(Updated February  2017)

Finding Wellsfield

Wellsfield is a modern fishery at the back of a farm/leisure complex, man made and consisting of three lochans, on the Denny road, coming from Stirling.  From Stirling Services take the Denny turn off and head along this road until you see a tree line on the hill on the left running parallel to the road. The Wellsfield Farm entrance is next left and pretty obvious as it has an Equestrian Centre, Gym, Holiday cottages as well as the fishery. In 2014 the front area of the farm set up as a large childrens leisure park, it can be very busy at weekends, however the fishery has separate parking so don’t be put off if it appears mental busy at the entrance.

Details:

Two lochans are fly only with the third being a bait loch though you can fly fish there if you can find a space.

Lochan Uaithne on a sunny afternoon

Lochan Uaithne on a sunny afternoon

  • Lochan Hearadh
    5 acres of Fly Fishing from the bank (19ft deep, 45 pegs).
  • Lochan Uaithne
    4 acres of Fly Fishing from the bank (18ft deep, 20 pegs).
  • Lochan Fionn
    3 acres of mixed Fly and Bait fishing from the bank (20ft deep, 25 pegs).

Facilities: There is a small shop/office next to the lochs that sells a small selection of tackle and baits for the bait fishing enthusiasts, hot food and drinks.

The Fishery seems to cater well for disabled anglers with Wheelchair access catered for both at the gate and at the lochside.

It can be very busy at weekends though so be warned you may struggle to find a decent peg to fish from. If there is a wind all the space is going to be on the “wrong” side!

Casting Instruction is available by arrangement on site.

Access road: It’s a farm so its not motorway smooth luxury, its a dirt track up a hill about 400 yards long however its not that bad and easily accessible even in a low slung motor, no big potholes to catch you out.

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Public Transport:The entrance to Wellfield is on the main Denny-Stirling Road so while I am not knowledgeable on bus routes and have not seen one myself, I have a suspicion that there would be a bus that passes the gate on occassions and it may be possible to get here on the bus. You definitely could get a Taxi here from Denny or Stirling- its probably about 8 miles from the centre of Stirling so guage fares accordingly.

Contact: 01324 822800 Note:I  have phoned the number a few times to get info on conditions and a call answering system takes the call and tells you to call back when there is someone there. Not very helpful!

This is a Troutmasters water but I notice they regularly only submit a single winner and don’t offer to enter your fish if it was a decent size. I guess you need to ask which is a bit lacking in Customer care in my view.

Personal Opinion (updated 2017)

Its modernity is both the source of its good and bad points in my opinion.

A snowy Lochan Hearadh

A snowy Lochan Hearadh

The Lochs are pretty well established since my last review back in 2012. On this latest visit the place was very well tended, all the pegs have seats and bins and the grounds are immaculately kept. The water in the spring fed lochans is literally gin clear. Bombay Saphire Gin- you know the blue stuff? The Blue tinge comes, I am told from food colouring being added to the water to try inhibit weed growth by reducing UV penetration. I have heard of this technique at another fishery so it seems to be a commonly used practice these days. The place teems with damsel flies in particular which no doubt find egress from the water easy with the clumps of tall reeds, water plants and wild flowers that exist in the spaces between pegs.

Perched as it is at the top of a hill its very exposed to the elements and is not a place to head on a windy day. The Bait Loch is more secluded and surrounded by trees so may benefit from a spot of shelter but that said its usually busy with bait anglers and there is not a lot of casting room.

A fine 3lb Rainbow from a snowy Wellsfield

A fine 3lb Rainbow from a snowy Wellsfield

As it’s modern, thought has been given to ensure a clear area around all the pegs where you really should not be getting in a tangle with trees or bushes at your back. The pegs are simple affairs not being platforms really. The Lochs have a wave system to provide de-icing in all but the very worst cold weather. I was up there this winter and while most of the lochs were ice covered there were a couple of ice free holes about 30 yards across on the larger loch and a one on the lower. The fishery stocks some very large fish, and doubles are not unusual.

I have found it to be a fairly friendly place with the anglers on the lochs and you always get a bit of chat or banter from others there willing to share their tactics.

Value For Money (Updated May 2015.):ExcellentNow that C&R has been introduced the prices are very competitive with a 4hour ticket being £12 which is pretty good.

Catch and Release Policy:Excellent (Updated May 2015.) Wellsfield now supports Catch and Release. Anglers fishing catch and take can on reaching their bag limit continue to fish on a C&R basis. Wellsfield have also introduced a Sporting ticket, for C&R only. Good News. You can see the C&R rules in this PDF of Wellsfield rules.

Website: Being part of a leisure facility as it is, it has a modern easy to navigate website. The fishery reports are published weekly in pdf format- probably easy for them to manage via a word processor but as a result there are no archived reports so once its gone its gone! A webcam view would be good of the three lochs. Again a table stating the current Troutmasters standings for the month would be useful.

http://www.wellsfield.co.uk/fishery.html

Overall: Average I have tried really hard to be objective. It is a nice enough fishery, clear water and on the whole well kept with nice fish and stocked regularly. But following a recent visit ( February 2017) and having reviewed my comments  from previous reviews and seeing several statements to the same effect, I have to conclude that their appalling treatment of anglers/customers, the very take it or leave it attitude does them no favours and there are so many friendlier fisheries in the area to choose from.  I can only in my heart of hearts give them a three and even that is through gritted teeth! I will need to be desperate to return now or see a change in staff attitudes.