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  1. #381

    Default Jan-08th-Week-01-2018

    Goldenloch Fishing Report 2018
    Email:john@john-nicol.co.uk Phone; 01337840355 , 07968006367


    Goldenloch


    Happy new 2018 to everyone, I really hope and trust that you are managing to survive and stay away from this absolutely hellish cold/ flu virus that has been doing the rounds, my wife Anne got it really bad, she then passing it to me, three weeks later we are just, and I mean just beginning to get better, but there are some hardy fishermen, there has been a few, tough guys and to be honest, some have just had a blast, in real terms these chaps have just come out for a laugh and a bit fresh air, fishing is their passion, they just cant help themselves, Harald Gavin has been here nearly every day, when we have not been frozen, as was Brian Stewart who is using his new style hook, one that straightens out so he doesn’t have to bend down to release the fish, Catches up till Saturday 06th have been excellent with the average being about 5 / angler but that all finished on a really cold day with ice forming on lines and rod eyes, Mike Teacher, from Letham, having his annual fish day with his two brothers, had a brilliant day, Mike catching the most 6 and every fish a stormer, fully finned and well attuned to the environment, using boats and bank the loch was theirs for the day, lunch and a late afternoon bottle or two in sub zero conditions, Sandy Drummond again showing a busy loch one day, how to catch fish 8 if I can remember right, its been a great winters holiday break, however now that January has arrived all will change, I would expect that this current cold spell will last a wee while, we just have to look forward to February / March, I have early orders in for some top quality fish, a load of Kilo sized Blue trout in February, and a load of 1.25 > 1.50 Brown trout in March complimenting the blues and browns already in the loch, these fish will be going in whilst we are reasonably quiet, thus allowing them to become acclimatised to the surroundings as the food supply in the loch at that time of year is usually pretty poor anyway, experience has taught me that by shoving in a lot of fish just now, at this time of year is not a good idea, in that fish straight from the fish hatchery and off pellets are not able to find enough natural feeding to maintain there condition, they in turn catch a disease of the fin which although not contagious develops quickly through malnourishment, if angler see fish with fin rot please remove and dispatch as they seldom recover, Quite a few lad had a welcome treat over the festive period with some free days on offer, Jim and Dave up from Kennoway / Methil getting a treat as did Hamish and his daughter Marion, Hamish being the poor lad that slipped and fell head first into the water as he overbalanced whilst letting Marion’s fish out the net, very quickly getting out was surprised to find that not much water had penetrated his waterproofs but his wellies were full to say the least. John McClelland, hi mate, I heard you suddenly and dramatically took very ill over the new year, and that you are still poorly, but now going in the right direction, I promise you there is a special place here for you, that there are still plenty fish with your name on them, Ernesto "Che" Guevara your lifetime hero is standing guard over you

    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

  2. #382

    Default Jan-15th-Week-02-2018

    Goldenloch
    Jan-15th-Week-02-2018

    Not much happening these past seven days, been a few guys up to fish sometimes, we are ice free, others times its got a tad of Ice, Stewart Milne and Sandy Drummond had a morning of youthful adventure, both arrived on the off chance that after an evening of -7 we would be ice free, “never mind it wont be that thick” of they went, 3 hours later time to call it a halt, but we have all done it at some stage in our life, just the day before Mark Robertson a blast from the past arrived and fished from the bank all afternoon on a 3 kill ticket which, he quickly achieved in 10 minutes, however it then slowed down and with a further 3 returned in the next few hours, he was totally chuffed, but did say that he was having to fight with an iced up line and the eyes of his rod freezing, Brian Stewart, Dundee, had several fish on black diawl bachs and ace of spades, as did Conner Izatt and his Dad, who to be honest really did brave the elements on Sunday afternoon, but a great afternoon was had with 10 to the boat not bad considering the conditions, a lot of wind and rain they also were using ace of spades and black shipman’s buzzers, but they did catch a “Goldenloch Grand Slam” a Blue, a Brownie and a rainbow all on the same trip, an achievment held by a few especially Huff and Puff “The Grimme Brothers” I do hope both you guys are well and survived you hospital visits as I know you were a bit nervous about this winter, Hi John I know you will be reading this and your brother Eddie has been keeping me up to date on the events that saw you ending up in the Vic, I can only say I will be visiting you soon as I know that I wont be giving you a cold, stay strong and get better there are fish out there with your name on them. So with snow forecast and a night of gales the weather is being pretty true to form, I just means that there is something nice about staying indoors on a cold day, Best Wishes to Colin Neville in taking over Fort Springs fishery, I am sure a lot of fun days are ahead for the clients at the fishery one thing for sure there is a lot of enthusiasm from Colin.

