Nestling on the road to the Cabrach near Glass, Artloch is located on the banks of the upper Deveron. An attractive and well maintained fishery pleasing to the eye, it is a place to relax.
The fishery is stocked with browns and rainbows with some blues. Many of the brownies have over wintered and grown on with fish to 10lbs on record. They fight like stink giving the lucky sods who latch on a heart stopping experience. Just what you want from feral trout. The rainbows are in excellent condition, full finned and fat.
Originally built in 1976 Artloch had mixed reviews until 2003 when it was reopened. At 5 acres it is fed from a nearby burn the water passing through two settling ponds to maintain a good water clarity in the fishery.
The loch is fertile with varied fly life both aquatic and terrestial which is good news for the dry fly enthusiasts. On the day conditions were sultry but there were a few fish rising and damsels were buzzing along the waters edge. I understand that there is also good bottom feeding with shrimp and snail in abundance which would explain the good growth rate of over wintered fish.
Dry fly, nymph and lure fishing is productive with buzzers down to small sizes 18s being used effectively.
There are good facilities; a lodge with toilets, a microwave oven and a barbeque. Tackle is on sales and equipment can be hired at £5 for the day. Tea and coffee is free.
There are facilities for the disabled angler the fishery has been set out to make it accessible. A motability scooter is available (call in advance to book), a great idea.
There are additional features at Artloch, wildlife. Otters pop into the fishery for a spot of lunch especially eels which is their favourite food, sometimes they bring the kids too. Osprey also visit and can be seen hovering awaiting an opportunity to catch a fish.
Open 363 days from 8.30am to 10pm in the summer. Permits range from £12 for 1 fish for 2 hours to £24 for 4 fish all day, sports tickets, adult and child and junior tickets are also available (2015 prices).
Artloch Fishery, Longhill, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 4XA
Call 01466 799415, mobile 07870651368.
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