DAVID FONG 15lb 4oz
Are there many fish in your ponds, we're often asked?
Video taken in the evening of 4th June.
Last site update 12/2/2020
We've had quite a mild winter overall and this has allowed a lot more anglers to get out on the water.
There's been quite a few of our bigger fish been getting caught and they have been in great condition. The biggest of the year so far is one of 12lb 8oz by Jim Adie of Inverurie, closely followed by Ian Fong with a rainbow of 11lb 14oz. The fishery will be closed on Sunday 16th Feb for a heat of the Scottish Stillwater Championships. There is quite a line up of Scottish Internationalists in the heat so it promises to be ultra competitive.
The past week has seen very changeable weather which has made things a little unpredictable. Finding the right depth has been the biggest problem with fish behaving differently each day. Last Saturday was particularly productive with Graeme Couch landing 27 including a tagged fish worth £50. Joe McGregor had 12 and both Paul Sharp and Declan McFarlane both landed 9. The biggest fish landed this week was 8lb 8oz by Kenny Brown and there were quite a few others between the 4 - 7 lb range. The new fishery badges have just arrived and are now available. Each year we have a unique design and the 2020 badge has an osprey carrying a fish. We are holding our 'Haggis Bash' fun competition on Tuesday 28th January. Cost will be £18 which includes the fishing, prizes, sausage in a roll before the start and of course haggis neeps and tatties. Please phone fishery to get your name on the list if interested (01330 820092).
Today ended my first year as an owner at Raemoir and it finished on a real high, not because a massive fish was caught or someone caught loads, it was just really nice to look out and watch our regulars, along with some newer faces and a couple of my closest fishing pals enjoying their day.
This year has been a very good year with many new anglers getting into fly fishing, toddlers catching their first fish in the bait pond, some personal bests landed and a lot of enjoyment overall.
On behalf of everyone at Raemoir I would like to thank all our anglers who have supported us throughout the year and promise that we will endeavour to provide a first class fishery where you will be made very welcome and have the opportunity to catch quality trout.
Have a happy Hogmanay and we look forward to seeing your rods bending in 2020.
We have been steady over the last week thanks to the reasonably mild conditions. Ice hasn't been too big a problem and there is always usually somewhere to get a cast on even the coldest of days. Our Christmas dinner competition day was good fun and although it was hard fishing Roy Sjoberg was able to land 7 fish on bloodworm and diawl bach. There were 3 bigger fish caught during the competition including a 7lb 12oz by Kevin McFarlane, 10lb 4oz by Gary Marshall and one at 11lb by Paul Massie. Ron Stephen had a 7lb 8oz and an 8lb 4oz fish last Saturday and Duncan Campbell had one at 1lb 6oz the following day. Bloodworm, diawl bachs, cormorants and minkies have all been catching this last week. Lastly, we would just like to thank all our anglers for their support this year and to wish them all a Happy New Year.
OFF TO TASMANIA
I must apologise now before I head off on International duty to the World Fly Fishing Championships in Tasmania.
Unfortunately I wont be able to update the site while I'm away.
I am lucky to be part of a Scotland team that has put in a lot of hard work in preparation and I must thank all those who have helped in our fund raising efforts and also the anglers and staff at Raemoir for their support and kind wishes.
It's been a great day so far for Liam Cromar who landed his biggest rainbow at 14.23lb, after weight of the net was taken off the 15.48 on the scales. He then followed it up with another nice fish of 6.82lb.
It's been a mixed bag this last week with the weather getting really cold and then getting milder again. Flies are still hatching during warmer periods and its at this time of the day that those fishing small imitative flies were being rewarded. In the flat calm conditions, the indicator with buzzers, mops and okay dokeys are producing the most fish. There are still plenty of bigger fish being landed including a 12lb 2oz caught by Mike Grover, 12lb by Gordon Harper and an 8lb fish landed by Bill Anderson. Our big fish - fish off was won by Declan McFarlane with a fish of 4.91Lb, with Roger Davidson winning the prize of most fish. The fishery will be stocked again this week with more doubles also going in.
