Three main beats for trout anglers

We are lucky to reside close to so much game fishing.

Here in Brechin we have rivers streams, burns, lochs, stocked fisheries and even productive seas angling both from shore and boats.

As far as trout anglers are concerned the fishing centres mainly on three venues.

Firstly is the stocked brown trout fishery of Brechin Angling Club at Loch Saugh, which has started of well but is suffering from the late winter weather at its 1000 ft elevation.

During the first monthly competition the competitors were forced to take shelter while the conditions could only be described as Arctic and the hardy angler to win was Ron Beedie with two trout.

Next is Rescobie which is principally a Rainbow Trout fishery but of late some first class brown trout have been landed.

Last week, Ken Mackie had two over four pounds and Charlie Thornton from Montrose also had a brown just short of five.

Ken also lost a massive rainbow, estimated at around 12 lbs., which freed itself via the anchor rope,

Lastly, Lintrathen which again is at high elevation, but it is producing good returns with not a few bag limits with some good over wintered stocked fish which shows the results of our mildest winter for many years.

Results on our river, however, are suffering from the mild winter and lack of rain.

I have never witnessed the Esks at such levels at this time of year but the short rise on April 5 and 6 allowed salmon to get further up the system and it brought success to the Dowriepark and Cortachy beats with three fish taken before the water again fell.

On the North Esk it was the same story. Burn Estate had seven fish, four to Alan Greene and three to Neil Stephenson, who hails from Stonehaven.

The latest news I have of micro tagged fish caught of Usan and released is that ten have been electronically detected and all in the South Esk.

Further figures are expected next week.

Spraying of hogweed has started on the South Esk and the works on the Rottal Burn re-alignment is commencing and will last for most of the spring.

Lastly, several local anglers have been enjoying very good sport on Glen Ogil reservoir.

David Nicoll and Bill Paton have both had good bags of brown trout to the 3lb mark. Deep fished lures seems to be the method.


by Bill Balfour.