Avonbank Fishery CIC
With the warmer weather, the insect life in the loch has kicked into high gear with some huge hatches of fly, in particular large olives and small black gnats. The trout have quickly locked on to this abundance of food and when the smaller gnats are hatching it can be frustrating to anglers to have so many fish rising in front of them and yet not easy to catch. On the other hand, when the large olives are hatching, the trout will readily take both buzzers and dry flies.
Top tactics this week have been buzzers and small nymphs on floating lines, with dry flies (CDC shuttlecocks and Daddy Long Legs) when cloud covered the sun.
The deeper water along the dam produced lots of fish during periods of extended bright sun, with anglers going to intermediate lines and small lures fished slowly.
B Martin weighed in a 4 fish limit weighing 9lbs, A Wilson had his 4 fish weighing 9lbs 8oz, as did M Smith and P Hall, S Martin had 4 fish weighing 8lbs 8oz and K Hardie had his 4 fish weighing 10lbs.
On catch and release, M Buchanan returned 9 and 12 fish on two visits, A Stewart and W Gair both returned 11 fish and S Bell returned 9 fish.
May 24th 2021
Trout fishing can drive you bonkers at times, with some anglers struggling for a fish or two, while others were reporting great sport with lots of offers. If you were in the right place when the conditions gave us good hatches of small grey flies, pulling traditional wet flies through the surface on floating lines had the fish chasing and boiling at the flies. Daddy Long Legs, Kate McLarens, Bibios and Wingless Wickhams were successful for Messrs Thomson and Sutherland who each returned 12 fish, and reported many more offers. K Heenan got in on the act, returning 10 fish, caught on Hoppers and Buzzers, while R Blues and J Naismith each returned 8 fish, with J Allan returning 7 fish.
The other side of the coin had C Black and L Bunce each returning 9 fish, but this time pulling Snakes on sinking lines. So it pays to completely change tactics when you are not doing so well.
On kill tickets, J Morton weighed in a limit bag of 4 fish weighing 9lbs 8oz, while G Snedden had 3 fish weighing 8lbs. All of the anglers who caught fish reported that while the fish were a little smaller, they fought like champions and provided great sport.
May 17th 2021
With the weather more settled this week, the loch continued to fish well, and the trout seemed a lot more willing to forego their previous few weeks fixation on Buzzers and were caught on a wide variety of flies and lures, fished at various depths on both floating and sinking lines. While Buzzers still accounted for fish, Egg patterns, Diawl Bachs, PTNs, Bloodworms, CDC Shuttlecocks, Sedges, Daddy Long Legs, Damsels, Dancers and Blobs all were successful for the anglers using them.
A few of the catch and release anglers doing well were I White, A Doyle and J Wilson who each returned 8 fish, while M Buchanan managed to return 10 fish, with S Paige returning 11 and M Bonar and A Cormack both returning 12 fish.
D Muir and D Sneddon both weighed in limit bags of 4 fish weighing 9lbs, while G Anderson had 4 fish weighing 9lbs 11oz and D White had his 4 fish weighing in at 10lbs 4oz.
The Flybox Trophy competition was fished on Sunday with 10 anglers weighing in a total of 32 fish weighing 64lbs. R Gray finished in 3rd place, with G Anderson 2nd and B Sutherland was the winner.
May 10th 2021
Wild swings in conditions, with bright sunshine, lashing rain, flat calms and howling gales, add in the occasional hailstones and you have the last week at Millhall. Buzzers remain the top fish taker, although sometimes it took a while to find the feeding depth as the fish moved up and down in the water. Changing the point fly from surface patterns thru unweighted to weighted flies allowed anglers to find the correct depths at the appropriate times. Black and Black/Red buzzers are still proving hard to beat, although dry flies such as CDCs and Hoppers took fish well when surface feeding fish were showing. As ever, lures still took some fish, with Damsels, Dancers and Bloodworms top choices.
Limit bags of 4 fish went to B Brogan, A Watson, B Watson, C Ramsey, A Burns, R Reilley and W Bailey with weights of 8 to 10.5lbs. Catch and Release anglers doing well were W Bailey and W Brownlie who each returned 9 fish, J Stocker and R Cochrane who each returned 10 fish, while A Cormack, R White, D Couper, R Greirson, B Gair and M Bonnar each returned 12 fish.
Season Ticket holders should note that the Flybox Trophy competition will be fished on Sunday 16th May day session (9.00- 16.00). Boats will still be available and may be booked at the cabin on 01324 714190.
