL – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using millennium bugs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • RORY STEWART – What an exceptional young angler! On a day with bright sunshine and flat calms where a lot of the adults were struggling, young Rory safely returned 13 rainbows including 1 weighing 8.5lb. All the adults were asking him for tips! A yellow dancer and buzzers on an intermediate line was his answer! Well done, Rory. Keep up the good work and you will go far in this sport!
  • ROBERT GRANGER – Safely returned a 6lb rainbow caught using a shimmy worm fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JAMES JARVIS – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • THOMAS KENNEDY – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a cutthroat damsel and a black rabbit on an intermediate line.
  • JIM VANN – Safely returned an 8lb rainbow caught using a blue flash damsel on an intermediate line. On a return visit he safely returned 1 caught using dries on a floating line.
  • EDDIE HIGGINS – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a green shimmy worm fished static under a sight indicator.
  • LEWIS KIDD – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a double humpy on a floating line. On return visits he safely returned 5 rainbows caught using a double humpy and buzzers on a floating line and a pink egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • BRIAN LEITH – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a green wotsit fished static under a sight indicator.
  • RICHARD TAYLOR – Safely returned 9 rainbows caught using buzzers and a double humpy on a floating line. On return visits he safely returned 8 rainbows caught using buzzers, a double humpy and a black shipmans on a floating line.
  • JOHN HUNTER – Safely returned 1 rainbow weighing approximately 7-8lb caught using a black & green cormorant on a floating line.
  • WULLY GEARY – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a lime green buzzer on a floating line.
  • WULLY GEARY – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a wotsit fished static under a sight indicator.
  • DERICK SAVAGE – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 9.13lb and safely returned 1, using a foam daddy on an intermediate line, gold rib hares ear and PTN on a midge tip.
  • GEOFF APPLETON – Safely returned 4 rainbows caught using a black & yellow zonker on an intermediate line.
  • ROBERT HUNTER – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 10.38lb caught using a green nomad and a yellow dancer on an intermediate line.
  • ROSS DUNN – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 7.4lb and safely returned 2 using daiwl bachs on a floating line.
  • SCOTT MCCARROLL – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a lime green blob on an intermediate line.
  • JIM ANDERSON – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • BRENDON MCREADY – Thinks he has found his new regular fishery. He weighed in 2 rainbows for 10.73lb caught using a yellow dancer and a cormorant on an intermediate line. He was also left heartbroken by a double.
  • IAN RODGER – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 13.05lb and safely returned 1 using buzzers and a ptn on an intermediate line.
  • LEON MASON – Safely returned 3 rainbows including 1 weighing 8lb, all were caught using a yellow dancer on an intermediate line.
  • BRIAN MCCLUCKIE – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a yellow dancer and a pink zonker on an intermediate line.
  • BERNARD ROBERTSON – Safely returned 4 rainbows caught using a gold dancer on an intermediate line.
  • KEVIN HAUGHTON – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a daiwl bach on a floating line.
  • WILLIAM HAUGHTON – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a black & green lure on an intermediate line.
  • STUART BELL – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a yellow apps and a pink apps on an intermediate line.
  • IAN TELFORD – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a John Irvine lure (green & white lure) on an intermediate line.
  • ALEX ROOK – Weighed in 4 rainbows for 12.54lb and safely returned 14 rainbows and blues caught using buzzers and daiwl bachs on a floating line, damsels on an intermediate and eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • STUART MCINTYRE – Loved his first visit to Burnhouse! He weighed in 4 rainbows for 12.5lb and safely returned 9 rainbows and 1 tiger caught using buzzers and nymphs on a sink tip line.
  • RONNIE TURNBULL – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a hot head damsel on an intermediate line.
  • JIMMY MILLER – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a hot head damsel on an intermediate line.
  • ANDY MCALPINE – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 8.47lb caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • ALFIE SPENCE – Safely returned 14 rainbows and blues caught using damsels on an intermediate line, a smoker and buzzers on a floating line and eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ANDY DAVEY – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ROBIN LAMBERT – From the Scottish Flyfisher magazine and Facebook page enjoyed his first visit to Burnhouse. He weighed in 1 rainbow for 4lb 3oz and safely returned 5 including 1 weighing approximately 10lb caught using daiwl bachs and a yellow owl on a floating line.
  • GORDON MARSHALL – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using an olive and purple blob on an intermediate line.
  • MAY ANDERSON – Safely returned 19 rainbows and 4 wild browns caught using buzzers, a double humpy, bibio hopper and a g&h sedge on a floating line.
  • ROSS MORRISON – Safely returned 6 rainbows and 1 brown caught using buzzers on a floating line, an olive apps and damsels on an intermediate line and eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • DARREN MCPHERSON – Safely returned 14 rainbows, 1 brown weighing approximately 6-7lb and 2 wild browns using an olive apps and polar bear on an intermediate line and eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JOHN LOWE – Safely returned 3 caught using a damsel on an intermediate line.
  • ALAN SMITH – Safely returned 4 rainbows caught using hoppers and buzzers on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 2 rainbows using a deer hair hopper.

 

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.

Tight lines for the week ahead!

             

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Weekly Report – 23rd April 2021

Burnhouse Lochan Fishery – Weekly Report: 16.04.21 – 23.04.21                              

What a scorcher it has been this week! Lovely for sunbathing, but not a great for fishing unless the anglers tactics were right.

In the scorching sunshine, the fish will retreat to the depths meaning better returns when fishing intermediate, fast sinking lines or weighted flies. They will also seek shelter from the sun in shaded areas such as the very platforms you stand on or in the weed beds, so hang those flies and use those weed beds to your advantage!

When the sun starts to fade and the water temperature drops the evening rises can be spectacular but can prove difficult when the water is flat calm, the trick is to neatly present your flies and keep your casting to a minimal, nothing will spook the fish more than your line thrashing the water.

FISH OF THE WEEK – This week’s top spot goes to DAVID LAVAN with a 12.2lb bow. Well done, David!

FLIES OF THE WEEK – This week’s top 3 flies were BUZZERS, EGGS, and DAMSELS.

Other successful flies were –  Okay dokey, bloodworm, cats whiskers, ghost, cutthroat rabbit, daiwl bachs, millennium bugs, fabs, yellow dancers, PTN, invicta, greenwells spider, orange & black dancer, orange fritz, orange & white lure, yellow owl, black dancer, clink hammers, eggstacy worms, hares ears, cormorants, shammies, black poodle, polar  bear, orange daddy, hoppers, apps, pin fry imitation, claret bumble, emergers, pink mini lure, shipmans, beetles, cutthroat cat, shimmy worm, Griffiths gnat, sedge, sparkler and a black rabbit.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

