Friday 24/12/2021 – Friday 07/01/2022

Happy New Year from all of us at Burnhouse!

This time last year we were completely frozen over, the scenery and conditions in stark contrast to the winter we are currently experiencing! The weather has been exceptionally mild for this time of the year, meaning that the fish are acting differently to what we would normally expect from winter fishing. Anglers are both in disbelief and excited to see fish rising all over the water and to be still catching on dry flies as the fish continue to sit higher in the water.

The fishing has not slowed either, we have seen some brilliant sport over the last fortnight.

FISH OF THE FESTIVE FORTNIGHT –  The 2 winners of the festive fortnight big fish competition are FRANK DALY with his new P.B, a rainbow weighing 15.02lb! And JIM ANDERSON who is on a winning streak, with a rainbow weighing 14.6lb. Well done to both of you! Your free all-day c&r ticket and scrumptious steak pie awaits you!

FLIES OF THE FESTIVE FORTNIGHT – The top 3 flies were BUZZERS, APPS and SHIMMIES.

Other successful flies were yellow owls, hoppers, klink hammers, smokers, daddies, foam beetles, cdcs, bibio snatchers, bibio crunchers, bibio, foam ants, sedgehogs, suspended hares ears, diawl bachs, cormorants, eggs, stalking bugs, snakes, rabbits, yellow dancer, blobs, black mamba, orange lures, damsels, squirmies, mop flies, shimmy eggs, fabs, pink lures, humongous, cats whiskers, predator worm, cat variants, cat bugs, pink & white lures, black & green lures, black poodle, cutthroat cat, shammies, eggstacy worms, blood worms, mini lures and various dries.

