Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses following a break-in at Watch Water Fishery Lodge near Longformacus.
The robbery happened sometime overnight between Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28.
A Barr and Stroud Sahara telescope with a tripod and 1,500 Caledonia fishing flies were stolen.
The discovery was made by the lodge’s newest owner Shaun Twite at around 7.30am on Saturday.
He has been in charge since May this year and he said the theft was a big blow to the Watchwater after a successful summer.
“This is the first time anything like this has happened since I’ve been here,” Shaun told ‘The Berwickshire’.
“I’ve spoken to some of the fishermen and a few of them said they can’t remember there being any break ins in the 40 years they’ve been fishing here.
“There was a lot more they could have taken so things could have been a lot worse but because of the robbery I haven’t been able to sell any trout flies.
“I will definitely be more on my guard from now on particularly as there have been a lot of rural thefts recently.”
Anyone with information should ring the police on 101.