Sunday, 23 May 2010

Summer's here already!

Hi all, hope every one's having a good year. Today was my first chance to go relax and enjoy some of the sights, sounds and excitement that The Union Canal can offer. It's taken a while to get in to a routine with my job so not managed to get out sooner, but the weather this week has been so good I couldn't wait any longer to get out and see what I've been missing. So I started by checking my tackle and setting up a couple of new rigs, I suggest you do the same if you've not been out in a while as knots and line degrade and you don't want to lose anything to save on some line. I decided to start close to home to test the water and within the first twenty minutes I already had two nice wee new season Roach. Bright, sparkling and lively even if only a couple of ounces each. So as is my want I took a wee wander to change swim, second drop saw me take my first Perch of the year and it was obvious what I'd caught by the aggression with which it took the maggot. Well the sun got warmer and the Roach kept coming in about one every fifteen to twenty minutes. So when I felt my skin had cooked enough, after four hours, I was up one Perch and eleven Roach. Had one Roach around 4 ounce and one a wee bit bigger five to six ounce, so it was a very successful first day.


  1. Yay!
    Good to see you back, and glad the fish have started biting. Was out at Hermiston earlier in the spring, but despite seeing 1 or 2 fish they were not in the feeding mood. Might try again at the weekend now they've woken up.

  2. Hi was hoping to take my wee boy fishing on the canal, where would be a good place to take him, he's only five and still looking for his first catch?


  3. Hi Gillian, its good to get them interested early! Really the whole canal is teaming with Roach and as long as you tackle your wee one up with a small hook and single maggot he should be on his way to a first catch. They shoal alot in town and are more prolific in city stretches, one of the best I've found is between the Police station and the shopping centre at Wester Hailes. One last tip keep moving as if they're not biting where you are they might be just a few meters away. Tight Lines!

  4. Hi there.
    I was hoping to fish the canal tomorrow evening, probably around the hermiston area. However i wasn't sure if i needed a permit!? Can anyone advise?
    Also, is it best to use a fly rod, or can you spin or use bait/float?
    Thanks in advance...