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Catch Reports 2019

November 4th 2019
It may have been a pretty wet and dismal week with the weather, but the trout did not mind that at all. Fish were feeding hard in the top few feet of the water and were caught all over the loch. Again, floating lines were order of the day, with Cormorants, Diawl Bachs, Bloodworms, Damsels and Rabbits working well. Bloodworms and Egg flies fished under an indicator also did well for some anglers.

K Lewis, T Brogan and G Sneddon all had limit bags of 4 fish weighing 10lbs 8oz. A McLaren had a nice 4lb fish while A Moore had one of 5lbs. On catch and release, A Doyle, R Gray and B Sutherland each returned 12 fish, while B Cooper, J Morton and B Jack returned 8 fish each.

On Sunday, the loch hosted a day for the Scottish Youth Development program, where 24 young anglers and 6 coaches had an average catch of almost 10 fish each, with nearly 300 fish caught and returned.

Our regular season is now over, but fishing will continue to be available (weekends only) over the winter months. Please see the website www.millhall-reservoir.co.uk/news(winterfishing) for further information.



October 28th 2019
As the regular season winds down, we had some widely different fishing conditions, with some serious frosts, to bright and breezy, to blazing sun and flat calms. The changing conditions slowed up things for anglers, but when conditions settled the fish came hard on the feed and most anglers did well.
A Pow had 4 fish weighing 11lbs 8oz, with K Lewis weighing in 4 fish for 10lbs. D McTaggart had 4 fish weighing 9lbs and J Morton managed 4 for 8lbs. Catch and release anglers also got in on the act with F Aitchison returning 10 fish, R Riley returned 7, with A Doyle, A Cooper and J Allan all returning 8 fish each.
Floating and midge-tip lines remain top scorers, with a range of flies from Cormorants, Diawl Bachs, Bloodworms, Egg flies, Damsels, Dancers and small Rabbits all doing the business.

The last day of our regular season is Sunday 3rd November. Anglers should be aware that the loch has been fully booked and will be closed on that day for a fund raising event in aid of the Scottish Youth Development program.
Fishing will continue to be available (weekends only) over the winter months. Please see the website www.millhall-reservoir.co.uk/news(winterfishing) for further information.



October 21st 2019
As the weather starts to cool down, the loch continues to fish well, with fish feeding high in the water all over the loch. Floating and midge-tip lines were in use by the majority of anglers, with the most consistent flies being Cormorants in various guises. Egg flies, Bloodworms and Okey Dokeys fished under an indicator were also very successful, with Damsels and Ally McCoists the best scoring lures.

M Nowyk had a good bag of 4 fish weighing 12lbs 8oz (including a 6lbs 8oz rainbow), while J Morton had his 4 fish limit weighing 13lbs. D McTaggart had 4 fish weighing 10lbs, A Lawson had 4 fish for 9lbs and W Brownlie Snr managed 3 fish weighing 10 lbs. A Pow had a lovely rainbow of 5lbs.
Catch and release anglers also did well, with A Cormack and R Gray returning 12 fish each, while W Brownlie Jr and F Aitchison each returned 10 fish. B Jack returned 9 fish.

Of the visiting clubs, Bathgate British Legion AC had a good day with their 11 rods recording 19 fish weighing 42lbs, while Brightons Inn AC had 14 fish weighing 33lbs to their 6 rods.



October 14th 2019
The loch fished well this week, with plenty of the bigger fish showing up. Floating and midge-tip lines were the order of the day with most of the fish holding in the top few feet of the water. While lures still accounted for some fish, small imitative flies with a bit of movement scored best. Cormorants, in various colours, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, Kate McLarens and Hare Lugs were successful. Egg flies and Bloodworms fished under an indicator also worked when it went calm.

G Salmon had a fine limit bag of 4 fish weighing 12lbs 4oz, including a fish of 8lbs 4oz. A Dennis had a 2 fish bag weighing 9lbs 8oz, I MacDonald had 4 fish weighing 8lbs 8oz and B Brogan had 4 fish weighing 8lbs 4oz. J Allan had a good rainbow weighing 8lbs, G Grant returned a fine fish well into double figures, and B Sutherland also returned a good fish just a little smaller. R Johnston returned 9 fish, R Gray returned 12 fish, C Black and P Riley each returned 8 and B Gair and R Riley both returned 7 fish.

The final club competition, the Millhall Pairs, was fished on Sunday, with last years winners, G Telford and C Mulholland winning for a second year. A Doyle and B Sutherland were runners up, with J Bannerman and G Grant taking third place. With all results in for the season, congratulations go to club champion G Telford, with A Doyle taking the runner up spot.



