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Catch Reports 2018

December 3rd 2018
The last of our 'extra' weekends has come and gone with cold and wet conditions one day, then milder and calmer conditions the next to close out the season. Reduced angler numbers were reflected in the adverse conditions, and the fish also seemed to jump on the bandwagon on Saturday by being difficult. The better conditions on Sunday saw the fish back on the feed with plenty of fish being caught. Egg flies and Apps Bloodworms fished under an indicator continued to do very well, while anglers fishing Buzzers and Diawl Bachs also did well. Damsels, Dancers and Rabbits were successful lures, with Ally McCoists also doing well.

Visiting clubs are reminded that bookings are now being taken for the 2019 season, with numbers of weekend dates already booked. For bookings phone the secretary on 01324 711231 or email him at buzzerbill@virginmedia.com


November 26th 2018
The third of our 'extra' weekends fell on a pair of wet but very calm days with lots of fish showing on the surface in the almost windless conditions. Floating lines were to the fore with the majority of anglers using indicators to hold their flies in the top two or three feet of the water. Egg flies in various colours did very well, with Apps Bloodworms running them a close second. Very slow retrieves were the best approach, as the fish did not seem inclined to chase anything. Some fish also fell to Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Damsels and Dancers, but again a slow retrieve was required.

Brothers D and B Edwards weighed in their combined 8 fish limit bag weighing 17lbs, while B Jack and A Cormack each returned 10 fish when fishing catch and release.

The last of our 'extra' weekends is on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December. The loch will then remain closed thru till March of next season.

Visiting clubs are reminded that bookings are now being taken for the 2019 season, with numbers of weekend dates already booked. For bookings phone the secretary on 01324 711231 or email him at buzzerbill@virginmedia.com


November 19th 2018
There were concerns this week when a body was discovered washed up on the Fir Wood shore of the loch. No need to panic, it turned out to be Worzel, the scarecrow who normally stands guard overnight in one of the boats to deter cormorants from landing. He had taken a tumble in the high winds at the start of the week and had gone overboard. Once dragged from the water, he was dried out and returned to duty the very same evening - such is the calibre of staff at Millhall.

On the fishing side of things, the second of our 'extra' weekends went very well with 50 anglers landing a total of 144 fish over the two days. Again, a large percentage of fish were caught by anglers fishing under catch & release, and were returned safely to the water. The fish seemed to be holding a little bit deeper this week, and intermediate and sink tip lines did well, although floating lines with longer leaders worked too. Dancers, Damsels, Rabbits, Bloodworms, Diawl Bachs and Egg flies all caught well, with brothers D and B Edwards both weighing in limit bags of 4 fish weighing 8lbs each, and D Foy weighing in a good bag of 3 fish weighing 10lbs. Catch and Release anglers did well too, with I Dobbie returning 12 fish, R Gray returned 9 fish while A Cormack and B Sutherland returned a total of 21 fish when sharing a boat.

Although the loch has now officially closed for this season, it will continue to open, ON WEEKENDS ONLY, thru till Sunday 2nd December. Please note this only applies to Saturdays and Sundays - the loch will remain closed Mondays to Fridays


November 12th 2018
The first of our 'extra' weekends went off very well with 130 anglers catching a total of 168 fish over the two days. Many anglers chose to fish on a catch and release basis, so the majority of those fish caught were returned to the water to fight another day. W Gair returned 12 fish, including a large Rainbow estimated into double figures, and A Cormack also returned a double figure Rainbow included in the 9 fish he returned. I Dobbie returned 12 fish, while club secretary B Sutherland returned 11.
Catch and kill anglers also did well with brothers J and T Muirhead both weighing in limit bags of 4 fish weighing 9lbs each, D Fay had 4 fish weighing 8lbs 8oz, and G Wilson had 10lbs 8oz in his 4 fish bag.
The boats and bank both fished well, with floating and midge tip lines in the shallower water and intermediates working in the deeper areas. Best flies were Damsels, Rabbits, Ally McCoists and Apps Bloodworms, while a lot of fish were caught on Egg flies and Squirmy Worms fished under an indicator.

Although the loch has now officially closed for this season, it will continue to open, ON WEEKENDS ONLY, thru till Sunday 2nd December. Please note this only applies to Saturdays and Sundays - the loch will remain closed Mondays to Fridays


November 5th 2018
The loch fished very well through the past week, with plenty of limit bags weighed in and and high returns on catch and release. G Anderson, J McTaggart and J Morton all recorded 4 fish limit bags weighing 10lbs each. J Bryant had 4 fish weighing 10lbs 8oz and J Taylor had 11lbs in his 4 fish limit. Catch and release anglers doing well were W Gair, A Cormack, C Mulholland, G Telford and B Sutherland who returned 12 fish each, just ahead of A Doyle who returned 11 fish. Best flies were Rabbits, Damsels, White Fritz, Apps Bloodworm and Egg flies in various colours. Fish were very high in the water, so best tactics were floating and midge tip lines although some anglers had success with intermediate lines from the boats.

