We've got some interesting developments for the 2019 trout season at Harlaw and Threipmuir, with the planned introduction of catch and release and evening permits, plus some other permit revisions.

We want to enable people to fish and encouraging a wider range of anglers into the sport and to the fishery. One of the main obstacles people are facing at the moment is cost. Its also one thing that we can relatively easily do something about. Unfortunately the cost of fishing has increased over the last few seasons, fuel costs, the cost of our stock, insurance and operating costs have all increased and look set to continue to rise. As a non-profit relying on volunteers for our club organisation and bailiffing needs its been difficult to offer different types of permits without the administration becoming too onerous. There is little we can do about the cost of our stocked fish, but we can charge differently for anglers who wish to return their catch.

In 2019 we are introducing a catch and release permit and an evening permit. There will be new terms and conditions around the limits of our 'take' permits and restrictions on when a evening permit can be purchased. I'll share this, and pricing information, over the next few weeks as plans are formalised and finalised. We hope that you will join us in 2019, we open on the 1st of April.

A frosty morning, this week at Harlaw.

 

In 2018 C&B News reported on the major improvement of the safety of the popular path round Harlaw Reservoir and linking to Threipmuir Reservoir. The project widened and railed a previously narrow bridge to make it safer for all users, in particular for people in wheelchairs and young children. A plaque is now displayed acknowledging the support and financial donations of the local organisations and individuals that made the improvements possible.

Representatives of these organisations - Balerno Ramblers, Currie and Balerno District Round Table, Friends of the Pentlands, Malleny Angling Association and the Pentland Hills Regional Park are pictured beside the plaque on the bridge shortly before Christmas.

Photos by Roger Jonathan, Balerno Ramblers

I think its fair to say that the water levels over the last few months have presented some considerable challenges to fishing at Harlaw and Threipmuir. Although Malleny Angling have no control of the levels, rest assured that we are actively addressing the issue and working towards safeguarding the future of our sport and the diverse opportunities and environmental benefits that affords residents and visitors alike.

Many of us have watched with almost morbid fascination as the levels have dropped and dropped again over the summer. The banks have been treacherous, especially for walkers trying to shortcut a route around Threipmuir and the emergency services have been involved in at least one major rescue. Fortunately, to the best of my knowledge, anglers have avoided any major incident. Threipmuir is now at a much higher level and Harlaw is rapidly rising. Some pictures taken at various times from around the reservoirs during late summer and autumn 2018.

Here's Bothy being lifted in early November. Bothy likes to get away for a few months during the winter. We're not sure where he goes, but rumour has it he visits a beach in the Seychelles. Lets hope someone took the milk out of the fridge!

The September prize draw took place in the bailiff's bothy 1/10/18 and the winner is Mr McLachan of Edinburgh, permit number 24958 purchased 29/9/18, the prize draw box was held by duty bailiff Jim Flynn the permit was drawn by day permit angler Mr C Baxter.