    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

  3. #383

    Default Jan-22nd-Week-03-2018

    Goldenloch


    Not much to write about other than the fish are lying low just now, Fish being cold blooded creatures (poikilothermic) which means having the ability to change there body temperature to the surrounds that they are in, as they are in a very cold environment just now, so they have virtually shut down to their absolute basic functions, therefore need very little carbohydrates or protein at this time of year, eating, moving are not on the current list of things too, pellet fed fish (stocked Trout) on the other hand are very active, they have been reared in a total different environment with robotic feeders throwing in high concentrate protein/carbohydrates/oils, mostly manufactured from other forms of fish products and oils, two or three times per day, these fish will change to more natural feeding but it takes time, so as farmed fish they are relatively easy to catch, but as the days pass without fish pellets they themselves move into a more naturalized environment, fisheries do not feed fish, because of the cold water, as the metabolism shuts down the fish into winter mode, a good sign of this is in the spring when the first rays of sunshine hit the water the first fish caught usually have bloodworms snails (molluscs) etc attached to there scales a sure sign that they have been hibernating in the warmer mud on the loch floor, But for the moment a good hard winter can only but do a lot of good killing off unwanted weeds and bugs, however it will need to be a lot colder than this to be of any real good.


    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

  4. #384

    Default Jan-29th-Week-04-2018

    Goldenloch


    So a few nice days and some cracking fish being caught, lads fishing all had good catches all on basically traditional flies at about 3 feet down, best day so far was I think Thursday, we had a glorious flat calm, the sun was shining, as the day progressed the water warmed a little or perhaps it was the sun getting deep down through the clear water and warming the fish, but by mid day early afternoon the fish could be seen cruising, there bow waves clearly visible in the flat calm water, Robert Anderson, Perth and Jim Pollock, Auchterarder catching on Diawl Bachs and Black and Green vivas had 9 between them, all returned, also out for the day was Mr Hall, with his son, due to go back to school, this being the first opportunity to christen his Christmas present, a brand new rod and reel, was well rewarded with 6 fish all returned, William using his home tied flies however was just a tad disappointed as later in the afternoon ice was forming on his line and eyes of his rod, he couldn’t believe it was happening as there was no ice on the loch, Saturday was a wipe out with horrendous weather early morning so quick phone calls and a nice relaxing day for me was achieved, Sunday saw all the boats out and again it was very slow first thing with no fish showing, remember these are pretty much naturalised fish that do not behave like stockies, and again as the day warmed the fishing just got better and better, with everyone getting fish and happy faces coming of the water, a few bank anglers were a wee tad less happy, but again that was down to the lads on the boats having a lot more experience of fishing here at the Goldenloch, getting a good catch at this time of year is totally different from lets say fishing on a warm summers day, when on a day when the water is warm the fish will be actively swimming about covering large areas looking for grub, on a cold day like yesterday, Sunday, the guys on the boats knew that the fish are pretty inactive and are waiting on something passing quite close to their faces the fish are also not that bothered about eating but some are, skill and knowledge and a lot of practise is what makes it work, it was interesting to watch as the boats all vied for position or perhaps it was just them moving all about the loch.


