With the brown trout spawning and the fish gorging on fry in preparation for the months ahead, it’s not hard to imagine what the top flies for this week have been. The fish are feeding immeasurably more, anglers are experiencing the thrill of the chase and aggressive takes, those “big bow waves” from our larger fish, in particular, adding to the adrenaline rush. The weather has been a lot more settled, those frosty mornings, sunny days & flat calms have been stunning. The combination of the beautiful weather, picturesque scenery and the great fishing have had our anglers leaving with smiles on their faces and an eagerness to return.
FISH OF THE WEEK- This week’s top spot goes to AARON KIRKWOOD who has only been fishing Burnhouse for 2 weeks and has smashed his P.B here for the second time! He safely returned a very impressive 11lb 4oz rainbow! Well done Aaron, I wonder if you will smash your P.B this week again!
FLIES OF THE WEEK- This week’s top flies were humongous lures, blobs, eggs and buzzers. Other successful flies were a dunkeld sparkler, black rabbit, black & gold mini lure, black dancer, green Montana nymph, red & silver mini lure, orange & gold mini lure, Sir Alex Ferguson, cormorants, yellow snatcher, Adams, okay dokey, yellow shimmy, pink lures, peach squirmy worm, millennium bugs, pin fry imitation lure, orange lure, fabs, Ally McCoist, green mini lure, cats whisker, orange stalking bug, yellow dancer, tequila fab, sedgehog, hoppers, the daddy, sedges, damsels, Kate McLaren, red hopper, pink squirmy worm, f*ck up, peach squirmy worm, invicta and daiwl bachs.
DAVID GARTSHORE on his much loved Friday evening session safely returned 6 rainbows caught using a black dancer, green Montana nymph and a gold humongous all in a floating line.
CALLUM CRAIG on his first visit to Burnhouse safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a black & gold mini lure on a floating line. “I will definitely be back.”
AARON KIRKWOOD with his newfound addiction to Burnhouse safely return 11 rainbows between 5 & 11lb 4oz, caught using a dunked sparkler, black rabbit and gold humongous all on a floating line and fast retrieve.
MARK ANTONY safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a yellow & white egg and a pink egg under a sight indicator.
ALLAN DOWNIE has had 2 very successful sessions this week safely returning 8 rainbows between 4lb & 9lb caught using a cats whisker, pink blob, pink lures and a gold humongous all on a floating line.
JOHN IRVINE enjoyed his short session, he safely returned 1 rainbow weighing approximately 8lb caught using a green mini lure on a floating line.
ALLAN FULTON safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a silver humongous on a floating line.
CHARLES DEVINE JNR fishing a 2-hour evening session safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a fab and an Ally McCoist on a floating line.
GORDON FERGUSON weighed in 1 rainbow for 3lb 8oz and safely returned 2 10lb rainbows caught using a cormorant and an orange lure both on a floating line. Later in the week, he weighed in 1 rainbow for 3lb 9oz caught using an orange blob.
PAUL ROE weighed in 1 rainbow for 3lb 7oz caught using a pin fry imitation on a floating line.
JOHN McGRADDIE had a fantastic day safely returning 8 rainbows, 1 double-figure and 1 around 8lb caught using a pink lure, orange blob and a millennium bug all on a floating line.
ANDY RICHMOND who hasn’t visited Burnhouse for years says “what a place this is now!” He safely returned 12 rainbows all of “amazing condition” caught using an orange egg and a yellow shimmy under a sight indicator.
WULLY CARR had another successful day with his Adams and an okay dokey, he safely returned 3 rainbows. The adams is proving to be his go-to fly these days.
RONNIE TURNBULL safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a yellow snatcher and a cormorant on a floating line.
JIMMY MILLER safely returned 1 rainbow caught using an Alex Ferguson on a floating line.
LARRY FINDLAY enjoyed his day out, he safely returned 2 rainbows one estimated to be between 8-10lb. He caught these using an orange & gold mini lure and a red & silver mini lure both of his own design.
CHARLES DEVINE SNR had a cracking day beating his son at fishing! He safely returned 2 rainbows one weighing 8lb 1oz both were caught using an Ally McCoist on a floating line.
NEIL BRUCE safely returned 1 rainbow weighing between 7-8lb caught using a hopper on a floating line.
EDDIE HUNT weighed in 2 rainbows for 8lb 1oz caught using an Alex Ferguson on a floating line.
ALLAN SMITH safely returned 5 rainbows caught using a sedgehog under the surface on a floating line.
