Tinto Trout Fishery


Loch Lyoch Cottage, Thankerton, Biggar, Lanarkshire ML12 6NH, United Kingdom

Fishery Information

Fly fishing is available in two distinct wild and stocked trout lochs at Tinto Trout Fishery, located in Thankerton, Biggar, high above Lanarkshire. The lochs nestled on Tinto Hill, also known as the “Hill of Fire”, are Loch Cleugh and Loch Lyoch. each loch has a surface area equivalent to almost 5 acres and a depth that ranges from approximately 26 to 35 feet at their deepest points. Loch Cleugh has an elevation of 1020 feet, while Loch Lyoch is 960 feet above mean sea level.

Dating back to the late 1880s, the two lochs were used to provide drinking water to the city of Lanark and the surrounding areas. Because the water is so clean and clear, it provides a wonderful environment that allows wild stocks of brown trout and rainbow trout to flourish and grow. The lochs are also home to a variety of other types of wildlife, some of which live there permanently while others are just passing through. The fishery operates under a strict catch-and-release policy.

What size do the fish go to?

Information not provided

What tactics work well?

Tinto trout are notoriously difficult to catch due to the fierce battles they put up against their would-be captors. Despite this, the Fishery offers excellent fishing at the surface of the water and features a diverse fly life, which presents the angler with a challenge in terms of attempting to match the natural hatch. Float tubing is permitted here, but anglers do so at their own risk.

What facilities are on site?

Two self-catering lodges that offer tea, coffee, heat, power, and a toilet.

Is parking available?

Yes, parking is available.

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