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.
This year has however, been the “Year of The Blob” with this lure accounting for a high number of the fish caught. The favourite colour seems to be lime green or a variation on this colour. The Blob or FAB is fished below an indicator at a depth of 2 to 3 ft with perhaps a buzzer or weighted nymph fished below. With the fish this high in the water, dry fly will also take fish with the favourite a small Deer Hair sedge, either natural or black with a trailing nymph. A black rainbow nymph or pheasants tail nymph seems to the favourite.
Fish have also been caught on traditional flies such as a Kate McLaren.
Fish being caught are on average 2 lb plus, with many fish in the 3 to 4 lb plus class, many of which are hard fighting, and superb condition blues – bars of silver.
With the season rolling on and next week entering August, we should see larger numbers of Sedges and Crane flies (Daddy Long Legs) which will increase surface activity. The until now bottom feeding snails will soon start to pop up, which see many fish lock onto this form of food.
The water level remains good and very clear with good visibility.
Early morning still remains the best time for fishing.