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  Golden Loch, Fife
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28-04-2010
  #370  
By yardbent on 23-10-2017, 10:53 AM
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hi john

future plans for 2018

email sent to you

john
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  #371  
By johngolden on 30-10-2017, 09:54 AM
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Default Oct-30-Week-45-2017

Goldenloch


October 30th, Methinks, today is the official end to summer 2017, yesterday the clock went back an hour, however today, we woke up this morning to a clear crisp early frost, and it looked like no one had told the fish, that summer was over, early anglers Eddie Henderson and Harold, were treated to the start of winter fishing, but on their arrival neither lads expected to see as many fish rising in all areas of the loch, a rise that would have put any evening summer rise to shame, the water just now is absolutely gin clear, the wind these last few days has been gentle and not overly gusty, perfect conditions, perfect water, perfect fish, one of the big advantages of having a lot of weed during the summer months was that the massive food source within it, has produced some super fit and top condition fish, we have lots of naturalised fish of 3 > 4 lbs and more, Browns, Blues and Rainbows, these fish were stocked at a kilo and have grown on, the last few days has produced some amazing results, carpet Bob, Newburgh, 6, 5 returned, keeping one at 3lbs, Stewart Milne, Glenrothes, on a day ticket, 9 all caught using black flies including dries, Brian Kemp. EX Kaptain, Kirkcaldy had 5 fish, can’t believe that, Bill Bruce, Kirkcaldy enjoying the sport had 4 all returned, Huff and Puff are being missed, their character and fun loving ways were always cheery, hoping all is going OK, a swift and speedy recovery, its way to cold out here just now, so I will try to keep you both well informed, so the revamping at the loch continues, we put hard standing in to the boat jetties last year, (was well worth it), we have renewed all our original jetties, with new improved wider and longer ones, incorporated seating, (nothing but compliments), put new seating round the loch, this year has seen a ridiculous amount of rain fall and the access up the loch side fail dramatically, mostly due to vehicles getting bogged down , a new surface repair is in hand, but more importantly we are changing the lodge, removing the old one from the bottom of the car park to the top, the new lodge will be much larger and have a kitchen, toilet and changing room, probably a log burner yet to be decided, but most definitely a table although the old giant picnic bench we have, has done exceptionally well over the years, I would like to think that a large roofed over veranda area in front of the lodge could be made, we shall see what happens, clearing the site has already started, what we envisaged is that your visit with us should be a pleasure, the environment warm and cosy, proper decent toilets and clean changing faculties, with hygiene and health and safety never as important as they are now its too easy to be complacent a move forward is required.

Fly Fishing is a Pastime, it is not only relaxing, but also rewarding, come to the “Goldenloch” enjoy your Hobby to the max, no stress, only tranquil surroundings abundant wildlife, great fish, Brown, Blues and Rainbows, you will not be disappointed. Phone 01337840355 or 07968006367 ask for John or look up Postcode KY14 6HZ
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  #372  
By johngolden on 06-11-2017, 09:26 AM
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Default Nov-05-Week-46-2017