This last week the water temperature has been quite cold in the mornings and its taken a wee while to heat up during the day. Fish have been caught at all times but the majority are coming off in the afternoons. Iain Ogston has been really consistent lately with most days catching at least 7 but the big fish that he's after has been eluding him. Stevie Carle caught his personal best at Raemoir at 5.2lb and Stan Noble had a beautifully conditioned resident fish at just under 7lb. The fly ponds will receive an extra big stocking this week with a few more doubles going in all three ponds. We are sorry to announce that the fishery will unfortunately be closed to fly fishers this Saturday as we host a return leg of our annual match against Rescobie. The bait pond will be open as normal.
We have been very busy during the school holidays and both the fly ponds and bait pond have been very productive due to the mild conditions for the time of the year.
The colder mornings have been slower for the fish to respond but as the days have been warming up, the fish have been feeding more actively.
There is an abundance of sticklebacks in all the ponds and the fish have definitely been targeting them.
Small minkies, cormorants, pheasant tail nymphs and pearl daiwl bachs will all offer a high chance of some fish.
The indicator fishing, love it or hate it, is very consistent as the water temperature cools down at this time of year.
We have been seeing a kingfisher at the fishery almost every day, which is great to watch as it dives for sticklebacks. Blink and you might miss him though.
At about 5pm yesterday, Ian Fong landed the biggest brown trout of the year at 13lb 8oz. He landed it on a size 12 beaded cats whisker.
Gilbert Cheetham caught and released a rainbow of 14lb 8oz on the bottom pond this morning. It took a size 12 hare's ear nymph.
We've just received some information about our male osprey.
He was ringed as one of a brood of 3 near Bridge of Cally, Perthshire on 17th July 2000. It was seen subsequently fishing at Mossat Fishery, near Alford, Aberdeenshire in 2011, 2014 and 2017. It’s presence here at Raemoir as the male of the breeding pair now suggests it may have shifted nesting locality and partner. It’s quite an old bird at 19 years.
WHAT A SEPTEMBER FOR BIG FISH
We've had a great month for bigger fish at Raemoir. We had 13 fish between 5-8lb, 6 between 8-14lb and an impressive 3 over the 14lb mark.
There is also a huge brown trout between 15-16lb in the bottom pond that is yet to be landed.
We held our annual Open Day on Saturday but unfortunately the weather wasn't too kind. Those that managed to come along were able to get quality time with our casting instructors, Will and Ali Peake, who managed to get two complete novices casting, fishing and catching.
John Brown and Kevin Neri helped out with tactics and shared some of their secrets. They were catching plenty of fish throughout the day.
Ron Chalmers was successful at the bait pond teaching youngsters how to set up a bait rod and supervising them as they all caught a fish or two.
TAG TEAM PAIRS RESULT FROM SATURDAY
The popular competition attracted 15 teams with some very good anglers among them, with a few Scotland caps to their name.
The weather started off quite good with fish rising early on but it was soon evident as catches were slow, that every fish was going to be really important.
In the end the results were very tight with only two teams on a blank.
Overall winners with 7 fish and 12 points were Joe McGregor and Gary Marshall.
In second place with 5 fish and 10 points were Neil Scowen and Scott Burness.
Third was the team of Stuart Crockett and Stuart Forsyth with 4 fish and 8 points with John Brown and David Fong taking fourth with 4 fish and 7 points.
Today the fish in the bottom pond are a lot easier thanks to better weather conditions.
This last week has seen a large amount of our resident bigger fish being landed. We've had a 15lb 4oz, 14lb 12oz and a 14lb 8oz and another 12 between 5lb - 9lb.
Various flies are working at different times of the day. On colder mornings, the fish are becoming more active as the day heats up with dries, buzzers, snatchers and pheasant tail nymphs catching more than their fare share.
It's not always the big flies that are catching the larger fish as Greg Leslie (10lb) and Forbes Gallagher (14lb 8oz) found out with both catching on size 16 dries.
