Clerklands Fly Fishery


Clerklands, Melrose TD6 9JR, United Kingdom

Fishery Information

Set within the serene Riddell Estate, Clerklands Fly Fishery is a tranquil fishing locale just a 5-minute drive from Selkirk and 10 minutes from Hawick. The fishery can be reached within approximately 1 hour from Edinburgh and around 1.5 hours from Newcastle. This four-acre loch, known for its friendly atmosphere and serene environment, offers a unique angling experience, complemented by the beauty of southern Scotland.

What size do the fish go to?

The fishery prides itself on its well-stocked waters with a good population of brown trout for sport, and rainbow trout that are regularly stocked up to double figures. The loch is also home to a significant head of wild brown trout that provides a rewarding challenge for experienced anglers.

What tactics work well?

Floating and intermediate lines with skinny buzzers, pheasant tail nymphs, hares ears, damsel nymphs, suspender buzzers, and cdc buzzers in small sizes are often productive in the spring and summer. For deeper areas, Hi D lines can be effective for tracking specimen trout that feed on the loch’s ample snail population. Peach Rabbit, Cats Whiskers, Orange Fritz, Black Fritz, and Humungous are amongst the top lures. The presence of a healthy population of minnows and sticklebacks makes fry patterns particularly effective, especially late in the season when the rainbows can be observed preying on these shoals.

What facilities are on site?

The fishery features numerous casting platforms and a boat for hire to access the road shore side of the loch, where bank fishing is not possible. A welcoming angler’s lodge provides a refuge from the elements and a spot to relax. For longer stays, a holiday cottage is available less than 200 meters from the lake, complete with two en-suite double bedrooms and under-floor heating.

Is parking available?

While the information does not specifically mention parking, the presence of a car-accessible lodge and holiday cottage suggests that car parking facilities are likely available on site.

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