Nigel Duncan brings you the latest fly fishing news from the Lothians this autumn.
Loganlea Trout Fishery
Loganlea owner Karen Jack has brought back her any method ticket which will run from Monday, October 14 until Sunday, November 3. You keep what you catch and the cost is £25. Anyone fishing fly only will be able to fish for the day for £10. Our opening hours are 9am 5pm. Bank only.
Glencorse Trout Fishery
Meanwhile, Glencorse Reservoir above Flotterstone is now closed for the season. Owner Bill Taylor said he will re-open on March 21st 2020. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings and information.
Drumtassie Trout Fishery
Drumtassie Trout Fishery high up in the hills near the busy M8 motorway between Edinburgh and Glasgow has quickly developed a reputation for producing quality sport for fly and bait fishermen.
Now, work is under way to create a new coarse fishing lake around a quarter of a mile away from the three trout lakes, two for fly fishermen and one for those who prefer bait fishing. A lodge is already wind and watertight at the picturesque, sheltered location up a narrow woodland track just off the road from Drumtassie towards Armadale in West Lothian.
Diggers are busy moving thousands of tonnes of thick soil to create the fishery which bosses are convinced will become really popular.
The lake, which will be around eight acres when complete, is set in rolling countryside several miles from Blackridge (population estimated to be around 2,000). It is estimated that the lake will be open sometime next year, but that depends on the winter weather. No pike will be introduced but anglers will be able to fish for species including roach, bream, tench and carp.
Depths in the lake, which will have a car park for around 50 cars, will range from around 9ft to 14ft and there should be 45 pegs fishing 24-hours a day. A small membership charge will be levied for the self-contained fishery which is around three minutes by car from the current facility. Bosses say they will stock maggots and other bait in the on-site shop which will also carry fishing tackle accessories and a range of food. Owner Leeanne Aitchison said that there has been great interest since they confirmed they had acquired the site at Drumtassie Woodland. Talks are under way regarding stocking and logistics but she said the main focus currently was in digging the pond which will be allowed to settle before gates open. She added: “We had nothing but encouragement from anglers so we are confident the coarse fishing lake will be a success. “It is a good site which is surrounded by trees making this a pleasant environment in which to fish. “Our plans are evolving all the time and we will keep anglers fully up-to-date with developments over the winter.” She added: “Drumtassie Trout Fishery has become a real success in a short time and we want the coarse fishery to be as successful and are doing everything we can to ensure that it is.”