The fishing over the last week, until thunder and lightning and torrential rain arrived, has been excellent with most anglers catching fish. A fresh head of fish was introduced on Monday which livened up the resident fish. The new fish settled in quickly and were soon feeding on surface flies and sticklebacks. 

Threipmuir from Black Hill, Sat 15th August 2020, (c) R Horsfield 

As during the previous week, many anglers have been reporting double figure catches with the highest recorded for week 13 on Wednesday morning. The water level rose by one foot and then cooled down, so the fishing tailed off from Wednesday afternoon and was difficult on Thursday before making a recovery on Friday. The cool north east wind on Thursday was also a contributor to the reduced surface activity. The water, although slightly cloudy, remained fairly clear with good visibility in the top three feet of water.

Anglers who fish traditional flies have been successful with small black dry flies, Black Gnat, bushy wet flies, small muddlers and G&H Sedges.

Harlaw has a high number of sticklebacks and minnows, with the fish at times locked onto this food. Small black lures such as a viva, cormorant with a bit of flash or yellow dancer, all tied on a standard size ten hook should tempt fish. The Egg fly/lure mostly yellow or chartreuse colour has been the first choice for many anglers fished under an indicator at two to three feet.

Most fish have been caught on the surface or in the top three feet of water, which means a floating line with a long leader should be all that is required.

Fish being caught are on average 2 to 3 lb plus, with many larger fish reported including one brown trout in excess of 6 lbs.

Early morning and evening from 6 pm till dusk still remains the best time for fishing. Permits must be purchased online before fishing.

Keep safe and conform to all Government regulation concerning Coronavirus. Ensure the recommended social distancing when meeting others and where the two metre distance is not possible, wear a face covering.

Tight lines!

Robert Ross