Although the loch has now officially closed for this season, it will continue to open, ON WEEKENDS ONLY, thru till Sunday 2nd December. Please note this only applies to Saturdays and Sundays - the loch will remain closed Mondays to Fridays


October 29th 2018
The loch continues to fish well, even though the frosty mornings have kept some anglers in their beds, those who braved the cold had good results from both the bank and the boats. Productive flies were Damsels, Rabbits, Bloodworms, Cormorants, PTNs and Diawl Bachs. Floating and midge-tip lines were the most productive with the fish remaining very high in the water, although intermediate lines worked in the deeper water.

Limit bags were recorded by B Dempsey with 4 fish weighing 9lbs, M Nelson had 4 fish fish weighing 9lbs 8oz, A Dunlop had 4 fish weighing 9lbs 12oz and K Lewis had 4 fish weighing 8lbs 8oz. Catch and release anglers doing well were R Whyte, D Bullen, W Gair and A Cormack who each returned 12 fish.
Best fish of the week was a monster Brown Trout caught by club secretary B Sutherland. The fish was carefully returned to fight another day and was estimated at over 10lbs in weight.

Visiting club the Bridge Inn AC had a good day when their 7 rods weighed in a total of 18 fish weighing 38lbs.

Our official last day of season 2018 is Sunday 4th November. However, the loch will continue to open, ON WEEKENDS ONLY, thru till Sunday 2nd December. This hopefully gives some compensation for the loss of fishing at the start of the season when we had to endure the snow. Please note this only applies to Saturdays and Sundays - the loch will remain closed Mondays to Fridays.


October 15th 2018
The wild, wet and windy weather had fewer anglers out this week, but those who braved the conditions fared well. Best fly of the week were Rabbits in various colours, closely followed by Hot Head Damsels. Other successful flies were Buzzers, Diawl Bach and Bloodworms. J Allan and J Morton each had a 4 fish limit weighing 8lbs, D Bell had 8lbs 8oz in his 4 fish limit, but best bag of the week fell to R Kennedy who weighed in a 4 fish limit scaling 15lbs 8oz.
Catch and Release angler R White returned his limit of 12 fish, while A Cormack returned 8 fish, although one was a very big Rainbow Trout estimated at well over 10lbs.

Of the visiting clubs, Broxburn AC weighed in 18 fish weighing 42lbs 12oz to their 6 rods.

The last club competition of the season, the Millhall Pairs, was fished on Sunday. Winning pair was C Mulholland and G Telford with 8 fish weighing 17lbs 14oz, with second place going to L Grant and B Gair who recorded 8 fish weighing 17lbs 8oz.
With all competition results in and sorted for the whole season, congratulations go to junior member B Gair who outfished his seniors to become 2018 club champion.


October 8th 2018
Plenty of limit bags this week, mostly made up of standard 2-3lb stockies, with the bigger fish playing harder to get. A Aitchison, I Brown, W McTaggart and messrs Kelly and Brown all weighed in limit bags of 4 fish weighing 10lbs each. J Bryant had 4 fish for 9lbs, I Forbes had 4 for 8lbs 8oz, and N Crawford had 4 for 8lbs, while T Brogan went a little better with his 4 fish weighing 11lbs.
Catch and release anglers A Cormack and W Gair both returned 8 fish apiece and B Sutherland managed 9.
Both the Fir Wood and the opposing side banks fished well to floating and intermediate lines, while the boats and the Dam Wall had a quieter time of it. Most productive flies were Damsel, Rabbit, Poodle, Bloodworm, Diawl Bach, Cruncher and Buzzer.

Our official last day of season 2018 is Sunday 4th November. However, the loch will continue to open, ON WEEKENDS ONLY, thru till Sunday 2nd December. This hopefully gives some compensation for the loss of fishing at the start of the season when we had to endure the snow. Please note this only applies to Saturdays and Sundays - the loch will remain closed Mondays to Fridays

The last competition of the season will be the members only Millhall Pairs on Sunday 14th October. The bank will be closed for fishing that day although boats are still available - to book call the cabin on 01324 714190.


October 1st 2018
The loch continues to fish well with a variety of flies and methods producing the goods. Floating lines worked well in most areas of the loch, and intermediates scored from the boats and the deeper areas of water. Bloodworms, Buzzers, Cormorants and Diawl Bachs were the most productive imitative patterns, while Nomads, Ally McCoist, Damsels, Dancers and Rabbits were the best lures.

J Taylor had a nice bag of 4 fish weighing 12lbs, J Dailly had 4 fish for 11lbs, while J Bryant, K Lewis and B Brogan all weighed in limit bags of 4 fish weighing 10lbs each. On catch and release, D Bradshaw returned 12 fish, and A Cormack returned 12 then 11 fish on 2 visits.

Visiting club Falkirk FC had 26 fish weighing 52lbs 8oz to their 7 rods, with only a single angler failing to log a limit bag of 4 fish.

The final of the Open Competition was fished on Sunday in bright and breezy conditions. The winner was G. Telford, to win a new Greys rod. Second was B. Sutherland who won a deluxe boat bag, and third was W. Brownlie who won a top range flyline.

The last competition of the season will be the members only Millhall Pairs on Sunday 14th October. The bank will be closed for fishing that day although boats are still available - to book call the cabin on 01324 714190.