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Nov-05-Week-46-2017

Seriously chilly these past few days, I would imagine for a few of the guys fishing in the past week, this will probably be there last outing for the season 2017, so how has this season 2017 faired, well we have stocked just a bit over 3000 fish, and a quick and I mean really quick tally of the book, some 1800 fish were caught and dispatched, but unfortunately some catches don’t get recorded, so this figure needs to include Osprey kill (approx 100 fish) plus Otter kill and of course natural wastage, it is more like to be another 650 on top of the 1800, which leaves approx 600 in the loch over the coming winter months, these figures are very similar to last season, which surprised me a little, as it seemed like this year was a lot quieter, mostly I think, due to this summers poor weather, which definitely has had a pronounced effect on the fly hatches, instigating the lack of fish rising in the summer months, this is not been a great season for hatching flies, yet it has been one of the most exciting seasons for fish getting caught using dry flies, for some reason the fish have been very active in certain areas, and produced great fishing for those that knew where to go, and what to use. At the Goldenloch we try very hard to give the angler and the fish, the nearest to natural environment, the fish come from our supplier ( every fish stocked unless a special size is requested is 1 kilo or 2.2lb ) they are introduced discretely into the water, allowing them to convert to the abundant natural feeding, we feel strongly that these fish which are feeding on the shrimp, snails, buzzers whatever is available, taste so much better, this seems to be bourne out by the compliments on the fighting ability and quality of the fish caught by anglers, our remit has been and still is after nearly 40 years in this business “Fishing is for fun and relaxing”, weed was a bit of a problem for some, plus a touch of Algae but nothing too serious, this week has been good for some, Billy and Colin from Newburgh and Perth, doing really well of the jetties, boat fishing this week has been spoilt by the wind Leslie Mitchell, Dunfermline, caught a few a few and two guys on the bank both had 4 each, Huff and Puff out today, nice to see them, but both feeling the cold left pretty sharpish, Ian Wallace, Kinglassie, out yesterday had a good day 12, all returned, and back today getting only 5, his boat partner Pele, I am not sure but I think 1, but he lost a few,

Fly Fishing is a Pastime, it is not only relaxing, but also rewarding, come to the “Goldenloch” enjoy your Hobby to the max, no stress, only tranquil surroundings abundant wildlife, great fish, Brown, Blues and Rainbows, you will not be disappointed. Phone 01337840355 or 07968006367 ask for John or look up Postcode KY14 6HZ
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  #373  
By johngolden on 13-11-2017, 08:53 AM
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Default Nov-12-Week-47-2017

Goldenloch


Cold fingers and faces this week, but the fishing is still as good as ever, some very reasonable catches being had, Ian Wallace, Kinglassie had another amazing day, but it was bitter cold, as did Derry, its got to be noted that these guys really do enjoy the outdoors, Billy and Colin today Sunday, with a hard Easterly wind, caught several all of the old boat jetty, but coming here to fish, it is only part of the experience of travelling from afar, its all about enjoying your hobby and being tasked with catching a few trout, this week we had a visit from a well known fishing magazine, they wanted to incorporate the Goldenloch into a “Fish in Scotland” article, which really was all about increasing their presence and readership, but really they just wanted our cash and as I tried to explain to the people, they must understand fishing is a recreation, it is a hobby, just now, its being undermined by the huge amount of trash flies that bear absolutely no resemblance to natural flies, or rather traditional “Fly Fishing Flies”, We here at the “Goldenloch” are very fortunate in that we have a huge, nae a massive diverse amount of wildlife, we have supreme top quality clean fish, Brown, Blues and Rainbow, massive food reserves to sustain these fish, but more importantly its relaxing, its good value for money, and its only for those that enjoy proper fishing, enjoy the selection of pictures these are all from the “Goldenloch” this year.

Fly Fishing is a Pastime, it is not only relaxing, but also rewarding, come to the “Goldenloch” enjoy your Hobby to the max, no stress, only tranquil surroundings abundant wildlife, great fish, Brown, Blues and Rainbows, you will not be disappointed. Phone 01337840355 or 07968006367 ask for John or look up Postcode KY14 6HZ
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  #374  
By johngolden on 21-11-2017, 09:02 AM
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Default Nov-20th-Week-48-2017

