A PICTURESQUE 23 acre sheltered water, on the outer boundaries of Kirkcaldy, although town life can seem much further away once you enter this leafy haven. Boat-only, Raith is full of hard-fighting trout and blessed with some fine evening rises. It can produce excellent sport on Buzzers and smaller flies, as well as lures. Pre-book one of its 12 boats to avoid disappointment. The lake is stocked with rainbow, brown and blue trout, of a minimum size of 2lb but with some large ‘doubles’ also being introduced. Regular anglers favour the extreme western end around the burn mouth, but
Northside Bay and the Road Shore can have their moments. The favoured line is a midge-tip, floating lines and dry flies come into their own when summer evenings bring prolific midge hatches. Purpose-built docks offer easy access to the boats, and the water is extremely sheltered, surrounded on all sides by wooded hills, which may explain some excellent winter fishing, when most of the loch’s big trout, which lay low in the summer months, come out to play. A lodge provides both shelter and a grand view down over the lake and is blessed with a log-burning stove. Casting lessons can be booked through the fishery and fishing discounts are available for group bookings.