September 24th 2018
At the start of the week, the loch fished well to floating lines and imitative flies, then things changed to intermediate and slow sink lines with lures being the best approach. Flies ranged from Daddy long legs, Buzzers and Bloodworms to Dancers, Rabbits and Black and Silver lures, with some fine bags of fish weighed in. J Morton had a bag of 3 fish weighing 11lbs, S McKay had 4 fish weighing 10lbs 12oz, M Everitt had 4 weighing 11lbs 4oz, B Brogan had 4 for 13lbs 4oz and K Lewis had the best bag of the week with 4 fish weighing 14lbs. Catch and release anglers W Gair and A Cormack also did well when they returned 10 fish each.

Anglers should be aware that the bank fishing will be closed on Sunday 30th September for the final of the Open Competition. Boats are still available and may be booked by calling the cabin on 01324 714190.


September 17th 2018
The cooler weather has brought the fish hard onto the feed and this has been reflected in the catches of anglers. Plenty of limit bags and high returns for catch and release anglers were the norm this week. B Brogan had his 4 fish bag weighing 11lbs, and J Taylor also had 11lbs in his 4 fish bag. A Beattie had a 2 fish limit weighing 13lbs 8oz. This consisted of 1 fish weighing 4lbs, while the other went a whopping 9lbs 8oz. Mr McKelly also weighed in a good fish at 6lbs 4oz. Fishing catch and release, A Cormack returned 9 and then 10 fish over 2 visits. A Doyle also returned 9 fish, while J Allan and J Morton each returned 8 fish each.

Best flies were Bloodworm, Damsel, Rabbit, Viva, Kate McLaren, Buzzer, Sedge, Hopper, Daddy Long Legs and Diawl Bach. Floating and midge-tip lines did the trick on the shallower parts of the loch, while intermediates scored in the deeper water off the dam.

Anglers should be aware that the bank fishing will be closed on Sunday 30th September for the final of the Open Competition. Boats are still available and may be booked by calling the lodge on 01324 714190.


September 10th 2018
Damsels, Rabbits, Cats Whiskers, Muddlers, Hoppers, CDCs, Eggs and Buzzers all accounted for plenty of fish this week. Sport from the boats has been excellent, and following a successful weed cutting and clearing operation sport from the banks has now come up to the same high standard. Floating and midge-tip lines were best over the shallower parts of the loch, while intermediate and slow sink lines tended to tempt the better fish from the deeper water at the dam.

B Sives had 11lbs 8oz in his 4 fish limit bag, B Brogan went slightly better with 4 fish weighing 12lbs 8oz, A Pow had his 4 fish weighing 12lbs and I MacDonald had 4 fish weighing 10lbs. Catch and release anglers also doing well were A Doyle and B Gair who each returned 12 fish, T Brogan had 10 fish and J Morton returned 8. I Calcott caught a White-tagged fish to win a free days fishing.

Visiting club the Anchor Fly Fishers had 12 fish weighing 25lbs 8oz to their 6 rods.

13 members braved all 4 seasons of weather on Sunday to fish the Memorial Trophy competition. In 3rd place was G Miller with 4 fish weighing 9lbs 4oz, second was G Grant with 4 fish weighing 9lbs 8oz and the winner was A Doyle with a fine bag of 4 fish weighing 10lbs 8oz.


September 3rd 2018
With the last few of the evening sessions, the loch fished very well this week, with a wide variety of tactics and flies being successful. Floating and midge tip lines were tops, with most of the fish feeding in the top couple of feet of the water. Dry flies worked well, with many fish coming to Daddies, Hoppers, Sedges and CDCs, while Dancers, Damsels, Rabbits, Cormorants and Eggs worked just as well subsurface.
Catch and release anglers B Gair, A Doyle, B Sutherland and A Wilson all returned limit bags of 12 fish each, while a total of 22 catch and kill anglers all weighed in 4 fish limit bags ranging from 7lbs 12oz to 15lbs.

Of the visiting clubs, Linlithgow AC had 46 fish weighing 94lbs to their 20 rods, while Barry's AC had 24 fish weighing 47lbs to their 8 rods.

Junior angler Jamie Millar (7yrs old), on his very first outing weighed in a lovely 4lbs 8oz rainbow as one of his 4 fish limit bag.
S Saunders won a bottle of whisky when he caught a White-Tagged fish, while S Hamill, fishing catch and relese, had a Green-Tagged fish, worth 100 pounds which was safely returned for another lucky angler to catch.

Anglers should be aware that the bank fishing will be closed on Sunday 9th September for the members only competition the Memorial Trophy. Boats are still available - to book call the clubhouse on 01324 714190.


August 27th 2018
The loch fished well this week with plenty of limit bags, some of which included some very good fish indeed. J Allan had 4 fish weighing 9lbs, with B Brogan and J Morton each recording 4 fish bags weighing 12lbs 8oz. The best bags of the week went to K Lewis and T Brogan who both had 4 fish bags weighing 15lbs. Fish of 5 and 6lbs were included in these catches, while A Pow had a nice fish of 4lbs 8oz.

Not to be outdone, catch and release anglers also did well with A Doyle returning 12 fish using Egg patterns, while M Nelson and G Miller returned 8 fish and 6 fish respectively, all on dry flies.