October 7th 2019
With the recent wintry changes in the weather, things have slowed down a little at the loch. The fish are only feeding at the surface during the few warmer, calmer periods we had. Combined with the volumes of colder, coloured water the rains and winds brought, the fish have moved a bit deeper, so intermediate and sink tip lines have been more successful than floaters. Dark, mainly black flies and lures were the order of the day, with Dancers, Rabbits and Tadpoles doing well, while Cormorants, Diawl Bachs and Buzzers also scored.

There were relatively few anglers braving the conditions this week, with correspondingly few limit bags, though most folk caught a few fish, with some of the bigger specimens coming to the net. A Wilson returned 10 fish on catch and release, including a cracking Tiger Trout estimated at around 5lbs. Club secretary B Sutherland returned 6 fish, with 2 of them estimated about 7lbs each - great sport on a 3 weight outfit.

Anglers should be aware that the bank fishing will be closed on Sunday 13th October for the last club competition of the season, the Millhall Pairs. Boats will still be available - to book call the clubhouse on 01324 714190, or drop in and make your booking in person.



September 30th 2019
Big fish continued to dominate in catches this week, J Allan weighed in a 2 fish bag totalling 16lbs with one fish at 7lbs 8oz and the other at 8lbs 8oz. T Brogan had 4 fish weighing 12lbs 8oz, including one at 8lbs. A Davie had his 4 fish weighing 12lbs, including one at 7lbs 8oz. A Nimmo had a nice fish of 7lbs, while J Morton had one of 7lbs 8oz. B Brogan had a good fish of 6lbs 12oz, and J Horne had a 2 fish bag weighing 8lbs 8oz.
Catch and release anglers doing well were D Bradshaw who returned 12 fish, A Cormack who returned 8 fish and B Gair who returned 7 fish.

Floating lines with dry flies of Hoppers, CDCs, Shipmans and Daddy Long Legs all worked well, with Cormorants, Diawl Bachs, Kate McLarens and Crunchers working just below the surface. Intermediate lines with Damsels, Rabbits and Dancers also took a lot of fish when there was little surface action.

The final of the Open competition was fished on Sunday with the 11 qualifiers weighing in a total of 38 fish weighing over 80lbs. Winner L Grant won a Greys rod, 2nd place went to K Lewis to win a Greys boat bag, and 3rd placed G Miller won a premium fly line.

Anglers should be aware that the bank fishing will be closed on Sunday 13th October for the last club competition of the season, the Millhall Pairs. Boats will still be available - to book call the clubhouse on 01324 714190, or drop in and make your booking in person.



September 23rd 2019
The fishery continues in good form with some of the bigger specimens featuring in some lucky anglers bags. With a mixture of different tactics and both floating and sinking lines working, best flies were various dry flies - Daddy Long Legs, Hoppers, Sedges and CDCs, with Yellow Dancer, Damsels and Ally McCoists best of the lures, while old favourite traditional Kate McLaren was the outstanding wet fly.

Best bag of the week went to E Faichan, who had a great bag of 4 fish weighing 18lbs. Other good bags, went to A Gibson and B Salmond who each recorded 4 fish weighing 9lbs 8oz, and I Macdonald who had 4 fish weighing 9lbs.

Catch and release angler J Bannerman returned 3 fish, with 2 of them estimated in the 7-8lbs range, while B Gair, J Allan and J Morton each returned 8 fish.

Anglers should note that bank angling will be closed on Sunday 29th September for the final of the Millhall Open competition. Boats fishing will still be available - to book a boat phone the cabin on 01324 714190.



September 16th 2019
Now that the cooler weather has moved in, things are back to normal at the loch. Fish are feeding hard at or near the surface early on in the mornings, where dry flies, nymphs and buzzers fished on floating lines has been successful. As the day wears on the fish appear to be going a bit deeper, especially if it goes calm. Longer leaders or intermediate lines accounted for fish then. A lot of different flies were working, from CDCs, Hoppers and Daddy Long Legs to Bloodworms, Blobs and dark coloured Lures.

J Muirhead had a nice bag of 4 fish weighing 10lbs, J Bryant had his 4 weighing 9lbs 8oz, J Morton had 4 fish for 8lbs 8oz, while J Horn had 2 fish weighing 5lbs, I Gourtlay had 2 fish for 6lbs and A Gibson had his 2 fish weighing 8lbs 8oz.
Catch and release anglers doing well were B Gair, who returned 12 fish, A Doyle and S Hepburn each returned 8 fish, while S Maxwell and B Jack each returned 7 fish.



