Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The fishing has been dominated by fairly strong north and east winds and sunny conditions. This has made for slightly challenging conditions at times but the returns on the whole have been very good. On the Boathouse the water is still a bit coloured but still small flies have been very effective. Dries have had their moments where they have taken lots of fish when other methods have not worked so well. Small nymphs and Buzzers fished on the washing-line are taking very regularly, as is the bung with mix of flies fished from two to four feet deep. There haven’t been many people pulling lures but they are still taking fish. Mr Leslie had a couple of good days landing over 20 fish both times on small dries. Mr Mclay had 11 on Olive Worms. Mr Johnstone had 13 on the bung. On the Burnside it has been a very similar situation in terms of methods and patterns but at times they have been down a bit deeper with six feet being about the best depth. The dry fly fishing has been really good on here particularly when conditions come right. Mr Westland had trips of 22 and 19 on Buzzers and a FAB, with fish up to 12lb. Mr Thompson had two trips with returns of 18 and 15 on Buzzers and a FAB. Mr Mclay had 18 on Olive Worms and the bung.
The Bankside not been overly busy due to being so exposed in the wind but when it calms down the rods that have fished it have done well. Mr Marshall had eight fish up to 8lb on Buzzers and a black lure. Mr Hog had 12 on the bung. Mr Kirk had 18 on Black Buzzers and a FAB. The Woodside has been busy and there have been lots of fish caught. Powerbait and spinners have been the top baits but getting in the right spot is the most important aspect. Over the weekend the 44 rods landed 79 fish for a weight of 139lb.
This weekend we will be holding the final for the Scottish national stillwater team on the Boathouse and Burnside pool on Saturday. The team will be picked for the International in October being fished at Kingennie.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The week started with the continuation of the black gnat ‘banquet’ and fish taking anything black on or just below the surface. On Monday and Tuesday a lot of fish were to be found in the boat area and also round the back of the islands and were taking mostly Spiders, Pennell, Bibio and Black Nymph. From Wednesday onwards, the end of the black gnat hatches, the bright sun and the strong easterly breeze put the fish down to around two to three feet and made conditions a little harder. Most anglers were back on lures from midweek onwards although some were still having success on Buzzers, Bloodworm and wet flies. The fish also moved to the front of the island, the channel and, during the brightest spells, the shade given by the big tree. A good number of browns were taken again this week although they were harder to find during the brighter weather. Some cracking blues are also being stocked at present and are beginning to figure in the catch returns. A few small hatches of alders were noted later in the week as well as the appearance of the first of the daddy longlegs. Favourite patterns, apart from the small black flies already mentioned, included Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Green Buzzer, Bloodworm, and, at the weekend, Hopper. The Fishery is now till 9.30pm every evening.
Paul Shirkie caught five fish for 13lb including two browns plus one caught and released; Danny Doherty, from Denny, five for 11lb 8oz plus four caught and released; Keith Lewis, South Queensferry, five for 11lb 8oz including two browns; Robert Ramage, Renton, four for 13lb; Charles Devine, Stirling, three browns for 7lb; Colin Copeman, in three visits, 11 for 23lb 8oz from the small ponds, plus three caught and released; Heather Johnstone, Neilston, four for 10lb 8oz including a brown; Willie Downie, Kincardine, four for 10lb 8oz including a brown, plus two caught and released; Chris Melville, Balloch, four for 10lb including a brown and a blue; Adam Bathgate and Duncan Elliott, shared six for 16lb including a blue; Jim Craig, Balloch, three for 8lb 12oz including two browns; Alan Henderson, Grangemouth, three for 7lb 12oz including a brown; Alex Knox, Glasgow, three for 7lb 8oz including two browns; Brian Paterson, Cambusbarron, three for 7lb including two browns; Jim McInnes, Falkirk, two for 7lb including a 4lb brown; Robert Smith, Falkirk, two for 6lb 8oz including a 4lb 8oz blue; Murray Ferguson, Stirling, two browns for 5lb 12oz; George Dobbie, Glasgow, two for 5lb 8oz including a brown; Brian Scullion, Glasgow, caught and released nine fish; Ian McArthur, Denny, caught and released seven; Robert Cochrane caught and released seven including two browns.