The fishing at Harlaw in the past week has been patchy with exceptionally good days then other days when the angler had to work at contacting fish. Although one of the best days was two days before stocking, a fresh stocking of blue and Rainbow trout midweek livened up the resident fish and excellent catches were again reported.

The best time is still early morning to mid-day with many anglers accounting for several fish in just a couple of hours. During the warmer evenings fishing has been good from around 8pm to sunset. The trout have a variety of food sources ranging from snails and Corixa to hatching Mayfly, Mayfly nymph, buzzers and sticklebacks.

Although weather conditions were variable in the past week, the fishing at Harlaw was excellent with anglers reporting catches of ten to twelve fish in one session. The fish are in superb condition and a number of the fish caught were in the 4Lb class. The average weight of fish is around 2.5 lb to 3 lb. Really big fish of 8 lb to 12 lb weight are still proving difficult to tempt, but some anglers have connected with big fish and have been broken or the fish has thrown the hook. One angler commented that he was into backing in a matter of seconds and found the fish unstoppable.

Periodically we put all the completed catch returns in a hat and the one drawn wins a permit. Kenny Robson from Bonnyrigg has just won a free £20 All Day, 3 Fish Limit day permit. 

After fishing please email your catch return to: The Club Secretary.
Please include:

  • Your name and date of visit;
  • How many rainbow and brown trout you caught, kept and returned;
  • An estimate of the weight of fish.

Completing a catch return helps us properly manage the fishery.

A fine Threipmuir brown trout caught this week, picture Bob Armstrong.

The fishing at Harlaw and Threipmuir in the past week started well then, as the warm weather and bright sun conditions arrived, fishing became more challenging. The high barometric pressure pushed the fish down during the warm part of the day. The water temperature is also high which depletes oxygen in the water and makes the fish less active. The latter part of the week saw a complete reversal of weather conditions with heavy rain and strong winds which presented the anglers with a new challenge but the cooler conditions started to improve the fishing.

Despite the variable weather, most anglers at Harlaw are still enjoying excellent fishing with a high majority getting bag limits and returning several more fish. The fish are in superb condition with the average size of fish between 2.5 lb to 3 lb, with quite a number in the 5lb class being reported.

Autopsies on fish reveal a wide range of food items - mostly Mayfly nymph, buzzers, caddis larva and stickleback being the main items on the trout’s menu. This gives the angler a wide choice of flies to choose from. A small black and green lure, Viva, Damselfly nymph or yellow dancer all tied on standard size 10 hooks should be adequate. Many fish are being tempted to dry flies with the most successful being Mayfly, sedge, CDC and small muddler all being successful. Anglers fishing the Blob have also been accounting for many fish.