The fishing over the last week has remained good, with most anglers catching fish. Many anglers have been reporting double figure catches with the highest recorded for week being 13, which remains a personal best for one angler. Catches of good-sized rainbows in the 4lb class has also been reported - this size of fish is normal for Harlaw.

Anglers who fish traditional flies have been successful with small black dry flies, daddy long legs, the small G&H sedge has also proved successful. Wet flies, such as Kate Mc Clare, Black Gnat and sedge patterns have also done well.

Small black lures such as a viva, black dancer with yellow dancer, orange fritz and cat’s whisker are always a good choice. Flies tied on a standard size ten hook should be large enough to tempt fish. The Egg fly lure, mostly yellow or chartreuse colour, still remains the first choice for many anglers. This can be fished under an indicator at two to three feet or simply allowed to drift with a very slow retrieve.

As the season progresses, a small black or traditional muddler fish through a good wave can be very productive. A cast of two muddlers with a small black on the bob and a larger traditional on the point is a good choice. 

When conditions are right, 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. At times the fish have been feeding remarkably close in where the water only a few feet deep. These fish are normally chasing fry or bottom feeding for caddis larvae. It is always a good idea to fish the water close into the shoreline before wading. 

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

Police patrols are continuing several times a day at Harlaw and Threipmuir in an attempt to catch poachers and stamp out anti-social behaviour. 

As the Coronavirus is still prevalent, please keep safe and conform to all Government regulations concerning the pandemic. 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