CATCH REPORT

  • CHRIS LUCAS – Safely returned 4 rainbows using buzzers on a floating line.
  • FRANK DONNELLY – Stared off the day brilliantly with a rainbow weighing 5.5lb that had the most beautiful colouration, he then went on to safely return a further 2 including another beautifully coloured rainbow that made him wonder if he had caught the same fish twice. He used various apps on a floating line.
  • BOB MCMONIGLE – Had a disastrous start to the day when on his first cast his reel shot off his rod into the water, he managed to recover the spool but not the reel. As if that wasn’t bad enough, it began to rain heavily, and he hadn’t zipped his hood on properly, so he had a very wet neck and back which would prove to be too much when in the afternoon the temperatures dropped! However, despite all of this he still enjoyed his first visit to Burnhouse, the fight from and condition of the fish making up for the disastrous start. He safely returned 4 rainbows using a pink mop fly fished static under a sight indicator and a foam ant on a floating line.
  • ANDY RICHMOND – Had the feeling he was in for a terrible day when he lost his first 6 fish! However he went on to safely return 8 rainbows and 1 blue using a peach egg and bloodworms fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ALISTAIR CROMBIE – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a green egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • CARSON LOGAN – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a black buzzer fished static under a sight indicator.
  • DONALD FORBES – On a day when some struggled, the buzzer king lived up to this reputation, he safely returned 10 rainbows including 1 weighing 11.3lb. He offered some tips to one of the other regulars, he took the anglers rod to demonstrate his technique for retrieving buzzers and almost instantaneously hooked into a fish, leaving that angler both very grateful and in disbelief that the buzzers he had been using unsuccessfully and was about to change actually worked, with the right retrieve.
  • CHRIS MELVILLE – Broke in the new rod that he won in the charity raffle! He safely returned 5 rainbows caught using a bibio snatcher and a vicar buzzer on a 3ft midge tip line.
  • WULLY CARR – Could not feel his fingers, but it wasn’t going to end his day early! He battled on, and safely returned 3 rainbows caught using bloodworms on a floating line. He was also snapped by 2 big fish.
  • DOUGIE HUGHES – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a bibio cruncher and a red apps on a 3ft midge tip line.
  • JAMIE FERGUS – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using daddies on a floating line, he also dropped a further 11 on various dries. His friend Taylor was left heartbroken when he lost “a monster” on his very first cast! We could see from the other side of the water that the fish he had on was big! Next time Taylor!
  • EDDIE HUNT – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 4.2lb and safely returned 1 using green blob on a floating line. “I lost quite a few including a double figure fish!”
  • SCOTT HENDERSON – Was in his element, fishing the way he loves and having massive success. He safely returned 8 rainbows using a size 18 black cdc and 1 rainbow using a black squirmy.
  • ROBERT ROSSON – Enjoyed his first visit to Burnhouse, he safely returned 13 fish using a green & black fab and olive apps on a fast glass line.
  • SCOTT MCGLAUGHLIN – Safely returned 3 rainbows using cat bugs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JAMES MCGLAUGHLIN – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a green blob on a floating line.
  • ALAN SMITH – Safely returned 10 rainbows using hoppers, buzzers and sedgehogs on floating and fast glass lines.
  • JOHN DALLAS – Safely returned 2 rainbows using mop flies and fabs on a floating line.
  • GEORGE PELINE – Is having great success at Burnhouse and has yet to blank. He reads the water well and varies his depth to match the conditions. He safely returned 8 fish using bloodworms on floating and sink tip lines.
  • KEIRAN LATTO – Safely returned 4 rainbows caught using a yellow shimmy fished static under a sight indicator.
  • NATHAN HORNER – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a yellow shimmy fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JOHNNY PORTEOUS – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a spearmint shimmy fished static under a sight indicator.
  • COLIN ANDERSON – Safely returned 8 rainbows including 1 weighing 6lb using a size 12 black
  • ALFIE SPENCE – Safely returned 4 rainbows using a yellow egg fished static under a sight indicator and then the heavy rain and wind sent him home early.
  • WULLIE CARR – Safely returned 9 rainbows using hoppers and stalking bugs on a floating line. The chases and offers he had on his hoppers provided some exciting sport for him.
  • STUART PEACH – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a cutthroat cat on an intermediate line.
  • ARTHUR PEACH – Safely returned 3 rainbows using a green mop fly fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JOHN MCGAUGHEY – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using shammies and eggstacy worms fished static under a sight indicator.
  • CHICK MCGREEVY – Safely returned 1 rainbow using an eggstacy worm fished static under a sight indicator.
  • PAUL PRICE – Safely returned 15 fish using a green & white mop fly fished static under a sight indicator, his partner in crime JIM MCINTYRE only managing the 1 using a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • WULLIE MOUNTFORD – Safely returned 5 fish using a stalking bug and mop flies on a floating line.
  • IAN EARLE – Safely returned 6 fish using stalking bugs and squirmies fished static under a sight indicator.
  • IAN JONES – Safely returned 6 rainbows using cat variants on midge tip and di3 lines, he also “lost loads”.
  • ROBERT CUMMINGS – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using white stalking bugs on a floating line.
  • DONALD FORBES – Safely returned 10 rainbows including 1 weighing 12lb which fell for a size 18 buzzer. 8 of his fish were caught using buzzers on a floating line, the other 2 using a cat bug fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ARCHIE SPENCE – Hasn’t had much luck on his last few visits to Burnhouse, every time he hooked into a fish it would get away. This time, he got one to the net! And what a fish it was, a beautiful rainbow weighing 13lb! “What a fight!” He was soaked to the bone and freezing cold after forgetting his waterproofs so called it a day, but he was over the moon!
  • COLIN SPENCE – Safely returned 3 rainbows using fabs and cormorants on a floating line.
  • STUART BELL – The wind and rain got a little too much for Stuart, so he retired early. He safely returned 3 rainbows using olive apps and a yellow smoker on intermediate and floating lines.
  • GORDON BELL – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using an olive apps on an intermediate line.
  • COKER WILSON – Safely returned 2 rainbows using buzzers and an orange cdc on floating and midge tip lines.
  • GORDON REID – From Bowden Springs fishery safely returned 3 rainbows using black snakes and a green & black lure on a ghost tip line.
  • WILLY WILSON – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a cormorant on a floating line.
  • TAM BROGGAN – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a black poodle on a floating line, just 1 but it was enough to beat Gary who had been on a winning streak!
  • IAN PRENTISE – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a white rabbit on a sink tip line.
  • BRIAN SKINNER – Safely returned 4 rainbows using a green shimmy fished static under a sight indicator.
  • AARON KIRKWOOD – Safely returned 6 rainbows using a pink lure and an orange lure on floating and fast glass lines “If I had landed all the offers I had it would have been unreal!”
