Burn (and the associated North and South Braxton Burns which
join it in the upper reaches) are slow flowing waters that
flow between banks lined with willow and broom. As they do
not have a great structure the fish tend to cruise the pools
looking for food or to station themsleves along the foam feedlines.
Although the water usually has some colour,
fish can usually be spooted when they are feeding as they
tend to often feed near the surface. thjey therefore respond
well to dry flies and unweighted nymphs. When no fish are
visible it pays to fish the likely looking watr blind.
This can be described as classic
dry fly and nymph water though fish also respond well to small
soft-hackled wet flies fished across and down.
Laight rods of 8 - 9 feet capable
of casting a weight 5 line and long leaders with fine tippets.
Wet flies: Soft hackled
flies such as a Gosling
worked across the faster water and through the riffles. Emerger
patterns are also good on this water either fished as wee-wets
or cast just ahead of a trout rising in the evening and left
to float downstream rather like a dry-fly.
Spinners: Small bladed
spinners such as a veltic
There are number of tribuatries
of interets to the angler including North and South Braxton
Burn, and Centre Burn
Hamilton Burn and tributaries
upstream from Mossburn - Otautau Road