May 3rd 2021
The loch continued its fine form this week with many anglers weighing in limit bags or high numbers on catch and release. By far the best flies were Buzzers, with black and red topping the catches. When fish were showing consistently on the surface, washing line tactics with a dry fly on the point and a couple of Buzzers on droppers was very good, and when the fish dropped deeper in the water straight-lining a team of Buzzers was the most successful tactic. Of course, other flies took fish throughout the week, with lures such as Damsels, Rabbits, Ace of Spades and Bloodworms accounting for fish, while small imitative patterns like Diawl Bachs and PTNs also scored well.
B Brogan, I Calcott, K Lewis, J Mitchell, J Stein, J Stewart and W Brownlie were among the anglers recording limit bags of 4 fish weighing between 9 to 11lbs, while R Davie, M Gilhooley, A Cormack, D Maillor, W Gair, M Barker, D Duncan, S Paige, D Tullis, R Cochrane, R Gray, F Aitchison, S Hamill and D Reid were among those recording numbers of between 9 to 12 fish each returned on catch and release.
April 26th 2021
The loch fished well this week, with the water finally reaching crystal clear condition, the fish have been feeding hard on big hatches of buzzers. When there was a ripple, or even a hint of cloud cover, the fish were well up in the water, as the amount of rises testified. Only during glaring bright sunshine did they go a bit deeper, and the anglers who got their depths right consistently caught fish.
Buzzers were by far the most successful flies, although Egg Flies and Diawl Bachs scored well too. Best of the lures were Damsels, Apps Bloodworms and Yellow Dancers.
Good bags went to I McDonald, A Lawson and D Duncan, who each weighed in limit bags of 4 fish weighing 9lbs. Catch and release anglers got into the action with D Tully and R Couper returning 9 fish each, W Brownlie, A Easton, L McDonald, A McAuley and J McGill each returned 10 fish, and R Blues, W Gair and R Gray each returned 12 fish.
April 19th 2021
Warmer weather had big hatches of insects coming off the loch, with lots of fish showing at the surface taking advantage of this food source. When the sun was bright, the fish seemed to switch off, but when it got duller they started rising all over the place. The fishing was easy at times, with Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and PTNs being the most successful flies, although Apps Bloodworms and Damsels also worked well in the deeper areas.
Catch and release anglers doing well were R Weir, S Niblo, J Martin and R Anderson who each returned 12 fish, with R Wright having 11 fish, F Aitchison with 10 fish, and D Talbot and R Hill returning 9 fish each. G Shepherd weighed in a nice bag of 4 fish weighing 10lbs 8oz and the best fish of the week went to Mr Savage with a nice rainbow of 10lbs 8oz.
The Millhall Salver was fished on Sunday with all 10 anglers catching limit bags of 4 fish each. B Sutherland was 1st, with R Gray 2nd and G Anderson 3rd.
April 12th 2021
Cold and frosty mornings gave way to bright and sunny conditions most days this week. The fish were well up in the water early on, then went deeper when the sun came out, only to come up in the water during periods when clouds covered the sun.
T Smith returned 8 fish on Crunchers, W Brownlie returned 9 fish on Diawl Bachs, R Gray returned 12 fish also on Diawl Bachs, and R Anderson returned 12 fish on Apps Bloodworm.
J Milne and J Taylor both weighed in 4 fish each weighing 8lbs, while G Snedden and D Muir both had 2 fish weighing 8lbs each. Novice angler T Robb took advice from the cabin staff and tied on an Apps Bloodworm to catch his very first 2 rainbow trout on a fly rod - well done mate, it only gets better from now on.
April 5th 2021
Make sure you bring your box of Buzzers if you are coming to fish the loch. Diawl Bachs, PTNs, Egg flies, Damsels and Black Rabbits all caught fish this week, but the fish are feeding hard on Buzzers at present and they are outfishing everything else. During warm, sunny spells there were huge swarms of flies hatching off, especially on the Fir Wood shore, and the trout were homed in on them.
Best fish of the week went to J McCallum who had a lovely Rainbow Trout of 7lbs on a size 16 Copper Buzzer. J Milne, R Woods and D Duncan all had 4 fish each, all weighing in at 10lbs, while J Bryant came close with his 4 fish weighing 9lbs.
On catch and release, J McGill and J Jack both returned 12 fish each, with J Dougall returning 11, and A Cormack and W Turnbull both returning 9 fish.
Our evening sessions, (16.30 till dusk) begin on Saturday 10th April and given some warmer evenings should start to produce some good sport on dry flies.