Best flies over the week were Rabbits, Damsels, Diawl Bachs, Kate McLarens, Buzzers, Hoppers and CDCs.

Club members are reminded that there are still places available in the members only competition the Memorial Trophy taking place on Sunday 9th Sepember.


August 20th 2018
Things are getting back to normal at the loch as the water temperature continues to drop. This does not mean that the fishing is easy, just that plenty of fish are being caught, on a variety of methods, by anglers who are in the right place at the right time.

He boats did better this week, when most of the fish seemed to be holding to the deeper water in the middle of the loch at times. Best results were on intermediate and midge tip lines with Damsels, Dancers, Rabbits and Blobs doing most of the damage. When duller, breezy conditions prevailed, floating lines from both the shore and the boats did well with Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, CDCs, Hoppers and Sedges accounting for most fish.

Catch and Release anglers did well this week with messrs McGraw, Colligan, B'Mera and Moffat all returning limit bags of 12 fish each. J Fowell returned 9 fish which included 2 fish over 4lbs and another 2 over 8lbs each. B Jack returned a nice fish estimated at 7lbs plus. Not to be outdone, catch and kill anglers J Johnston had 4 fish weighing 11lbs 12oz while A Lawson had 4 fish weighing 9lbs.


August 13th 2018
Results were mixed this week, with flat calms, some bright breezy days, some decidedly wet times, and the occasional great conditions of dull overcast with a nice breeze. The average bags for the majority of anglers this week was one, two or three fish, though when conditions were right, limit bags of four fish and bags up to eight fish returned by anglers fishing catch and release.

R Gray was delighted to return 6 fish on self-tied CDCs, while club secretary B Sutherland returned 10 on CDCs and 'F' flies. J Dougall returned 6 on a Kate McLaren while J Wilson, C Adams and F Easton all had limit bags of 4 fish weighing 9lbs each.

Successful flies were Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Spiders, PTNs, Kates, Hoppers, CDCs, F Flies, Damsels and Rabbits.

S Grainger returned a 4lb plus Brown Trout, G Bell returned Rainbow about 7lbs while best fish of the week went to J Oliphant who returned a braw Rainbow estimated at over 10lbs.


August 7th 2018
Catches have improved as the water temperature falls. The smaller, more active stock fish are now feeding heavily and are being caught from all areas of the loch. Floating lines and small imitative flies fished on or just beneath the surface have been very effective, while intermediate lines with lures have also been working well. Best flies have been Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, Spiders and Egg Flies. Top lures were Rabbits, both Black and Olive, Damsels and Dancers.

Fishing catch and release, A Cormack returned 12 fish on a Black Rabbit, P Baillie managed 11 on Buzzers and J Fowell returned 10 on Buzzers and Wotsits. G Telford returned 12 fish fishing a washing line with Crunchers and a small Booby including a Rainbow well into double figures, while W Gair returned a nice 5lb plus fish.
On kill tickets, B Brogan had his 4 fish limit weighing 8lbs on Black Rabbits while G Clark had his 4 fish limit on Black Spiders.

Catch and Release anglers will benefit from a reduction on a standard 4hr session from Saturday 11th August till the end of the season. This special ticket will cost £10 and has the normal limit of 12 fish returned.


July 30th 2018
The early part of the week saw the difficult conditions continue, with the fish being uncooperative and this was reflected in poor catches by anglers. The rain and windy conditions over the latter part of the week has helped to get the water temperature down a bit and has encouraged more fish to abandon their lying dormant on the bottom and to start feeding. There are now lots of fish showing at the surface although they are still being pretty selective as to which flies they are prepared to accept. Best flies have been Buzzers, Crunchers, Diawl Bachs, Egg Flies and CDCs with best lures being Damsels, Yellow Dancers and Black Rabbits.

B Grant had his 4 fish limit bag weighing 9lbs, while G Grant managed 11lbs 4oz in his 4 fish limit. Catch and release anglers also started getting better catches with W Brownlie returning 8 fish and A Cormack returning 12.

Heat 3 of the Millhall Open Competition was fished on Sunday evening with G Grant and G McEntee going through to join the previous qualifiers in the free final at the end of September.


July 23rd 2018
Things remain difficult at times on the loch with high water temperatures putting the fish off the feed. Catches were sporadic with fish only willing to feed for short periods and then switching off. Most of the fish seem to be holding to the cooler, deeper areas of water out from the dam, although large numbers of fish have been spotted in the shallow water at the opposite end of the loch. These fish appear to be just cruising around about 1 or 2 feet from the surface and are proving difficult to tempt.

Best flies have been Buzzers, Egg flies, Mop flies (Wotsits) and CDCs, with Yellow Dancers being the most prolific lure. G King had his limit of 4 fish for a weight of 8lbs, J Wilson had 4 weighing 11lbs 8oz and M Clarke had his 4 fish weighing 11lbs.

Catch and release anglers had fairly poor catches with low numbers of fish returned although G Watson managed 5 and A Cormack also returned 5 fish including 2 nice rainbows each estimated at 10lbs plus.


July 16th 2018
As the hot, sunny weather continues, conditions at the loch remain much the same as last week, with the majority of fish holding to the deeper parts of the loch. The water temperature is fairly high, so the water holds less oxygen and the fish do not feed heavily or for very long.

