The Watch Reservoir

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This fishery has had a few different people running it over the last few years.

Results could be said to have been mixed. 🙂

However this season things have changed.

The Fishery has been taken over by volunteers from the Kelso and the St. Boswells Angling Associations.

I have had four visits so far this year and it will not be long before I am back.

My first was a Bank fishing trip earlier in the season where I had a couple of fish along the Lodge Shore and then after lunch a splendid few hours along the Road Shore. I ended the day on 10 fish and was more than happy. I had fish on lures in the morning and then on Dries in the afternoon.

My next visit was in early June with the Ellem Club and I opted for Boat Fishing and invited along Bob Cockburn as my guest.

We had a good day out and landed 15 Rainbows between us plus a few of the small wild brown Trout. Our first fish each came to a lure but after that it was Dries all the way.

After that success Bob and I decided on another day out and this day was to prove spectacular.

It was a reasonably breezy day and I decided to use a Midge Tip Line and pull some lures through the waves. I quickly racked up four fish in the net which was enough for Bob to ditch the dries and join me in pulling.

We ended up with just over 30 fish to the boat with a good number lost in play and a substantial number of follows and swirls which provided an almost nonstop action day.

A few days ago we had an almost repeat session. Twenty nine trout were netted and around 10 lost in play with the same fantastic action again in follows and swirls.

I would thoroughly recommend the Boat Fishing at the moment. Get out there and drift across the middle probably with a drogue and just pull some FABS, Muddlers or something similar through the waves.

If you get tired of catching and need a rest throw some small Black Dries out there.

It won’t be much of a rest but it is not quite as hectic as when on the pull. 🙂

Bob Cockburn concentrating on the Next Fish!

Bob Cockburn concentrating on the Next Fish!


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