  • BRIAN MCCLUCKIE – Safely returned 4 rainbows caught using a humungous on an intermediate line and a green mop fly fished static under a sight indicator.
  • STUART PEACH – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using damsels on an intermediate line.
  • BRUCE DYSART – Safely returned using various dries on a floating line, apps on an intermediate and eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • REYNER KENNEDY – Safely returned 4 rainbows caught using klink hammers and smokers on a floating line.
  • ROSS MORRISON – Had a red-letter day! 9 rainbows including 2 double figure rainbows weighing 12.6lb and 11.9lb using apps on an intermediate line, shimmies and a predator worm fished static under a sight indicator.
  • DAVID EADIE – Safely returned 3 rainbows using shimmies fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JOCK MCDOUGAL – Safely returned 5 rainbows using damsels on a floating line.
  • KEIRAN LATTO – Safely returned 13 rainbows including his new P.B, a rainbow weighing 14.3lb using red apps on an intermediate line and shimmies fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JIM ANDERSON – Just a week after landing the new fishery record, Jim caught another double! This one weighing 14.6lb using a red and black cormorant on a floating line, he then safely returned another 2 rainbows using a daddy and foam beetles on a floating line.
  • JIM ANDERSON SNR – Had held the family record for heaviest fish for many, many years so he came with a determination to beat Jim jnrs new record weighing over 18lb! After just a few casts he was into something big! Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be and the fish slipped his hook. He safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a yellow and red apps on a floating line.
  • DAVID & DYLAN MCROBERTS – It was both a fun and a frustrating father and sons day out! They were both getting offers, but the fish appeared to be teasing both of them. Finally both got fish to the net! David safely returned 2 rainbows using red apps on a Di3 line and Dylan safely returned 2 using shimmies fished static under a sight indicator. Dylan could almost taste the victory over his dad and didn’t want to go home until he had one last fish, but the cold soon put an end to their day, next time Dylan!
  • GREG HOWE – Safely returned 7 rainbows using a cheese egg and yellow shimmies fished static under a sight indicator.
  • MICHAEL LOWE – Safely returned 6 rainbows using a white squirmy fished static under a sight indicator.
  • DAVID FISHER – Safely returned 5 rainbows caught using buzzers and damsels on a sink tip line.
  • GAVIN JOHNSTON – Safely returned 5 rainbows using a black apps on a floating line and a pink egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JIMMY MARSHALL – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 4.2lb using eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • GREG HOGGAN – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 2.5lb and safely returned 11 rainbows and 1 tiger using size 16 buzzers on a floating line, and various eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • TOBY ROUGHTON – Safely returned 7 rainbows using buzzers, cormorants and fabs on floating and fast glass lines.
  • HUGH RANKIN – Had the braggers rights over Cambell this time, he safely returned 6 rainbows including a beauty weighing 10.8lb using bibios and a yellow dancer on a floating line. Cambell had the joy of netting Hughes fish and watching his friend do so good!
  • KIERAN LATTO – Safely returned 14 rainbows using shimmies fished static under a sight indicator and apps on an intermediate line.
  • NATHAN HORNER – Safely returned 4 rainbows using shimmies fished static under a sight indicator and apps on an intermediate line.
  • KYLE BURNS – Safely returned 7 rainbows caught using black shimmies fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ALAN SMITH – Safely returned 11 rainbows caught using apps, various lures, and buzzers on a slow glass line.
  • ALLAN STEWART – Safely returned 6 rainbows caught using various eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JAMES BRANNAN – Safely returned 6 rainbows caught using various eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • GEORGE BROWNLEE – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using red shimmies fished static under a sight indicator.
  • KIERAN LATTO – Has become a Burnhouse addict! This time he caught 14 rainbows using a yellow shimmy fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ALEC BOWMAN – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a shimmy fished static under a sight indicator.
  • RYAN BURNS – Safely returned 3 rainbows using buzzers on a 5ft midge tip line.
  • JACK CRONAN – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a yellow egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JAMIE JOHNSTON – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a red apps and buzzers on a floating line.
  • JAMIE MCIVER – Safely returned 8 rainbows caught using apps, buzzers, and a pink snake on floating and Di3 lines.
  • RUSSELL BRENNAN – Weighed in 3 fish for 11.8lb and safely returned 1 rainbow using a black mamba, diawl bachs and an orange lure on an intermediate line.
  • ALAN SMITH – Safely returned 11 rainbows using apps, bibio and hoppers on floating, midge tip and intermediate lines.
  • LAWRENCE MCDONALD – Safely returned 1 rainbow using an olive apps on a floating line.
  • TONY STEEN – Safely returned 4 rainbows using a yellow squirmy fished static under a sight indicator.
  • DEREK GRAHAM – Safely returned 6 rainbows using shimmies fished static under a sight indicator.
  • MARTIN LEYDEN – Safely returned 12 rainbows caught using a black & pink apps on an intermediate line and an orange mop fly fished static under a sight indicator.
  • BRUCE DYSART – Safely returned 6 rainbows caught using an orange egg fished static under a sight indicator, he also lost a “massive double”
  • REYNER KENNEDY – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using an olive apps and eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • ROSS MORRISON – Safely returned 5 rainbows and 1 5lb brown using apps on an intermediate line, shimmies and stalking bugs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • SCOT MITCHELL – Safely returned 10 rainbows including 1 weighing 12.6lb caught using apps on an intermediate line and shimmies fished static under a sight indicator.
  • KEIRAN LATTO – Safely returned 11 rainbows including 1 weighing 11.7lb using apps and pink snakes on an intermediate line and shimmies fished static under a sight indicator.
  • TAM BROGAN – Safely returned 2 rainbows using an orange rabbit on a floating line.
  • GARY SNEDDON – Beat Tam AGAIN! He safely returned 3 rainbows using a yellow owl and yellow dancer on a floating line.
  • TRACY ALLAN – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a red apps on a floating line.
  • DANNY MCDAID – Who has recently started fishing, on his first solo venture, safely returned 1 rainbow and was chuffed that he done it all himself!
  • TOBY ROUGHTON – Safely returned 7 rainbows including 2 weighing over 6lb using cormorants, apps, zonkers and a pink shimmy on various lines.
  • NATHAN HORNER – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using cat bugs fished static under a sight indicator.
  • LEE HORNER – Safely returned 2 rainbows including his new P.B weighing 12.9lb using a yellow dancer on a floating line.
  • JAMES RILEY – weighed in 1 fish for 2.3lb using a black & silver lure on a floating line.
  • DONALD MCMURCHY – Weighed in 3 rainbows for 6.8lb and safely returned 3 using buzzers and cormorants on a floating line.
  • CHRIS OLD – Enjoyed his first fishing trip of the year, he safely returned 8 rainbows using buzzers and apps on a floating line.
  • JOHN THOMSON – Safely returned 1 rainbow using buzzers on a floating line.
  • CRAIG FALLER – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a pink fritz on an intermediate line.

