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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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.