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Morton Fishings

Hi Everyone

We are sorry to advise that Morton Fishings is now closed until further notice, we are unable to take any bookings or allow fishing on the water of any kind.

We would like to thank all our regular customers and clubs that have supported us over the years.


Morton Fishings management team.

Morton reservoir is one of West Lothian’s premier fly fisheries and was originally established as a commercial trout fishery in 1983. It is now run by John Mackay.

Morton reservoir covers 22 acres and provides one of the most beautiful fishing venues you’ll find anywhere. 

Fishing is available from both boat and bank for top quality rainbow, blue and brown trout which are stocked on a weekly basis. 

With a fleet of twelve boats the fishery is an ideal choice for angling clubs and corporate events. Fishing from the bank also provides some excellent sport with many features within casting distance. The Dam, Bay, Island and weed beds provide great variety for both boat and bank anglers.

Morton Trout Fishery’s central location makes it an ideal getaway within easy travelling distance from anywhere in central Scotland.

The Fishery is very easy to find. Whether you are travelling along the Calder Road from Edinburgh or coming along the M8. Exiting at J3 for Livingston and travelling up the expressway to the south end wherever they come from outwith the immediate area. Coming from Livingston head towards Edinburgh on the A71. From the Lizzie Bryce roundabout, take the second exit off the Oakbank Roundabout staying towards Edinburgh on the A71 and in about half a mile you will see a sign pointing south that says Morton. Take this turning and follow the narrow single track road, about 2 miles to the gate of the fishery which lies to the right in some woods. There are new fishery signposts on this narrow road showing you the way .

There is a room for eating in and a mobile toilet. 

There is a fishery shop and they have a large selection of flies on offer which are tied by John Mackay. 

Fishing is either from the bank, or from boats, oars and anchors are provided, outboards for hire or bring your own. 

Lifejackets are provided and must be worn at all times. 

The Scottish Flyfisher Website

Amongst the heather clad hills and valleys of Scotland there are some very nice Fly Fisheries that offer a great choice of waters for the discerning fly fisherman/woman from natural brown trout waters to large Lochs like Loch Leven for that wild brown trout experience, and the Lake of Menteith who can offer you 700 acres of pure fishing pleasure for both brown and rainbow trout. 

Within the website you will find a full listing of trout fisheries, lochs and rivers within Scotland

The Scottish Flyfisher now has it's own magazine and can be download in

PDF format or you can read it as a magazine on the website.

Morton Road,

Mid Calder,


EH53 0JT

Fishery Number: 01506 883295

John Mackay Number: 07904 

657899 or 07592 577652

Open: seven days

Times: 8am to sunset

Car park: for more than 40 vehicles

Over the winter period the 

fishery is now open only on a 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 

until 4pm


At J MacKayFlies we endeavour to bring you the “next generation”.

Of course we look back and use the success of past years but we constantly strive to bring you our modern “take” on all the latest fly patterns & Trout fly patterns.

We are based in the heartland of Scotland in the Capital City of Edinburgh. Fly fishing opportunities abound in Scotland: from the:

Generation after generation of Scots has invented, researched, and improved. That goes for our flies too. We supply on demand, not on false promises. If it’s not in stock we’ll tell you. Once you make an order we aim to deliver, and on time. That is our guarantee.

Great salmon and sea trout rivers to the wild Highland lochs, from small burns (streams) to mighty flowing spates and, of course, to some of the best stocked still water fishing on the planet, Scotland has it all.