Goldenloch

The world we live in has changed, it is happening faster than anyone expected, hopefully its not to late to see some healing, I was born on a remote farm and have lived in the countryside all my life, as a child I spent not just hours, but days, weeks even months on my own, playing in woodlands, fields, rivers, ponds etc, the weather played a big part in my childhood, from what I can remember things happened, then they were over, Foggy days lasted a few days, nobody could see anything past a few feet, but once over it was done, thunderstorms were very dramatic and happened during the day, were as I can remember really dramatic and noisy, Frost and Ice was an exception and it lasted for months, December till March, So what’s my point well, with all these changes the animals, birds and fish have all had to adapt to a new set of conditions, one of the biggest changes that I have noticed is the lack of small winged insects, like flies, bugs, ladybirds, moths, butterflies, in general all that came from the grubs that used to be caterpillars maggots and stuff like that, its been exceptionally poor this year for small insects, a knock on is that the birds have suffered, also fish have not had nearly the same amount of surface or even sub surface, insects, buzzers and flies to actively feed on, Yes there have been fish rising, looking for grub, but there hasn’t really been a huge amount of stuff for them to get, a lot of these rising fish in some fisheries, the ones that stock every week are expecting fish pellets as that is what has happened in most of their short life, but in the wild the fish are being forced to go deeper and forage for food in the mud, they are looking for snails, bloodworms, beetles worms and anything else that lives down there, starting this spring at the “Goldenloch”, we are going to reverse this situation by creating a new and exciting area, which hopefully will extend to the whole loch, we used the 30 plus tons of weed, that was extracted from the loch last summer to make a huge compost heap, then mixing it with soil, into this we are planting Nectar and pollinating plants, hoping that eventually we will have areas that will encourage lots of winged insects butterflies, moths Etc, these will then lay there eggs hatching into new life which will then be flying over the water and entice the fish to jump even higher, If anyone has plants that fit this description and are looking for to be part of these plans bring them along I am sure there will be plenty space, It’s a project for life, by this I mean new life, bringing with it new and exciting fishing.


Fly Fishing is a Pastime, it is not only relaxing, but also rewarding, come to the “Goldenloch” enjoy your Hobby to the max, no stress, only tranquil surroundings abundant wildlife, great fish, Brown, Blues and Rainbows, you will not be disappointed. Phone 01337840355 or 07968006367 ask for John or look up Postcode KY14 6HZ
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  #375  
By noeyedeer on 22-11-2017, 08:10 AM
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That sounds like a fantastic idea John and I wish you luck with it. I fished one wet morning a couple of hrs ago and enjoyed the peaceful setting at Goldenloch with the bonus of a few (very) hard fighting fish and the sighting of ospreys overhead!
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  #376  
By johngolden on 27-11-2017, 12:25 PM
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Default Nov-27th-Week-49-2017

Goldenloch


The past week has been a really bitter biting week, I am well impressed by rugged tough guys that turned up to fish, these last four days, starting last week as some sort of reward and also so as they weren’t obliged to stay the full time they would have paid for, I did my own “Black Friday”, Discount days, and gave “free” fishing for four days, my reason was, I just want people to enjoy there wee bit of me time, for the guys that went fishing they have virtually all said the same thing, in that it completely took the edge of their visit, and that they felt much more relaxed, two pals on Sunday, even spent a couple of hours together just helping each other, in sorting out different casts techniques, jokingly one said that in 20+ years fishing he never enjoyed a day so much, like he did today, So how it been fishing, well unlike other places where the fish are not new stock, mine are well and truly settled, deep down, they are well naturalised, they have no intention in coming up to look for insects, why, cause there are none, fish are being caught using bloodworms and black / green Fritz lures, yellow dancers, and one lad on Thursday did well using a orange blob with diawl bachs under it, it is so cold, its not pleasant, out in a boat when the wind is howling with flurries of snow, So its down to sitting by the fire for some, or recovering from recent operations, I do hope that things are going well for some of my guys, there will be plenty of good quality fighting fish soon, for them to catch in the spring, I will endeavour to just keep things as they are, stock fish are of an average weight of a kilo, I only ever once put in smaller fish of 0.50 kg, and that was because I thought there was a huge hot spell coming, like other fishery owners it is really irritating and annoying when anglers start bad mouthing information, which affects business honestly, it’s a poor show, we don’t stock small fish, nor huge fish, our stocking spec is 1 kilo and has been for the last 10 years, if there is bigger fish in the loch then they have grown on, however there is only one grade of fish from our suppliers and that it is neither A, B or C, but be assured it is the best quality they can supply and no other loch can buy better.