FRED PADDON safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a tequila fab on a floating line.
SCOTT McCARROL started his day saying “I only usually manage to catch one fish if I’m lucky anywhere I go!” He left with a smile on his face after safely returning 4 rainbows 1 weighing 8lb 3oz and another weighing 6lb 5oz! He caught these using a tequila blob, pink blob, white blob and a green blob on an intermediate line.
JORDAN SNEDDON weighed in 2 rainbows for 11lb 8oz caught using a yellow dancer on a floating line.
MASON HEWITT safely returned 3 rainbows caught using an orange stalking bug and a yellow blob on a floating line.
JIM HORNAL enjoyed his day in the sunshine with his wife Margaret, he weighed in 1 rainbow for 7lb caught using a yellow dancer on a floating line.
SCOTT KIRK enjoyed his 2 hour session safely returning 3 rainbows caught using a red hopper on a floating line.
JAMES THOMSON weighed in 2 rainbows for 7lb 7oz and safely returned 2 more rainbows, he caught these using a Kate McLaren on a floating line.
JAMES McINTYRE weighed in 1 rainbow weighing 3lb 7oz and returned a double-figure fish caught using a daddy on a floating line.
JOE MURPHY had a brilliant day safely returning 5 rainbows caught using a millennium bug and a fab all on a floating line.
JOHN POLLOCK enjoyed his first visit to Burnhouse, he weighed in 1 rainbow for 3lb 6oz caught using a damsel on a floating line.
BILLY BRYERS also thoroughly enjoyed his first visit to Burnhouse “great wee fishery and hard fighting fish” he weighed in 3 rainbows for 10lb 5oz and safely returned 2 caught using a pink blob and a sedge on a floating line.
DAVE McTAGGERT safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a daddy and a buzzer on a floating line. “The fish are in great condition”.
JOHN McCULLOCH safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a buzzer and a hopper on a floating line.
COLIN GRAY weighed in 3 rainbows for 10lb 8oz caught using a yellow buzzer on a floating line. “What a fight you get from the fish in here!”
IAN DON safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a pink squirmy worm and a f*ck up on a floating line.
GRAEME BELL traveled from afar to fish our beauty fishery and it definitely wasn’t a wasted journey. He weighed in 3 rainbows and a blue for 14lb 2oz and safely returned 2 rainbows. He caught these using an olive bloodworm, shuttlecock buzzer, Midas and a brown & gold lure. He was impressed by the condition and the hard fight of our fish. It was a pleasure to meet you Graeme.
ANDY McALPINE loved his day out, he weighed in 2 rainbows for 7lb 1oz and safely returned a fish around 10lb “what a fight, I didn’t think it was ever going to give up, I just couldn’t do anything with it!” He caught these using daiwl bachs on a floating line.
ALAN WATSON enjoyed his first visit to Burnhouse safely returning a rainbow estimated to be around 8lb caught using a red sedgehog on a floating line.
JONNO McDONALD safely returned 10 rainbows caught using a peach squirmy worm, daiwl bach, gold humongous, cinnamon & gold and a pink buzzer.
MAY ANDERSON safely returned 8 rainbows caught using a red sedgehog, Peter Ross, invicta and a butcher all on a floating line.
Unfortunately, we feel the need to recap on some of the rules here at Burnhouse:
*Anglers should only use SINGLE barbless hooks.
*ALL tickets purchased entitle anglers to use only ONE rod at a time, multiple rod use is strictly forbidden.
*Rod share is allowed but only ONE rod should be used between the anglers.
*ALL fish over 8lb, tigers and browns MUST be returned to the water and time should be taken to recover them, please do not take these fish out of the water, if you are unsure please keep the fish in the water until assistance arrives. Our grade A fish are expensive to buy in especially our double figure fish. These fish should only be killed if they will not return or are in poor condition and that decision should only be made by the bailiff.
* When fishing a catch and release ticket please keep the fish in the water whilst unhooking and take the time to safely return the fish. DO NOT use dry hands to handle the fish and the fish should NEVER be placed on our platforms or bankings. We pride ourselves on the quality of the fish we stock and we wish to maintain those high standards.
*Catch and release anglers are NOT permitted to kill fish and give them to anglers fishing kill tickets.
* If you find yourself on a hotspot and there are other anglers on the water please move on after 5 fish to allow other anglers to fish that spot.
It’s been a great week here at Burnhouse, we have seen some spectacular sport and great returns. Thank you to all of our anglers this week, we look forward to seeing you again.
Tight lines for the week ahead!