 We take our hats off to the following anglers, some who had travelled all the way from the borders. They were greeted with a beautiful sunrise and fish rising all over the water, a beautiful morning! However the weather drastically changed! The temperature dropped and they were faced with gale force winds, torrential rain and at times snow! Jokes were made that the water resembled that of the North Sea! However, they all stuck it out and considering the weather, the returns were great!

  • TONY MURRAY – Safely returned 6 rainbows using diawl bachs, cats whiskers, cormorants, and a black apps on slow intermediate and fast glass lines.
  • DAVE BOLAND – Safely returned 2 rainbows using diawl bachs on an intermediate line.
  • CRAIG BROWN – Safely returned 2 rainbows and 1 3lb blue using an olive apps on a 5ft sink tip line and a mojito egg fished static under a sight indicator.
  • FRANK DALY – Safely returned 3 rainbows including a beauty weighing 15.02lb that at the last minute claimed a spot on the fish of the festives competition! Well done Frank, it was a very impressive fish! A hot head blue flash damsel and buzzers on a fast glass line securing his victory!
  • MIKE BLACKWOOD – Safely returned 7 rainbows using a white squirmy fished static under a sight indicator, cormorants and diawl bachs on a sink tip line.
  • BRIAN LAIDLAW – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a white mop fly fished static under a sight indicator.
  • GARY WILSON – A first time visitor to Burnhouse made it look like he was a regular with good knowledge of the water, he was straight into fish and left early a very happy man! He safely returned 8 rainbows using cormorants on a midge tip line.
  • ROBERT PATON – Safely returned 2 rainbows using a green shimmy fished static under a sight indicator and a pink fab on a floating line.
  • BRIAN SKINNER – Safely returned 6 rainbows and 1 beautiful wild brown using a green shimmy fished static under a sight indicator.
  • JOHN ROSS – Safely returned 1 rainbow and a stunning brown weighing over 8lb using a snake and apps on a sink tip line.
  • DECLAN WINTERS – Safely returned 5 rainbows and a wild brown weighing 1lb using damsels on a slow intermediate line and a yellow shimmy fished static under a sight indicator.

