Close Season

Harlaw and Threipmuir are now closed, no fishing is allowed on either reservoir. We open again on the 1st of April 2020.

Mr Derek McGinty bought a day permit in late August and completed his catch return. The was draw made by bailiffs Eddie Hiroz and Ian McNicoll. Derek has won a free day permit!

1st to 31st July 2019

Rainbow/Blue trout : taken 72 : returned 99 : total 171

Brown trout : taken 15 : returned 42 : total 57

Total fish caught : 228

Total number of anglers: 345

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

 

Barbatula replies, "Top end of Harlaw".

Exciting news this week as a new micro species is discovered in Harlaw. The pretty common, but previously unknown to inhabit Harlaw (well, unknown to me) is the Stone Loach (Barbatula barbatula).

Through the haze of second hand information and forgotten details came to me the account of Helen, currently working towards PhD at St Andrews. Helen has been conducting some research work based around the three spined stickleback, a very common species at Harlaw. Helen's work involved trapping the stickleback. In one of the traps, in the stream inflow to Harlaw from Threipmuir she discovered a Stone Loach.

Helen completed a catch return of about 900 fish. Total weight about 3oz!

Good luck Helen with the research we hope the Barbatula barbatula are as interesting to you as Salmo trutta (Brown Trout) and Oncorhynchus mykiss (Rainbow Trout) are to us. Anyway that's what I call exciting news and never mind that, what about the headline?!?!

16th to 30th June 2019

Rainbow/Blue trout : taken 53 : returned 80 : total 133

Brown trout : taken 7 : returned 4 : total 11

Total fish caught : 144

Total number of anglers: 228

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

A very odd couple of weeks in terms of weather, sunshine and heavy rainfall. We've seen the water levels rise several feet and a lot of colour wash in. More settled weather should see the fishing improve.

Congratulations David Waterston of Edinburgh who fished at the reservoirs and completed a catch return in June 2019. David has won a free permit to fly fish at Harlaw and/or Threipmuir reservoirs in Edinburgh. The draw was made on 1st July in the bailiff's bothy by MA bailiff Eddie Hiroz and the draw box was held by MA bailiff Jim Flynn.