Our volunteer bailiffs have been particularly active over the last few weeks. We've seen an increase in the number of people fishing unlawfully. We work hard to protect the fishing for our members and permit holders and we receive regular support from The Regional Park and Edinburgh Police. Don't risk arrest and prosecution, make sure to fish with a permit in the manner and at the times allowed. Permits start at just £10 and an under 16 year old can fish for free with a paying adult. We ask that you fish considerately and abide by our rules. We are a non profit club operated by volunteers and all the money we make is reinvested directly into the fishery.

I am pleased to inform you that fishing at Harlaw Reservoir and the area of bank at Threipmuir controlled by Malleny Angling Ltd will open on the 29th May.

This has been a difficult time for all of us and in particular for those who may have lost a loved one or friend to COVID-19. My condolences to those who have incurred a loss.

The battle against COVID-19 is far from over and therefore restrictions still apply and must, for the good of all, be strictly maintained.

MA Ltd can only remain open for fishing if the guidelines are strictly followed by ALL, any deviation could result in a personal financial penalty or closure of our fishery.

Day Permits MUST be purchased in advance, as they are not available, as before at Harlaw. Fishing without a valid permit is illegal.

MA Ltd Guidelines:

  • Do not fish if feeling unwell due to symptoms that may be related to COVID 19 or if you have been confirmed positive for the virus in the last 14 days.
  • Do not fish if you have been tested for COVID 19 and awaiting a test result.
  • Do not fish if anyone in your household is self-isolating due to suspected COVID 19 infection or is awaiting a test result for COVID 19.
  • Strictly observe the Government guidelines on social distancing and personal hygiene.
  • Keep a minimum distance of 5 metres from other anglers at all times whilst fishing.
  • If in contact with other anglers or members of the public keep at least 2 metres apart, and where possible use a face mask.
  • Drive to the fishery alone, unless with another member of family who lives with you and does not have symptoms of the virus.
  • Wearing of a face mask while walking to or from your car to Harlaw or Threipmuir or when in contact with others, is recommended.
  • Gates may require to be manually opened, therefore to avoid contamination, cleans hands thoroughly with alcohol-based handwash immediately after contact. Do not touch your nose, face or eyes before cleansing hands.
  • Whilst protecting yourself, be mindful of contaminating others.
  • Any new Government guidelines that exceed the recommendations will apply.

Both Harlaw and Threipmuir are now well stocked with hard-fighting trout.

Tight lines!

Jim McComb

Chairman, Malleny Angling Ltd

Please also see Coronoavirus Due Diligence | Guidelines during Coronavirus Outbreak | Changes to normal operating procedures | Signs to be displayed at the Reservoirs

A message from the Chairman

The spread of the Coronavirus outbreak continues to impact on our daily life with even greater restrictions on movement of people.

We all have a commitment to play our part, no matter how difficult or inconvenient that may be. We have a duty of care to ourselves and those around us and the more vulnerable in our society.

Malleny Angling Ltd recognises how devastating this action will be on our ability to fish at Harlaw and Threipmuir Reservoirs.

The action by the Government is necessary and Malleny Angling Ltd fully supports any action, no matter how difficult that may be to facilitate, to control and eliminate the spread of this disease.

The sooner Coronavirus is brought under control the faster we will get back to the sport we love.

Access to Harlaw and Threipmuir Reservoirs remains, at this time, open but the car park is closed and visitors are subject to the government restrictions.

Harlaw and the section of bank at Threipmuir controlled by MA Ltd is closed for fishing. Day permits are no longer available until the Government lifts the current restricts or until notified by Malleny Angling Ltd.

The official policy of Malleny Angling Ltd is to stay at home, protect yourself and those around you.

When this medical emergency is over Malleny Angling Ltd will reopen, commence stocking and attempt to get back to normal as quickly as possible. Please keep well and stay safe.

Jim McComb, Chairman

24th March 2020

Noticeboards displayed at Reservoir | Message from the Chairman

These are unprecedented and unpredictable times which alter our focus and perspective on how we work and use our recreational time.

Coronavirus represents a serious risk to everyone, but in particular the elderly and more vulnerable in our society.

MA Ltd offers trout fishing at Harlaw and Threipmuir Reservoirs, presenting a limited means of escape into the open air. This should not allow complacency to feature, as the virus can be spread by surface contact or droplets in the air from an infected person.

MA Ltd recognises that social distancing, even in open air, is necessary and seriously advises all anglers to follow the Government guidelines in full, as and when implemented.

We must all look out for each other and recognise that everyone has a key part to play, which may involve self-sacrifice of personal freedom for a period of time.

MA Ltd is unable to implement any formal instruction other than of an operational basis that is applicable only to MA Ltd, but supporting in full any and all rules or restrictions implemented by local or national Government.

Robert Ross
Company Secretary
19th March 2020

Please also see Changes to normal operating procedures | Signs to be displayed at the Reservoirs

On what seems like one of the first proper nice days of the year up here in the Pentland Hills you might find your mind drifting to thoughts of a summer evening: casting a dry fly at freely rising trout; line zipping through guides; the creak of carbon as a fine brown trout shakes its head and thumps its tail before rolling over and into the net. Ahh happy days.  Well here at Malleny Angling we've never had our minds off the coming season. We've been hard at work all through the winter, booking stockings and preparing for a great season.

Following 2018's drought and 2019's flood we're planning to relaunch the fishery with a bold stocking plan for 2020. Day Permits can be bought for opening day now, or if you want less complicated, more cost effective fishing, consider one of our Season Permits.

We strongly encourage you to consider buying a permit in advance, either at one of our permit outlets*, or online. As our bailiffs spend more time on the banks there is less availability for them to sell permits in the bothy.  

*New permit outlets! Day Permits available at Orvis and Edinburgh Angling Centre.