September 9th 2019
The loch continues to fish very well with fish feeding on or very near the surface. Floating lines coupled with small dry flies such as Hoppers, CDCs and F flies have been provoking lots of offers, especially when twitched, although hooking and holding on to them has been a lot more difficult. This sort of action was prevalent when there was cloud cover, but when the sun shone brightly a change to small wet flies and nymphs fished a few inches down produced most of the offers. Successful flies were Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Cormorants and Crunchers, although traditionals such as Kate McLarens and Spiders also did well.

Limit bags were common, as shown in the club competition the Memorial Trophy, fished on Sunday, where all 13 anglers recorded limit bags of 4 fish each, although some left it to pretty late in the day. Winner was G. Miller, with L. Grant second and B. Sutherland in third place.



August 26th 2019
The loch has come back on form with a bang - the algae has cleared completely and the water clarity has improved no end. The trout are feeding heavily with a lot of activity on and near the surface. Floating lines and small imitative flies have been doing the business, though sometimes the fish have shown a marked preference for flies that have been moving quite quickly, even buzzers pulled fast through the surface working well. Top flies were Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Cormorants and Black Spiders, with CDCs, Hoppers, Daddy Long Legs and Muddlers being the best of the dry flies. Intermediate lines with Blobs and Fabs also produced plenty of fish, especially on a roly-poly retrieve.

B Brogan had his 4 fish limit weighing 8lbs 8oz, T Ives and B Martin each had 4 fish for 10lbs, D Muir had 4 fish for 9lbs, A Gibson had 4 for 9lbs 8oz and B Monaghan managed 4 fish weighing 11lbs. J Allan had 3 fish weighing 9lbs, while R Brickstock and B Sharp each had 2 fish weighing 6lbs 8oz and 7lbs respectively.
Catch and release anglers also had some fine catches with R Bow returning 10 fish, J Ross and R Gray each returned 11 fish and A Doyle returned 12.

The last of the evening sessions for this season will take place on Sunday 1st September from 16.30 - 20.30.

Anglers should note that the loch will be closed on the following Sunday 8th September for the club competition the Memorial Trophy.



August 19th 2019
With the weedcutting and algae control measures coming into effect, coupled with the extremely high levels of rainfall flushing great volumes of fresh water through the loch, the fishing has been a bit topsy turvy this week, at times producing great sport with heavy fish, while at other times the doldrums descended and fishing got really hard. The algal blooms have disappeared, and the water has a peaty tinge from all the burns feeding the loch, so water clarity will improve as the monsoons die away to be replaced by our normal dreich Scottish weather.

Limit bags were had by B Brogan and R Gray who each had 4 fish weighing 8lbs 12oz, while A Golding had 4 weighing 9lbs. J Black had a nice fish of 5lbs, D Risk had one at 5lbs 8oz, A Lawson had 2 fish weighing 7lbs, A Holmes had 2 weighing 6lbs and M Pickering had 2 weighing 9lbs. Catch and release anglers doing well were W Bissett and I Johnstone who each returned 7 fish, with S Smith returning 9 fish and J Wilson returning 10 fish.
Tactics were all over the place, with sinking lines and lures working at times and floating lines with buzzers and dry flies working at others.

Now that the daylight in the evenings is getting shorter, the last of the evening sessions for this season will take place on Sunday 1st September from 16.30 - 20.30.

Anglers should note that the loch will be closed on the following Sunday 8th September for the club competition the Memorial Trophy.



July 29th 2019
The algal bloom in the loch is still fairly heavy. When the wind blew it tended to give us clearer water on the lee shore, with most of the algae pushed onto the windward shore. Unfortunately when it was calm the algae was spread evenly over the loch.
The cooler, wetter weather has helped, and hopefully we will see a big improvement soon.

There were few anglers who braved the rains this week, and this was reflected in low catch returns. P Meiler weighed in 4 fish for 10lbs 8oz, J Gibson had his 4 fish weighing 9lbs and S Scott had 4 fish weighing 8lbs 8oz. A Stoddart had a 2 fish limit weighing 7lbs while J Jackson had his 2 fish limit weighing 7lbs 12oz. Intermediate lines with Blobs and Dancers worked best while floating lines with Buzzers and Diawl Bachs also caught fish.