Fly Fishing is a Pastime, it is not only relaxing, but also rewarding, come to the “Goldenloch” enjoy your Hobby to the max, no stress, only tranquil surroundings abundant wildlife, great fish, Brown, Blues and Rainbows, you will not be disappointed. Phone 01337840355 or 07968006367 ask for John or look up Postcode KY14 6HZ
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  #377  
By johngolden on 04-12-2017, 10:41 AM
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Default Dec-03rd-Week-50-2017

Goldenloch


Another Christmas fast approaches, with it a new fishing season, 2018, what this one will bring, is anybodies guess, But we know we have a season of changes coming, work on the bank alongside the replaced jetties, many more anglers need vehicle access, the grass road was not suitable in the wet season that we have just had, thank goodness we put in a hard road at the boat jetty, the water outflow was upgraded and replaced, with it, a more suitable bio secure grid system, we plan to have a new and bigger more suitable lodge, with somewhere nice to sit and eat, change clothes, a kitchen and nicer toilet facility, Over the years we have introduced mains water, drainage and electricity, soon at the loch we will have Wi-Fi and this will open up a new world in camera technology, hopefully allowing clients to view from there phones the weather conditions and how busy we are, we have also got some major plans for what to do with the loch and the fishing, which will be made clear soon, but this has been a funny week, thin ice and no wind, breaking the ice would have been a waste of time as without a breeze it would just lie on the surface, however a few ventured out and I would say did pretty well, John McClelland, Lochgelly with his brother Eddie, had a pleasant and interesting day, although very cold, John landed in his bag a very fit and healthy 3>4 lb rainbow plus he lost quite a few, regular Stewart Milne, Glenrothes fishing between the ice flows, had a slow start this week, but ended up with 5, but he said every fish was in excess of 3 lbs, all returned, also he had several hard knocks. Sandy Drummond also enjoyed his very cold visit. Prices for the moment, 2018, remain unchanged, by keeping my day ticket prices to make affordable fishing, £15 for a half day, £20 for a full day, we have also decided to scrap the summer season tickets, our reason is simple, we were making little or no money from them, instead we will go back to offering block ticket purchase buy 5 get one free or buy 10 get two free, Books with redeemable tickets will be supplied, either in ½ or full day form, there is a two fold reason for this firstly it stops too much Catch and Release, allowing fresh fish to be introduced more often, secondly a better control of how long sessions are the ½ day ticket is 5 hours maximum and the day ticket is up to 8 hours, anglers expect a fishery to be 100% top quality and that’s our goal,


Fly Fishing is a Pastime, it is not only relaxing, but also rewarding, come to the “Goldenloch” enjoy your Hobby to the max, no stress, only tranquil surroundings abundant wildlife, great fish, Brown, Blues and Rainbows, you will not be disappointed. Phone 01337840355 or 07968006367 ask for John or look up Postcode KY14 6HZ
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By johngolden on 11-12-2017, 10:46 AM
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Default Been a good Season, Bit cold now though

