One of our specimen rainbows, the photo doesn't do this fish justice!

We recently had a stocking of large rainbow trout to top up our existing head of bigger fish. These fish have been coming out in numbers over the last week and I've seen some very happy anglers around the banks. One day permit angler, fishing on a catch and release permit costing just £15, was almost shaking with excitement after his short afternoon session. He'd landed several fish and amongst them were two of our specimen rainbows!

Another angler, pictured above (sorry I lost the name), landed two large rainbows within the first 30 minutes of purchasing his evening catch and release permit (£10). Lets hope his wee lad will be a convert to the sport after helping to land and photograph his dad's trout.

Its been great to see anglers being incredibly gentle and unhurried in their approach to looking after these magnificent fish. The large rainbows are difficult to handle and can on times really fight hard. We ask that you return any of the large rainbows with particular care, ensuring they have time to recover and swim away strongly before being fully released. A net is very useful for resting a fish before release although the fish should be supported in an upright position and in clear water. If a fish does turn belly up please be very careful if you decide to try and reach the fish. The banks are very steep in places with hidden drops and soft edges below the water line.  We do love our trout, but keeping anglers safe on the banks is our primary concern.

1st to 15th May 2019

Rainbow/Blue trout : taken 141 : returned 292 : total 433

Brown trout : taken 4 : returned 79 : total 83

Total fish caught : 516

Total number of anglers: 293

The numbers are as accurate as possible, all anglers must complete a catch return, but sometimes there are errors or omissions.

From the 1st May to the end of August you can fish from 5pm on a reduced price evening permit. The cost is £15 with a two fish limit or £10 catch and release. Any paying angler can bring a junior angler, aged under 16, for free. You can buy a permit online, at the Balerno Post Office, or at the bailiff's bothy. Please remember that you must always sign in with the bailiff on duty before fishing, even if you have a permit purchased online or at the post office.

Another season, another month, another winner! The prize draw box has been dusted off and filled up with all the catch returns from April. In the photo you can see bailiff, Les Williams, is taking the picking duties pretty seriously whilst duty bailiff, Nigel Duncan, holds the box single handed! The winner is Mr Hamilton, permit number 0147. Mr Hamilton has won an all day catch and release permit worth £15. On his visit in late April he returned 8 fish, so I'm sure he'll be keen to come back.

Visiting the bailiff before and after fishing and completing a catch return is compulsory, and if that's not incentive enough, every completed catch return - even a blank - stands a chance of winning a free permit.

15th to 30th April 2019

Rainbow/Blue trout : taken 230 : returned 350 : total 580

Brown trout : taken 7 : returned 237 : total 244

Total fish caught : 824

Total number of anglers: 306

The numbers are as accurate as possible, all anglers must complete a catch return, but sometimes there are errors or omissions.

Great returns here. That is an average of 2.7 fish per angler per visit. The weather has been up and down, cooler days have produced, generally, less fish. Anecdotal feedback suggests lots of fish still falling to lures.