  • SCOTT MORTON – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 3.24lb caught using a tailed okay dokey fished static under a sight indicator. On return visits he safely returned 7 rainbows and 1 blue caught using buzzers on a floating line and a blue flash damsel on an intermediate line.
  • BILLY HOELLE – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a bloodworm and a cats whisker on a floating line.
  • JAY MILLER – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a ghost, cutthroat rabbit and a cats whisker on an intermediate line.
  • ANDY DAVIE – Safely returned a 6lb rainbow caught using a green daiwl bach on a floating line.
  • GLEN MCNEIL – Safely returned 9 rainbows caught using millennium bugs and buzzers on a floating line.
  • BRIAN SKINNER – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ROBERT PATON – Safely returned 15 rainbows including a few at around 9lb caught using a pink fab and buzzers on a floating line and a yellow dancer on an intermediate line.
  • ROBERT WELSH – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • STEVIE VANCE – Was delighted that the restrictions eased, allowing him to return to his favourite fishery! He safely returned 2 rainbows caught using pheasant tailed nymphs on a floating line.
  • MICHAEL MCKENNA – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a pheasant tailed nymph on a floating line.
  • DEREK SAVAGE – Safely returned 1 rainbow.
  • LEWIS KIDD – Safely returned 6 rainbows caught using an invicta, buzzers and a greenwells spider all on a floating line. On return visits he safely returned 9 rainbows and 1 tiger using buzzers, damsels, cormorants and an orange daddy on a floating line, white eggs and pink eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JOHN ROSS – Safely returned 3 rainbows including ones weighing 7.5lb & 5lb using buzzers on a floating line and an orange and black dancer on an intermediate line.
  • GERRY FITSIMINS – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using an orange fritz and an orange & white lure on an intermediate line.
  • DAVID LAVAN – Safely returned 7 rainbows including 1 weighing 12.2lb using a yellow owl, daiwl bachs and buzzers on a floating line and eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • GORDON COLLEY – Safely returned 1 rainbow and 1 blue caught using a black dancer on an intermediate line and buzzers on a floating line.
  • RAB COCHRANE – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using various eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • RICHARD TAYLOR – Safely returned 1 rainbow and 2 browns caught using a claret clink hammer on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 2 including 1 weighing 9lb caught using a shipmans and a black hopper on a floating line.
  • REYNOR KENNEDY – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a green eggstacy worm fished static under a sight indicator.
  • GREGOR KENNEDY – Show his son how it’s done! He safely returned 3 rainbows and 2 blues caught using a hot head blue flash damsel on an intermediate line and hares ears on a floating line.
  • ROSS MORRISON – Safely returned 6 rainbows caught using an orange & black dancer, neon damsel and a 55 cormorant on an intermediate line.
  • ANDY RICHMOND – Made the challenging conditions of flat calms and strong sunshine look easy. He safely returned 10 rainbows and lost many more. When asked what he was using, he said anything 5ft down.
  • TAM BROGGAN – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 2.67lb caught using a black poodle on an intermediate line.
  • CHRIS HARRIS – Safely returned 1 rainbow.
  • JOHNATHAN PAUL – “Came all the way from fife and I didn’t mention him in the last report”, because it is this report, you are in lol. He safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a polar bear on an intermediate line and lost a blue.
  • AARON KIRKWOOD – Safely returned 5 rainbows caught using a rhubarb & custard cat on an intermediate line and a claret hopper on a floating line.
  • KIERAN ROBERTSON – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a blue flash damsel on an intermediate line.
  • MARK MCGOVEN – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a red apps and a pin fry imitation.
  • MARK WILLIS – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 10.3lb and safely returned 3 caught using a cats whisker and damsels on an intermediate line.
  • JOHN MCCORMACK – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 5.71lb caught using a yellow dancer and a claret bumble on a floating line.
  • ALAN SMITH – Safely returned 8 rainbows and 1 brown caught using yellow owls, bibio emerger and cormorants on a floating line, damsels, and a pink mini lure on an intermediate line. On a return visit he safely returned 9 rainbows and 1 blue caught using hoppers and a shipmans on a floating line.
  • JIM ANDERSON – Safely returned 1 brown and 7 rainbows including ones weighing 9.5lb and 7lb using shipmans, beetles, buzzers and daiwl bachs on a floating line.
  • ALEX ROOK – Safely returned 1 blue, 1 tiger and 11 rainbows caught using damsels on an intermediate line. On a return visit he weighed in 4 rainbows for 15.68lb and safely returned 21 rainbows and blues using daiwl bachs, buzzers and damsels on various lines and eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JOHN LOWE – Weighed in 2 fish for 10.16lb caught using a cutthroat cat on an intermediate line.
  • HUGH ANDREWS – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a yellow shammy fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ROBERT GRANGER – The blank was on for Rab but on his last cast he safely returned a 9.5lb rainbow! Well worth the wait!
  • GORDON MCVICAR – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • JIM VANN – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 4lb caught using a sedge on a floating line.
  • MARTIN MAYWELL – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 4.41lb caught using a damsel on an intermediate line.
  • GORDON NORVIL – Safely returned a rainbow weighing approximately 7-8lb caught using a daiwl bach on a floating line.
  • REG DUNBAR – Safely returned a 4lb rainbow caught using a black dancer on an intermediate line.
  • DECLAN WINTERS – Safely returned 7 rainbows including 1 weighing approximately 9.5lb caught using buzzers and hoppers on a floating line and various eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • DEREK GRAHAM – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a clink hammer on a floating line.
  • TONY STEEN – Safely returned 5 rainbows caught using a sparkler on a floating line and a mojito shimmy worm fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JOHN CALLISON & DARREN BARCIK – From Newton Farm fishery wanted a lads day out with a change of scenery. After a great day full of banter in the scorching sun, John caught 3 using a black rabbit on an intermediate line and 1 on a black CDC on floating line. Darren caught 3 on a black CDC, 1 on a fab and 1 on a black rabbit. Darren also hooked into one of the Burnhouse “heartbreakers” but the tiger lived up to its reputation and didn’t make it to the net! Think that makes Darren the winner!

 

With the weather starting to heat up, here is a quick reminder of how to safely return fish whilst on a catch and release ticket.

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.

 

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Weekly Report – 16th April 2021

Burnhouse Lochan Fishery – Weekly Report: 09.04.21 – 16.04.21                              

This week we seen the return of the stunning spring weather! The butterflies have returned, the osprey has become a regular visitor, the air is once again filled with the beautiful sound of birds singing, the gorse bush is in full bloom creating a picturesque backdrop to what was already a relaxing environment.

There is an abundance of sticklebacks, tadpoles, spiders,  damsels, buzzers, and sedges amongst lots of other insect life which has created some magnificent sport especially on the evening sessions.

FISH OF THE WEEK – This week’s top spot goes to DONALD FORBES with a 14lb bow, just one of the many impressive fish he caught. Well done, Donald!

FLIES OF THE WEEK – This week’s top 3 flies were BUZZERS, EGGS, DAMSELS and DANCERS.

Other successful flies were –  Hares ears, nymphs, shimmy eggs, daiwl bachs, cormorants, viva Zulu, apps, pink fab, wotsits, shimmy worms, Ally McCoist, blood worms, polar bear, white lures, pink lures, humungous, green peter, Griffiths gnat, bibio CDC, cats whiskers, zonkers, beetles, CDCs, okay dokey, Alex Ferguson, wycomes, pheasant tailed nymph, butcher, greenwells spider, yellow owl, pink rabbit, black pennell and a shipmans buzzer.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

