Gameshope Loch

kingfisher123

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After many years of promising to hike up the hills and fish Gameshope Loch I finally succeeded yesterday. I parked at the top of Talla reservoir and headed up the track. The land is now owned and managed by the Borders Forestry Trust. The track takes up to a bothy and after that there is a poorly defined path alongside the river which you follow and take the final tributary off to the right to find the loch. The walk takes you up to 1800ft, a climb of nearly 1000ft from the start and is about 3 ½ mls. I would like to say it was all worthwhile but unfortunately the loch has largely weeded over with on a very small proportion fishable. However, we did succeed in the mission and caught and returned two small trout. They were in great condition and had magnificent colours. The journey was not all in-vane however as we had great fun fishing the many pools on the Gameshope burn on our return journey. The burn has some impressive waterfalls and many small deep pools. We caught and returned 9 trout the best of which was 1/2lb. Again they were all in great condition and great colours. I attach some photos. The larger trout was one out the loch and the small one was one of the small fish in the burn. The journey was worth it just for the wild trout fishing in an upland burn.
https://flic.kr/p/2jmu4sd https://flic.kr/p/2jmu5gH https://flic.kr/p/2jmr99A https://flic.kr/p/2jmr9Xp https://flic.kr/p/2jmvh6U
 

eddleston123

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I've visited this loch on three occasions in the past. For me it was a fairly arduous walk. Don't know if I could do it now.

I used to always fish dry fly, as at this time of year especially as much of the margins were taken up with weed.

Well done for making the effort and catching these lovely wee brownies in the loch and the burn.



Douglas
 

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After many years of promising to hike up the hills and fish Gameshope Loch I finally succeeded yesterday. I parked at the top of Talla reservoir and headed up the track. The land is now owned and managed by the Borders Forestry Trust. The track takes up to a bothy and after that there is a poorly defined path alongside the river which you follow and take the final tributary off to the right to find the loch. The walk takes you up to 1800ft, a climb of nearly 1000ft from the start and is about 3 ½ mls. I would like to say it was all worthwhile but unfortunately the loch has largely weeded over with on a very small proportion fishable. However, we did succeed in the mission and caught and returned two small trout. They were in great condition and had magnificent colours. The journey was not all in-vane however as we had great fun fishing the many pools on the Gameshope burn on our return journey. The burn has some impressive waterfalls and many small deep pools. We caught and returned 9 trout the best of which was 1/2lb. Again they were all in great condition and great colours. I attach some photos. The larger trout was one out the loch and the small one was one of the small fish in the burn. The journey was worth it just for the wild trout fishing in an upland burn.
https://flic.kr/p/2jmu4sd https://flic.kr/p/2jmu5gH https://flic.kr/p/2jmr99A https://flic.kr/p/2jmr9Xp https://flic.kr/p/2jmvh6U
Sounds like a great day..
 

Prolifichare

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Do you need a permit to fish these small streams? I know that Talla reservoir is done by permit, but what about the burn flowing into it? And the countless other small rivers/streams in Scotland? Cheers
 

codyarrow

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Do you need a permit to fish these small streams? I know that Talla reservoir is done by permit, but what about the burn flowing into it? And the countless other small rivers/streams in Scotland? Cheers
You need to do your homework where you want to fish.
 

Prolifichare

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If you were to take Gameshope burn as an example then. I stayed in the bothy there recently and (asking for a friend, obviously) may have wetted a line in the burn. All the fish were returned, so no harm done as I see it.
I know in Scotland you need the landowners permission to fish a bit of water, which is, I believe, similar to England but not quite the same. However all these thousands of small upland streams, how on earth do you find out who the bit of water actually belongs to and is anyone actually bothered by it?
 

eddleston123

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About 8 -10 years ago, I wrote to Scottish Water (twice) asking for permission to fish this burn.

Never received a reply!

I have just fished it since then, with barbless hooks and return the wee trout (should I catch any)

It's always amazed me how, I can be fishing in the wilderness in total isolation one minute - next I'm being asked all types of questions by hikers/ramblers who seem to appear from nowhere.

Anglers seem to be a magnet!


Douglas
 

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