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Catch Reports 2018

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.