Forbes of Kingennie. Tayside
More warm, muggy weather this week has resulted in some fussy feeding fish. The feeding spells have been quite sporadic but if you can get on the fish when they are feeding the sport has been very good. The dry fly fishing has been good when the conditions suit with Floating Fry, Sugar Cube Shipman’s, Sedges and Shuttlecocks taking fish. Nymphs have outfished Buzzers on all the ponds with Diawl Bachs being a noted pattern. When fishing lures a Hothead Damsel, Orange Blob and Yellow Dancer have taken some beating. The Bankside is fishing well for the time of year and is quite clear as well. There are a lot of fish quite far out which is making them a bit harder to catch but there are also good numbers of fish close in feeding around the weed bed and targeting fry. This has also been the first week of allowing bait on the pond and it has gone very well so far. A few good fish have been caught but none of the monsters yet. Mr Birse had 12 off the top in three hours, Mr Jones had nine on nymphs. Mr Mills had five fish on powerbait for 11lb.
The Burnside has been steady but you have to go deep to get them consistently. The bung is the best way of doing that with a Cat Bug and anything with a gold head to take it down will do the job. Either that or a sunk line will get down deep enough. Mr Barlow had 12 fish on a Hare’s Ear with his largest one of the big blue trout around 11lb. Mr Johnston had 11 on a Yellow Blob. The Boathouse is still a bit brown but it has still been really good with fish sat high in the water. The washing-line is the best method at the moment, Mr Kirk had 14 fish on that method using a Black Blob and Diawl Bachs. Mr Bourne did well with a Hothead Damsel taking two for 9lb including a 6lb rainbow and put back six. The Woodside has seen the fish going much deeper and for the first time this year it has paid to fish with a lead on the bottom with Powerbait as this has outfished the float. Mr Riley had eight fish for 14lb on green Powerbait and Mr Walker had his five fish in eight casts on a lead and orange Powerbait.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
This week saw the temperatures rising to the hottest day of the year which was followed by thunderstorms and torrential rain, giving rise to a wide range of fishing conditions. Water temperature has risen to 16oC and the water clarity was very good up until the torrential downpour late on Sunday afternoon which caused the burn to run dirty, but by Monday morning (July 6) the burn was running clear and conditions were quickly improving. For much of the week the fish were in the top two feet, although they were deeper – around four feet down – during the hottest, sunniest spells. Near the top they were taking a selection of nymphs and wet flies, including Damsel, Hare’s Ear, Diawl Bach, olive nymph, Kate McLaren, Hoppers and Buzzers, whilst those caught deeper were looking for small lures such as Cat’s Whisker and Dancer. A fairly fast retrieve was generally working well whether anglers were fishing from the bank or from boats. Tigers, including some big ones, are once again making their presence seen in the burn area, but are proving quite hard to tempt. A good few large blues have also been seen cruising the main area of Swanswater.
Catch returns this week feature a few younger anglers taking advantage of fathers and grandfathers to enjoy a day’s fishing during school holidays and doing well.
Ian Taylor, Tullibody, two for 10lb 12oz including an 8lb 6oz blue; Cameron Smith, 14, from Alloa, three for 12lb including a 7lb rainbow; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 17lb 4oz including a 6lb 12oz rainbow plus two caught and released; James Foster, Tillicoultry, two for 8lb 8oz including a 6lb 8oz rainbow; Young Mason Binnie, fishing with some help from dad, John, from Fallin, landed a 5lb 12oz rainbow; Stephen Mullin and 11-year-old son, Liam, shared five for 10lb 4oz from the small ponds plus a further seven caught and released, with Liam taking 10 to dad’s two. Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, nine for 24lb 9oz, plus five caught and released; Stewart Nicholson, Knightswood, in two visits, eight for 18lb 8oz; Brian MacIntosh, Banknock, five for 12lb 4oz; Allan Laing, Carluke, four for 11lb; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, three for 11lb; Callum Fellows, Glasgow, three for 8lb 8oz; Bill Stanfield, two for 6lb; John Mathieson, Stirling, a 4lb tiger.