Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
When there is thunder in the air, which we had for a couple of days, it drops the pressure in the air and affects fish as they feel it long before we do. Fishing can become harder but once it passes fish become active again and back to normal. The key thing is having the right fly on and if fish are feeding off the top there is no point fishing lures. Scott landed 22 fish this week, Sinclair Mcloud had a good day with a cracking fish of 6lb 11oz, Irene Jacobson had 10 fish and 13 on dry Mayflies, Brian Jacobson had 17 fish and 25 on dries, Neill Smith had 24 fish, David Chapman had 14, and overall most anglers had an average of three fish with plenty on five to seven fish. June 17 is the Glenbuies club all-nighter starting at 6pm and finishing at 2pm Sunday morning. Prizes, raffles and BBQ and is open to all anglers. It’s a fun event and enjoyable for all. Names are being taken for this now at the fishery.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Fishing has been steady, some anglers with more, some with less. Again, it all depends how and where you put your fly as fish are secure under the tree and margins where food is abundant. Both lochs doing well and any weed in the top loch has now gone. The water is clear and some rain would certainly help freshen things up. Good returns of browns (all released) along with rainbows and blues.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The fishing was very good during the week with the fish in the top couple of feet of the water. At the weekend, the thundery weather made things a bit harder and fish were reported to be taking short resulting in many frustrating misses. A reasonably quick retrieve was the best tactic most days. Although no big fish were landed, a few estimated around 9lb or 10lb were released or lost, and more were spotted in the water which remains very clear. Dries, wets and small nymphs were taking fish all week, even in the bright sun, with favourite patterns being Sedge, Yellow Owl, Snatcher, Bibio, Kate McLaren, Hare’s Ear, Damsel and PTN. Small lures were also taking fish. Most evenings the conditions were good and plenty of fish were seen moving on or just under the surface and some great sport was enjoyed.
On Saturday morning the Fishery hosted a Children’s Come and Try session organised with Stirling Council Fisheries. 14 youngsters attended and enjoyed a good morning learning about flyfishing and receiving some excellent coaching from a group of SANA coaches. It is hoped that this will lead to the junior club, the Swanswater Cygnets, starting up again over the summer months. Any youngsters interested in learning how to fly fish or improving their technique should contact the Fishery.
Robert Park, from Glasgow, caught five fish for 13lb; Alan Laing, Carluke, five for 12lb plus four caught and released; Chris Kerr, East Kilbride, five for 11lb 12oz plus five caught and released; Henry Thompson, High Valleyfield, four for 12lb including three browns; George Dobbie, Glasgow, four for 12lb including a 4lb 4oz brown, plus one caught and released estimated at around 9lb; Danny Doherty, Denny, and Darren Scott, Dunfermline, each caught four fish for 10lb; Alan Mathewson, Wishaw and Tom Clark, Stirling, each had three for 8lb 12oz; Nan Morrison, Stirling, three for 8lb 8oz; Tom Hemmings, Wishaw, three for 7lb 8oz; David McMahon, Glasgow, two for 7lb including a 4lb 12oz rainbow; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 9lb; Andy Henderson, Glasgow, two for 7lb; Sandy Donald, Dunblane, two for 4lb 12oz; Brian Lockie, Alva, caught and released seven, including two browns, from his float-tube; Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, caught and released six; Robert Smith, Falkirk, caught and released four including one estimated at 10lb.