(Updated February  2017)

Finding Wellsfield Trout Fishery

Wellsfield Trout Fishery 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 and Holiday cottages as well as the trout 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 trout 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).
4-stars

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.

3-stars

Access road:

Being a farm the access road is not “motorway smooth” luxury. The road is a dirt track up a hill about 400 yards long. It isn’t that bad though and easily accessible even in a low slung motor. There are no big potholes to catch you out.

3-stars

Public Transport:

The entrance to Wellfield Trout Fishery is on the main Denny-Stirling Road. 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. 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 gauge 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

Since my initial review of Wellsfield Trout Fishery the Lochs have become pretty well established. On my last visit, the Wellsfield Trout Fishery 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. This I understand reduces UV penetration. Having heard of this technique at another fishery, it seems to be a commonly used practice these days. The locahns teem with damsel-flies in particular which no doubt find egress from the water easy. Thereare clumps of tall reeds, water plants and wild flowers in the space between all pegs.

Not the place to head on a very windy day due to it’s exposure to the elements, being right on the top of a ridgeline. The Bait Loch is more secluded and surrounded by trees so may benefit from a spot of shelter. That said it’s 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

The pegs have plenty clear space behind. The angler should not be getting in a tangle with trees or bushes when casting. The pegs are simple affairs not being platforms really.

Ice free

The Lochs have a wave system to provide de-icing in all but the very worst cold weather. The lochs when it’s freezing have a couple of ice free holes. Theyare about 30 yards across on the larger loch and usually 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. Not so much the staff though, see my overall opinion below. Generally you always get a bit of chat or banter from others there willing to share their tactics.

5-stars

Value For Money (Updated January 2019.):

Prices, at £14 for a 4 hour C&R ticket are competitive with local rates.

5-stars

Catch and Release Policy: (Updated May 2015.)

Wellsfield Trout Fishery 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 Trout Fishery 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.

4-stars

Website:

Being part of a leisure facility as it is, it has a modern easy to navigate website. Each week the fishery publishes a report in pdf format. Maybe easy for them to manage via a word processor but as a result there are no archived reports. A webcam view would be good of the three lochs. Again a table stating the current Troutmasters standings for the month would be useful.

3-stars

Overall:  

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.

I know of anglers who rave about Wellsfield Trout Fishery and will pretty much go nowhere else. However, following a recent visit ( February 2017) and having reread my comments  from previous reviews, and seeing several statements to the same effect, I have to conclude that their appalling treatment of anglers/customers, does them no favours.

The man who runs the fishery has very poor customer service skills in my opinion to the point of rudeness. He has a very “take it or leave it” attitude, and talks to you like you are a nuisance. When there are so many friendlier fisheries in the area to choose from I cannot recommend it as a place you”must” visit.  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 hear of a change in staff or staff attitudes.