Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Weather conditions varied during the week with the best fishing being in anything other than a due easterly wind. It is now at the point where we really do need some rain as water levels are beginning to fall fairly steadily. The Boathouse Pool fished well most of the week with decent numbers of fish being caught but the bigger fish were somewhat more elusive. Mr Grey returned 13 fish on a mixture of dries and Buzzers; S. Hawkins took two rainbows for 6lb 8oz and returned a further six using Shipman’s and Black Buzzers). J. Edwards returned nine fish on a small Yellow Dancer.
Some excellent sport has been had on dry flies on the Burnside Pool. John Crowther returned 11 using dries and Buzzers, with Kane Crowther (aged 10) putting in an excellent performance to return 14 fish, most of which were taken on a Squirmy. Several season ticket holders have just edged into double figures but, as with the Boathouse Pool, the larger fish have been absent.
On the Bankside Pool a variety of flies and methods have been successful. George Birse returned 27 and Frank Sherriff 24 taken on Buzzers, Bloodworm imitations or floating fry patterns.
The best methods on the any legal method pool (Woodside) were again Powerbait or spinning, although maggots fished beneath a float did produce a few decent catches. Mr James had four rainbows for a total of 8lb 4oz; Mr Trent took four for 6lb 12oz and Mr Strengano landed four weighing 6lb 4oz.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
With more settled conditions, apart from the couple of days of monsoon weather, fishing has been decent for the most. Early and late afternoon has been the best times, as the fish just switch off when the sun is at its highest and hottest. Good rises to the dry fly, but while it’s hot you will need to switch to lures. Later on in the day the fish will be back on the top. Finding and fishing the right fly is key when fish are more aware and concentrate on what is hatching around them. Buzzers, nymphs and dries have all done well in black, green and olives. Nice to see some old favourites working including Greenwell Glory, Yellow Owl, Mayfly, Kate Mclaren and Hoppers. The best lures are Damsels and Yellow Dancers. Pink also did well for some in Buzzers and lures. Slater Scott had 15 fish; Ian Morrison had 12; Fergus Simpson had 13; Billy Campbell seven; Dave Burns eight; Alistair Pinkerton and Rob Drummond seven each, and most other anglers had between three and six fish a session although a few blanks were recorded.
Sunday is the third day of the Childrens’ Academy and they are all really progressing. There will be another Academy next year for another 10 young people, something only achievable with the help of youfishscotland and Loch Vaa fisheries, the Glen of Rothes and of course Wendy and her team.
Saturday June 18 is the Club Gala competition evening at the fishery, starting at 6pm and finishing at 2am Sunday morning. All are welcome and raffles and free BBQ for those attending. Anyone interested is asked to give names into the fishery or the secretary of the club for an idea on numbers for BBQ. It should be a great night for all.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Plenty of activity around the lochs now with free-rising fish taking advantage of the plentiful insect life and this has shown in the returns and size of fish. A good variation of species being caught with rainbows, blues and browns keeping it interesting. There are two sessions on the lochs – 8.30am to 4pm and 4.30pm to 10pm each day. Booking is essential for the boats.
Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
Fishing was good from all areas of the reservoir at the start of the week when the water still warming slowly despite the persistent cold easterly winds. Towards the end of the week the strong sunshine and higher surface temperatures meant the fish tended to feed deeper between four to six feet but as the sun went down mid-way through the evening sessions the fish came nearer to the surface. At shallower parts of the reservoir the most successful tactics were intermediate or very slow sinkers with mini lures like Cat’s Whiskers, Damsel variants, Olive Growlers, Mini Dancers and traditional wets like Kate McLaren, Black Spiders and Diawl Bachs, especially from the grassy margins at south shore and Firwood point. Olive or black static Buzzers were best from the dam wall or from the boats.
Some of the better catches this week went to B. Brogan with four fish for 10lb 6oz on a Diawl Bach; J. Kerr four for 11lb 4oz on a Wickhams; Andy Devine four for 12lb, best 5lb 8oz; Gordon Anderson four for 11lb; P. Shannon four for 10lb and D. Evans three for 8lb including a blue-tagged fish to win £100.
With the school holidays fast approaching and to encourage novice juniors (under 16) to flyfishing at Millhall they will be allowed to fish free when accompanied by an adult, fishing or non fishing.
The second heat of the Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Open competition is on Sunday June 12 during the evening session and there are still places available. The qualifiers go forward to the free final on Sunday October 2 during the day session. To enter, phone the clubhouse on 01324 714190.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
It was a great week for those wishing to enjoy being out in the glorious sunny weather. Unfortunately great weather for suntans is not great weather for fishing and it was sometimes a bit of a struggle to get fish this week. On the occasions when there was some cloud cover, including Saturday and Sunday mornings, the fishing was better with the fish coming up to just below the surface. For most of the rest of the week they were four to six feet down and rather lethargic. In the evenings, they were just under the surface of the small ponds but all that was showing on Swanswater were lots of small natural browns. A couple of big tigers were landed this week and several browns also figured in the returns, all taken on a faster retrieve than that needed to attract the blues and rainbows. Many anglers were reporting follows, swirls and knocks but unfortunately these were not translating into fish taking. The fish were in different parts of the pond at different times of day with the areas offering some sort of shade doing best. Favourite patterns included Dancer, Hothead Damsel, Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Goldhead Daddy, Bibio and Snatcher. Black was the most successful colour. The Fishery is open 8am to 10pm, seven days a week.
George Dobbie, from Glasgow, caught four fish for 13lb including a 6lb 8oz tiger; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, 6lb 8oz tiger; Frank Barr, Falkirk, six for 14lb 14oz; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, four for 9lb 8oz; David Stirling, Edinburgh, three for 7lb 8oz plus five caught and released; Peter Bryce, Alloa, three for 7lb; Kyle Crossan, Stirling, three for 6lb from the Meadow Pond; R. Anderson two for 5lb; Lee Petale, Stirling, two blues for 4lb from the small ponds; Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, caught and released eight.