  • BRIAN SKINNER – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a hares ear on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 9 rainbows and 1 blue caught using a gold head hares ear on a floating line and pink and white eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ROBERT PATON – Safely returned 2 rainbows and 1 tiger using buzzers and nymphs on a floating line.
  • STEVEN MCWILLIAMS – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 3.48lb and safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a yellow dancer on an intermediate line.
  • JOHN FLEMMING – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using buzzers on an intermediate line. On a return visit he safely returned 2 rainbows caught using daiwl bachs on a floating line.
  • TONT STEEN – Had a brilliant week! On his first visit he safely returned 2 blues and 11 rainbows including 1 double and 1 around 8lb, hares ears and buzzers on a floating line, a mojito shimmy worm and a mojito egg fished static under a sight indicator worked the trick for him. On a return visit he safely returned 10 rainbows including 2 at 8lb using the same H
  • LEWIS KIDD – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using buzzers and hares ears on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a blue and a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ALLAN MEEK – Safely returned 5 rainbows caught using buzzers, cormorants and daiwl bachs on a floating line.
  • DAVID LAVAN – “Great session again! Really top-class fishing, the fish are so powerful… can’t wait to get back soon!” He safely returned 14 rainbows the biggest weighing 10lb 2oz with plenty around the 5-6lb mark. Buzzers on a floating line and a pink egg fished static under a sight indicator proving successful for him.
  • IAN DON – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using buzzers on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 3 rainbows again using buzzers on a floating line.
  • RICHARD TAYLOR – Safely returned 10 rainbows and 1 brown caught using hot head damsels, a viva zulu, olive apps and buzzers on a 10ft sink tip line. On a return visit he safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a shipmans and buzzers on a floating line.
  • DONALD FORBES – Had a “brilliant day” He safely returned 2 blues and 8 rainbows including some very impressive ones weighing 14lb, 11lb and 2 at 8-9lb using a pink fab and buzzers on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 4 rainbows caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • BRIAN LEITH – Safely returned 7 rainbows and 2 blues caught using a white wotsit and cheese shimmy worm fished static under a sight indicator and a rainbow dancer on an intermediate line.
  • STUART PEACH – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a yellow dancer on an intermediate line.
  • ARTHUR PEACH – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a yellow dancer on an intermediate line.
  • DAVID LAKE – Weighed in 1 blue and 2 rainbows for 10.91lb.
  • COLIN BAIRD – Safely returned 3 rainbows using buzzers on a floating line and a cheese egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • DOUGIE CRAWFORD – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 4.41lb caught using a yellow dancer on an intermediate line.
  • ROSS MORRISON – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a UV Ally McCoist on an intermediate line.
  • DECLAN WINTERS – Safely returned 2 blues and 2 rainbows caught using an orange dancer on an intermediate line, olive apps and a cormorant on a floating line.
  • GORDON FERGUSON – Safely returned a 5lb blue caught using a cormorant on a floating line.
  • STEWART MORTIMOR – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 4.41lb and safely returned 1 tiger using a yellow dancer on an intermediate line and buzzers on a floating line.
  • JOHN MORTIMOR – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 2.70lb caught using an Ally McCoist on a floating line.
  • COLIN KIDD – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a polar bear on an intermediate line.
  • JOE MURPHY – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using daiwl bachs on a floating line, cormorants, and a mini yellow dancer on an intermediate line.
  • GREG MARSHALSEY –Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a yellow dancer, white lure, and pink lure all on an intermediate line.
  • JAMES MILLER – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a humongous on a floating line.
  • ALAN SMITH – Safely returned 9 rainbows caught using a Griffith gnat, bibio cdc, buzzers and a green Peter all on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 6 rainbows caught using the same flies.
  • JOHNATHAN MCDONALD – Safely returned 9 rainbows, 1 brown and 5 blues caught using an orange cats whisker, buzzers, yellow owl, pink rabbit, greenwells spider and a black pennell all on a floating line.
  • ALEX ROOK – “What a fishery this has become!He weighed in 4 rainbows for 17.33lb and went on to safely return a further 16, using damsels, and various cats whiskers varying his lines and depth to suit the level of sunlight.
  • MARK WALLACE – Weighed in 4 rainbows for 17.73lb and went on to safely return a further 7 caught using various eggs fished static under a sight indicator, damsels, and cats whiskers on a mixture of floating and intermediate lines.
  • KEVIN CRAIG – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a black and green zonker on an intermediate line.
  • BARRY JAMIESON – Safely returned a stunning 8lb rainbow caught using a white wotsit fished static under a sight indicator.
  • SCOTT MORTON – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a white wotsit fished static under a sight indicator, buzzers on a floating line and a yellow dancer on an intermediate line. It was a great day for him as he is new to fly fishing and beat his friend who is an experienced angler, well done Scott! Bragging rights earned! On a return visit he safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a pink wotsit fished static under a sight indicator.
  • AARON BARRETT – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • IAN TELFORD – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a white & green wotsit fished static under a sight indicator. On a return visit he safely returned 5 rainbows and 1 blue caught using a hot head damsel on an intermediate line and buzzers on a floating line.
  • STUART BELL – Safely returned 2 blues and 10 rainbows caught using buzzers and cdcs on a floating line, apps on an intermediate and various eggs fished static under a sight indicator. We will not say how many Colin caught.
  • ALAN DOYAL – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using an okay dokey fished static under a sight indicator.
  • DOUGIE RUTHERFORD – Weighed in 3 rainbows for 13.11lb caught using an Alex Ferguson and a yellow & white cats whisker both on an intermediate line.
  • ABBIE RUTHERFORD – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a white & yellow cats whisker on an intermediate line. She was so excited to catch her first fish on a fly rod that she was straight on the phone to tell her mum. It is great to see a young female taking an interest in the sport. Keep it up kid, you will be beating your dad in no time!
  • ALEC KYLE – Weighed in 3 rainbows for 12.39lb caught using a yellow dancer on an intermediate line.
  • JOHN BURNSIDE – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a wycomes on a floating line.
  • GEORGE LYNCH – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a Griffiths gnat on a floating line.
  • IAN ABERCROMBIE – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a cats whisker on an intermediate line.
  • DEREK GRAHAM – After a run of bad luck that has seen him lose every fish hooked into for the last couple of weeks, finally made it to the catch report. He safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a mojito shimmy worm fished static under a sight indicator.
  • HUGH ANDREWS – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a black beetle on a floating line.
  • ROBERT GRANGER – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a yellow beetle on a floating line and a green, white & orange bug fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ALLAN DOWNIE – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a pheasant tailed nymph on a floating line.
  • DAVID DUNN – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a gold head butcher on a floating line.
  • MAY ANDERSON – Safely returned 20 rainbows and 1 blue caught using a hot head damsel, Flays pulsefire damsel, a double humpy, and buzzers all on a floating line.

With the ease in travel restrictions we look forward to welcoming back anglers from all areas and some of our valued and regular customers that were unable to travel here during the restrictions.  We must remember though, that even though we have this freedom to travel again, we are still not safe from COVID so we must not let our guards down! Continue to maintain good hand hygiene, stick to social distancing and wear face masks where necessary.

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Weekly Report – 9th April 2021

Burnhouse Lochan Fishery – Weekly Report: 02/04/21 – 09/04/21       

Well, all four seasons were still with us this week! Anglers were soaking up the sun one minute and sheltering from the wind and snow the next! The constant change in weather, wind direction and temperatures meant a constant change in depths, flies, and techniques. No hour was the same as the next but great returns were still achievable, and some magnificent fish were landed!

The introduction of large, stocked browns proved a massive hit amongst anglers, those lucky enough to land one made my day with their big smiles and happy jigs!

FISH OF THE WEEK – This week’s top spot goes to JOSH MOODY with a 12lb blue. Well done, Josh!

FLIES OF THE WEEK – This week’s top 3 flies were BUZZERS, EGGS and DAMSELS.

Other successful flies were –  Shimmy eggs, humongous, apps, black poodle, orange lures, daiwl bachs, nymphs, Kate McLaren, double humpy, sedges, blue flash dancer, blae & black, hares ears, dazzler, mini cats whiskers, millennium bugs, wotsits, white lures, grunters, yellow owl, zonkers, cdcs, spiders, okay dokey, yellow dancer, rabbits, pink lures, Griffiths gnat, nomads, cormorants, blood worms, Ally McCoist and a claret hopper.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

  • LEWIS GEMMAL – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a cheese egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ROSS COCHRANE – Safely returned 8 rainbows including a beauty at 10.5lb and 1 tiger using a white shimmy egg fished static under a sight indicator and a humongous and apps fished on an intermediate line. On a return visit he safely returned 1 brown and 6 rainbows caught using a white egg and a white shimmy egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • RAB COCHRANE – Safely returned 5 rainbows caught using various eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • GARY SNEDDON – Finally made it to the catch report! He safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a white shimmy egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • TAM BROGAN – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 10.34lb caught using a black poodle and an orange rabbit on an intermediate line.
  • JAMES CRAIG – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • DAVID DUNN – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a daiwl bach and an orange lure on a floating line.
  • RICHARD TAYLOR – Safely returned 13 rainbows, 1 blue and 1 7lb brown caught using buzzers, Kate McLaren, and a damsel on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 2 rainbows, 1 brown, 1 blue and 1 tiger and he was ecstatic to catch all 4 species of trout that we stock here at Burnhouse! “I can’t get enough of this place, LOVE IT!” Buzzers and a white nomad on a floating line were the flies that scored him the quadruple species.
  • EDDIE HIGGINS – Safely returned 4 rainbows including 1 in double figures using a sedge and daiwl bachs on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned another 4 rainbows including another double figure rainbow using an organza back daiwl bach on a floating line. With returns like that it is not hard to understand why he has “an addiction” to Burnhouse.
  • ROSS MORRISON – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a blue flash dancer on an intermediate line.
  • REYNER KENNEDY – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a green shimmy egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • IAN BROWN – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 3.3lb caught using a black & blae on a floating line.
  • MITCHELL GUILD – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a spearmint egg fished static under a sight indicator and a blue flash damsel on an intermediate line.
  • KEANAN MCDONALD – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a blue flash damsel on a floating line.
  • JACK MORRISON – Safely returned 3 rainbows and 1 brown caught using a damsel on a floating line.
  • TONY STEEN – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a hares ear on a floating line.
  • CHRIS HARRIS – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a dazzler on a floating line.
  • JOE MURPHY – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a damsel on an intermediate line.
  • GORDON FERGUSON – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a mini cat on an intermediate line.
  • GEOFF APPLETON – Safely returned 10 rainbows caught using a yellow wotsit on a di3 line with a fast retrieve.
  • GREG MARSHALSEY – Safely returned a 5.5lb brown caught using a white lure on an intermediate line.
  • ALAN SMITH – Safely returned 8 rainbows and 1 tiger caught using buzzers, a grunter, and a yellow owl on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 4 rainbows and an 8.5lb brown caught using buzzers and a Griffith gnat on a floating line.
  • CHARLES DEVINE – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using zonkers on an intermediate line. On a return visit he weighed in 2 rainbows for 9.83lb caught using a hot head damsel on a floating line.
  • KEITH RICHARDSON – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a cdc buzzer on a floating line.
  • GLEN MCNEIL – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a black spider on a floating line and an okay dokey fished static under a sight indicator.
  • WULLIE SMILLIE – Weighed in 2 fish for 8.58lb caught using a blue flash damsel and a yellow dancer on a floating line.
  • LEWIS KIDD – Safely returned 5 rainbows and 1 blue caught using a pink rabbit and a white rabbit on an intermediate line. On a return visit he safely returned 5 rainbows and a tiger weighing 8.5lb using buzzers on a floating line and a green egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • BRIAN LEITH – Safely returned a stunning 9.5lb brown caught using a pink lure on an intermediate line. He was “chuffed to bits!” On a return visit he safely returned 4 rainbows caught using a cheese egg and a white wotsit fished static under a sight indicator.
  • COLIN BAIRD – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a spearmint egg fished static under a sight indictor.
  • JUSTIN PRENICE – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 3lb caught using a blue flash damsel on a floating line.
  • HUGH MOORE – Weighed in 1 rainbow and 1 blue caught using a white wotsit on an intermediate line and a black nymph on a floating line.
  • IAN PRENTICE – Safely returned a 9.5lb rainbow caught using a pink shimmy egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ANDREW MILLER – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a bug fished static under a sight indicator.
  • KEVIN WALKINSHAW – Safely returned 5 rainbows caught using cormorants and a bloodworm on a floating line.
  • COLIN GIBSON – “I’ve had a great day!” He weighed in 3 rainbows for 11.35lb and safely returned 1 brown, 1 tiger and 1 rainbow caught using cormorants and a bloodworm on a floating line.
  • BRIAN FORSYTH – Safely returned 1 rainbow, 1 blue and 1 rainbow caught using an Ally McCoist and a hares ear on a floating line.
  • ALEX ROOK – “I really like it here; this is going to be one of my new regulars!” He weighed in 4 rainbows for 16.71lb and safely returned 1 blue and 7 rainbows caught using buzzers on a floating line and a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ROSS ARCHIEBALD – Safely returned 4 rainbows including ones weighing 8lb and 9lb caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • ANDY MCROBERTS – Safely returned 3 rainbows including 1 weighing 5lb caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • SCOTT MCROBERTS – Started his day saying, “I don’t know why I’m taking a net I probably won’t need one!” He ended his day a happy man weighing in 3 rainbows for 12.88lb caught using a mini cats whisker on a floating line.
  • JOSH MOODY – Safely returned 9 rainbows and 5 blues including 1 weighing 12lb caught using cormorants on a floating line and a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • LEWIS MORTON – Safely returned 1 tiger, 2 blues and 5 rainbows caught using buzzers and a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ALFIE SPENCE – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a white egg fished static under a sight indicator and a claret hopper on a floating line on a return visit he safely returned 2 rainbows caught using millennium bugs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • DECLAN WINTERS – Safely returned 12 rainbows caught using a yellow wotsit on a di3 line and buzzers on a floating line.
  • IAN DON – Safely returned 6 rainbows caught using a humpy on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 3 rainbows caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • ALLAN DOWNIE – Safely returned 5 rainbows caught using buzzers, a Kate McLaren, and a double humpy on a floating line.
  • JIMMY JONES – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 4.3lb caught using a Kate McLaren variant on a floating line. He came very close to losing his fish though when the osprey who was unsuccessful in his fishing trip spotted it, thankfully he flew off without Jimmy’s dinner.
  • JOHN WILSON – Safely returned an 8.2lb rainbow caught using a white zonker on an intermediate line.
  • KEIRAN ROBERTSON – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 7.22lb caught using a hot head damsel on a floating line.
  • JOHNATHAN MCDONALD – Safely returned 19 rainbows and a 6lb brown caught using buzzers, a double humpy and black rabbit on a floating line.

