Loch Reports 2018

10 October 2018

Saturday saw RLDA AC competing for the Last Chance Shield.  The club only take the first 2 fish.
which also decided the Club Championship for the year.
1st was Ron Gray, 2 and 5 returned for 14lb 7oz, 2nd Gordon Armstrong, 2 and 4 returned for 13lb 7oz, 3rd Colin Nicoll, 2 and 3 returned for 12lb 7oz. The 18 rods returned 41 fish for 103lb 8oz.
Once all the figures were totalled there was the smallest possible margin between the top two – only half a point!Congratulations to Stephen Cassel who is to 2018 club champion.
Balgay AC visited with 7 rods and returned 5 fish for 17lb 2oz. Best bag of their day was 3 for 12lb 8oz including a rainbow of 5lb Rainbow.
There has been no specific fly being successful but flies mentioned have been Dawson’s Olive, Green and Black cat, Black Dancer, Yellow Dancer, Blue Blob, Floating Fry, Cat’s Whisker and Ace of Spades.

Some days are productive while others are hard work, that said just out from the boat house bay and the right hand side of the reeds down the loch can be relied on.

Anglers are reminded that the Brown Trout season has now ended and any Brownies caught should be returned.

10 September 2018

Mornings are now getting colder as autumn approaches and days drawing in – single sessions are in operation – last week off the water was 20:15 on evening with clouds , were very dark.  

The loch is fishing better with limit bags (4 fish) being caught.

The water is still low and fairly clear and the fish are at all levels and being caught on just about every type of line .

RLDA AC competed for the Last Chance Shield on Saturday. In club competitions only the first 2 fish are killed, after that it is catch and release.. 13 rods took to the water and recorded  30 fish for 56lb.

Top 3 places were 10lb 4oz, 9lb 6oz, & 9lb 3oz. Heaviest fish at 4lb 4oz.

Visiting clubs included Discovery AC who had 5 rods and took 9 fish for a total weight of 23lb 1oz, the best bag was 8lb 5oz, and the heaviest fish at 3lb 9oz.

Stanley AC with 7 rods 18 fish for a total weight of 53lb 8oz, of brownies and rainbows, with the heaviest fish being a 4lb 2oz Rainbow.

Fish of the month currently stands at a brownie 9lb 2oz – however an, almost certainly,  double figure rainbow was returned by a angler fishing catch and release.  


Club visits have been down the week due to the holiday season.

Salmon anglers from Somerset and Manchester fished the loch , rather than the rivers due to low water and an absence of salmon and sea-trout. One group did very well, the other didn’t. But that’s why is is called fishing and not catching.

Blairgowrie and Rattray had 15 Rainbows 41lb 15oz.

July's fish of the month was a grown on Brownie of 8lbs 14oz.

Heaviest for August, at the moment is, again, a Brownie of 5lb 8oz on Friday.

Heaviest limit bags this week – 17lb 4oz, 14lb, 14lb, 13lb 8oz.

3 fish bags for 10lb & 9lb.

The water quality is very good across most of the loch - with some isolated green surface algae.

Weed continues to die back quickly and the water level has risen by about an inch with the recent rain, surface water temperature has dropped but remains higher than normal.


It has been a quieter week at the loch, due to the holiday season being in full swing,with fewer boats going out.

Easterly winds are not helping catches - but westerly's are producing good catches.

Bank fishing has been reasonable despite the bright sunshine and heat - best trout being a rainbow of 6lb 4oz off the Greenbank.

Boat fishing during the day has , at times, exceptional - generally with fast sinking lines, in deeper water. Catches of up to 20 fish in a single session have been recorded. BUT midge tips with small flies at the edge of weed have also been catching good numbers in specific spots

Evening Fishing has been patchy due to the heat and anglers assuming that fish will be high in the water.

Heaviest fish of the month is a grown on brownie of 8lb 14.
The heaviest Rainbows was 6lb 7oz, and 2 \@ 5lb 8oz - all in great condition with full fins and tails.
Limit bags the week included –
17lb 8oz, 17lb 8oz, 16lb 8oz, 14lb, 13lb, 12lb 8oz.
Flies catching include – Dennis the Menace, Black Dancer, Cormorants, Kate McLaren (both traditional and Snatcher) and Pearly Dabbler.

Lures , stripped fast , boobies tweaked in and small traditional wets, buzzers, on midge tips..

Just outside the boathouse bay / kirkie hole have been heavily fished and producing the goods.

NOTE With so many boats in this area ,  just getting into the main bowl of the loch it is difficult not to disturb anchored and drifting boats - but the boats do need to get out . If you think your fishing is being disturbed , the water will settle down quickly , and be patient.

Down the loch , across the narrows, Greenbank , to the forfar side of the reed islands. rainbow hole right across to the greenbank, 

Weed cutting has been cancelled due to the fast dying of the weed , with boat house bay clearing quickly and looks as it will be fish-able with floating lines in a couple of weeks.


It's fair to say that the fishing has been patchy and challenging at times - the only thing we can think is that the , sometimes cold , easterly winds have changed the fish behavior - and that when the winds return to the prevailing westerly , fishing will return to its normal self...

That said a bank competition held last week saw numerous 4 limit bags , one day recently when others were struggling, one angler had 15 to his own rod and lost a number of others. His tactics where black dancer on a fast intermediate line in about 15 ft of water. Fish are there , just not playing the game.

Stocking  continues with a 1000 of Welham park's due shortly.

Weed is becoming a problem,  when fishing sinking lines, in the shallower water, , which has heated up a lot with the weather of the past weeks.


May 20th
After a slow start , the fishing in late April and early May picked up .
However the past couple of weeks has not been great, Cold Easterly winds plus gin clear water have not helped. Evening rises in particular are not really delivery the expected goods

Stocking has been as normal based on previous seasons - so its not for a lack of fish.
One angler recorded 4 kept and 12 returned
At at recent competition, there were plenty 8 fish recorded .

Condor end , reed islands , doc millars and just out of the boathouse bay are being heavily fished with lots of fish being seen but are proving hard to tempt.
A lot of catch and release is now being done - but a lot of fish don't survive, and can be seen on the bottom of the loch.

Please use barbless hooks , play fish hard, don't handle or bring fish into the boat/bank, if fish are netted - let the fish recover in the net.
Just about everything is catching (including dries now),

The fishing will improve as the winds change to the normal prevailing west wind - so get out there - bumper catches are there to be had