As is normal in July the fishing has become more testing. Regular fishers at Harlaw are still having success with four or five fish being caught in a few hours of fishing. By far the favourite time is early morning and to a lesser extent late in the day. The evenings have been a little cool with top of the water activity tending to tail off after 8 pm. The fish generally have been feeding in the top three to four feet of water, but going deeper when the choice of food moves to snails or Blood Worm.

The preferred method by most anglers is a floating line fishing the washing line technique with a Sedgehog or small Boobie fished on the point. Two droppers with buzzers, nymphs or Dawl Back completes the cast. A small well-presented dry fly will continue to catch fish.

Even this late in July, Mayfly are still hatching and a Mayfly nymph, Pheasant tail or Hares ear tied on size 10 or 12 long shank hook, not a muddler length, will prove a good imitation and still tempt fish. The hares tied with a hot head is worth a try.

The alternative method to reach fish feeding deeper is the same cast with the indicator or dry fly on the bob with two buzzers fished at three feet intervals below. The Blob, FAB and orange and yellow egg have also been accounting for a number of fish.

For fish chasing Sticklebacks a small hot head black dancer, viva, yellow dancer or orange fritz should prove successful. The choice of fly colour will depend on weather conditions, with no need for large lures.

The Harlaw fish are in great condition and hard fighting. A number of large Blue Trout were introduced at the last stocking, with magnificent fish in the 4Lb class being caught. Harlaw will receive yet another stocking before the end of July.

Don’t forget the Jungle Formula and midge hood as, on a calm day, the Scottish midges are out for blood.

Please remember permits MUST be bought on line in advance of fishing.

Keep safe and follow the Scottish Government social distancing and hygiene guidelines. 

Robert Ross MA Ltd