July 22nd 2019
Some cooler, wet and windy weather has significantly reduced the algal bloom in the loch. Its only really a band of a few metres wide on the windward shore that the algae is heavy, with most of the loch showing clear. Needless to say, the clear water was where the fish were, and some fine bags of fish were taken. Intermediate or slow sink lines with Damsels, Dancers, Rabbits and Blobs worked well for some anglers, while floating or midge tip lines with Buzzers and Diawl Bachs did the business for others.

Limit bags went to T Baird with 4 fish weighing 14lbs, K Lewis had 4 fish weighing 12lbs, A Gibson had 4 fish weighing 11lbs, with D McTaggart and B Brogan both had 4 fish weighing 9lbs 8oz. Catch and release anglers doing well were A Cormack who returned 8 fish, R Cochrane returned 10 fish and club secretary B Sutherland returned 11 fish, including a Rainbow over 6lbs and a lovely Brown trout well over 3lbs.

Heat 3 of the Millhall Open competition takes place on the evening of Sunday 28th July, 4.30 - dusk, with approximately a third of entrants progressing to the free final on 29th September. To enter please call the cabin on 01324 714190.



July 15th 2019
The loch is carrying a fair bit of algae at the moment and with only light breezes combined with blazing sunshine and high temperatures, there is little likelihood of it dissipating quickly. End result for anglers this week was that the fish stayed well down and successful anglers had to go deep to contact them. Intermediate lines and lures such as Damsels, Rabbits and Blobs worked well, although those anglers who stuck with floating lines had plenty of fish using Buzzers and Diawl Bachs on long leaders to get deep enough.

A Lawson had his 4 fish limit weighing 13lbs 12oz, R Kennedy had 4 fish weighing 10lbs, D Bell and J Bryant each had 3 fish weighing 9lbs 8oz, I Calcott had 3 fish weighing 7lbs 12oz and J Bennie had 2 fish weighing 7lbs.

On catch and release, A Hunter returned 11 fish and P Cochrane returned 10 fish.

Heat 3 of the Millhall Open competition takes place on the evening of Sunday 28th July, 4.30 - dusk, with approximately a third of entrants progressing to the free final on 29th September. To enter please call the cabin on 01324 714190.



July 8th 2019
The loch continued to produce some of the bigger fish this week, with some hefty bags and high numbers of fish on catch and release.
As per the last couple of weeks, the fish have been on the feed sporadically, then switching off for periods. It was also noticeable that the fish were moving up and down thru the water column throughout the day, with plenty of rising fish at times, followed by periods of almost no surface activity.

B Brogan had his 4 fish limit weighing 10lbs 8oz, with D McTaggart also recording the same, while T Forbes had 4 fish weighing 11lbs 8oz. L McFadden had 3 fish weighing 13lbs, while I Calcott had 2 fish weighing 10lbs 4oz. R Wilson and J Smith shared a boat catching 7 fish weighing 16lbs between them.
On Catch and release, J Galloway returned 10 fish and R Bow returned 8 fish.

A variety of flies and methods were successful, ranging from pulling Snakes on intermediate lines to CDC dry flies on floating lines. Other successful flies were Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Kate McLarens, Damsels, Bloodworms and Rabbits.

Heat 3 of the Millhall Open competition takes place on the evening of Sunday 28th July, 4.30 - dusk, with approximately a third of entrants progressing to the free final on 29th September. To enter please call the cabin on 01324 714190.



July 1st 2019
The loch continued to fish in an on/off fashion this week. At times the fish were hard on the feed and it was probably harder not to catch fish, and at other times the fish just switched off and only the odd one or two could be caught. Oddly, there has been plenty of the bigger fish putting in an appearance.

G Anderson and S Smith shared a catch and release boat for an evening with Gordon returning 10 fish and Stuart returning 8. The guys reckoned that nothing they caught weighed less than 3lbs, with 4 of their 18 fish estimated at over 8lbs each. Having seen a short video of their evening, confirms that there were indeed very big fish caught. Successful tactic was Damsel flies fished on an intermediate line.

J Morton also had a good day when he weighed in a 4 fish limit bag weighing 15lbs, while B Brogan managed 4 fish weighing 10lbs 8oz, I Macdonald had 4 fish weighing 9lbs and W Mair had 2 fish weighing 8lbs 4oz.
Other good catch and release numbers went to J Galloway who returned 10 fish, and J Sharp who returned 9 fish.

Overall, intermediate lines were the most successful, with Damsels, Rabbits, Kate McLarens and Diawl Bachs the best flies. When the fish did come to the surface to feed CDCs, Hoppers and Sedges worked well on Floating lines.



