The prize draw for the free days fishing place yesterday at Harlaw, Jim McComb made the draw, the winner was Mr M of Linlithgow. Mr M has won a free full day catch and release permit for September 2020. The club secretary will be in touch.

The fishing over the last week has remained good, with most anglers catching fish. Many anglers have been reporting double figure catches with the highest recorded for week being 13, which remains a personal best for one angler. Catches of good-sized rainbows in the 4lb class has also been reported - this size of fish is normal for Harlaw.

Anglers who fish traditional flies have been successful with small black dry flies, daddy long legs, the small G&H sedge has also proved successful. Wet flies, such as Kate Mc Clare, Black Gnat and sedge patterns have also done well.

Small black lures such as a viva, black dancer with yellow dancer, orange fritz and cat’s whisker are always a good choice. Flies tied on a standard size ten hook should be large enough to tempt fish. The Egg fly lure, mostly yellow or chartreuse colour, still remains the first choice for many anglers. This can be fished under an indicator at two to three feet or simply allowed to drift with a very slow retrieve.

The fishing over the last week, until thunder and lightning and torrential rain arrived, has been excellent with most anglers catching fish. A fresh head of fish was introduced on Monday which livened up the resident fish. The new fish settled in quickly and were soon feeding on surface flies and sticklebacks. 

Threipmuir from Black Hill, Sat 15th August 2020, (c) R Horsfield 

As during the previous week, many anglers have been reporting double figure catches with the highest recorded for week 13 on Wednesday morning. The water level rose by one foot and then cooled down, so the fishing tailed off from Wednesday afternoon and was difficult on Thursday before making a recovery on Friday. The cool north east wind on Thursday was also a contributor to the reduced surface activity. The water, although slightly cloudy, remained fairly clear with good visibility in the top three feet of water.

Anglers who fish traditional flies have been successful with small black dry flies, Black Gnat, bushy wet flies, small muddlers and G&H Sedges.

The fishing over the last week has, up until the warm weather arrived, been excellent with most anglers catching fish. A fresh head of fish was introduced mid-week which livened up the resident fish. The new fish settled in quickly and were soon feeding on surface flies, nymphs, snails, sticklebacks and minnows.

Many anglers have been reporting double figure catches, with the highest recorded for week 14 in one morning session. This was before the stocking. Most anglers prefer to return fish caught which, as the season progresses, increases the head of fish in Harlaw.

The fishing over the last week has been variable, although most anglers caught fish. A fresh head of fish was introduced which liven up the resident fish. The new fish settled in quickly and were soon feeding on surface flies, nymphs and sticklebacks.

One angler had a real red-letter day, which was a few days after the stocking, catching and releasing 21 fish in a morning session. The successful fly was a small black lure. With the high number of sticklebacks and minnow in Harlaw the fish soon lock onto this food and a small black lure such as a viva, cormorant or yellow dancer should tempt fish. The yellow dancer seems to work better in bright/cloudy conditions and where the water is slightly coloured.