It's been an eventful day today.
We received a big stocking of larger fish and that seemed to stir up our previously stocked 'biggies'.
Joe McGregor landed a nicely conditioned 6lb 8oz rainbow but Ian Fong easily beat that one with an absolute beauty of 14lb 12oz - see video in LATEST NEWS.
We have had local photographer Pedro Pais out trying to capture some photos of our resident ospreys. Here are some of his lovely pictures.
A bit of catch up with what’s been happening over the last few days:
Thursday - the fly ponds were busy and best catches were 12 by Ron Meldrum and 15 by Gilbert Cheetham.
Friday - no massive catches but hardly any blanks.
Saturday - the bait pond was busy and most fishers landed a trout. The fly ponds fished a bit harder with the sunny weather but John Drummond managed 7 to pip Declan Mcfarlane by one fish.
Sunday - another challenging day due to the hot weather but a few caught on the fly ponds and a lot caught on the bait pond.
Only one of the bigger fish was caught on Thursday at 6lb 4oz so the larger trout must be keeping their heads down in the deeper water.
The day has started quite well with Forbes Gallagher into a fish on his first cast and Ian Fong landing one straight after him.
Not a lot of cloud but a nice gentle breeze.
Much more consistent fishing now that the water has cooled down a bit.
Dries have been working really well in the overcast conditions and daiwl bachs and snatchers. The local kids are back at school now but we've seen quite a lot of first time fishers over the summer and a lot of happy faces.
We're now in the planning stages of our Open Day on Saturday 5th October.
We have confirmed the attendance of two professional casting instructors to help all levels of fly fisher, two Scottish Internationalists to show methods, leader set ups and the flies they use. There will also be fly tying demos and tips. The bait pond area will be used to show youngsters how to set up a spinning rod and how to tie knots. They'll then get a chance to catch their own fish.
The middle and top ponds will be available as normal to anglers for routine fishing.
As usual, July and August have proven to be tricky months due to the changeable and hotter weather conditions. For example Ron Meldrum had 10 on dries on 11th Aug and only 3 the next day. A fly that's working one minute is getting ignored the next. Even a fresh stocking, which is being done on a weekly basis, isn't having the normal effect. The water is cooling back down again so fishing should get back to a more consistent level. Dry fly is still coming out as top method just now with cdc emergers and klinkhamer being the favourites.
One of the most pleasing aspects of the summer has been the number of youngsters getting along to experience catching fish in the bait pond. As a fishery we try our best to encourage kids to get into fishing and it's something we are always keen to do.
A much cooler day and better fishing conditions. The catch rates are improving and with a generous stocking, including some bigger specimens, the weekend should be productive.
We had the pleasure to welcome the Thorburn brothers and dad from Australia today. They had never fly fished before but they soon picked it up and were casting a good line. To cap it off, Callum landed a nice blue that was safely released.
It's been a wee bit tougher this week with the hotter stickier weather but mornings and evenings are still producing fish to dry fly and buzzer.
The kids have been having a lot of fun on the bait pond which has been fishing reasonably considering the heat.
There have been a lot of first fish caught over the school holidays and hopefully that's them 'hooked' into fishing.
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We were pleased to welcome some friends from Taiwan who managed a couple from the bait pond during their short visit.
The last week has seen a lot weed management, bank strimming and grass cutting in order to keep the fishery looking in top condition. There was a good stocking of blues went in last Wednesday and there are more Westmill rainbows lined up for a Thursday delivery this week.
The bait pond has been fishing very consistently now that we have started stocking it daily during the school holidays.
The fly ponds have been hard at times but some anglers are getting good catches with Marcus Brunning catching steady on dries, managing 10 last Saturday. Patience and persistence is the answer as the fish are switching off and on throughout the day.
There have been some caenis and sedge hatches in the evenings and when the flies are coming off the fish are duly rising.
