Artloch Fishery Aerial Photograph

Fishery Reports & News

 Date: 7 July 2017


Firstly, my aplogies for not updating the website before now.   I could provide a variety of reasons, all true, but hopefully you've been keeping updated via our Facebook page albeit with less detail.

Now into July and it's now around a year since we re-filled the loch and it has matured up very well both beneath the water and the above on the island.   Consequently, the fish are generally seen to be feeding well either on or just under the surface.   I say generally because not everyday, just in case someone came when they weren't!  

Despite the recent changeable weather, it has been noticeable that once the sun begins to set, say from around 1900 hrs, then if there has been any wind, it often drops away.   Hopefully, not too much to create a very still pond, but enough to put a little ripple across the water.   This has often resulted in some very good evening rises.   

Anglers have been successful whatever time they visit, well in the majority of cases, with both some good numbers and size of trout (both rainbow and brown) being caught.    Readers will know that I rarely go into the details of who caught what, etc.   However, some anglers have reached double figures catches, with a good number of 4 and 5 lbs rainbows being caught; the heaviest has been 7lbs.   Another good brownie circa 4 lbs was released back.  

Anglers often ask me "What's catching" and my answer invariably begins, "Well, yesterday...."   I realise that this might not be what the angler wants to hear, but what fly worked well yesterday depended upon so many factors; wind direction and speed, air temperature, air pressure, etc, etc.   However, what I can say it a number of anglers are now fishing on the surface with a variety of dry flies ranging from CDCs to Emergers, from Klinkhammers to Hoppers.    The choice will be yours.

Another successful method has been to fish buzzers on a short leader, either as a single point fly, or under a dry fly, used either as an indicator or in it's own right.

As the majority of anglers have been using any of the above, others have had success with various damsels (what else) patterns and the favourite, Diawl Bach.

Very few anglers have used lures and when they do, they haven't identified what patterns they have used.

A recent stocking


An Artloch Brownie - what a cracker!


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.   

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

It's a bit late, but finally a photo taken at around 2330 hrs on the longest day



   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.