June 24th 2019
The loch behaved in a real topsy turvy manner this week with the fishing being superb at times, with high numbers of fish being caught, especially to catch and release anglers, while at others it was very hard going with very few fish showing on top and relatively few fish being caught.
Dry flies on floating lines accounted for very few fish, while midge-tip and intermediate lines with small nymphs fished slowly, or blobs and lures pulled quickly seemed to be the best methods. Best flies were PTNs, Diawl Bachs and Hares Ears, with Damsels, Rabbits, Blobs and Dancers being the best lures.

F Meechan caught a Red-Tagged trout to win himself a free days fishing, while S Smith caught a Blue-Tagged fish, worth a hundred pounds. He was fishing catch and release, so the fish was safely returned to the water for some other lucky angler to catch.

The club competition, the Rainbow Trophy, was fished on Sunday evening, on a night when the fish were playing really hard to get. The winner was G. Telford, second was G. Grant and third place went to A. Doyle.



June 17th 2019
The loch continues to fish very well, despite the weather being very mixed. During the drier periods fish have been feeding hard on or very near the surface, so floating lines, dry flies such as CDCs and Hoppers and small nymphs like PTNs and Diawl Bachs did the business. The cooler, wetter periods sent the fish deeper, and intermediate and sinking lines with lures such as Damsels, Dancers, Bloodworms and Blobs were successful.

Good Bags were taken by R Bristock, who had 4 fish weighing 12lbs, while G Martin had 4 fish weighing 12lbs 2oz. B Brogan, A Nimmo and I Calcott each had 4 fish weighing 9lbs, while DLewis managed 4 fish weighing 9lbs 8oz.
Catch and release anglers also did well with A Cormack returning 12 fish, B Eadie and A Doyle each returned 9 fish, while W Brownlie returned 8.

Of the visiting clubs, Anchor Fly Fishers had 14 fish weighing 29lbs 8oz to their 7 rods, while Broxburn AC had 11 fish weighing 24lbs 8oz to their 4 rods.

Anglers should note that the reservoir will be closed during the evening session on Sunday June 23rd for the club competition the Rainbow Trophy. The day session will operate as normal.



June 10th 2019
Despite some really mixed weather, the loch has been fishing well, especially in the evening sessions when warmer cloudy conditions produced abundant midge and sedge hatches. On these occasions, Floating lines, small dry flies, CDCs, Hoppers, and Sedges were responsible for fooling many fish. If dry flies were not your thing, then small Buzzers, generally fished on a 'washing line' were equally productive. Of course, fishing being what it is, anglers who persevered with Intermediate and Sinking lines, especially in the deeper water off the dam had success with lures such as Black Dancers, Rabbits and Damsels, and, as usual, the ubiquitous Blob scored for some.

Some good bags were had by K Lewis who had 4 fish weighing 10lbs 12oz, T Brogan who had 11lbs in his 4 fish, W Baillie managed his 4 fish weighing 9lbs, and J Reynolds had a lovely rainbow weighing 5lbs.

Large catches were recorded to catch and release anglers, with B Gair, W Brownlie, I Coutts and R White all returning 12 fish, closely followed by K Skilling who returned 11 fish and A Doyle and J Ross returned 9 fish each.

Heat 2 of the Millhall Open competition took place on Sunday evening, with A Doyle in 1st place, B Gair in 2nd and B Sutherland in 3rd place. These anglers go through to the free final in September.



May 27th 2019
Our weed control measures have proven effective over the past few weeks with all areas of the loch almost weed free and totally fishable. The pulling and removal of weed has disturbed a huge amount of aquatic insect life and the trout have been feeding heavily on this bonanza. Floating, midge-tip and neutral density lines combined with small imitative flies have been the most productive method this week.
Successful flies were Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, Spiders and Kate McLarens, with dry flies also scoring with CDCs, Hoppers, Sedges and Daddy Long Legs all scoring well, especially when twitched across the surface.
Lures still took fish with Damsels, Dancers, Rabbits and Blobs catching fish when fished a little faster.

Typical limit bags were recorded by B Brogan who had his 4 fish weighing 11lbs, J Allan managed 4 fish weighing 10lbs and J Morton had 4 fish weighing 9lbs 8oz.
Catch and release anglers doing well were P Christie who returned 9 fish, R Riley also returned 9 fish and A Doyle and B Gair returned 7 fish each.

