Derek and Wellsfield Fishery
I have not written on the blog for a good while, due to ill health and the weather, namely that the weather has been too cold, wet and miserable for me to fish in. I have reached the conclusion that a cold, frosty day is preferable to a wet miserable one, and at least with a cold frosty day the sun is normally guaranteed to shine.
At Christmas, my son had gifted me a pile of vouchers for the Glasgow Angling Centre and a few for Wellsfield Fishery, which my brother and I fished last year in beautiful weather, just a pity it wasn’t fishing weather but more lying on a sun lounger weather, but we did enjoy the fishery.
I used the Angling Centre vouchers on some fly tying equipment and arranged a day at Wellsfield for myself and my brother.
We arrived at around 8:30am and after a quick word at the lodge with the owner regarding flies, depths etc. we set off up the the top loch where we had all the pegs to ourselves.
Two 3lb Wellsfield Rainbow Trout
I tied a Red Fritz Lure on point and a Black Spider on the dropper, despite being advised by the owner to use Orange Lures or an Ally McCoist. The weather was lovely for fishing, cloudy with a light breeze creating a lovely ripple and on my third cast had a fish on, but was left disappointed when it got off after a minute or so but it was looking good. Ten minutes later I had another on which gave an excellent fight until it was netted by my brother. It was a lovely conditioned Rainbow of 3lb, which was duly dispatched to the bag as Wellsfield have a no catch and release policy, which I find strange.
An hour later and the fishery was filling up with anglers on all three ponds, I had had a couple of takes and Derek had also missed a couple. I had been fishing fairly deep as the sun had been shining and had been getting some twitches. I then decided to try just a few feet below the surface, on my first cast I was into another Rainbow, which gave me a brilliant fight for about ten minutes, when I eventually netted it I found it was the same weight as my first, bag on 3lb but what a fight it gave me. I would have returned it but the no catch and release forbade it.
Derek had been getting a few takes but nothing concrete and asked me what I had been catching on. I told him the Red Fritz Lure had did the damage and gave him a couple and he quickly tied one on to replace the Orange Lure he had been using. Fifteen minutes later he had a fish on and after a good battle, landed it, finding that it had taken his dropper and not the Red Fritz Lure. It was quickly dispatched and put in the bag, he too lamenting the lack of a C&R policy.
We continued fishing in the same spot as the only pegs available were all on the opposite bank and would mean us having to cast into a very stiff breeze, so we opted to stay where we were.
After we had been fishing for just over two hours I noticed a fish fairly close in to the bank about twenty yards to my left, which has been rolling about on the surface. I flicked the flies in his general direction and started a very slow retrieve, suddenly the line went tight and off he went for deeper water. Sadly, this initial run was the highlight of the fight as he quickly tired and came to the net like a wet towel. Again, quickly dispatched and weighed, I was surprised to find he was 5lb and well conditioned but compared to the other two 3lb fish was a sad excuse for a hard fighting fish.
That was the fishing over for the day for me, I had reached my limit of three fish on the ticket I had bought and had to walk back to the lodge to register my catch and put the gear away in the car. I then bought a couple of steak pies (excellent) and coffees’ for Derek and myself and sat around until he got fed up and we headed for home.
I enjoyed my couple of hours at Wellsfield and will return but I would enjoy it much more if they introduced a C&R policy as not every angler wants to keep their catch, they just want the sport.
If other fisheries can do it, why can’t Wellsfield?
The fishery has had a fair bit of work done over the winter with obvious signs of dredging work and weed removal. I would like to see the paths around the pools sorted as they are extremely muddy and slippery.