Posts Tagged ‘Pike’

Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

This season I rejoined Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association.  I was a member some 20 years ago and kept a boat on the loch and would fish for salmon and sea trout with a fly.  Very good it was, with my biggest fly caught salmon from the Loch of some 13lb from the Hen Isle and best sea trout of 7lb from the east end of Inchlonaig, Island of the Yew Trees.  I can even remember the fly that caught the sea trout it was a silver invicta double on the point.

I then drifted away, and  even when I moved close to the Endrick a Loch Lomond feeder and also a good spate river some 10 years ago failed to renew my membership.  This year I took the plunge partly due to the fact that the association had declared an amnesty on joining fees for lapsed members but mainly due to the Endrick being some 5 minutes away.  There are also other possibilities that I plan to try,  pike and grey mullet.  I can now fish for grey mullet at the mouth of the river Leven  by Dunbarton Rock without fear of being apprehended by the bailiffs, but I have yet to try this on a Sunday! not sure how that would work.

Bridge pool River Endrick

The Leven itself a good salmon river but very urban having said that there are places which are pleasant to fish and as an early riser if I get down there early I have at least a few hours to my self before the bait fisherman materialise. Nothing wrong with bait fishing I just prefer a fly.  So far other rods that  I have met have been sociable friendly and very helpful.   It also has some great stretches where the fly fishes beautifully, my  favourite so far has to be the “Piles” a superb piece of fly water.


The loch itself is well worth ago and I have a day planned in the next week or so and will report what success if any we have.  The last time I was there my son caught a 30lb plus pike which was memorable.

Pots of Gartness River Endrick

The river Endrick is entirely fly only but does depend on water the trick is to get down before the water starts to fall.  Personally I keep a daily check on the SEPA web site and am prepared to go at short notice when the river starts to fall.  Sea liced fish can and have been caught  this season.  Its going to rain tonight and I am planning to go for an early morning session before work.  I will also get some photos of the river and post them here.

Scott Kidd caught Endrick grilse 18th August 2012

Caught by Scott first fly caught salmon, but my fly now retailing to him at £5 each.

Affected by the Black Arts!

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

I have to confess that I have been effected and my head slightly turned by the possibilities of bait fishing. My son Matthew will fish for anything if it swims he will have a go.  Over the years as fly fishing has depended on me taking him he has had his head turned by the black art of coarse fishing.  The local canal was nearer so he developed an attraction for pike, roach and other lesser species.

Fry up in the sun

For his recent birthday he asked if I could take him to Loch Lomond with a pal to try for its pike and perch so I happily agreed to be the ghillie for the day.  Boats were booked and we set off on a bright sunny day with a pal of his Max to spin for pike heading for the Endrick bank.

I recall reading books about loch Lomond and its salmon by Ian Woods one was called just that “Loch Lomond and its Salmon”  and the other “Out from Balmaha” . The Endrick bank was the seen of Wood’s best day I think 5 or 6 salmon for 120lbs and there was I on a pike expedition to this hallowed drift.

Happy Guys!

Within minutes of starting Matthew had a follow from a very large dark shadow which he just was not expecting then a little later there was an explosion as a fish charged his bait as it hit the water but came to nothing.

I was surprised how shallow the water was here so far off the shore easily 2 or 300 yards. Max gradually developed his casting skills as he sat in the bows of the boat occasionally we ducked as his 7 inch bait swung erratically out of the water.  Then it happened Max hooked the bottom or at least it was until the bottom started to move and pull back.


Some time elapsed with Max messing around with his reel trying to bring this fish in.  None of us expected what we saw next this beast appeared huge in the water it was one of the biggest fish that I had ever seen.  Eventually we did get it in the boat and it was returned safely after a photo.  We tried to weigh it and the scales we had went to 22lb and it just dropped solidly on the spring.  I guesstimated the fish to be between 25 and 30lb not bad for someones first pike.

The battered bait

I plan to return with a fly rod and try off the shore this was exciting stuff and I had also forgotten how beautifully a place the loch was.