Fishing: Organisers hope Hooked on Harlaw will lure more anglers as the season gets going

THE popular Hooked on Harlaw drop-in fishing taster is back with a new attraction next month. This time it will feature an exhibition of antique fishing tackle.

Saturday, 11th May 2019, 6:30 am

Sean Williams, a regular angler at Harlaw and Threipmuir, will be exhibiting on Sunday, June 2 and will be based at Harlaw Visitor Centre in the Pentland Hills above Balerno.

And there are other attractions around the centre between 10am and 3pm. Jim McComb will be cooking freshly-caught rainbow trout on an open-air BBQ. Samples are free.

Bob Armstrong will be showing visitors how to prepare trout for eating in a different way without cooking it. For the record, gravlax is a Nordic dish of raw salmon, cured in salt, sugar, and dill. It is usually served as an appetizer. Trout is ideal for this preparation and free samples will also be available.

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Ronnie Robinson, another well-known face at the two reservoirs, will be demonstrating the art of fly tying. And G P Goh (correct) and Robert Ross, past chairman of Malleny Angling (MA), who organise the event, will be showing visitors how to cast a fly. MA chairman Jim McComb said that last year more than 60 people, including youngsters, tried fly casting.

“We were graced by beautiful weather and we naturally hope for the same again. The idea is to showcase fly fishing and demonstrate that men and women and children can take part in the sport.”

It also allows the non-profit-making club, who administer fishing at the two reservoirs, to publicise the waters.

Currently, a day pass is £20 and anglers can keep three fish, a day pass for catch and release is £15, an evening pass (from 5pm to dusk) is £15 if you want to keep two fish or £10 for catch and release. Under-16s can fish free with a permit holding parent.

Elsewhere, two clubs enjoyed a great day of sport despite chilly conditions at Morton Fishings near Livingston.

Boss John Mackay reported that Dunfermline Angling Club landed 21 fish using diawl bach and various lures. Good Companions landed 22 fish and their favourites on the day were buzzers and lures.

Glencorse Reservoir owner Bill Taylor revealed some of his clients had up to 30 fish with the most productive lines being were D3 or Fast Glass lines with nymphs, mini lure and cormorants proving the best patterns.

Bowden Springs owner Jim Garagro said he is still dogged by a “pesky” east wind but catches have still been good. Trout have tended to swim in the upper layers of his fly loch with floating lines working and buzzers and snail patterns producing with damsel patterns catching on warm days.

Mike and David Thomson had seven nice rainbows up to 4lb 7oz and Ian Burns caught two fish for nearly 6lb on wet flies. Livingston angler Jim Bryce landed two rainbows on a hot-head damsel also reaching nearly 6lb and he released two others of similar size while nine-year-old Bailey Patterson caught a 3lb brown trout, her first fish.

There have been some notable catches in the bait loch with Peter Grant from Bo’ness hooking three rainbows for over 8lb, the best 3lb 15oz.

Andy Patterson from Linlithgow Bridge claimed a 6lb 3oz fish and John Hamilton, aged six, had landed two rainbow trout for 5lb 3oz. Ledgered Powerbait was best here.

Leeanne Aitchison of Drumtassie was packed with anglers in the fly and bait ponds over the holiday weekend.

William Clarkson from Forth bagged a hard-fighting 13lb 5oz rainbow fly fishing while Livingston-based Mark Sievewright landed a 12.5lb trout on a Rapala lure in the bait pond and fish of 8.5lbs and several more of around 3lbs on Powerbait.