What a week for fishing the region’s still waters. More flies of all sizes on the water and the trout are on the take, great news, writes Bob Smith.
First of all, I must report that I was kindly invited by Chris and Jill Blythe to look around and discuss plans for their new fishery between Thrunton Woods and the A697 and can be seen from the road.
At the moment, one lake is nearing completion and the second lake is in the planning stage. The fishery is not ready yet, but hopefully will be open later this year.
Chris and Jill have planned and developed it very carefully to ensure anglers enjoy their fishing and I wish them every success. I will keep readers informed of developments and any news concerning the opening date.
I fished Whinney Loch early in the week with Kevin, from near Bantry south-west Ireland. It was a sunny day with a light breeze which created a lovely ripple on the Loch.
The morning session was slow for all the anglers, but we caught the odd trout on a gold-ribbed hare’s ear and a small dark nymph.
After lunch, the fish were rising all over and a size-14 foam beetle had trout coming to the net regularly. The fish were swirling at the fly, but the line was not tightening, so by just moving the beetle a couple of inches the takes were solid. Kevin had a super time with the borrowed light rod he was using.
I then had three consecutive days coaching at Chatton Trout Fishery. After the first session, I went along the left-hand bank of Chatton Lake, which was bathed in sunshine. Trout were rising so I put on a CDC shuttlecock brown buzzer. The fish took it very confidently and, after 35 minutes and six fish, I’d had my fun and left.
On leaving the water, I saw Jimmy Brown and gave him the shuttlecock fly.
Later that evening, he rang to say that he too had caught six trout all on dry fly. Two of his trout were caught on the shuttlecock buzzer.
The following day, the temperature had dropped and only the odd fish was rising. During a six-hour session, Bill was casting reasonably well so we went onto Dunnydeer Lake. He drifted a small red-glassed beaded bloodworm into a bay and hooked two nice trout fairly quickly.
Saturday at Chatton was busy but Chris wanted to start at 8.30am prompt.
I took him onto the dam wall and tied a size-12 olive buzzer with orange cheeks to the end of his tippet.
To cut a long story short, he had six fish to his net in one-and-a-half hours. Chris kept his first two trout, the first was 2¼lbs and the second was exactly 4lbs, a tremendous session.
Other anglers at Chatton during the week have had bags of 17 trout with at least four double-figure fish being caught. I saw one which was 13lbs, it was caught on an intermediate line and the fly was a white fritz in Ross lake.
Chatton is remaining open until 8.30pm every night apart from Saturdays when it closes at 5.30pm.
I must mention my friend Ian who fished the Junction Pool on the Tweed last week.
Ian is a regular visitor to the river and fishes a number of beats. The river was looking good on Saturday after he had landed more than his share of spring salmon during the previous few days. However, on Saturday, Ian hooked and landed one of the biggest spring salmon on the Tweed for many a year. The fish weighed 34lbs.
Sweethope Lochs continues to fish well. My neighbour, John, went for his first visit and fished a four-hour ticket from a boat.
Sunny periods and a reasonable breeze welcomed him to the Great Loch. He had a very enjoyable session landing 12 trout and he had a number of pulls too. He said his successful flies were a small-hackled Bibio and Diawl Bachs.
The Coquet continues to have a quiet time with only the odd salmon being reported. However, trout anglers are having good sport throughout the system as the stocked brown trout are starting to show themselves.
Next week, I am coaching every day, two of the days are on the Whiteadder which I am really looking forward to. I shall report all about it next week.
Anyone wishing to learn how to fly fish, or wants advice please contact me through my website www.bobsmithflyfishing.co.uk or ring 01670514086 / 07984810791.