As last week, slow and deep seems to be the most consistent method, although short-lived rises allowed observant anglers to pick up some fish on dry flies and nymphs at and just below the surface. Best flies were Buzzers, Eggs, Diawl Bachs, CDCs, Spiders, Damsels, Dancers and Blobs.

D Bell had 4 fish weighing 13lbs 4oz, J Robertson had 4 for 14lbs, with a nice fish of 7lbs 12oz in his bag. G Arneil had 2 fish weighing 8lbs, E Burns had 10lbs 4oz in his 2 fish, including one over 9lbs, while A Forbes had a nice rainbow of 5lbs 12oz.
J Currie had the best bag on catch and release when he managed to return 10 fish, all caught on Diawl Bachs.


July 9th 2018
The heatwave continues and the fishing continues in much the same pattern as last week with the fish holding to the deeper, cooler water and feeding sporadically.

Some anglers are finding it difficult to locate feeding fish, but plenty of patience, and fishing slow and deep still produced the goods for those who persevered.

Best bag of the week went to W Keenan who had his 4 fish limit weighing 16lbs, D Muir had 13lbs in his 4 fish, W Bisset managed 4 fish weighing 9lbs, while D Brogan, J Malcolmson and J Allan all had 8lbs plus in their 4 fish bags. Some big fish are still showing up, with J Morton having a smashing big rainbow of 9lbs.

Catch and release anglers are averaging 3 or 4 fish per visit, with high numbers of fish caught being difficult at the moment.

Best flies have been Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Blobs, Daddy Longlegs and Dancers fished slow and deep.


July 3rd 2018
The hot weather continues and the fishing gets tougher. There were times this week when the doldrums really set in and the fish went completely off the feed, but anglers who persevered in the deeper parts of the loch still managed some credible catches. Again, some of the bigger fish have been showing up in catches. J Allan had his 4 fish weighing 12lbs 8oz, including one of 6lbs 4oz, while J Morton had a fine rainbow of 8lbs. I Calcott had 4 fish weighing 11lbs 4oz, and B Brogan had 3 fish weighing 11lbs 4oz. Mr McGregor had 2 fish weighing 11lbs, J Muirhead had a 6lb rainbow, and D Gregor had one of 5lbs 12oz.

Best flies were Damsels, Dancers, Ally McCoist, Buzzers and Spiders all fished on intermediate lines or floaters with long leaders.

The weed growth has been exceptional over the last few weeks so anglers should be prepared to encounter members of fishery staff involved in weed removal exercises. This has never put the fish off for very long, indeed sometimes there are more fish showing and feeding in the areas of water that have been newly cleared, as the insect life has been disturbed and is easier preyed upon.


June 25th 2018
Bright sunshine and somewhat breezy conditions were the norm at the fishery this week, with the majority of fish holding in the deeper water in the middle of the reservoir and off the dam wall. Some of the bigger trout, both Rainbows and Browns are appearing in catches, along with a few Tiger trout. Buzzers, Blobs, CDCs and Hoppers are accounting for a lot of fish, with Damsels and Dancers the most popular lures.

G Burke and boat partner G McGregor had 4 fish weighing 20lbs between them. This included fish of 8lbs 12oz, 4lbs 8oz and 5lbs 8oz. J Cowan had 4 fish weighing 12lbs 12oz (best 7lbs), while I McMillan had 2 fish for 15lbs 12oz (8lbs and 7lbs 12oz) and J Horn managed one of 7lbs. Junior member B Gair returned a lovely Brown trout of 5lbs plus.

The big fish continued to show up in the members only competition the 'Rainbow Trophy' on Sunday evening although they were all returned due to being capped at 3lbs for competition purposes. The winner was L Grant, second was B Gair and third was B Sutherland.

Of the visiting clubs, Honeywell FFC caught 16 fish to their 9 rods weighing a creditable 61lbs 12 oz.


June 18th 2018
With the changes in weather conditions, mixed results have been the norm at the loch, with some anglers doing very well while others struggled. Buzzers, small Nymphs, CDCs, Sedges, Spiders and Bloodworms have been working for the imitative anglers, while Blobs, Dancers, Damsels and Rabbits have worked for the lure guys.

Good bags include 4 for 10lbs 80z for K Lewis, D Bell had 11lbs in his 4 fish, B Johnstone had 3 fish for 11lbs and A McDouel had 2 fish for 12lbs. Catch and release anglers also had good sport - A. Cormack returned 9 fish, W. Brownlie returned 11 while A Doyle returned a cracker estimated at 12lbs.

Of the visiting clubs, Broxburn AC 11 fish weighing 44lbs 12oz on their recent visit.

Anglers are reminded that the bank fishing on the reservoir will be closed during the evening session this Sunday June 24th for our club competition the Rainbow Trophy, boats may still be available, to book contact the fishery at 01324 714190, while the day session is open as normal.


June 6th 2018
With the recent hot and sunny weather, the water temperature has risen considerably and we ask anglers who are returning fish not to prolong playing them too long and to try to ensure that the fish is well recovered before releasing them.