Fishing has been tricky at times when the sun has been out but anglers that have went a bit deeper are being rewarded. Ian Fong landed a nice 6lb fish that has been in for quite a while. He fished a black minkie on a di3 sinking line when the sun came out and was duly rewarded. Most anglers are fishing on or just under the surface just now in the overcast conditions and emerger dry fly patterns, pheasant tails, small buzzers and hare's ear nymphs will catch fish.
This last week the weather has been mostly overcast and not always very warm. The fish have been responding well to dry fly on most days but patterns have changed quite a bit. Beetles have lost their attraction but kilnkhamers, cdc shuttlecock buzzers and f-flies have been catching the better bags of fish. Sometimes anglers are having to go down to size 18's because the fish are just swirling underneath the bigger versions. This week's stocking consisted of all 'blues' in absolutely stunning condition. Once they've established themselves, some anglers are in for some cracking sport.
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Fishing has been steady over the weekend with some good sport on the dry flies. This is the time of year when it pays to persist near the surface unless the sun is making it too bright. Start off with a favourite dry or copy whatever is flying around. Cover some risers to see if they'll react. If you do get interest but no real takes, try another style of dry, reduce size of fly, lengthen leader or scale down leader. Get the right combination and you'll get rewarded for it. If they go off again, reassess once more. Remember that if they're rising, they are feeding and are therefor catch able.
The fish have really switched on to the dries today with some really good catches. Jim Morrison had 9 on a small white size 16 fly and Forbes Gallagher is over 16 for his day on a size 16 black spider. The air is full of pond olive spinners, sedges and absolutely thousands of caenis.
The surface has been absolutely bubbling with fish. I have taken a video of the rise on the middle pond to give an appreciation of the numbers of fish that were showing.The evening rise doesn't always materialise but when it does, it's well worth waiting for.
We had a great four fly competition on Saturday even though the weather wasn't all that great. Fish were caught in every session and each one of the 10 anglers caught at least one. Fifty seven were landed in total with Ronnie Chalmers taking the £100 prize with a total of 10 fish. Tony Adkins was second, Keith Crockett was third and Calum Hill took the fourth spot.
Fish have been getting caught today on buzzers, beetles, mop flies and dries. One angler spooned a fish that he had killed and there was snail, adult midge, caddis cases and buzzer in the stomach contents.
A great little competition yesterday for the guys that fish regularly during the week.
The 9 anglers landed 54 fish for an average of 6 fish each. Calum Hill was the overall winner with 14 fish on beetle, buzzer and klinkhamers. Stuart Forsyth and Neil Davidson tied for second place with 8 fish each, same place points score and same time of first fish.
Ron Meldrum who was out fishing the top pond had 12 on klinkhamers.
There were two big fish landed yesterday, one at 10lb 7oz by Roger Davidson and another at 8lb 8oz by Jim Eddie.
Another very productive day with lots of fish caught from all three ponds. Stevie Clark had a good morning fishing a black beetle and Stuart Crockett has had 17 on mostly dries and buzzers, capping it all with an 8lb 6oz rainbow. Kyle Casson has caught well into double figures today on a pulling apps worm.
There have been a lot of anglers out this weekend but the fishing pressure hasn't put the fish off.
Today it was the turn of the Malcolm family to show off their angling skills.
Andy and his father Bill were each on 10 fish when Bill got number 11. Just as they were about to leave, Andy matched him with his eleventh of the day. Best fly for Andy was a small black beetle, whereas Bill's were mostly on buzzers. Bill's wife Miriam ended up with three to make the family total - 25. A tagged fish caught earlier by Bill capped off a fine day. Interestingly, the fish have been happy enough to come up to the beetle, even in the bright sunshine.
Fishing has been quite hard over the last couple of days due to the cold winds, but there have been quite a lot of fish caught though. Flies and methods have varied throughout the day. Apps worms on intermediates have worked, buzzers under indicators have caught their fair share in calmer conditions and klinkhamers have been effective for some of our regulars when the fish are rising. The weather is meant to get warmer over the next few days and a stocking is coming on Thursday so fishing should once again be first class.
