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Bowden Springs, Scotland

Picturesque Bowden Springs near Linlithgow, home to quality fish. Picture Nigel Duncan Media

Enjoyed cracking sport fly fishing at Bowden Springs reservoir which started life in 1896 after six years of hard blasting and digging by Irish labourers and it was created to provide water for nearby Bo’ness.

It is set high in the hills above the West Lothian town of Linlithgow and you can see five counties from the entrance gate.

There are two ponds, the fly of two acres and the bait of five acres and in its heyday it provided sport for up to 120 anglers.

Fishing started here in the 1980s and there have only been two owners, Will Martin until 2004 and now Jim, a former international fisherman, and Jacqui Gargaro.

The couple currently run the popular facility which buys in trout from a river-fed fishery near Yarrow in the Borders.

It is full of hard-fishing fish of up to around 10lbs and anglers come from all over Central Scotland.

Incidentally, I enjoyed great sport with a 2lbs 15oz specimen.

Bowden is situated on the A706 and it is best to approach the fishery via Linlithgow if you are coming from Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Take the A706 out of Linlithgow Bridge signposted Lanark and the fishery is around thee miles out of the town on the left.


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