This 2015 kayak fishing season has been a mixed adventure so far , today we are participating for a great cause . Harelaw Dam trout fishery was having an event trying to raise some well needed cash for the Beith Cancer Hospice and this was a great opportunity to sample a new water. Harelaw fishery is situated well up the hills and offer over 3 miles of bank fishing and 102 acres of water to fish the drift . A short distance drive from the big city we started the day in awesome scenery .Typical Scottish weather to start the day , low cloud cover and rain from the heaven . We all meet in the comfortable hut and with a wood burner in the middle of the room all was fine , we enjoyed gathering some heat . Four kayaks on the water , all passionate anglers we paddle towards wilderness . Slowly enjoying the landscape , passing little islands we drifted towards the end of the loch .This is a pike fishing event , fly rod in hand , wire trace and big enough fly I was enjoying the very first cast . My set up was really heavy for trout fishing and after numerous hits I managed to land this pristine rainbow trout .The fish duly jumps out of the water but was shortly netted and released . Later I changed tactics , fox spiky rubber shad and another tug , this time a small pike , really close to the kayak he broke free .The over lads were enjoying some great action , mostly trout though .The weather slowly improved during the day ,from bitterly cold to a medium cold , from total cloud cover to medium spell of sunshine . Later during the day I played another small pike this time on the deviator and unfortunately he did not want his picture taken , Doh ! another miss . We eventually paddle back to the warm hut late afternoon .So .1) Thank you Harelaw fishery for organising this event raising other a £1000 in mixed donation . 2) Thank you for letting us kayak and fish in this brilliant scenery , and hopefully we might just go back .
Only 20 mn away from the big city ..