The River Glazert holds trout up to 1lb in weight with the average size of ½ lb. Occasionally, bigger trout of up to 2lb are caught although this is usually towards the end of the season.
The river starts where the Pow Burn and the Finglen Burn converge near Campsie Glen and this meeting can be seen from the disused railway line which runs the entire length of the river thus providing access to most of the river. The railway line is well used by walkers, joggers and cyclists.
At the top of the river it is narrow and is better fished using spinning methods although fly fishing can be done using roll casts to avoid the many trees which line the river at the top section.
The river broadens as it passes through Lennoxtown although the pools are not as deep in in previous years. Once the river reaches Milton of Campise there are still some good pools with trout approaching 1lb in these.
Favourite baits are worm and maggot although we would remind members than there is a large population of salmon parr in the river now and you are encouraged to avoid deep hooking fish particularly the small ones. Trout and salmon parr which are returned are a precious resource in our river. Members are encouraged to use barbless hooks if bait fishing is done.
Small mepps and devon minnows will catch trout throughout the length of the river when conditions are right, particularly after a spate.
Useful flies on the river are most types of spiders with Greenwell’s Glory and Waterhen Bloa being particularly effective. Goldhead nymphs will also take fish either fished across and down or Czech nymph style.
The Whitefield Pond is a small stillwater which is fed from burns running off the Campsie Hills. The pond has an outlet which drains water out and into the River Glazert. The pond holds brown trout only and is stocked usually annually which an excellent grade of trout obtained from Howietoun Hatchery in Stirling.
Fishing is fly fishing only. Early in the season dark patterns like Blae & Black, Black Spider and Greenwell’s Glory work well however once the water warms up buzzers are popular. Additionally, dry flies work well with CDC Shuttlecock, Elk Hair Caddis and Balloon Caddis regularly taking fish.
The pond is shallow (approx. 6 feet at its deepest) and therefore a floating line is best. You may find that fluorocarbon will take you flies deeper that where the fish are feeding therefore consider using monofilament or copolymer.
The average size of trout is about 1lb although bigger fish are taken each year.
Members are reminded that the pond is regularly used by the public therefore it is vital that care is taken when fly casting. There is no fishing allowed on the Service Street side of the pond (where the Nursing Home is) is as it is right next to the main road where the public walk past.
Otters can be seen on the pond and there is a resident Kingfisher as well as a variety of ducks.