Heat 2 of the Open Competition takes place on Sunday 9th June (4.30 - 9.30). A third of all entrants go through to the free final on Sunday 29th September. To enter call the cabin on 01324 714190



May 20th 2019
Its more of the usual at the loch this week - the fishing has been steady with fish feeding in the top foot or so of the water on ascending and emerging buzzers. There have been fine hatches of large Olives and the trout are taking advantage of this. Floating or midge tip lines fishing Buzzers on a washing line or CDCs, Hoppers and foam headed Buzzers when the fish have been picking flies from the surface were the best methods, although Damsels, Egg flies and Bibios all accounted for fish.

I Calcott had his 4 fish limit weighing 10lbs, A Gibson and J Wilson each had 4 fish weighing 9lbs and I Johnston had 4 weighing 9lbs 8oz. Catch and release anglers also doing well were A Aitchison and W Wood who each returned 10 fish, R Riley and M Watt each returned 8 fish.

Heat 2 of the Open Competition takes place on Sunday 9th June (4.30 - 9.30). A third of all entrants go through to the free final on Sunday 29th September. To enter call the cabin on 01324 714190



May 13th 2019
Warmer days with lots of sun has caused a surge in the weed growth at the top of the loch. This has resulted in a big increase in aquatic insect life with huge hatches of flies and the fish have been feeding heavily on both the ascending and emerging pupa.

Floating lines with Buzzers, Nymphs and Dry flies are scoring heavily, though Bloodworms, Blobs, Eggs and lures such as Rabbits and Damsels are still accounting for their share of fish.

D Muir, G Sneddon, J Morton and N Gibson all recorded limit bags of 4 fish weighing 9lbs each, G Ramsay had 4 weighing 9lbs 8oz, while catch and release anglers were well represented by A Cormack, C Mulholland and club secretary B Sutherland who all returned 12 fish each.

Of the visiting clubs, Barry's AC had 29 fish weighing 64lbs 4oz to their 8 rods, Shotts Bon Accord AC had 18 fish weighing 40lbs 8oz to their 5 rods, and Rosyth Dockyard AC returned 52 fish to their 8 rods on their recent catch and release visit.



May 6th 2019
Fish are feeding hard on the rich insect life in the loch with profuse buzzer hatches during warmer periods, so it comes as no surprise that Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and small nymphs were top flies this week, with CDCs, Hoppers and Daddy Long Legs taking fish on the surface when the cooler winds eased. Floating lines were order of the day, with intermediate and slow sinking lines doing the business with Damsels, Rabbits, Dancers, Blobs and Bloodworms when the fish went deeper.

Good bags were had by J Morton, who had 4 fish weighing 10lbs, G Telford with 4 fish weighing 9lbs 8oz, T Brogan with 4 fish weighing 10lbs 4oz and B Gair with 4 fish weighing 11lbs. A Cormack returned 12 fish on catch and release while W Gair returned 9.

The Flybox Trophy club competition took place on Sunday where 13 anglers weighed in 42 fish weighing a total of 90lbs. Winner was B Gair, with G Telford second and G Anderson in third place.



April 29th 2019
Better weather has meant better fishing at the loch with lots of limit bags and high catch returns on catch and release. J Morton and D Duncan each had 4 fish weighing 10lbs 8oz, J Tetstall had 4 fish weighing 10lbs, R Thomson had 4 for 9lbs 12oz, while M Clinton had 4 weighing 9lbs 8oz. Catch and release anglers B Brogan, J Sneddon, A Cormack, A Doyle and J Duncan all returned 12 fish each with G Shearer managing 11. Floating and midge-tip lines were top scorers although some fish fell to intermediate and slow sinking lines. Buzzers outfished everything else, with Diawl Bachs, Blobs, Rabbits, Ally McCoist and Damsels accounting for fish. Dry flies such as Hoppers and CDCs worked well when conditions were right.

Of the visiting clubs, Kilsyth AC had 39 fish weighing 90lbs to their 17 rods, with Falkirk FC recording 25 fish weighing 54lbs 12oz to their 8 rods.

Heat 1 of the Millhall Open competition took place on Sunday evening with 8 anglers weighing in 27 fish weighing 62lbs 12oz. The majority of fish were caught on CDCs and Buzzers. The top 3 anglers going thru to the free final in September were G Miller, W Brownlie and D Bullen.



April 22nd 2019
The club competition (Millhall Salver) was fished on Sunday with fine and sunny conditions in the morning, although it got pretty breezy in the afternoon. 14 anglers took part, with 12 of that number weighing in limit bags of 4 fish. In 1st place was A Gray, 2nd was W Brownlie and 3rd was G Grant. A total of 53 fish came to the scales, weighing 113lbs 8oz.