 

Safe Catch & 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.

 

Important COVID-19 Regulations – please read:

Please adhere to the following:

  • Please adhere to the current travel restrictions.
  • We will be operating a strict booking in only policy. This allows us to limit the number of anglers arriving, using our facilities and fishing our water. It also enables a better track and trace. Please phone 07949220511 to book your space.
  • If you feel unwell or show any symptoms of COVID-19 please cancel your booking, stay at home and isolate.
  • We will be issuing tickets from the window of the lodge.
  • Refreshment are still available via the window, gloves and masks will be worn by staff and strict hygiene standards implemented during the handling.
  • ALL anglers MUST use the hand sanitising station before approaching the window. The station will be cleaned after every use. Disposable gloves are also available for anyone who wishes that extra bit of protection.
  • We ask that our anglers bring the exact money to avoid change being given. All ticket prices can be found on our website or upon request on telephone enquiries.
  • Toilets will be cleaned on a regular basis, though we ask that anglers use the antibacterial wipes and toilet brushes available to clean up after their own use.
  • Please adhere to all social distancing guidelines in place.

We would hate for anything to be traced back to our beloved sport, so let us work together to keep it as safe as possible for all participants.

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Weekly Report – 2nd April 2021

Burnhouse Lochan Fishery – Weekly Report: 26.03.21 – 02.04.21      

I am a very fond believer that tough conditions make us better anglers. If fishing were always easy, we would not learn, it is through perseverance that our knowledge grows and we build some of our best skills, essential skills! This week certainly gave us all that opportunity when Scotland at its best gave us four seasons in one week!

FISH OF THE WEEK – This week’s top spot goes to IAN DON with an 11.4lb bow! Well done, Ian!

FLIES OF THE WEEK – This week’s top 3 flies were BUZZERS, EGGS AND NYMPHS.

Other successful flies were – double humpy, wotsits, squirmy worms, goldie lure, fab, daiwl bachs, snatchers, dancers, hares ears, bunny leeches, the covid fly, zonkers, apps, Alex Ferguson, Kate McLaren, blobs, hoppers, Ally McCoist, okey dokey, klink hammers, orange nomad, black rabbit, sedges, Griffiths gnat, shipmans, tequila tadpole, orange dancer,  black rabbit, and a shimmy worm.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

  • ROBERT RANKIN – Safely returned 2 good sized rainbows caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • STEVEN HALL  –Safely returned 7 rainbows, 2 tigers and a wild brown caught using hot head pheasant tailed nymphs and buzzers all on a floating line.
  • CHRIS DRAKE –Safely returned 2 rainbows including his new P.B weighing 10lb, both were caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • JOHN KERR –Safely returned 1 rainbow and 1 brown caught using hot head pheasant tailed nymphs on a floating line.
  • DECLAN WINTERS –Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • BRIAN LEITH –Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a goldie lure on an intermediate line and a pink egg fished static under a sight indicator. He was that impressed by the fight and quality of the fish that he returned the next day, he safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a covid fly on a floating line.
  • ALFIE SPENCE –Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using buzzers on a floating line. He returned a few days later and safely returned 5 rainbows and 1 brown caught using a klink hammer and buzzers on a floating line and a spearmint egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • EUAN PERRY –Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a yellow fab and a red daiwl bach both on a floating line.
  • COLIN SPENCE – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a black snatcher on a floating line.
  • ROSS MORRISON –Has been dying to catch a tiger for months, watching time after time as his friends caught them but, he finally did it! He safely returned an 8lb tiger caught using a uv yellow dancer on an intermediate line.
  • REYNER KENNEDY –Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a hares ear on a floating line.
  • ALAN HUNTER –Safely returned 1 tiger and 4 rainbows caught using a black bunny leech and a green & white lure on an intermediate line and a green & white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • LEWIS KIDD –Had a “cracking day” he safely returned 1 blue, 1 tiger and 3 rainbows including 1 weighing 8.5lb. A pink zonker, uv yellow dancer, redd apps and an Alex Ferguson all on an intermediate line were the successful flies for him.
  • ALLAN DOWNIE – Safely returned 2 impressive rainbows, 1 weighing 8.5lb and the other 10.2lb! A double humpy and a Kate McLaren both on a floating line were the flies that made him a very happy man.
  • RICHARD TAYLOR –Safely returned 6 rainbows caught using nymphs, a yellow blob and a white zonker all on a floating line.
  • RYAN BURNS –Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • BLAIR ADAMSON –Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JIMMY MARSHALL –Safely returned a brown caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • HUGH MOORE –Safely returned a stunning 9lb rainbow caught using a tequila egg on a floating line.
  • WILLIAM TURNER –Weighed in 2 rainbows for 7.4lb caught using a tequila egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • WULLIE CARR –Safely returned 4 rainbows including 1 double and 1 weighing 9lb, he also lost and missed several more using an elk hair sedge and hoppers on a floating line.
  • IAN DON –Safely returned a very impressive rainbow weighing 11.4lb caught using a double humpy on a floating line.
  • ANDY FLANIGAN – Safely returned 1 rainbow weighing 7.5lb caught using an Ally McCoist on an intermediate line. He also lost several and had plenty offers all on the Ally.
  • NEIL FLANIGAN –Safely returned 1 rainbow weighing 9.5lb caught using a yellow dancer on an intermediate line.
  • BRIAN SKINNER –Safely returned 1 rainbow and 1 blue caught using a pink egg fished static under a sight indicator. One a return visit he also safely returned 1 rainbow and 1 blue using a pink and a white egg.
  • JONNO McDONALD –Safely returned 22 rainbows and 2 wild browns caught using a double humpy, Griffiths gnat, buzzers, black rabbit, orange dancer, greenwells spider and a black & green spider all on a floating line.
  • BRIAN McGREGOR –Weighed in 1 rainbow for 3lb and safely returned 2 others using an okey dokey, olive buzzer and a damsel nymph all on a floating line.
  • EDDIE HIGGINS – Fishing in the freezing cold strong winds and rain left with a massive smile on his face after catching a fin perfect double figure rainbow on a tequila tadpole. “Honestly, this place is just amazing! Can’t beat it!”
  • ALAN SMITH – Safely returned 4 rainbows caught using nymphs on a floating line.
  • IAN TELFORD –Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a black & orange wotsit and a red & white wotsit fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JUSTIN PRENTISE –Weighed in 1 rainbow for 3.2lb caught using an Ally McCoist on an intermediate line.
  • ROBERT PATON –Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using buzzers on a floating line and a pink egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • TONY STEEN – “I really enjoyed that, the fish are in brilliant condition, they all fight like crazy, there’s more than plenty in there and the wee wild browns are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen!” He safely returned 5 rainbows and 2 wild browns using pheasant tailed nymphs on a floating line and later when the cold wind picked up a spearmint egg and a spearmint shimmy worm fished static under a sight indicator.
  • COLIN BIGGAR – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a sedge on a floating line.
  • MAY ANDERSON –Safely returned 18 rainbows and 4 wild browns caught using buzzers, a black shipmans buzzer, Griffiths gnat, Kate McLaren, yellow owl, and a double humpy all on a floating line.

