Free Fly Fishing Open Day Edinburgh

This Sunday is our open day! Everyone is welcome to join us to learn about our fantastic fishery near Edinburgh. There will be opportunities to learn the delicate art of fly casting. See some fly fishing tackle. Watch a fly tying demonstration. Learn how to prepare and cook trout. You can even sample some of our very own reservoir caught freshly barbecued trout. All welcome, and its free too!

May Fly Fishing Winner

The prize draw winner for May 2017 was Mr Walter of Edinburgh.

The draw was made by MAA members Bob Armstrong & Ronnie Robinson and the winning permit was number 20228.

Mr Walter will be contacted, informed of his win and invited to Harlaw for a free day fishing.

Please complete your catch return and leave your permit with the bailiff or in the black box on the gate each time you visit.

April Fly Fishing in Edinburgh Prize Draw

The prize draw winner for Oct 2016 is Alan Cooper of Edinburgh. The draw took place at Harlaw on Monday 1st May 2017 with Michael Hamilton kindly pulling the permit from the box with under the watchful eye of Jim McComb.

The winning permit was number 21245 Congratulations to Alan who can present himself at Harlaw for a free day fishing!

Remember and complete your catch return and leave your permit with the bailiff or in the black box on the gate to be included in the next monthly draw.

The weather through May and June was changeable, to say the least, and we had everything from cold winds and rain to bright sunny days. There was, however, plenty of fly life hatching and the weather did not affect the fishing as the trout took everything from lures to dry flies. There was a good hatch of Mayfly, Sedges and Buzzers and the odd Mayfly was still hatching well in to July.

The quality of the rainbow and blue trout has been outstanding. They have been hard fighting and also good to eat as we found out at the open day on Sunday 26th June with Rab Boyd, our resident chief, cooking delicious trout with his great sauces.

I have had many reports of both members and day permit anglers catching and returning many trout at one visit to Harlaw and also reports of some big trout being taken.


There has been a dramatic change to the fishing at Threipmuir this season! Members have reported to me that they have taken 8 or 10 brown trout in just a few hours. I am pleased to see that the number of anglers fishing at Threipmuir and catching fish has more than quadrupled this season compared to previous seasons and again the quality of the brown trout is excellent.

This, I believe, proves the success of our new stocking policy at Threipmuir and I am certain that the fishing will only improve in future seasons.


Please make sure you when you finish fishing for the day you take all your litter and used leader material with you, thank you.

Can both members and day permit anglers please report to the duty bailiff before you start fishing!

It’s very important for the bailiff to take a note of names and permit numbers for our records. If the bailiff is away from his vehicle when you arrive please fish from the dam wall until he returns, he won’t be far away.


Thanks for your support of Malleny Angling.

Tight Lines,

Alan Holbrook


It has been a mixed start to the 2016 season with the weather playing a big part in the fishing. Very cold winds and some rain have made conditions for fishing quite miserable. However, our membership and day permit anglers piled on the layers of clothing, soldiered on and made some memorable catches, the blue trout giving great value for money with their hard fighting runs and jumps well clear of the reservoir surface. One or two over-wintered rainbows have been taken and this season's stocked rainbows are of excellent quality, giving a good fight all the way to the net. The fly life on Harlaw was good in April with large hatches of buzzers coming off. This gave some sport on the dry fly with the rainbow buzzer and nymph taking many fish and proving to be an excellent pattern for Harlaw.

There will be stockings of both blue and rainbow trout in May to keep the fishing interesting through the month. The first day permit draw for a free days fishing at Harlaw Threipmuir was made on the 2nd May. The winner was day permit angler Alexander Forsyth from Falkirk and the winning permit was drawn by day permit angler Simon Skirving.

To enter the draw complete the catch return box on your day permit and return it to the bailiff or place it in the black box on the gate as you leave Harlaw and your permit will be included in the next draw which will take place on Wednesday 1 st June at approximately 9am outside Harlaw House. Good luck to all who enter.

Tight Lines,

Alan Holbrook