Orchill Loch Trout Fishery is the main pond, at what is now a fairly substantial Trout AND Coarse fishery. There are three sections as far as I can tell, the top Coarse ponds, the main fly only Trout fishing loch and a smaller pond near the Lodge which I think is a carp pond. This review considers only the trout fishing water.

An aerial view of Orchill Loch Trout Fishery and the adjacent Coarse ponds

Details

Orchill Loch Trout Fishery is a scenic little loch of 4 and a half acres up in the hills above Braco, which is just off the A9 along from Greenloaning, between Stirling and Perth.

It apparently was a private estate loch at one time but is now run as a fishery open to the public.

Orchil in Autumn
A stunning Autumnal morning at Orchill Loch Trout Fishery

It is quite exposed as its on top of a hill, and as such is quite exposed to the winds and also when its very cold at ground level its going to be utterly freezing up there. There are no ice prevention systems so once its iced up its iced up for a while. Check conditions in winter before venturing up there.

If there is much of a breeze at all, as you would expect this will tend to dictate where anglers fish- no one wants to cast into a strong head wind, so it can also be wise to scope the place out on breezy days to decide if you think you are going to be able to cope with the conditions before you pay for your ticket. That said if the wind abates, what was previously difficult can become an altogether more pleasant affair. My own experience suggests take the bull by the horns on occasions and fish intot he wind, you won’t need to cast far to get sport.

The Loch is stocked with Rainbows of up to about 2 and a half pounds so if you catch anything much above this, it’s probably a fish thats been there a while! There are wild Brown trout in the loch also, being fed by a burn which presumably holds a few fish too.

Orchill Loch Trout Fishery in the sun
A trout rises obligingly in the warm late autumn. early winter sun.

Wading is not allowed.

You will be provided with a net to aid disease prevention when landing fish. Anglers I spoke to up there all commented on the hard fight they got from the stockies in Orchil Loch Trout Fishery and I would back this up with my own experience, it can be hard to bully the fish in especially when on a C&R ticket even on high breaking strain tippet.

No Boobies are allowed and only flies of size 10 or smaller can be used.

4-stars

Facilities:

There is a chalet style cabin that sells drinks and snacks, as well as being where you buy your ticket. The fishery is run by a lady called Elizabeth Jackson and generally it is she who will provide your permit, and provide any information on how the loch is fishing. There are a couple of boats avaialable for hire which can be a gret help if drifting with any wind especially if you are not much of a caster into the wind. The fishery opens at 09:00 every day until around dusk.

There are lavatories to the rear of the chalet.  There is a weighing station behind the car parking area- easy to miss if your not paying attention.

Finding Orchill Loch Trout Fishery

Orchill Loch Trout Fishery is not hard to find but is a little off the beaten track. From the North/Southbound A9 between Perth and Stirling, you want to take the turn off for Greenloaning and Braco ( signposted Creiff). Head right through Greenloaning then through Braco, where you will round a double bend on the far side of the town.

As you climb the hill watch for a road off to the right signposted Auchterarder, take this.

All the time you are climbing, and in winter take your time as there can be icy spots on these roads.

Follow this road for about 2 miles, and you will see the Upper and Lower Rhynd Reservoirs over on your right before you rach the estate entrance at
Orchil Loch Trout Fishery .

Post code for Sat Nav: FK15 9LF ( Recommend you DO NOT rely on Sat Nav as it could take you onto private land)

1-star

Public Transport:

None, you might be able to get a taxi from somewhere but the only real option is by car

2-stars

Website:

http://www.orchillloch.com : Very rubbish (but at least they have one that’s updated) and a non Web Accessibility Green colour! If your unlucky enough to be colour blind you are probably going to struggle! They do however provide weekly fishing reports which are kept up to date- no archive of past reports , though it scrolls back about 6 months maximum, which is always useful to have.

4-stars

Catch and Release Policy:

Catch and Release has been offered since the start of 2012 (roughly) and anglers can now fish to a take limit then carry on catch and release or have a C&R only ticket. Rules for C&R are, barbless or debarbed hooks, avoid handling, netting or removing fish from the water. One comment I would add is that some of the casting platforms especially onthe north side are quite high and make C&R difficult without netting or handling the fish. For me I have to physically lie down and lean over the end of the platform to use a release tool, however I suspect this would be impossible for elderly or infirm anglers.

Contact details:

Telephone: 01764 682287

Email: orchillfishery@hotmail.co.uk

4-stars

Opinion

I have fished Orchill Loch Trout Fishery a number of times over the years. Since my first visit a number of improvements have been made and the fishery is now arguably one of my favourite small Commercial Stillwater operations.

The loch was excavated round the verges and deepened at the top end in 2011 and pretty well the whole loch is now fishable. New casting platforms have been installed round the loch though there are still one or two spots where you can fish from the natural bank.

Catch and Release has been introduced which is welcome though this also means they have taken the opportunity to reduce bag sizes, so a two hour ticket gets you a one fish take limit then one further fish for each 2 hour incremental ticket taken, With C&R now allowed though this is no hardship and only increases the attractiveness of the loch. There are almost no areas of the water that you won’t catch fish as the depth is good all the way round. Some areas are especially popular namely the South bank and the top end near the Coarse fishing loch. However in my experience, fishing where no one else is going or has been, pays off in spades, explore to enjoy the best the fishery has to offer. A very highly recommended   going on a 5 star operation – improve the website, perhaps lower some of the platforms or make them easier for C&R, and this place is easily 5 stars.

Page updated January 2019