 

Safe Catch & 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.

 

Important COVID-19 Regulations – please read:

Please adhere to the following:

  • Please adhere to the current travel restrictions.
  • We will be operating a strict booking in only policy. This allows us to limit the number of anglers arriving, using our facilities and fishing our water. It also enables a better track and trace. Please phone 07949220511 to book your space.
  • If you feel unwell or show any symptoms of COVID-19 please cancel your booking, stay at home and isolate.
  • We will be issuing tickets from the window of the lodge.
  • Refreshment are still available via the window, gloves and masks will be worn by staff and strict hygiene standards implemented during the handling.
  • ALL anglers MUST use the hand sanitising station before approaching the window. The station will be cleaned after every use. Disposable gloves are also available for anyone who wishes that extra bit of protection.
  • We ask that our anglers bring the exact money to avoid change being given. All ticket prices can be found on our website or upon request on telephone enquiries.
  • Toilets will be cleaned on a regular basis, though we ask that anglers use the antibacterial wipes and toilet brushes available to clean up after their own use.
  • Please adhere to all social distancing guidelines in place.

We would hate for anything to be traced back to our beloved sport, so let us work together to keep it as safe as possible for all participants.

Stay safe & tight lines for the week ahead!

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Weekly Report – 26th March 2021

Burnhouse Lochan Fishery – Weekly Report: 19.03.21 – 26.03.21                            

The warm weather was short lived but wasn’t it lovely! Those sunny days could be a bit of a challenge, but once anglers found the right flies at the right depth, we seen some good returns. The evenings, however, were where the most fun was had, the warmer weather created a lot of hatches and the top of water sport was exceptional! Most of the doubles were also landed in the evenings.

The beginning of the week seen the return of the cooler temperatures, rain, and winds difficult to cast in, pushing anglers perseverance to their limits. The temperature is set to rise again next week  and will definitely be welcomed!

FISH OF THE WEEK – This week’s top spot goes to DECLAN WINTERS with a fin perfect rainbow weighing 12.5lb! This was just one of the many impressive fish he caught during his evening session. Well done, Declan!

FLIES OF THE WEEK– This week’s top  flies were BUZZERS, DOUBLE HUMPY, EGGS AND DAIWL BACHS.

Other successful flies were –  Hares ears, double humpies, apps, pheasant tail nymphs, viva variant, bunny leeches, okay dokey, squirmy worms, orange rabbit, cormorants, stalking bugs, yellow owl, Kate McLaren, blood worms, nymphs, Griffiths gnat, shimmy egg, wotsit, black pennell and a yellow dancer.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

  • ALAN McMAHON – Safely returned 2 rainbows using a yellow dancer on an intermediate line. The fish were nipping at the tail of his dancer all day. “I will definitely be back!”
  • ALAN CUNNINGHAM – Thoroughly enjoyed his day at Burnhouse in the glorious sunshine. He safely returned 2 rainbows and 1 blue caught using a hares ear and a double humpy on a floating line.
  • BILLY HOEHLE – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • REG DAVIDSON – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using buzzers on a floating line and a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JOE WHITE – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 7.89lb caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • ANDY McALPINE – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 9.22lb caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • ROSS DUNN – Enjoyed his first visit to Burnhouse. He weighed in 2 rainbows for 7.8lb, he then went on to safely return 1 beautiful tiger and 1 rainbow. Pheasant tail nymphs and an olive apps on a floating line proving successful for him.
  • BRIAN SKINNER – Safely returned 3 rainbows all of a good size caught using a pink egg fished static under a sight indicator and a viva variant on a floating line.
  • CHIC SKINNER – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 4.14lb caught using an orange bunny leech on an intermediate line.
  • DICKIE KERR – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 11.11lb, he then went on to safely return 1 tiger and a wild brown. Buzzers, daiwl bachs and a bunny leech were the successful flies for him.
  • ROSS MORRISON – Safely returned a beautiful 9lb fin perfect rainbow caught using an okay dokey fished static under a sight indicator.
  • RAYNOR KENNEDY – Safely returned 1 rainbow and 1 wild brown caught using a gold head hares ear on a floating line.
  • ALAN McQUEEN – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 8.4lb caught using a green & white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • TAM BROGAN – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 12.5lb and safely returned a tiger. He used mixed tactics including a red squirmy worm fished static under a sight indicator , a blue daiwl bach on a floating line and an orange rabbit on an intermediate line.
  • JOE MURPHY – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using buzzers and daiwl bachs on a floating line.
  • GORDON FERGUSON – Safely returned 3 rainbows including 2 at 10lb using cormorant on a floating line.
  • GLEN McNEIL – Safely returned 5 rainbows caught using stalking bugs fished static under a sight indicator. On a return visit he safely returned 6 rainbows and 1 wild brown caught using an okay dokey fished static under a sight indicator and buzzers on a floating line.
  • DELAN WINTERS – Had a phenomenal evening session with 25 fish to the net including rainbows weighing 12.5lb, 10.5lb, a few at 9lb and a few at 8lb. All of his fish were over 5lb and put up an incredible fight, his arm was hurting for days! He used mixed tactics in variable sunshine and winds including buzzers, daiwl bachs and pheasant tail nymphs on a floating line, an olive apps on an intermediate line, an okay dokey and a white egg fished static under a sight indicator. I hope your arm has recovered!
  • RICHARD TAYLOR – Popped up for a few hours in the evening, he safely returned 4 rainbows including a “beauty” at 10lb. All fish were caught using nymphs on a floating line.
  • WULLIE CARR – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using daiwl bachs and a Griffiths gnat on a floating line.
  • BLAIR ADAMSON – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using an orange egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • RYAN BURNS – Was very impressed by the size and fight of the 3 rainbows he caught on his evening session, caught using a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ALAN SMITH – Was glad he decided to pop up for a few hours in the evening. He ended his night with 1 tiger and 9 rainbows including a stunning double! Buzzers and nymphs on a floating line proving successful for him.
  • ALLAN DOWNIE – Safely returned 2 rainbows fishing buzzers on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 7 rainbows including 1 weighing 10.2lb using a black pennell and a double humpy on a floating line.
  • IAN DON – Safely returned 6 rainbows including 1 weighing 11.5lb caught using buzzers and a double humpy on a floating line.
  • BRIAN McGREGOR – Safely returned 1 rainbow around 5lb caught using a lime green shimmy egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • IAN TELFOR – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a green wotsit fished static under a sight indicator.
  • R BURNS – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a yellow squirmy fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JONNO MCDONALD – Safely returned 15 rainbows caught using a double humpy, buzzers, a black pennell and a green & black nomad all on a floating line.
  • KEVIN CRAIG – Safely returned 1 rainbow around 5lb caught using a cormorant on a floating line.
  • EDDIE HIGGINS – Safely returned 6 rainbows caught using a white egg fished static under a sight indicator and a yellow owl on a floating line. “ The pies and coffee are cracking, and the fish are some of the best I’ve ever seen, what a fight! I will definitely be back!” True to his word he returned a few days later, he landed a stunning rainbow around 10lb and safely returned 1 other. His yellow owl again proving successful.
  • DAVID LAVAN – “ I’ve fished every fishery in the area, I can’t believe I’ve not been here yet!” He had a brilliant first visit safely returning 18 fish including rainbows of 10.5lb and 3 at 8lb! He used mixed tactics including buzzers on a floating line and a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • HUGH MOORE – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 4.18lb caught using a black nymph on a floating line.
  • DERICK SAVAGE – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 4.48lb caught using an olive apps on a floating line. He was delighted with his overall experience on what was a stunning day.
  • JIM LIVINGSTONE – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a Kate McLaren on a floating line.
  • KEITH RICHARDSON – Safely returned 1 rainbow and 1 tiger caught using a blood worm and an okay dokey fished static under a sight indicator.
  • MAY ANDERSON – Safely returned 16 rainbows caught using a Kate McLaren and buzzers on a floating line.

