Artloch Fishery Aerial Photograph

Fishery Reports & News

 Date: 5 Mar 2017

  

Having restocked recently, this has certainly stirred up the fish with the vast majority of anglers taking fish.   I say vast, because there always seems to be the odd angler who fails to catch, while others do.

The best basket has been recorded as 10+ fish that included one circa 6 lbs and another at 4lbs; both were returned.   Another 6lbs fish was also caught and this was an absolute cracker with a firm body and almost fully finned.   I say this because it was clear that in it's younger days a small corner of the fin had been removed!  While other fish circa 3 ot 4lbs have also been caught, the majority have been in the 2 - 2/12 lbs range.   I should also add that a couple of brownies, best said to be 2 lbs, have also been tempted to take the fly.

The best fish was 7lbs 7ozs Rainbow and this was returned safely.  

What is pleasing is being told by the anglers that the fish being caught are in both great condition and "fit".

Choosing flies can sometimes be down to the angler's choice, but the Cat's Whisker has tempted a number, together with a Diawl Bach.   However, as most of you will know, what fishes well one day, will not the following.

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   As a reminder to potential anglers considering visiting Arltoch, gone are all the trees that were in the loch and the 3 old larch trees along the south side near the inlet.   In addtion, the bull rushes that were close the larch trees have also gone.   This means that there is now full access all around the loch, except for the causeway which has always been "out of bounds"

Sunset on 9 Dec 16.

 

The photos of the loch renovation will remain on this site for a little while longer because so many anglers have talked about them   For anyone who has an interest in the work, we estimate that we moved between 800 and 1000 tonnes.

     The following photographs were taken on 21 Jul:

     The bay in front of the fishing hut/carpark lookjing to the bottom of the loch.

    Again the front bay but toward the left.

     Another looking toward the bottom of the loch, but taken nearer to the island.

     The top end of the loch.

    

    Past photos are follows:

    The view from behind the Green Shed.

    

 

    The view of the bay in front of the car park looking to the top of the loch where the water comes in.

     The bay behind the Green Shed.

    

     The view looking straight at the bottom of the island.

    

      Hopefully, self explanatory.   But if you're not sure, the view from the bottom of the loch where the outlet pipes are.

     The view from the opposite bank looking toward the island and the top of the loch.   Note that the black is where the dried grass, rushes and reeds have now been burnt.

    Again, I hope self explanatory.  In the past 24 hrs the water has now started to come from behind the island and move up toward the inlet pipes.

   The view from the causeway - no fishing from here will remain when we re-open.

  

    Finally, a couple of videos and still photos taken when we were removing the silt.

    This photos shows the spoil being dumped at the other side of the loch.   When it was completed, we had filled a hole around 12 feet deep by some 30 feet long!

   

     Another load!

 

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   Sharpe's of Aberdeen have a number of their landing nets that are seconds are at a special price.   They are only available from the fishing hut.

   Sharpe's are also about to introduce 3 new sizes to their excellent Gordon 4 fly rod range: 14' #9/10 an 8 '5" #5 and a 9' #6.   These are 4-piece fly rod with the same action as the Gordon 2 and received an excellent "new product" review by Trout Fisherman.