    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

  5. #385

    Default Re: Jan-29th-Week-04-2018

    Goldenloch
    Feb 05th-Week-05-2018

    Been noticing and reading in social media platforms that there seems to be a huge shift towards some anglers now promoting their local fishery and its getting to be dangerous comments, please realise that these guys are playing with peoples livelihoods, I do my own reports and have done for a long long time, I feel I can say what I want about my own fishery, I am sure that the owners and operators of other fisheries are more than able to promote and inform on there own fisheries behalf and its up to them to curtail certain clients that may or may not even have a clue how other fisheries operate, if not there will be a lot more nasty vibes to deal with, every fishery has its own way of working and its own type of client some run a lot faster than others but just recently a guy that didn’t want to give up was forced to because of the lack of customers, to day a statement was made “95% off fisheries allow the bung in britain the other 5% that don't are closed no customers fact” in social media that is absolutely untrue and refers to a particular type of fishing, what’s gone wrong why has it suddenly become a customer lead sport is it that anglers think there are no rules and they can do whatever they want, seriously that is not what it should be like, Rant Over.

    With the weather improving a little, not a lot, things are beginning to start moving about, Trevor Peach and his spritely father had an amazing day from the bank with 12 fish caught, but the best piece of news for me was that “dad” is a retired entomologist and an expert on all things small and wriggly that develops wings and flies, So anglers please if you or your wives are pulling out flowering shrubs no longer required bring them here we have plans, three days this week with warm sunshine and the fish are moving about, a lot of them being bigger than the normal kilo fish, Alec Burns, Kirkcaldy had a flying start yesterday with 4 fish caught before his boat partner even had 1, however that changed later in the day, smiles all round yesterday Sean Burger enjoyed his day and both had on their first visit this year what could best be described as a phenomenal days fishing spoiled by one fish which on examination looked like a result of a cormorant attack, something that is happening more and more just now as the numbers of these birds are increasing dramatically, but the good thing is the boys dispatched the fish and left it for me to see “Just Perfect” thanks lads that’s what it should be like, nothing worse than slipping it back in the water to rot and cause infection, never mind warmer weather soon the long cold January is over.


    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

  6. #386

    Default Re: Jan-29th-Week-04-2018

    Goldenloch
    Feb 12th-Week-06-2018

    So today is February 12th and did anyone else notice this morning that daylight came really early, that apart from the bitter cold, there seemed to be a change in the sky, it was a really clear blue with very thin clouds, the wildlife seems to have noticed it, we have had a very early chorus today from the all birds that are still feeding, perhaps spring is just around the corner, some early mild weather may be on its way, yesterday, Sunday, the fishing was a complete write off, as early anglers arrived we had a coffee and watched the temperature drop, 5 degrees, coupled with a light wind the conditions were unbearable, so after a short discussion, all decided that another day would be best, although two hardy lads did fish for an hour, both catching 1 each, but it wasn’t pleasant conditions, both fish had been returned to fight another day, Forward plans for 2018 are that stocking this year the same as last year with all fish being put in the water at an average of 1 kilo (2.2 Lbs) this is our purchase size and we can guarantee that, however we are putting in extra fish this year, a load of prime blues and brown trout, these fish may just be a tad smaller that is purely due to the fact that they take longer to grow and although they are all the same age the uniformity in size may be a bit wonky, as some grow a lot faster than others, we like to think that by sticking to this regime all the fish in the Goldenloch are of a particular size and quality, this offers to anglers a great catch, but we have other more exciting plans, plans that will change this fishery into something special, a big effort this year to try and get the loch Pond Life more in tune with nature, by encouraging certain aspects of habitat cover, that in turn should encourage more Molluscs like Ramshorn, bladder, pea, orb, snails, crustaceans like freshwater shrimp water spiders and that in turn will bring more larvae and hopefully a lot more fly life, but it all starts with allowing the grass weeds and others to be managed properly, Its easy to go out and buy large pellet fed fish that have very little natural wellbeing, but its going to take a lot more skill and management to produce fish that are more attune to wild fish and are proper hard fighting naturalised fish, by that I mean fish that are feeding entirely on natural water bourne aquatic animals, these fish will not only be healthier but should be fitter and importantly taste better they will respond hopefully better to fly life, its there wellbeing and the environment they live in that’s important, however the most important thing is that its all for fun yours in fishing and mine in getting it right.


    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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