 

With catch and release becoming more popular and more new anglers coming into the sport we thought we would give you a few pointers on how to safely return a fish to our or any water. Even if you are an experienced angler please have a read, every day is a school day when I comes to fishing.

Safe Catch & 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.

 

Important COVID-19 Regulations – please read:

Please adhere to the following:

  • Please adhere to the current travel restrictions.
  • We will be operating a strict booking in only policy. This allows us to limit the number of anglers arriving, using our facilities and fishing our water. It also enables a better track and trace. Please phone 07949220511 to book your space.
  • If you feel unwell or show any symptoms of COVID-19 please cancel your booking, stay at home and isolate.
  • We will be issuing tickets from the window of the lodge.
  • Refreshment are still available via the window, gloves and masks will be worn by staff and strict hygiene standards implemented during the handling.
  • ALL anglers MUST use the hand sanitising station before approaching the window. The station will be cleaned after every use. Disposable gloves are also available for anyone who wishes that extra bit of protection.
  • We ask that our anglers bring the exact money to avoid change being given. All ticket prices can be found on our website or upon request on telephone enquiries.
  • Toilets will be cleaned on a regular basis, though we ask that anglers use the antibacterial wipes and toilet brushes available to clean up after their own use.
  • Please adhere to all social distancing guidelines in place.

We would hate for anything to be traced back to our beloved sport, so let us work together to keep it as safe as possible for all participants.

Stay safe & tight lines for the week ahead!

 

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Weekly Report – 19th March 2021

Burnhouse Lochan Fishery – Weekly Report: 12.03.21 – 19.03.21                           

What a crazy but typically Scottish week we have just had! On the Friday anglers were wrapped up warm due to gale force winds, sleet, and snow! They left with freezing hands and wind burned faces! Just a few days later they were wearing shorts and t-shirts and left with sunburn!

Spring is finally in the air! The birds are coupling up, their songs adding to an already relaxing environment. The frogs are making their return to the water to spawn.  The ducks are laying their eggs around the fishery much to the delight of anglers lucky enough to find them and take them home. The bees and other insect life are making their return. However, the most exciting thing, with the temperature rising there has been an abundance of hatches, creating great sport on the nymphs, buzzers and even dries! The fish are hitting aggressively. The rises have been spectacular, especially in the evenings.

FISH OF THE WEEK – This week’s top spot goes to TONY STEEN with a stunning 11lb rainbow, just one of the impressive fish he caught during his evening session. Well done, Tony!

FLIES OF THE WEEK– This week’s top 3 flies were BUZZERS, CORMORANTS and EGGS.

Other successful flies were – Hares ears, blood worms, daiwl bachs, gold & black lures, apps, nymphs, black pennell, silver march brown, Kate McLaren, covid, pink lure, viva, black rabbit, polar bear, millennium bug, orange lures, black dancer, crunchers, hot head damsel, squirmy worms, black & green lure, white rabbit, black leeches, grey gnat, shimmy worms, greenwells spider and a double humpy.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

  • SONIA LEYDEN – Braved the gale force winds, sleet and snow! Her reward was 3 rainbows, including one weighing 6.5lb all caught on cormorants.
  • JOHN GILCHREST – The creator of the covid fly, safely returned 8 rainbows and 1 tiger on a mixture of is covid flies.
  • GORDON FERGUSON – Safely returned 2 impressive rainbows weighing 8.6lb and 9.17lb, both were caught on cormorants on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 4 rainbows, including 1 weighing approximately 10lb, cormorants, covid and buzzers were the successful flies on a floating line.
  • STEVEN GOLDIE – Safely returned 5 rainbows, caught using a blood worm, silver March brown and a Kate McLaren all on a floating line. “what a day I’ve really enjoyed myself”.
  • IAN DON – Safely returned 3 rainbows, caught using a silver March brown.
  • ALLAN DOWNIE – Safely returned 5 rainbows, caught using a black pennell and buzzers all on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 6 rainbows and 1 wild brown, all caught using a greenwells spider on a floating line.
  • ANDY MCALPINE – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 2.2lb, caught using an olive buzzer on a floating line.
  • BRIAN SKINNER – Safely returned 2 rainbows including 1 weighing 8.9lb, caught using an olive nymph on a floating line and a red egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • MARK McGOVERN – Weighed in 4 rainbows for 17.44lb, caught using a cormorant on a floating line and an olive and red apps on an intermediate line.
  • JIM THOMSON – Safely retuned 4 rainbows, caught using a buzzer and a daiwl bach both on a floating line.
  • EWAN McMEECHAN – Safely returned 3 rainbows, caught using a green and a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JAMES McMEECHAN – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using a bloodworm on a floating line.
  • KEITH RICHARDSON – Safely returned 2 rainbows, caught using a hot head hare ear on a floating line.
  • GLEN McNEIL – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using a buzzer on a floating line.
  • ROSS MORRISON – Safely returned 3 rainbows, caught using a black dancer and an orange dancer on an intermediate line and a pink egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • REYNER KENNEDY – Safely returned 8 rainbows, caught using a mixture of eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • GEOFF APPLETON – Safely returned 3 rainbows, caught using an orange lure on an intermediate line.
  • GREG HOWE – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 6.5lb and safely returned 1 other, using millennium bugs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • LEWIS KIDD – Safely returned 3 rainbows all of a good size.
  • DECLAN WINTERS – “I’ve not left yet and I’m already thinking about when I can next return!” He safely returned 11 rainbows including ones weighing 10lb, 9.5lb, 8.5lb and 7lb. An orange dancer, black rabbit, and polar bear all on an intermediate line proving very successful for him. On a return visit he also safely returned 11 rainbows, all caught using buzzers on a floating line. Declan also lost another double figure tiger “These big tigers just keep breaking my heart!” This was the second week running that he has lost one of the big tigers. One day they will make it to your net!
  • STEVEN LEYDEN – Safely returned 3 rainbows, caught using a bloodworm on a floating line and an egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • CONNAR LEYDEN – Safely returned 2 rainbows, caught using a blood worm on a floating line and an egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • KENNY LOWE – Weighed in 1 rainbow, for 5.6lb caught using a black & gold cats whisker on an intermediate line.
  • JOE MURPHY – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using a viva on an intermediate line.
  • BRIAN McCLUCKIE – Safely returned 1 wild brown and 1 rainbow weighing 10.4lb, both caught using a pink lure on an intermediate line. This is the second week running that Brian has caught a rainbow around 10lb.
  • STUART PEACH – Safely returned 2 rainbows and 1 wild brown, all were caught using a black & green lure on an intermediate line.
  • STEVEN HALL – A former member of the Scottish banks team safely returned 7 rainbows, caught using a hot head pheasant tailed nymph on a floating line.
  • ALAN SMITH – Gave us all something to laugh about! He hooked into a rainbow that took a massive run then about turned and headed towards him at a rate he could not keep with, his only alternative was to run up the hill, not just once but twice! He ended his night with 10 rainbows and 1 tiger, caught on various flies including an olive apps on an intermediate line and buzzers on a floating line.
  • IAN PRENTISE – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 8lb, caught using a pink squirmy fished static under a sight indicator.
  • BARRY PRENTISE – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 3lb, caught using a red daiwl bach on a floating line.
  • JOHN BRYCE – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 4.6lb and safely returned 1 An orange nomad and a hot head damsel both on intermediate lines proving successful for him.
  • CHRIS DRAKE – Had a great day out in the sunshine with a few of his colleagues. He safely returned 3 rainbows and 1 wild brown, caught using a nymph with a pink hot head.
  • BRUCE DOWDEY – Was not expecting much from his first ever fishing trip, however with some guidance from his friends he was soon into his first fish! And what a first fish it was, a hard fighting TIGER! He also safely returned 2 other rainbows both of a good size. A nymph with a pink hot head on a floating line worked magic for him.
  • KEVIN ROONEY – Safely returned 4 rainbows of a good size “my arms killing me! What a scrap!” A green cruncher and a claret cruncher on a floating line proving very successful for him.
  • TONY STEEN – Had a brilliant evening session with 6 rainbows to the net including an 11lb, 10lb and 2 at approximately 8lb! What a night! On a return visit he safely returned 3 A hot head hares ear on a floating line and a spearmint shimmy fished static under a sight indicator proving successful on both occasions.
  • WULLIE CARR – Safely returned a stunning 10.2lb rainbow, caught using a buzzer on a floating line.
  • MARK LOVE – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using a grey gnat on a floating line.
  • PAUL ROWE – Weighed in 3 rainbows for 11.27lb and safely returned 1 at 9lb. Buzzers, hares ears and cormorants on a floating line proving successful for him.
  • STEVEN LEE – Safely returned 7 rainbows, caught using a black bunny leech on an intermediate line.
  • GORDON McVICAR – Was ecstatic to finally return to his favourite fishery! He safely returned 1 rainbow at around 7lb, caught using a black leech on an intermediate line.
  • COLIN BIGGAR – Safely returned 2 rainbows, caught using a white rabbit on an intermediate line.
  • JONNO McDONALD – Safely returned 7 rainbows, caught using a double humpy, buzzers, an orange nomad, and cormorants all on a floating line.
  • MAY ANDERSON – Safely returned over 20 rainbows and 3 wild browns, caught using buzzers, Kate McLaren, a blue daiwl bach and an olive apps all on a floating line.

