Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The breezy, slightly fresher weather for most of the week led to signs that the browns are becoming more active and showing more. A good few featured in the catch returns, either being taken or being returned. Generally the fish were being seen in the top two to three feet, although they appear to be feeding deeper than that and deeper than would normally be expected at this time of year. Many anglers were hitting fish that seemed to be sheltering deeper down and feeding in areas where there is some weed. Best results were to be had using an intermediate line with a moderate retrieve and a variety of flies were successful including Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Damsel, Daddy Longlegs, Black Spider, Bibio, Soldier Palmer and Buzzer.
One of the most successful anglers this week was Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, who landed five fish for 13lb 4oz, including two browns, from the boat, and caught and released another two fish and helped release a duck! Also doing well from the boat was Frank Barr, Falkirk, who made two visits to the fishery and left with nine for 20lb 12oz, including a brown, plus one returned. The biggest fish of the week was a lovely 8lb 3oz rainbow landed by Drew Lamb, Alloa, on Sunday afternoon. David Aitken, East Kilbride, included a 6lb 12oz rainbow in his bag of two for 9lb 4oz. Another successful angler making two visits this week was Donald McMurchy, Plean, who landed eight for 18lb 12oz. Jim Denny, Dunipace, fishing from the boat, took three fish for 8lb and returned another two. Several anglers opted for sporting tickets with Kevin Gray, Camelon, releasing six and Connor Meiklejohn, Stirling, returning four.