The loch has fished well both on day sessions and into the evenings with many anglers commenting on how hard fighting the fish have been. Smaller, more imitative flies like Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, PTNs and Crunchers did best, though plenty of fish were still caught on lures such as Damsels, Rabbits, FABs, Blobs and Growlers. Floating and Midge-tip lines took the majority of fish, though as always, Intermediste lines also accounted for fish.

Anglers doing well were T Johnston who had 4 fish weighing 9lbs 8oz, B Brogan who had his 4 fish weighing 8lbs 8oz and A Lawson who had 3 fish weighing 8lbs. Catch and Release anglers A Cormack and G Baillie both returned 12 fish, with G Anderson returning 10 fish.

Heat 1 of the Open Competition will take place on the Evening session (4.30 - dusk) of Sunday 28th April. Call the cabin on 01324 714190 to enter. Qualifiers go though to fish the free Final on Sunday 29th September.



April 15th 2019
Lots of fish being caught on a variety of flies and methods. Although it has been dry, there was a mixture of milder, sunny days when fish were up on the surface, and days when bitterly cold winds put them down a few feet, but the fish were still actively on the feed with plenty of good catches recorded.

D McTaggart, T Brogan, W Baillie and G Milne all weighed in limit bags of 4 fish weighing 10lbs, while D Harrington snr had 4 weighing 10lbs 8oz and D Harrington jr had 4 weighing 11lbs 4oz. B Allan had 4 fish weighing 10lbs 12oz, and also returned a nice Brown Tout of 4lbs, while D Harrington jr also returned a stunning Brownie of 7lbs. Catch and release anglers also recorded some fine catches, with A Cormack, F Gray, A Doyle and C Gibbens returning 12 fish each. B Dylan, F Connor and T Smith all returned 10 fish each.

Both Floating and Intermediate lines scored well, with Rabbits, Dancers, Damsels, Snakes and Blobs top lures, and Buzzers, Snatchers and Diawl Bachs best of the imitative patterns.

The Railway Inn AC had a good day when they visited, with their 11 rods having 18 fish weighing 45lbs 12oz as well as 24 fish returned on catch and release.



April 8th 2019
The loch continued to fish steadily all week with plenty of limit bags to both those anglers on kill tickets and those fishing catch and release. The bigger fish did not show up in the same numbers as in previous weeks, but the standard 2 - 3lb stockies made up for this by fighting like tiger, as attested by many of the successful anglers.
Again, floating and midge-tip lines were the best bet when we had cloud cover, with intermediate and sinking lines doing better when it was bright. A Laing weighed in his 4 fish limit bag for 11lbs, as did B Ferguson, while D Robb had 10lbs 8oz in his limit, Mr Keeney had his 4 fish weighing 10lbs and D McTaggart had 4 fish weighing 9lbs. On catch and release A Cormack returned 12 fish, L Grant returned 10, and W Gair returned 8. Successful flies were Damsels, Rabbits, Humungous, Diawl Bachs, PTNs, Bloodworms, Buzzers, Cormorants and FAB blobs.

Of the visiting clubs, the Butcher Boys AC weighed in 62 fish for a weight of 146lbs 8oz to their 24 rods, while Bathgate British Legion AC recorded 28 fish weighing 67lbs 8oz to their 13 rods.

Anglers should be aware that the evening sessions, although short at this time of year, (16.30 - dusk), start on Saturday 13th April.



April 1st 2019
Some bigger fish appearing in anglers bags this week. P Cowan had the best bag of the week with a 4 fish limit which weighed in at 16lbs 12oz, including a cracking rainbow of 9lbs. R Cumming also had a good rainbow of 8lbs in his 4 fish bag weighing 11lbs 4oz. S Vance and B Dempsey each had 4 fish weighing 12lbs, while T Brogan and M Nelson both had 4 fish bags weighing 11lbs.
Catch and release anglers doing well were A Cormack who returned 12 fish, B Sutherland returned 10 and A Newall returned 8 fish.
Successful flies ranged from Damsels, Rabbits and Poodles to Buzzers, PTNs, Diawl Bachs and Kate McLarens. Floating or midge tip lines were the order of the day when it was warmer, but when the very cold winds blew, intermediate and sinking lines scored better.

Visiting club Bonnybridge AC had a fine outing with their 13 rods weighing in 47 fish for a weight of 123lbs 4oz. Club member A Douglas also caught a Red-Tagged fish to win a bottle of Vodka.

Anglers should be aware that the loch will be closed on Saturday 6th April when Butcher Boy AC has booked the whole venue.



