Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Water levels and clarity are just about perfect now and some excellent results have been achieved on all the ponds. Boathouse Pool has provided great conditions for stalking fish in the clear water and several large fish have been landed. Top spot goes to Chris Watson who caught and returned a 15lb rainbow and four others. Mr McDougall took a fine rainbow of 8lb 12oz. Damsels, Buzzers and dries have all taken fish. The Burnside Pool has received a lot of angling pressure recently but it has produced some wonderful fish. Bruce Thomson returned a rainbow of 14lb and Joe Westland also returned another beauty weighing 12lb. Mr Valentine returned one at 11lb 8oz and Stewart Duff took another at 10lb. Buzzers, Bloodworm imitations and Shipman’s were among the most successful patterns.
On the Bankside Pool Yellow Dancer and black/green lures had the most success. The Wilsons took a fine, deep rainbow weighing 11lb 12oz and returned a further 10. Michael King enjoyed brisk sport returning eight fish in a short session. The Woodside (any legal method pool) has fished steadily all week. Best returns were on Thursday when 22 anglers took 33 trout for a combined total of 53lb 4oz. A good number of these fell to the Scout Group supervised by Keith Prior. Green Powerbait has again proved the most consistent bait but most colours have also worked. A few fish have started to respond to spinning techniques as the trout turn their attention to feeding on fry.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Settled conditions throughout the week gave opportunity for some great late season sport. Plenty of fish wee topping on the surface and also feeding well on fry, which meant dries and fry patterns did best. But with fish being selective at times, going down to size 18s in some cases was the key to catching. Fish did show interest in larger patterns but were just not as confident in taking them. Daddies, Zonkers and Buzzers were the best patterns. John Kennedy had a 6lb 4oz fish, Derek O’Neill a four-pounder, Will Aitken had a 6lb 4oz fish, Scott Burness one of 7lb 4oz, David Morrison a 6lb fish. Decent averages around four fish per session with the best for Tom Anderson with 10, and a few eights reported. With the lochs now full of blue trout anglers are saying how hard they fight, so don't fish too light.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Steady fishing with fish rising everywhere and anglers catching on dries and lures. The lochs will close towards the end of the month, depending on weather, and may even go on into November, but that is purely down to conditions. It’s been a good year on the lochs and plenty of fish have been caught. The browns have certainly done very well as well as the blues. Heaviest fish this year was an 11lb rainbow to jimmy Rhind.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
It was the turn of the big blues to star this week with two cracking specimens landed, one at 8lb 6oz and the other at 7lb. The calm, settled weather led to some excellent fishing conditions and anglers were enjoying their sport in lovely autumn sunshine. The fish are still in the top two to three feet of the water and are still active. The higher in the water the fly is presented, the quicker the retrieve the fish are looking for. Buzzers were successful around three feet down, with fast-pulled nymphs and small lures taking fish just under the surface. Water temperature is currently 8C and remains very clear. The fish are in excellent condition and anglers are reporting that they are fighting very hard, sometimes leading to fish being lost. All three ponds are fishing well and anglers are happy to move between ponds depending on conditions. The fishery is open until 6.30pm this week.
Kevan Lamb, from Uphall, caught five fish for 18lb 8oz including a 8lb 6oz blue plus a further 10 caught and released; Brian Quinn, Bonnyrigg, three for 12lb 14oz including a 7lb blue; Tam McGarry, Dumbarton, two for 8lb 12oz including a 6lb 4oz tiger; David Kinghorn, Dollar, a 5lb tiger; Rab Bonar, Alloa, in two visits, seven fish for 22lb 4oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 15lb plus two caught and released; Stephen Mullin and son, Liam, Pitlochry, shared five fish for 15lb; Dennis Lennon, Airdrie, five for 15lb plus one caught and released; Ian Kay, Bonnyrigg, four for 13lb 12oz; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, four for 12lb 4oz; William Williams, Alloa, four for 11lb from the small ponds; Ian Hunter, Alva, three for 10lb; Gordon Ferguson, Glasgow, three for 9lb 4oz; Henry Fulton, Greenock, three for 8lb 8oz plus two caught and released; junior angler Brian Eadie, three for 6lb 12oz from the Meadow Pond plus five caught and released; Scott Bullions, Bonnyrigg, two for 6lb 12oz; Craig Kilpatrick, Falkirk, two for 6lb 8oz; Alan Bundy, Dunblane, two for 6lb 4oz; Paul Casci, Falkirk, two for 6lb including a 4lb rainbow; Alan Burke, Alloa, two for 6lb including a blue; John Relf, Falkirk, a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, caught and released 11.