Important COVID-19 Regulations – please read:

Please adhere to the following:

  • Please adhere to the current travel restrictions.
  • We will be operating a strict booking in only policy. This allows us to limit the number of anglers arriving, using our facilities and fishing our water. It also enables a better track and trace. Please phone 07949220511 to book your space.
  • If you feel unwell or show any symptoms of COVID-19 please cancel your booking, stay at home and isolate.
  • We will be issuing tickets from the window of the lodge.
  • Refreshment are still available via the window, gloves and masks will be worn by staff and strict hygiene standards implemented during the handling.
  • ALL anglers MUST use the hand sanitising station before approaching the window. The station will be cleaned after every use. Disposable gloves are also available for anyone who wishes that extra bit of protection.
  • We ask that our anglers bring the exact money to avoid change being given. All ticket prices can be found on our website or upon request on telephone enquiries.
  • Toilets will be cleaned on a regular basis, though we ask that anglers use the antibacterial wipes and toilet brushes available to clean up after their own use.
  • Please adhere to all social distancing guidelines in place.

We would hate for anything to be traced back to our beloved sport, so let us work together to keep it as safe as possible for all participants.

Stay safe & tight lines for the week ahead!

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Weekly Report – 12th March 2021

Burnhouse Lochan Fishery – Weekly Report: 05.03.21 – 12.03.21        

“Where the wind blows the fish will follow!” That was one of the first things I was taught when I was a young kid starting out. “Never be afraid of the wind, use it, you don’t need to cast out far! Let your flies drift right into the side or bring your flies right to your feet and hang them before you cast again.”

Those words could not have been truer this week! Those brave anglers who faced the bitterly cold wind were the ones rewarded with the best returns and most impressive fish! A lot of the fish taking right at the side or on the hang!

FISH OF THE WEEK – BRIAN SKINNER was delighted to catch his new P.B! A fin perfect 11.43lb rainbow. Well done, BRIAN!

FLIES OF THE WEEK – The APPS are fast becoming the go to fly for our anglers, it has been the difference between anglers catching few and anglers catching many! Especially effective on an intermediate line. BUZZERS and EGGS also proving very successful this week.

Other successful flies were – Vibrating daddy, black & green zonker, tailed okay dokey, orange nomad, Sir Alex Ferguson, black lures, damsels, millennium bugs, hare ear and a white nomad.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

  • JOHN BRYCE – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 9.12lb and safely returned a double figure rainbow. He was fishing a vibrating daddy and buzzers both on a floating line.
  • IAN DON – Safely returned 1 6lb tiger and 1 rainbow. He was fishing an olive apps and a black & green zonker both on an intermediate line. On a return visit he safely returned 3 rainbows, caught using an olive apps again on an intermediate line.
  • ALLAN DOWNIE – Safely returned 2 rainbows, caught using an okay dokey and an orange nomad both on a floating line.
  • BILLY HOEHLE – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using an Alex Ferguson on an intermediate line.
  • BRIAN SKINNER – Safely returned 2 rainbows, caught using a pink egg fished static under a sight indicator. On a return visit he safely returned 2 rainbows including the fish of the week, weighing 11.43lb, both were also caught on the pink egg.
  • JIMMY MARSHALL – Was delighted to take home a fin perfect 6.69lb rainbow, caught fishing a black lure on an intermediate line.
  • KYLE BURNS – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 3.95lb, caught using a cheese egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • DEREK GRAHAM – Safely returned 3 rainbows, caught using a red apps and an olive apps both on an intermediate line.
  • TONY STEEN – Was having a very frustrating day! For the second week running, the fish were “at the tease” with him! He lost 5 and the fish were just nipping at his apps. It was looking like the blank was on, but, with just one cast the blank was off in spectacular style! 1 MAN, 1 CAST, 2 FLIES, 3 FISH?? Fishing a red apps and an olive apps on an intermediate line, he hooked into FISH NO1. FISH NO2 took the other apps producing a double hook up! So how did he get fish no3 with no more flies available? After fish no2 was off, FISH NO3 dashed in and grabbed his dropper as he was unhooking fish no1! Well done Tony, you will never forget that crazy 5 minutes! You are truly one very jammy man 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
  • ALAN SMITH – Safely returned 11 rainbows, caught fishing a hares ear, red apps and an olive apps on an intermediate line with a fast retrieve.
  • DECLAN WINTERS – Safely returned 2 tigers and 2 rainbows, caught using a damsel on an intermediate line and a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.  Declan also became the latest heartbroken victim of the elusive Burnhouse double figure tigers! I wonder if anyone will ever manage to  bring one of these incredibly hard fighting doubles to the net!
  • MICK WINTERS – Was ecstatic with the fight he  got from a beautifully conditioned 9lb rainbow, caught using an olive buzzer on a floating line. He also lost a larger fish on the same buzzer.
  • ROSS MORRISON – Safely returned 2 rainbows, including 1 “beauty” weighing 9lb. He caught these using eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • REYNER KENNEDY – Came very close to losing his rod after he sat it down, after his very first cast, thankfully it was one of our smaller fish! He safely returned 4 rainbows, caught using a red apps and an okay dokey on an intermediate line and a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • PETER BENNIE – weighed in 1 rainbow for 3.15lb, caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • GREG MARSHALSEY – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using a damsel on an intermediate line. He also lost a fish suspected to be a big tiger! Next time Greg, you are after all “the tiger king!”.
  • GREG HOGAN – Had another brilliant day at Burnhouse, “what a setting!” He safely returned 15 rainbows and 1 wild brown, caught using a millennium bug and a mixture of eggs salmon pink, olive and cheese all fished static under a sight indicator.
  • KEITH RICHARDSON – Safely returned 5 rainbows, caught using a hot head hares ear and buzzers on a floating line.
  • GLEN MITCHELL – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using a hot head hares ear on a floating line.
  • RICHARD TAYLOR – Who had not fished Burnhouse for several years was delighted with his return! Using the very first fly he caught a fish with at Burnhouse many years ago, he safely returned 2 rainbows and a big tiger estimated to be around 8-9lb. He caught these using a white nomad on an intermediate line.
  • AARON KIRKWOOD – Safely returned 9 rainbows, using an olive apps and a rhubarb & custard cat both on intermediate lines. He also lost a large double figure rainbow on the cat.
  • WULLY CARR – Safely returned 3 rainbows including 1 weighing 10.5lb, all were caught using damsels on a floating line.
  • BRIAN McCLUCKIE – Safely returned a 10lb rainbow and a wild brown, both were caught using a pink apps fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JONNO MCDONALD – Safely returned 4 rainbows, caught using buzzers on a floating line and a black egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • MAY ANDERSON – Safely returned 3 rainbows, caught using buzzers and damsels on a floating line.

