On what seems like one of the first proper nice days of the year up here in the Pentland Hills you might find your mind drifting to thoughts of a summer evening: casting a dry fly at freely rising trout; line zipping through guides; the creak of carbon as a fine brown trout shakes its head and thumps its tail before rolling over and into the net. Ahh happy days.  Well here at Malleny Angling we've never had our minds off the coming season. We've been hard at work all through the winter, booking stockings and preparing for a great season.

Following 2018's drought and 2019's flood we're planning to relaunch the fishery with a bold stocking plan for 2020. Day Permits can be bought for opening day now, or if you want less complicated, more cost effective fishing, consider one of our Season Permits.

We strongly encourage you to consider buying a permit in advance, either at one of our permit outlets*, or online. As our bailiffs spend more time on the banks there is less availability for them to sell permits in the bothy.  

*New permit outlets! Day Permits available at Orvis and Edinburgh Angling Centre.

Mr Derek McGinty bought a day permit in late August and completed his catch return. The was draw made by bailiffs Eddie Hiroz and Ian McNicoll. Derek has won a free day permit!

1st to 31st July 2019

Rainbow/Blue trout : taken 72 : returned 99 : total 171

Brown trout : taken 15 : returned 42 : total 57

Total fish caught : 228

Total number of anglers: 345

The numbers are as accurate as possible, all anglers must complete a catch return, but sometimes there are errors or omissions.


Barbatula replies, "Top end of Harlaw".

Exciting news this week as a new micro species is discovered in Harlaw. The pretty common, but previously unknown to inhabit Harlaw (well, unknown to me) is the Stone Loach (Barbatula barbatula).

Through the haze of second hand information and forgotten details came to me the account of Helen, currently working towards PhD at St Andrews. Helen has been conducting some research work based around the three spined stickleback, a very common species at Harlaw. Helen's work involved trapping the stickleback. In one of the traps, in the stream inflow to Harlaw from Threipmuir she discovered a Stone Loach.

Helen completed a catch return of about 900 fish. Total weight about 3oz!

Good luck Helen with the research we hope the Barbatula barbatula are as interesting to you as Salmo trutta (Brown Trout) and Oncorhynchus mykiss (Rainbow Trout) are to us. Anyway that's what I call exciting news and never mind that, what about the headline?!?!

16th to 30th June 2019

Rainbow/Blue trout : taken 53 : returned 80 : total 133

Brown trout : taken 7 : returned 4 : total 11

Total fish caught : 144

Total number of anglers: 228

The numbers are as accurate as possible, all anglers must complete a catch return, but sometimes there are errors or omissions.

A very odd couple of weeks in terms of weather, sunshine and heavy rainfall. We've seen the water levels rise several feet and a lot of colour wash in. More settled weather should see the fishing improve.