Every year, especially when your dealing with the fishing fraternity, its good to sit back and have a bit of a think about the past season, or even seasons, try and figure out what was good and what can be improved, also what was not so good, an example being we here at the Goldenloch encouraged youngsters, schools, Etc, free access to the loch, but changes in the law (especially in dealing with under 16 yr olds) meant that instructors and helpers must now carry certain specific certificates for working with children, responsibility carries with it police checks, notifying the insurance companies and believe it or not individual risk assessments tailored to each and every visiting organisation, sadly if I was being honest we struggled at times to meet all those criteria’s, so it was easier to pass this on to others, but please be assured that donations of old flies and even if you are emptying out fly boxes to make room for new flies, we will and still can make great use from fly donations, there are plenty of beginners that will testify that from boxes that we buy and fill (Camran Bowie, thanks for loads of work filling cases) many beginners have progressed their fishing career, with donations of flies etc, so Please if you still have excess gear we can make good use, ( another example is broken rods, don’t throw them away, I have a friend that fixes rods:- but he needs the bits: so don’t waste, recycle, This year is nearly over and the sting has been November, I keep my own records, I know that impressively one or two angler friends do as well, but the cold wind and mornings in the past month has been unbearable, a lot of anglers just don’t even think about going fishing, strangely though for those that have ventured out some have been getting some impressive catches, not huge numbers, but more in quite big fish and extremely fit clean fish, of a reasonable age, also this season 2017 the “Goldenloch” has probably had one of its best Dry Fly Fishing seasons ever, why this happened, I am not sure, but in trying to reflect, annualize, how this came about, the following was noted.
1 There was an abnormal prolonged hot spell starting in April, ending in May.
2 From May on, we had a lot of rain; most of the summer was damp and wet.
3 There was a lot more wind these past few months, a lot from the East, plus a few storms.
4 Water temperatures this year averaged just above 15 degrees, (has been much higher).
5 Weed growth, was exceptionally high, much more vigorous, much more than ever before.
6 Water borne insects, buzzers, nymphs’, beetles were much more concentrated and intense, there was more of it and they seemed to be bigger in certain areas.
7 More snails and shrimp, snails migrating, snails floating never seen that before.
8 Stoneflies and sedge, plus canis fly definitely hatching at irregular intervals and all day.
9 However definitely the worst year for rising fish, by that I mean no morning or evening rise to set your watch by.
10 An observation would be that there were that lots of fish on the surface looking for food. I would definitely say most of these fish were always nearly newly stocked and were looking for pellets.
9 For one week we had a Mayfly hatch in June, unheard of Mayfly here at the Goldenloch.


Quick conclusions would be that there is ample if not abundant feeding in the water for the fish, fish are feeding regularly for the most parts 18 hours per day, even just now in November, and we still have anglers catching with dry flies, nymphs, buzzers etc.

But things are changing fast and very dramatic, it is easy to ignore that “Global Warming” is really having a massive affect, I have been involved in running this fishery for some 30+ years and in that time there hasn’t really been any major problem with weed nor Algae, not like it is now, yes its been about, however the past two years has seen weed growing like never before and the Algae season being extended from a few weeks to just about covering the whole summer season.


Over the years I have observed especially after heavy rain in May that there has been a rise in Phosphate and Nitrogen levels, this is directly attributed to the fertiliser that is being introduced to the loch from the feeder springs / burn / rainfall, it is this nitrogen that promotes the weed growth and it is the weeds that absorb and reduce the soluble phosphate, without the weeds, the phosphate level remains high and it is this that encourages the algae to bloom, as a micro organism it relies on both nitrogen and phosphate to survive, It is my intention this coming season to try and strike a balance between what nature is doing, and what mans intervention can achieve, being very courageous it is my intention to stop trying to remove the weeds from the far side of the loch, they are massively intrusive, remove the lily banks on this side, these lily’s do not really achieve very much anyway, but by removing them it opens up a huge area of potentially a new fishing area, It is well worth a try and I can see that there will be little affect on the fishable area yet there will be a noticeable increase in nitrogen and phosphate absorbing weeds, also a side affect should be that there will be a lot less nutrients’ for the algae to survive on, this coupled with the planting of Buddleia, Hebe and knotweed and others around the perimeter of the loch to encourage butterflies, moths, etc, should bring back a lot more exciting water bourne insects, if any anglers have some plants that could be useful please feel free to bring them, they will be used, Its now Monday December 11th and we have had 2 nights of -6 degrees so the ice must be a couple of inches thick, the last fishing was on Saturday when Derrie and Ian Wallace, Kinglassie, were here both lads catching and returning 12 fish, so that may have been the last fish for 2017 we will wait and see.
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