Spinfish Guide to Trout Fisheries in Scotland - Borders

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Alton Loch

Boat and bank fishing fishing for rainbow trout and brown trout on a small loch fishery near Hawick, call 01836 339757.

May not be in operation at present.

Google Map Reference 55.458407, -2.763545

Checked 1/08/18

Clerklands Fly Fishery

Clerklands Clerklands Farm, Melrose, a bonnie little 4 acre fishery with a couple of boats.

Bank fishing is limited to the left side looking up from the fishing hut as the other bank along the road is covered in trees down to the waters edge.

Call 01835870519 or 07732775845.

Google Map Reference 55.509337, -2.791943

Checked 01/08/18

Kailzie Fishings

Near Peebles, 2 acre fishery, with a small bait pond for youngsters. A nice spot for the family as the grounds of the castle are attractive and there is an observatory where you can watch ospreys raise their young on a close circuit link. There is also a cafe with toilet facilities

Call 01721 729020.

Google Map Reference 55.636976, -3.143400

Checked 01/08/18

Watch Reservoir

The new Heridbean boats on Watch Reservoir

The Watch has been taken over in a joint venture by St Boswells and Newton AA and Kelso AA. Boat (13 boats) and bank fishing on a 120 acre loch stocked with rainbows, browns and blues.

Many of the stocked fish have over wintered, may even been several years in the water - so don't expect these fish to give up without a fight.

The fishing is challenging for the angler who likes to fish in a natural setting where grouse call in the heather, ospreys occasionally visit and and the air is full of the call of water fowl and waders.

The best fish was a 17.5lb specimen stocked for a competition some years ago but it didn't play ball and wasn't caught for a couple of years. The lucky angler was near exhausted by the time he landed the fish (there is a story attached to this which will be told in a feature article in the online magazine).

Google Map Reference 55.636976, -3.143400

Call for bookings on 01835 822650 or for the Lodge (if staffed) 01361 890331.

Under new Management See the feature on Watch at: The Watch Reservoir

Checked 01/08/18

Whinney Loch

Whinney Loch

Owned by Ted and Tina Wise who used to have Coldingham Loch, has been developed recently into an exceptionally fine fishery with first class facilities including a very cosy fishing lodge with a picnic and barbeque area outside all maintained by Tina's sister Margaret Nicholl.

The loch is 3 acres offering fly only fishing with a single fly, barbless hooks fished on a floating line. Bank fishing for browns, rainbows and blues, reared on site.

6 to 8 rods are considered optimum although you may find up to ten when sessions overlap, the fishery is easily big enough to take that number without overcrowding.

Call 018907 71838 for bookings and further information.

Click Whinney Loch near Coldingham to go to the feature article.

Google Map Reference 55.904248, -2.174343

Checked 01/08/18

Wooden Loch

Off the A695 near Eckford, Wooden Loch offers boat and bank fishing for rainbows and brown trout, call 01835 850788.

Google Map Reference 55.521865, -2.464554

Checked 01/08/18