Important COVID-19 Regulations – please read:

Please adhere to the following:

  • We will be operating a strict booking in only policy. This allows us to limit the number of anglers arriving, using our facilities, and fishing our water; it also enables a better track and trace. Please phone 07949 220 511 to book your space.
  • If you feel unwell or show any symptoms of COVID-19 please cancel your booking, stay at home and isolate.
  • We will be issuing tickets from the window on the lodge.
  • Refreshments are still available via the window, gloves and masks will be worn by staff and strict hygiene standards implemented during the handling.
  • ALL anglers MUST use the hand sanitising station before approaching the window. The station will be cleaned by staff after every use. Disposable gloves are also available for anyone who wishes that extra bit of protection.
  • We ask that our anglers bring the exact money to avoid change being required. All ticket prices can be found on our website or upon request on telephone enquiries.
  • Toilets will be thoroughly cleaned on an hourly basis, though we also ask that anglers use the antibacterial wipes and toilet brushes provided to clean up after their own use.
  • Please adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
  • We would hate for anything to be traced back to our beloved sport, so let us work together to keep it as safe as possible for all participants.

Stay safe and tight lines for the week ahead!

 

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Weekly Report – 5th March 2021

Burnhouse Lochan Fishery – Weekly Report: 26.02.21 – 05.03.21                        

We could not have asked for a better atmosphere at the weekend! The sun was shining, the birds were singing, the buzzers were hatching, most of the anglers were catching fish and just enjoying being out in the fresh air!

Anglers fishing intermediate lines had more success than those on floating lines.

FISH OF THE WEEK – This week’s top spot goes to SANDY KIRKWOOD with a beautiful 10.5lb fin perfect bow! Well done, Sandy!

FLIES OF THE WEEK – By far the most successful fly since reopening has been the OLIVE APPS! Especially effective fished on an intermediate line with a fast retrieve. HARES EARS and BUZZERS were also very successful this week.

Other successful flies were – hot head silver humongous, cat bug, white lure, nymphs, squirmy worms, rhubarb & custard cat, eggs, appetiser, daiwl bachs, infected egg, black & gold lure, cats whisker, wotsits, red & white mini lure, Kate McLaren, mini yellow dancer, cormorants, black & green nomad, polar bear, the covid fly, okay dokey, shipmans, sunburst dancer, shimmy eggs, green fritz, Ally McCoist and a pink & white lure.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

  • GREG HOGAN – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 7.10lb and safely returned 16, including rainbows of 7lb, 2x 8lb and 9lb! He also safely returned 2 tigers! Mixed techniques including an olive apps on fast glass with a roll poly retrieve, free lining buzzers and a lime green egg fished static under a sight indicator all proving very successful! On a return visit he safely returned 9 rainbows, mainly caught on the olive apps.
  • DEREK GRAHAM – safely returned 3 rainbows, caught using hares ears on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 3 rainbows, caught using a hares ear and an olive apps on an intermediate line.
  • TONY STEEN – safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using a spearmint shimmy egg fished static under a sight indicator. On a return visit he safely returned 7 rainbows caught using an olive apps and a hot head silver humongous both on a floating line.
  • BRIAN SKINNER – Safely returned 2 rainbows including 1 weighing approximately 8lb, both were caught using a pink egg fished static under a sight indicator. He also lost a big tiger.
  • IAN DON – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using a tailed okay dokey on a floating line.
  • ALLAN DOWNIE – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using an olive apps on an intermediate line.
  • GAVIN JOHNSTON – Safely returned 10 rainbows including 1 weighing 10lb, which had him down to the end of his backing twice! An olive apps on an intermediate line proving very successful for him.
  • ANDY MCALPINE – weighed in 1 rainbow for 3.73lb, caught using a green fritz on an intermediate line.
  • DAVID HUNTER – Enjoyed his first visit to Burnhouse! He safely returned 2 rainbows, both over 8lb.
  • CHARLES FINNLITER – Safely returned a 5lb tiger, caught using an Ally McCoist on a floating line.
  • JOHN PHILLIBAN – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using a pink & white lure on a floating line.
  • LES MARROW – Fished in the evening for a couple of hours and was delighted to take home a fully finned 4.59lb rainbow, caught using buzzers on a floating line.
  • DAVID AVORY – Safely returned 1 rainbow at approximately 8lb, caught using Kate McLaren on a floating line. On a return visit he safely returned 2 rainbows, caught using a cat bug on a floating line. He is very impressed by the quality of the fish here at Burnhouse.
  • JOE MURPHY – Safely returned 3 rainbows, caught using a daiwl bach and a mini yellow dancer on a floating line.
  • GORDON FERGUSON – Safely returned 2 rainbows, 1 weighing 10lb caught using a black & green nomad and a cormorant on an intermediate line.
  • DECLAN WINTERS – Safely returned 11 rainbows, including an estimated double figure bow. He used mixed tactics including a polar bear and olive apps on an intermediate line, covid fly and an okay dokey on a floating line.
  • MICK WINTERS – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using a shipmans buzzer on a floating line.
  • COLIN KIDD – Safely returned 3 rainbows, caught using a mini cat and an olive apps on an intermediate line.
  • LEWIS KIDD – Safely returned 2 rainbows, using a sunburst dancer on an intermediate line and a pink egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ALAN SMITH – Had a very memorable day with 10 rainbows and a 9.5lb tiger! Hares ears, apps bloodworms and a polar bear all proving very successful for him.
  • GARY HOWARTH – Had a brilliant day, he safely returned 8 rainbows all of “a good size”, caught using an olive apps on an intermediate line and buzzers on a floating line. He returned the next day and safely returned another 8 rainbows all over 5lb! The olive apps again, catching most of the fish and he had a couple on a blue daiwl bach on a floating line.
  • DAVIE MORRISON – Safely returned 6 rainbows, caught using an olive apps on an intermediate line and buzzers on a floating line.
  • WILLIAM LAMBIE – Safely returned 9 rainbows, using an olive apps on an intermediate line and buzzers on a floating line.
  • SEAN MOONEY – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using a green infected egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • KENNY LOWE – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 11.59lb, caught using a black and gold lure on an intermediate line.
  • STUART PEACH – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using a cats whisker on an intermediate line.
  • BRIAN McCLUCKIE – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using a pink apps fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ARTHUR PEACH – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 10.5lb, caught using a green wotsit fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JIMMY McKENZIE – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 9.10lb, caught using a red & white mini lure on an intermediate line.
  • DAVID HOY – Safely returned 2 rainbows, caught using an apps bloodworm and buzzers on a floating line.
  • SANDY KIRKWOOD – “I’ve had such a brilliant day!” He weighed in 2 rainbows for 11.5lb and safely returned 3 rainbows, including 1 weighing 10.5lb. He was using his favourite fly, a damsel nymph on a floating line.
  • JIM VANN – Weighed in a beautiful 5lb rainbow, caught using a pink apps on an intermediate line.
  • ROSS MORRISON – Safely returned 3 rainbows, caught using an apps bloodworm fished static under a sight indicator and a white lure on an intermediate line.
  • REYNER KENNEDY – Safely returned 2 rainbows, caught using a black nymph on a floating line and an orange squirmy fished static under a sight indicator.
  • AARON KIRKWOOD – Safely returned 2 rainbows, caught using a rhubarb & custard cat on an intermediate line.
  • KEITH RODGERSON – Safely returned 2 rainbows, one weighing approximately 6lb caught using a hairs ear on a floating line and a purple squirmy worm fished static under a sight indicator.
  • GLEN McNEIL – Safely returned 4 rainbows, caught using hot head buzzers and nymphs on a floating line.
  • GEOFF APPLETON – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using an appetiser on a floating line.
  • RAYMOND BAIRD – Safely returned 1 rainbow, caught using a rainbow apps fished static under a sight indicator.

Important COVID-19 Regulations – please read:

Please adhere to the following:

  • We will be operating a strict booking in only policy. This allows us to limit the number of anglers arriving, using our facilities, and fishing our water; it also enables a better track and trace. Please phone 07949 220 511 to book your space.
  • If you feel unwell or show any symptoms of COVID-19 please cancel your booking, stay at home and isolate.
  • We will be issuing tickets from the window on the lodge.
  • Refreshments are still available via the window, gloves and masks will be worn by staff and strict hygiene standards implemented during the handling.
  • ALL anglers MUST use the hand sanitising station before approaching the window. The station will be cleaned by staff after every use. Disposable gloves are also available for anyone who wishes that extra bit of protection.
  • We ask that our anglers bring the exact money to avoid change being required. All ticket prices can be found on our website or upon request on telephone enquiries.
  • Toilets will be thoroughly cleaned on an hourly basis, though we also ask that anglers use the antibacterial wipes and toilet brushes provided to clean up after their own use.
  • Please adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
  • We would hate for anything to be traced back to our beloved sport, so let us work together to keep it as safe as possible for all participants.

Stay safe and tight lines for the week ahead!

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