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  1. The past few weeks at the watch water has seen some tremendous top of the water sport. Good spells of warm weather have produced some magnificent fly hatches from Midge, Lake Olives, Caddis and the iconic Daddy Long Legs.
    Tactics during the day have been straight Line Nymphing with Olive Damsels or Yellow Dancers on the point teamed up with buzzer imitations fished off floating lines. Moving on into mid day when there seems to be more fly life about, buzzer and dry fly tactics have been key. Dry flies such as Shuttlecock emergers, Daddies, Small Hoppers and black knat have all been working really well. 
    Since our evening fishing has started, Caddis hatches at night have been second to none. Baloon Caddis and sedge patterns are getting smashed by our fish at the moment. Mark Straughen from Coldstream took advantage of this landing 8 Rainbows including this 9lbs Rainbow.

    Also please remember that our Open Boat Sweep Competition is now on every Thursday evening. This is a relaxed and friendly competition with the chance to win a bob or two. There is no set time for this comp, all you have to do is pay a fiver into the eveing sweep and the heaviest bag of the night wins the sweep. if you need any more information please give me a call on our landline.

    Tight Lines



    Carolyne Shaftoe with a nice Rainbow

    carolyne shaftoe

    Invicta Ladies AC

    invicta ac

    The Royal British Legion sitting down for a meal after thier days fishing.


    Lothian Buses with thier Annual Fly Fishing Trophylothian buses 2

    Our Resident Geese with thier younglings

    goose chicks

    One of many cheeky chappies who tend to greet you on arrival at our superb fishery.

    grouse hen

    William Crombie out on the boat braving the elements

    william crombie and davie

    a fantastic photo of an adder taken at the Reservoir which was sent in by one of our regular anglers

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    Another fantastic photo of the Adder

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    One of the Large Caddis flies going about at the moment


    The Corner on the reservoir entrance proves to be a popular area with our bank anglers

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    An army of Anglers on the dam Wall

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    Beginner Derek Smart with his first ever fly caught trout, Derek caught 6 fish during his days fishing. Well Done Derek!

    derek smart

    Mark Straughen's Slab of a 9lbs Rainbow Trout caught during an evening rise.

    mark straughen 9lbs rainbow


  2. Good Afternoon folks,

    May has been a month of mixed fortunes, mixed weather and mixed methods.

    The weather has been on and off this month with quite strong winds meaning the Angler is having to work for his fish. During windy conditions I have found that going down to a Fast Glass intermediate off the bank and a Di3 sinking line pulling a Cat Booby with an Orange or Tequila Blob usually does the trick. The ever popular Yellow Dancer has been proving its weight in gold also on difficult days.

    When the wind settles we are seeing a lot of fish moving in the top margins. The Fish are still hammering buzzers but are starting to take small Hawthorne flies, Emerging Buzzers and small black Beetles. Some fantastic sport can be had during these conditions but some anglers are finding the fish very tricky. This is where you have to understand the fish's Rise forms as stated in my previous report. If you are seeing small dimple sipping rise forms then the fish are taking flies dry on top of the water. If you are seeing head and tail rise forms then the fish are taking sub surface. if they are taking subsurface then you need to be suspending your nymphs under the bung or using washing line tactics. If you are unsure of these methods then don't be afraid to ask me on your next visit and I shall be more than happy to explain the method.

    We have had quite a few angling club competitions this month from Kelso RBL club Comp which was won by Peter Robson, Edinburgh Bredalbane Club Comp won by Scottish internationalist Jimmy Fairgrieve and Earlston Angling Club Comp which was won by David Scott. Congratulations to all and I look forward to seeing your later on in the year.

    Finally, Our yellow tagged fish was caught last week by Mr Peter Hottinger from Kelso. Peters prize for catching this fish was a Hardy Demon Rod. The fish was caught on a catch and release ticket and was released safely once the tag was removed and a quick photo was taken. It was estimated to be weighing in at around 9-10lbs. Both Peter and boat partner Freddie Carter had a fantastic afternoon catching 6 Rainbow's each with a number of brownie's added into the mix.

    Lastly we shall be starting our evening sessions as of next Monday. Should you wish to fish off the boat then we ask you to please phone and book so we can make sure everything is ready for your arrival. Don't forget that we shall also be running the open sweep competition's on Tuesday and Thursday nights. If you need any info on these competitions then please get in touch.

    I shall leave you with a number of pictures from the last few weeks and a few fly recipes which have been fishing well.

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    peter hotinger from kelso with hardy demon rod

    yellow tagged fish

    earlston angling club

    earlston ac

    billy braithwaite into a fish with earlston aa

    billy braithwaite into a fish with earlston aa 2

    billy braithwaite with a fish from earlston aa

    norrie miller into a fish with earlston aa

    easrlston aa

    jimmy fairgrieve 5lbs tout

    jim youngman 10lbs rainbow

    Cat Booby - White Booby Chord, White Marabou Tail and Wing, Pearl UV Strands tied either side of wing and Yellow or Green Straggle Fritz for body.

    cat booby

    Black Buzzer - Black UTC thread, Silver wire rib, Hot Orange Goose Biot with three or four coats of Sally Hansens Hard as Nails.

    black buzzer

    Kate Snatcher - Black Thread, Black Seals Fur Body, Black palmered Hen Hackle, Silver Wire Rib and Hot Orange Hen hackle with Orange Goose Biot of JC Cheeks.

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    Hopper Emerger - Black Thread, Brown or Black Seals Fur Body,  Medium Holographic Tinsel in red or green, Knotted Pheasant Tail fibres for legs, Black or red game cock hackle with CDC tied in as bubble.

    hopper emerger

    Shuttle Cock Emerger - Black Thread, Red Holographic Tinsel or Fire Orange thread as hot spot at the butt, Black Seals fur for the body, Red and Black Peacock Spectra Dubbing for the thorax and 4 Natural or black cdc feathers for wing.

    shuttlecock emerger