RAITH LAKE

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Where To Fish -

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.

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