Buzzers, Bloodworms, Diawl Bachs, Sedges and CDC dries are working, with Blobs, Dancers, Damsels and Rabbits in various colours accounting for fish.

Although the fishing can be difficult at present, a lot of bigger fish are showing up in bags. Mr Easton and A Doyle each had rainbows weighing 11lbs, E Burns had a 9lb fish, G McGregor had one at 7lbs, J Richardson had an 8 pounder, B Brogan had a 5 pounder and a 6 pounder, and K Arneil had one of 7lbs.
Best bag went to D McTaggart with 4 fish weighing 15lbs 8oz.
Catch and release anglers doing well were B Gair and A Doyle who each returned 11 fish, and A Cormack who returned 10 fish.

Club members are reminded that the Rainbow Trophy competition takes place on the evening session on 24th June. Please contact the clubhouse to include your name on the entry sheet.


May 21st 2018
Strong sun and cold gusting westerly winds with the occasional heavy rain shower are not normally the best fishing conditions but anglers changing tactics are reaping rewards with high catch rates. The sun is warming the water but the cold evening winds are keeping the surface cool so the fish are again generally feeding from two to six feet deep with good surface rises during warmer evenings.
During the sunny spells Yellow Dancers, Growlers, Black and Green Fritz, Black Rabbits, Bloodworms, Buzzers, Cormorants, FABs and Eggs fished slowly on intermediate or midge tips with long leaders were working well. These tactics worked from both the boats or the deeper water from the Dam Wall, while static Black or Olive Buzzers and Diawl Bachs were catching most fish in the shallower parts of the loch.

Club secretary B Sutherland had a great time when he caught perfect warm evening conditions with lots of cloud cover and a nice breeze on Sunday evening. The fish turned on to a huge hatch of small dark 'curlybums' and were rising all over the place. He returned his limit bag of 12 fish within 90 minutes, all on size 12 and 14 CDC dry flies.

Other good bags went to A Cormack, who returned 12 fish on Cormorants, and J Wilson who returned 11 fish on Egg flies.
M Everitt had a nice 4 fish bag weighing 10lbs, while A Smith had 11lbs in his 4 fish limit.


May 14th 2018
The loch has been fishing very well with the better weather, with lots of limit bags for both catch and release anglers and those who wish to take home their catch. Floating or midge tip lines have been the order of the day, with intermediate and sinking lines taking over in the brighter parts of some very sunny days. Successful flies were Hoppers, CDCs, Daddy Long Legs, Buzzers, Egg flies, Nomads, Damsels, Rabbits and Walters Secret Weapon.

B Brogan had 4 fish weighing 11lbs 4oz, P McCluskey had 4 for 10lbs, J Allan had 4 for 10lbs 8oz, K Skilling had 4 for 10lbs 12oz, J King had 4 for 11lbs, B Gair had 4 for 12lbs and G Simpson had 4 for 13lbs. Catch and release anglers also did well, with C Mulholland returning 12 fish, R Bow returned 11fish and A Doyle returned 10.

We had a visit from Linlithgow Boy Scouts, whose 16 learner anglers managed to weigh in 4 fish weighing 8lbs while learning the ropes from SANA coaches.

Our own club competition, the Flybox Trophy, was won by C Mulholland, with junior angler B Gair was 2nd and G Telford in 3rd place


May 7th 2018
The 1st heat of the Millhall Open competition took place on Sunday evening, the qualifiers going through to the Free final on September 30th were 1st B Gair with four fish for 8lb 8oz, 2nd W Brownlie with four for 7lb 11oz and 3rd was G Miller with four for 7lb 10oz. There are three heats remaining on June 10th, July 29th and August 19th , all Sunday evening sessions, to enter contact the club on 01324 714190.

The better weather found the fish responding well to a variety of flies and methods, from dry flies on floating lines to lures pulled on intermediate and sinking lines. Best flies were CDCs, Sedges, Kate Mclarens, Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Nomads, Rabbits, Bloodworms, Damsels and Dancers.

The bank fishing on the reservoir will be closed during the day session this Sunday May 13th for the club competition the Flybox Trophy, boats may still be available, to book contact the fishery at 01324 714190, while the evening session is open as normal.


April 30th 2018
The persistent cold easterly winds are keeping the surface water temperature a bit lower than normal for this time of the year and can stop fish from feeding but with floating lines and weighted lures, Damsel, Dancers, Blobs and Cats etc retrieved slowly in the shallows are catching fish. In deeper water from the Dam wall or the boats static or slowly retrieved Buzzers, Eggs and Bloodworms are catching fish. During the occasional milder evening sessions, static CDCs or Suspender Buzzers, or Buzzers and Eggs under a bung has been productive for anglers who have the patience to wait.

Of the visiting clubs Falkirk FC had 24 fish weighing 48lbs 12oz to their 6 rods

Other good bags went to J Morton with 4 fish for 15lbs, including a nice 7lb Rainbow, J Allan had 4 for 10lb 8oz, and Alec Pow had 4 for 10lbs. Catch and Release anglers have done well too with A Cormack, W Brownlie, J North and Mr King all returning limit bags of 12 fish each.