March 25th 2019
With more settled weather, the fish have switched on to the rich natural feed in the loch. This has been reflected in the catch returns, with the majority of fish falling for smaller patterns like Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Okey Dokeys, Kate McLarens and Bibios. Some fish were also caught on CDC dries when conditions favoured a rise.

Mr Thomson had a nice limit bag of 4 fish weighing 13lbs, with J Bryant coming close with his 4 fish weighing in at 12lbs. Catch and release anglers had some fine catches too, with A Cormack returning 9 fish, J Miller, A Laing and C Kerr each returning 8 fish, and Mr Borthwick returning 6.


March 18th 2019
Despite some very changeable weather, ranging from mild and sunny thru howling wind and rain to heavy snow, the loch fished surprisingly well and steadily all week. During the milder periods, most fish fell to floating and midge tip lines, and in the colder conditions, intermediate and sinking lines worked better. Successful flies were Damsels, Rabbits, Ally McCoist, Bloodworms, Buzzers, Blobs, Eggs, Diawl Bachs and Cormorants.

K Lewis had his 4 fish limit weighing 12lbs 8oz, W Murray had 4 weighing 12lbs 2oz, I Sharp had 4 weighing 12lbs and S Bennie had 4 weighing 11lbs. Catch and release anglers also doing well were B Gair and his grandfather W Gair who each returned 12 fish. P Riley returned 10 and A Doyle returned 8fish.

Of the visiting clubs, The Tartan Arms AC had a morning session which resulted in 13 fish weighing 38lbs 2oz, while Alexanders FFC braved the blizzards on Saturday to weigh in 31 fish weighing 84lbs 12oz.


March 11th 2019
With the first full week of the season under our belts, the loch has fished well when milder conditions took place, getting noticeably more difficult when the colder winds cooled the water. The fish seem to have been moving around in small shoals with different hotspots every day. The dam wall, Fir wood bank and the far side bank all fished well, although at different times, with the boats fishing better at the start of the week then tailing off as the week progressed. Floating lines, Midge tips and Intermediates all accounted for fish, with Damsels, Ally McCoist, Rabbits, Bloodworms, Blobs, Buzzers, Cormorants and Diawl Bachs being the most productive flies.

Best bag of the week went to J Bryant with a 4 fish limit weighing 14lbs. K Lewis had 4 fish weighing 9lbs 8oz, while I Calcott and I Baird each had 4 fish weighing 8lbs 8oz. Catch and release anglers doing well were A Cormack and R Weir who returned 12 fish each while Mr Stewart returned 10 and W Gair returned 8.

Of the visiting clubs, Falkirk FC had 24 fish weighing 45lbs to their 11 rods, with A Kidd catching a red-tagged trout to win a free days fishing. Dalzell AC had a catch and release outing with their 7 rods returning a total of 39 fish.


March 4th 2019
The 2019 season opened to a calm, warm and sunny morning on Saturday. All anglers were rewarded with good bags of both recently stocked and overwintered fish. Floating or intermediate lines took most of the fish, with a variety of flies being successful. Bloodworms, various Black and Olive lures, Buzzers, Blobs, Diawl Bachs and Cormorants all caught fish.

R Archer had a nice 12lb fish in his limit bag of 4 fish weighing 20lbs, while A McDonald weighed in his 4 fish limit weighing 14lbs, including one of 8lbs. R Kennedy had 4 fish weighing 10lbs 4oz, and D Bell had 4 fish weighing 10lbs.
Catch and release anglers also did well with J Dougall, A Doyle and C Mulholland all returning 12 fish each. Club secretary B Sutherland caught a red-tagged fish worth a bottle of whisky, which was returned with his other 9 fish on catch and release.

On Sunday, the loch played host to a fundraising event in aid of the Scottish Disabled Fly Fishing team. This took the form of a catch and release competition, with L Grant taking 1st place. S Barclay was 2nd, and 3rd was G Steele. The event raised over 1200 pounds. Full details on the SDFFA Facebook pages.


February 25th 2019
Opening day for the 2019 season is this Saturday the 2nd 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. Season tickets allow entry to all club competitions, for details phone 01324 714190 or check the club website http://www.millhall-reservoir.co.uk/ There will still be a reduction of 3 pounds for senior citizens on a full day ticket on Mondays only. 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 encourage novice juniors (under 16) to 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. Anglers should note that the loch will be closed on Sunday 3rd March to host a fundraising event in aid of the Scottish Disabled Fly Fishing team.