Artloch Fishery Aerial Photograph

Fishery Reports & News

 Date: 9 May 2017


While last week was for the hardy anglers, since the weekend the weather has been a little kinder, well as least some days have!   The problem with the changeable weather is that the trout are looking for some consistentcy.   At the moment, we're getting a decent day with rising fish and the next nothing on the surface.   The only advice that I can therefore give is to fish the conditions.   By this I mean if it's very bright and nothing rising, then fish with either an intermediate or a sink tip.  If fish are rising, then they are obviously in the higher water, so a floating line should be the order of the day.   

As in the past, fish are still being caught even when they are not being seen.  Testament to this is the 3 1/2 lbs brownie tempted on a traditional wet fly (sorry the actual fly was not recorded)


The actual length of this fine fish was exactly 20 inches and as you can see it had a full tail and gave the angler the fright of his life when it took the fly and shot off!

While the weather has been changeable, I delighted to say that every angler has caught fish.   The majority of trout have been in the 2 1/2 lbs range, but the catch record shows a number being caught are 3 to 4 lbs.   We've also had a 5lbs and now a 6lbs 2oz rainbow caught; the later on a lure using a sink tip.   The rainbow is below:

This fine fish also gave the angler a bit of a shock, tearing around the loch before finally landing it.   While it has a good tail, a small part was missing - an otter perhaps?

With every angler being successful (the best basket was 10) over various conditions, it's very difficult making suggestions for any particular fly.   All I can say that nymph patterns and brightly coloured lures fished both in the top and bottom halves of the water have tempted fish.   However, buzzers have not been particularly attractive to the trout, despite seeing House Martin skimming over the water.

Anglers have once again commented upon the quality and very good condition of the fish which is nice to hear.



   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!



   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.