The first heat of the Open competition is on Sunday May 6th during the evening session (16.30 -21.00), the qualifiers go through to the Free Final in October. There are still places available, to book phone the club on 01324714190.


April 23rd 2018
The first club competition of the season was held on Sunday for the Millhall Salver where 17 members took part, with a total of 60 fish weighing 127lbs 4oz were brought to the scales. The winner was junior member B Gair, with K Lewis in second place, and W Brownlie was third. G Telford had the biggest fish at 6lbs while other fish of 5lbs 8oz, 5lbs and 4lbs 8oz featured in various members bags.

The next club competition is the Flybox Trophy on Sunday 13th May and spaces are still available.

Some of the better bags this week went to T Forbes with four for 10lb on an Ally McCoist, I Baird had 4 for 12lbs, including a Blue-tagged fish to win a hundred pounds! J Black had 2 fish for 10lb, and Mr Sloane had 2 weighing 8lbs 8oz.. On catch and release, B Jack and T Bryant had 12 fish returned each, while G Watson and A Doyle each had 10 returned.

Best flies this week were Rabbits, Fritz and Ally McCoist for the lure guys with Buzzers, Bloodworms and Diawl Bach the best of the imitative flies.

The first heat of the Open competition is on the evening session (4.30 - dusk) on Sunday 6th May and spaces are available, all qualifiers go forward to the free final in October. All four heats are Sunday evening sessions and the final is a day session, for dates phone the clubhouse 01324 714190 or check the web-site http://www.millhall-reservoir.co.uk


April 16th 2018
Some of the better bags this week went to S Ure with 4 for 12lbs 12oz, while N Todd had 4 fish weighing 11lbs and D Thomson had 4 for 10lb. On catch and release, D McKenzie had 12 fish returned, while A Smart also had 12 returned.

Best flies were Damsels, Dancers, Bloodworms, Cormorants and Buzzers. With the better weather, the colour has dropped out of the water and the insect life on the water has exploded.

Of the visiting clubs, the Railway Inn FC had a grand day with their 9 anglers weighing in 33 fish totalling 85lbs.

Anglers should note that the reservoir will be closed during the day session to bank anglers on Sunday 22nd April for the members only Millhall Salver competition, boats are available, and the evening sessions will be open as normal.

The first heat of the Open competition is on Sunday 6th May and spaces are available, all qualifiers go forward to the free final in October. All four heats are Sunday evening sessions and the final is a day session, for dates phone the clubhouse 01324 714190 or check the web-site http://www.millhall-reservoir.co.uk/


April 9th 2018
The changeable weather made things a bit tricky at times for anglers this week, but when the fish 'switched on' anglers were well rewarded with good bags and high returns on catch and release. Successful flies were Black Rabbits, Yellow Dancers, Damsels, Ally McCoist, White Poodle, Cut-throat Cat, Buzzers, Cormorants, Bloodworms and Diawl Bachs.

A Dunlop and J McCann both had 4 fish bags weighing 10lbs, A Borland had 11lbs in his 4 fish while T Brogan went slightly better with his 4 fish weighing 13lbs. D Robb's 4 fish bag only weighed 8lbs, but one of his fish has a Blue Tag to win him a hundred pounds. On catch and release, A Cormack managed 2 limit bags of 12 fish returned this week.

Of the visiting clubs, Bathgate British Legion AC caught 27 fish weighing 64lbs 8oz to their 10 rods, while the Butcher Boy AC had a great day catching 87 fish weighing 180lbs 12oz, with only a single angler out of their 22 rods failing to complete a 4 fish limit bag.

The evening sessions start on Saturday 14th April from 16:30 till dusk (at present that's about 20.30). Anglers should note that the reservoir will be closed during the day session to bank anglers on Sunday 22nd April for the members only Millhall Salver competition, boats are available, and the evening sessions will be open as normal.


April 2nd 2018
The weather was changeable this week, at times making fishing hard for anglers trying to cast into strong winds and copy the many varieties of natural feeding but those who did were well rewarded with good bags or high returns on catch and release. Most fish are being taken on Dancers, Damsels, Cats Whiskers, with Buzzers, Blobs, Diawl Bachs and Bloodworms working well during sunny spells. Most of the fish seem to be concentrated in the shallower areas of the loch, around the banks, with the boats having slightly slower sport than the bank.

Of the visiting clubs this week the Bridge Inn AC had 31 fish for 70lbs 4oz to their 10 rods. Best bag went to Marty with his 4 fish weighing 14lbs.

A Cormack, G Bailey and D Weir had 12 each on catch and release, while other good bags went to J Bryant who had 11lbs 12oz in his 4 fish, B Brogan went even better with his 4 fish weighing 14lbs. G Anderson and D Lewis each had 4 fish for 11lbs, T Brown had 4 for 10lbs 4oz and R Whitelaw had 11lbs 8oz in his 4 fish.

The evening sessions start on Saturday 14th from 16:30 till dusk (about 20:30) and anglers should note that the reservoir will be closed to bank anglers on Sunday 22nd for the members only Millhall Salver competition. There are still places available, to enter phone the clubhouse on 01324 714190. The evening session will be open as normal.