That’s the Troutmaster final result double checked and it went down to time of the first fish after Gary Marshall and Joe McGregor were tied on 15 points and 8 fish each.
In 1st place was Gary Marshall, 2nd Joe McGregor, 3rd Iain Ogston and 4th Charlie Fraser.
Iain Ogston managed to catch a tagged fish and netted himself £50.
It's been back to the weather conditions experienced a couple of weeks ago and tactics once again have had to change. The dries were not on the menu today but buzzers fished 'straight line' were proving most effective. Small WSW's have been working and cormorants should be considered once more. Top buzzers have been the bumble bee buzzer and a lime green one in size 12.
This morning was the first confirmed sighting of our African visitor. The female was tidying up the nest and hopefully she will soon be joined by the male.
Kyle Casson was at the fishery for two days and landed an incredible 50 fish. His first day, using a borrowed rod and flies, ended with 28 fish which mostly took an olive apps worm. His second day catch of 22 were mostly caught on a black klinkhamer dry fly. The 26th March was one of the most successful days witnessed at Raemoir for a long time with a total of 139 fish caught and released. They are in great condition and are rising all day at the moment.
There have been some big numbers landed lately with the most caught in an 8 hour catch and release session being 40 by David Fong. Double figure catches have not been uncommon and if you find the right fly, it could be one of those 'red letter' days.
There are big numbers of quality fish stocked here at Raemoir and when a rise comes on, they are seen feeding in every area of the lochs. The number of larger fish that are being caught and released is really pleasing, with a new year's record fish of 10lb 8oz caught on Saturday. Not satisfied with this, Declane McFarlane also had a 6lb1oz and six others for his day.
Monday was a very tricky day indeed probably down to the sudden change in temperature and air pressure. Tuesday was completely different with big numbers being caught on various flies including lime green buzzer, apps worms, red fabs and black buzzers.
The fishery received a big stocking today but even before these fish arrived, there were rising fish being seen all round the lochs. There appeared to be a tiny black buzzer hatching that they must have been interested in.
With the weather changing for the better, things should only improve. A few fish are beginning to show an interest in dries and when bigger buzzers start to hatch off, the fishing should be prolific on small flies.
Tag team pairs - a huge success
We were pleased to have 14 teams entered today, trying to get their hands on the £100 top prize.
The competition was held on the bottom pond and quite a few fish were landed really early on with Stuart Crockett and Stuart Forsyth getting their peg limit of 4 at the first one to get them off to a flyer. Fish were caught from all pegs during the morning and the result was quite close at lunchtime. John Brown/Kevin Neri, Ian Fong/Forbes Gallagher, David Fong/Ian Ogsten and early leaders Suart Crockett/Stuart Forsyth were all in with a chance.
As with all competitions like this, consistency at each of the pegs is what’s needed.
The lead fluctuated a few times in the afternoon and it was really close in the end.
The overall winners with 12 fish was the team of Ian Fong and Forbes Gallagher. In second place, also with 12, but with less place points was John Brown and Kevin Neri. Third place went to David Fong and Ian Ogsten, fourth was Stuart Crockett and Stuart Forsyth, with fifth going to Brian and James Hancock.
The biggest fish landed today was a beautiful 8lb rainbow (see picture) caught and safely released by Stuart Crockett and there was a tagged fish caught during the competition by Miriam Malcolm, earning her and her partner £50 between them.
The competition format was something slightly different and it was nice to see it fished in a such friendly and sociable manner.
Just a pity the weather made conditions testing at times.
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The cooler more unsettled weather has meant that tactics are back to what they were a few weeks ago. Top flies have been white or black beetles , buzzers and dry flies that are predominantly black. In the last few days the pond olives have been starting to show and thin olive nymphs should be successful sub surface, while flies like an olive cruncher or snatcher will get a response pulled just under the surface in a ripple. A dry olive pattern has been very successful for some anglers including Andy Dingwall who had 11 fish on the top pond with this dry.
The fish continue to put a real hard fight just now and are in great condition. Anglers are continuing to get broken by some of our big and not so big aggressive fish.