 A massive thank you to all of the anglers who joined us over the festive fortnight. We hope to see you again soon!

Tight lines for the week ahead!

 

COVID-19 precautions – please read

  • We are operating a strict booking in only policy. This allows us to limit the number of anglers arriving, using our facilities, and fishing our water. Please phone 07949220511 or 07889603160 to book your space.
  • If you feel unwell or show any symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot do a lateral flow test please cancel your booking, do not take any chances.
  • We will be issuing tickets from the door of the lodge.
  • Refreshments are still available; 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 door, this is located on the wall to the right of the door. The station will be cleaned after every use. Disposable gloves are also available for anyone who wishes that extra bit of protection.
  • Card is the preferred payment option; however cash will still be accepted, 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.
  • Masks must be worn in the cabin and no more than 2 anglers in at one time.
  • 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. There is hand sanitiser and hand wash in both toilets.
  • 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.

 

FISHERY RULES

  • FLY FISHING ONLY
  • NO LITTERING. ALL RUBBISH, CIGARETTE ENDS AND USED LINES MUST GO IN THE BINS PROVIDED.
  • BARBLESS HOOKS ONLY, NO DOUBLE OR TREBLE HOOKS EVEN WHEN FISHING A KILL TICKET.
  • EVERY TICKET ENTITLES ANGLERS TO FISH ONLY 1 ROD AT A TIME.
  • NO BOOBIES, DOUBLE HOOK SNAKES OR SPIN FLIES.
  • A MAXIMUM OF 3 FLIES TO BE FISHED AT 1 TIME.
  • NO LURES FISHED STATIC UNDER A SIGHT INDICATOR.
  • NO SPLIT SHOTS OR WEIGHTS.
  • GROUND BAITING, THE USE OF BAITS AND SCENTED DIPS ARE STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.
  • ALL FISH OVER 8LB, TIGERS AND BROWNS MUST GO BACK, UNLESS IN POOR CONDITION. THE DECISION TO KILL THESE FISH MUST ONLY BE MADE BY THE BAILIFF.
  • BAG LIMITS ARE ACHIEVED FROM THE FIRST FISH CAUGHT, NO SELECTIVE KILLING. FISH MUST BE KILLED IMMEDIATELY AND SHOULD NEVER BE KEPT ALIVE IN KEEP NETS UNTIL THE END OF THE SESSION.
  • ALL RETURNS MUST BE RECORDED WITH THE BAILIFF BEFORE DEPATURE, EVEN IF IT’S A BLANK.
  • ANGLERS MUST NOT AID OTHERS TO ACHIEVE THEIR BAG LIMITS.
  • CATCH AND RELEASE ANGLERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO KILL FISH, KILL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED BEFORE FISHING.
  • WHEN FISHING CATCH AND RELEASE THE FISH MUST BE KEPT IN THE WATER AT ALL TIMES.
  • IF ANGLERS FIND THEMSELVES ON A HOT SPOT, PLEASE MOVE ON ATLEAST 2 PODIUMS AFTER 5 FISH, WITH NO RETURN TO THAT PODIUM WITHIN 2 HOURS.
  • ANGLERS MUST NOT STAY ON THE ONE PODIUM FOR MORE THAN 2 HOURS, UNLESS THEY REQUIRE TO DO SO DUE TO MOBILITY.
  • ANGLERS MUST RESPECT OTHERS AROUND THEM; NO INSULTING OR ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR WILL BE TOLERATED.
  • IF FISHING THE BRIDGE, THE FISH MUST BE LANDED ON THE BANKING TO THE SIDE.
  • IF ANGLERS ARE FISHING THE BANKING TO THE SIDE OF THE BRIDGE, THEY MUST NOT CAST ACROSS BOTH BRIDGE PODIUMS.
  • ANGLERS WILL NOT PASS JUDGEMENT ON OTHERS METHODS OF FISHING, UNLESS THEY ARE BREAKING THE RULES.
  • THE BAILIFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PERFORM BAG CHECKS

ANYONE FOUND TO BE IN BREACH OF THESE RULES WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE, NO REFUND WILL BE ISSUED AND NO RETURN VISITS WILL BE ACCEPTED.