The Open Competition dates are now available at the clubhouse and on the club web-site http://www.millhall-reservoir.co.uk/Open-Competition.html -- the heats are all evening sessions, the qualifiers go forward to the free final in October. For bookings please phone the lodge on 01324 714190.


March 26th 2018
There was excellent sport for both full ticket and catch and release anglers fishing from the boats or the bank. With the water warming and clearing slowly, fish are getting caught at all depths especially in the shallows around Firwood point and from the Dam Wall with intermediate or floating and midge-tip lines with Dancers, Cats Whiskers, Rabbits and Damsels being the most effective lures and Squirmies, Bloodworms and Buzzers fished slowly the most effective imitative flies.
Boat anglers are now doing particularly well as fish move into deeper water, with J McDermid returning 5 fish while his good lady S McDermid came out on top returning 11 fish.

Catch and Release anglers have been doing very well with C. Mulholland, W. Gair, and Mr Borthwick all returning bags of 8 fish each. Bigger fish have also been appearing, D Simpson had 2 fish for a weight of 7lbs 4oz, D Russell had 4 for 11lbs, J Bryant had his 4 fish for 9lbs, D McTaggart went slightly better with his 4 fish weighing 9lbs 4oz, and P Cowan had his 4 fish weighing 12lbs 12oz. Best bag of the week went to R Cummings who had 16lbs in his 4 fish bag. J Rogers only managed one fish, but it was a beauty at 7lbs 12oz.

Of the visiting clubs, Bonnybridge FFC had 29 fish weighing 84lbs to their 12 rods.

The Open Competition dates are now available at the clubhouse and on the club web-site, the heats are all evening sessions, the qualifiers go forward to the free final in October . To enter phone the clubhouse or pop in to put your name down.


March 19th 2018

The first full week of the season saw plenty of freshly stocked or overwintered fish being caught when the weather conditions allowed, giving good sport for both full ticket and catch and release anglers. The majority of fish have been caught in the shallower water around the banks, but fishing from the boats should pick up as it gets warmer. Despite the water still being coloured from the recent snows and thaws, fish are still getting caught at all depths especially in the shallows on the clubhouse and Fir Wood shores where anglers taking shelter from the arctic winds did well on lures and bloodworms. Buzzers, or PTNs and Diawl Bachs also worked well.

B Brogan had 10lbs for his 4 fish, R Bow had 9lbs 8oz in his 4 fish, while I Sharp went a little better at 10lbs 8oz for his 4 fish.
Catch and Release anglers also did well, with W Gair and A Cormack returning 8 fish each.

Mr Stuart caught a White-Tagged rainbow trout to win a bottle of whisky - cheers sir!

Visiting club Alexanders AC weighed in 44 fish for 99lbs 12oz to their 19 rods under very cold and windy conditions

Bookings are still being taken for visiting clubs and there are a few weekend dates available, to book phone 01324 714190 or via email at buzzerbill@virginmedia.com


March 12th 2018

The opening weekend eventually took place at Millhall when the snow finally melted. And a good start to the new season it was. Fish were caught all over the loch, on a wide variety of flies, from lures like Dancers, Rabbits and Blobs, to imitative patterns such as Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Cormorants and Bloodworms.
On Saturday, visiting club Dalzell AC had 21 fish weighing 45lbs 8oz to their six rods, while individual anglers also did well. T Brogan had 4 nice rainbows weighing 11lbs and also returned a lovely brown trout weighing well over the 3lb mark. Catch and Release anglers did well too with P Tanner returning 9 fish while J Hendry returned 8. Club secretary B Sutherland caught a Blue-Tagged fish (worth 100 pounds) which was safely returned for some other lucky angler to catch later.
On Sunday Millhall hosted a fund raising competition in aid of the Scottish Disabled Fly Fishing Association. 30 anglers took part in this catch and release event, where 169 trout were caught. First place went to Greg Donnelly with 15 fish, second was Mike Gilluley with 14 fish, and third was Neil Barret with 13 fish. A total of 1490 pounds was raised thru entry fees and a raffle. Event organisers expressed thanks to Millhall as a venue, staff involved, and all anglers who took part, and look forward to doing it all again next year.

March 1st 2018

Due to the horrendous weather conditions with the 'Beast from the East', Opening date for season 2018 will be Saturday 10th March. Closing date will be reconsidered later, but at the moment remains Sunday 4th November.


December 2017
Opening day for the 2018 season is Saturday 3rd March with day sessions from 9am-4pm. Club fees are due on or before that date and there are a few places available for new season tickets with variable prices.
There are no price increases this year for all season tickets and day tickets. There will still be a reduction of 2 pounds for senior citizens on a full day ticket on Mondays only. Season tickets allow entry to all club competitions, for details phone 01324 714190 or check the club website http://www.millhall-reservoir.co.uk/ or Bills e-mail address buzzerbill@virginmedia.com.
Evening sessions (16.30 - dusk) will start on 14th April, with the last evening session on 2nd September.
The tagged fish competition will be in place again this season with different prizes for different coloured tags with 100 pounds still being the top prize.
To continue to encourage novice juniors (under 16) into fly fishing at Millhall they will be allowed to fish free when accompanied by an adult, fishing or non fishing.
Bookings are still being taken for visiting clubs and there are still a few weekend dates available.