Fish Catch Report by Graham Laurie 7 July 2018

The heatwave continues.  This, along with the start of the traditional Scottish holidays means that angling activity on the loch is, for the moment, fairly quiet.  The water clarity is very good but it has to be said that the Canadian pond wood is a bit of a nuisance.  The one large clear area is the thirty to forty acres of deep water that we call “the hole” which goes down to around fifty feet.  Almost all the trout in the loch are concentrated into this cooler area.  The best way to target these fish is with buzzers sunk all the way down and fished back up.  The fish have been taking at twenty to thirty fee down.  Be ready for savage takes.

Last weekend Heriots AC returned 28 fish on catch and release.  Regular Edinburgh pair Trevor Gibson and Gary Hesletine had a nice full day limit of 10 fish for 27lbs all on brown buzzers.  Ferry Fly Fishers with five boats kept 30 fish for 75lbs plus 21 on catch and release.

Gary Hesletine was out again on Monday and again had a full day limit of five fish for 15lbs.  He also returned fish but the amount wasn’t recorded.

David Paterson from Grangemouth had nine fish on catch and release and Mr Anderson had 10.

Jock Cowan gave into the heat at lunchtime on Tuesday but not before keeping two fish for 6lbs and returning eight on catch and release.

Friday, 6th was pretty quiet but the boats yjay did venture out did quite well.  The best being Messrs Dobbie and Paterson who returned 20 fish all on buzzers and blood worm.  Again in the deep water.  Gavin Dunn managed six on buzzers.  Robin Smith and Bill Simpson returned eight fish for 25lbs also on buzzers.

On Saturday, we had only eight boats out instead of the usual twenty.  However these boats caught 61 trout 37 of which were kept and the rest returned.  Once more the favourite fly was the brown buzzer.  Top outfit was Last Cast AC from Mid Calder whose two boats kept a limit of 16 fish for 43lbs plus 17 returned.

The continuing hot weather will make stoking next week a wee bit tricky but our experienced guys will manage.

During the holiday period we will be publishing our reports fortnightly instead of weekly.  To book phone the loch directly at 01506 671753 or e-mail linlithgowlochlodge@hotmail.com to ensure you are not disappointed.

F.A.F.A. - Linlithgow Loch Lodge, Linlithgow EH49 7ES           01506 671753            linlithgowlochlodge@hotmail.com

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