March 29th 2021
The usual Scottish spring weather this week gave the anglers conditions ranging from calm, bright and sunny to cold, wet and windy, with some frosts and hailstones thrown in. The rains and wind resulted in fairly coloured water but the fish continued to feed well, particularly on the windward bank along the fir wood side, and the deeper water along the dam also started to fish well. Buzzers and nymphs like Diawl Bachs and PTNs scored well, as did Cormorants and Bloodworms, while Egg flies and Cat bugs fished under an indicator produced plenty of fish. Small lures continued to work well, with Black Rabbits, Damsels and Ally McCoists being best.
Catch and release anglers doing well were C Drake, A Cormack, D Risk and I Dobbie who returned limit bags of 12 fish each, while B Salmond weighed in his 4 fish limit weighing 10lbs, with R Kennedy having 4 fish weighing 9lbs 6oz, D Bell's 4 fish weighed 9lbs 3oz and A Dobbie had his 4 fish weighing 9lbs 2oz.
March 22nd 2021
With more settled weather, the loch has fished steadily this week. Floating and Midge-tip lines coupled with smaller, imitative flies have been the most successful combinations, although Intermediate lines and lures still accounted for plenty of fish. Fish remained high in the water and at times there were substantial numbers of fish rising to hatching insects. Dry flies like small Hoppers and CDCs caught fish when a rise came on, although a 'washing line' with a couple of buzzers or nymphs teamed with a dry fly on the point was exceptionally good. Black or dark Traffic Light Buzzers and Red or Blue Diawl Bachs worked well, as did Red or Green Cormorants.
Limit bags went to J Muir, who had his 4 fish limit weighing 9lbs, D Bell whose 4 fish weighed 9lbs 3oz, R Kennedy who had 4 fish weighing 9lbs 6oz, followed by B Snedden and A Lawson who each had 4 fish weighing 8lbs 8oz. On catch and release, C Drake and B Gair each returned 12 fish and A Cormack managed 8 fish.
March 15th 2021
Cold, wet and windy weather made the fishing challenging at times this week, although it did not seem to put the fish off at all. Saturday was a busy day with 31 anglers recording a total of 87 fish, with local club Alexanders AC having 43 fish to their 14 rods, including a rainbow of 12lbs to S Bennie. The wind picked up on Sunday with fewer anglers on the water, but those prepared to punch into the wind still recorded good bags with B Sutherland returning 12 and R Gray returning 10 fish.
Most successful flies were Ally McCoist, Hot-head Damsel, Black Rabbit, Cormorants and Diawl Bachs with a lot of fish to be found tucked in tight on the exposed windward bank. While floating lines were still catching, intermediate and midge-tip lines accounted for the majority of fish.
March 8th 2021
With the first full week of the 2021 season under our belts, the loch continues to fish well. Despite colder conditions the 71 anglers who visited Millhall this week caught a credible 258 fish, of which almost 200 were returned to the water.
Several excellent browns in the 4-6lb class were taken again this weekend whilst novice angler E Alexander had a fine 12lb overwintered rainbow to add to the 10lb one he had last Saturday. Mr Jordan got in on the act with another fine rainbow of 13lbs, while catch and release anglers accounted for good bags with C Mulholland and C Old each returning 9 fish, B Gair and M Ezzi each returned 8 fish and R Gray had 7 fish.
Small darker flies and mini lures accounted for most fish, with several good baskets also coming to static buzzers
March 1st 2021
The 2021 season opened on Saturday at the loch. Conditions were fine over the weekend and this was reflected in the number of anglers on both Saturday and Sunday. A total of 68 anglers caught 344 fish over the two days, with the majority fishing catch and release, and most fish returned safely to the water.
Some of the best catches were A Doyle and I Dobbie with 11 fish each, while A McAdam and J McGill had 12 fish each. R Baird and C Randall managed 10 fish each. Some fine overwintered specimen fish put in an appearance with double figure Rainbows falling to F Alexander and C Mulholland. Junior angler M Anderson had a 10lb Rainbow, while two 2 Brownies of 4lbs & 6lbs and the largest Rainbow of the day, a cracker of 15lbs went to A Doyle.
4 other Rainbows over 8lb were caught, along with a further two 4lb plus Brownies, all of which were over wintered fish.
Successful flies were Diawl Bachs, Cormorants, small Black Lures, Egg flies fished under an indicator, and Bloodworms.
Season Tickets are now available from the cabin and give a substantial saving over the cost of day tickets for those anglers who fish the loch often.