Closed Season! Harlaw and Threipmuir are now closed, no fishing is allowed on either reservoir. We open again on the 1st of April 2021.

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.

Harlaw remains well stocked and stocking of fresh fish will continue on a regular basis. Threipmuir continues to give the angler the opportunity to fish for brown trout and, like Harlaw, is well stocked.

The best time for fishing is still early in the day from 7am till noon, when bag limits have been the norm and most anglers recording fish caught. Successful flies have been small black lures, blobs, mini cat’s whiskers, black buzzer Diawl Bach and a selection of dry flies including Sedgehog. Stickle backs are still a favourite item on the trout’s menu. As the fish seem to be in the top three feet of water, successful lines have been floating, midge tip or 10 ft to 15 ft sink tip. A successful cast of three flies was an orange and yellow blob or FAB on the point, a small black fly with a bit of sparkle on the first dropper and a centurion buzzer on the bob.

Bailiffs have been reporting increased activity with campers and while most clear their rubbish, a small thoughtless majority continue to leave a mess for others to clear.

The local police this week accompanied a bailiff on patrol and issued cautions to those not following the current Government Guidelines, building fires and needlessly cutting trees for firewood. The police are also able to remove any person who does not have a valid permit and where necessary instigate prosecution, which MA Ltd will endorse. Police will continue to patrol Harlaw and can be called if a bailiff requires assistance. Poaching will not be tolerated.

A range of Day Permits are available on line.

Robert Ross