Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The weather has been kind to us in the past week and has made for some lovely conditions for catching fish. The mild weather has seen the fish high in the water and very active. The water has continued to clear in all the ponds helping improve the conditions furthermore. Over the festive period Kingennie will be open every day apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when we will be closed.
The Boathouse, as of Monday morning, has about three to four feet of visibility and improving all the time. A real mix of flies and methods have been effective, a mix of different lures have worked but orange has been a trigger colour. Black Buzzers have been the best natural pattern in sizes 12 and 14, fished either straight lining or under the bung. The bung has been effective when it is calm but not so much when it has been windy, again Buzzers and Squirmys have been the chosen patterns. Mr Mill had a fish of 7lb 12oz in a bag of four for 14lb. Mr Leslie returned 19 fish on a mix of small lures. Miss Shanto returned three fish with the biggest estimated at 12-13lb.
The Burnside has been busy and some anglers are doing very well and some are struggling. The fish are very high in the water and a floating line is all that is needed. The washing-line is probably the most effective method with a bright FAB and a nymph with some orange in it. Mr Phillip returned 17 with the largest over 10lb on Blobs and FABs on a floater. Mr Cheetham had five fish for 10lb and returned another 19 including a fish of around 7lb. Mr Birse had a big fish of around 14lb on a Rob Roy.
The Bankside has been very under-fished in the past week, Mr Soave had three fish for 8lb on a black lure and Mr Campbell returned six on a Yellow Dancer. The Woodside has seen several anglers over the last week, with Powerbait under the float as always the best method. Mr Strachan landed the largest fish from the Woodside in recent memory with a specimen of 11lb. The fish was actually caught on a fly rod and a black and green lure. Mr Crawford and his son had four fish for 7lb on Powerbait.
Over the winter period Kingennie are going to be offering two hour catch and release permits on the fly ponds priced at £6 for the Burnside, £7 for the Bankside and £8 for the Boathouse. As with all catch and release flies must be barbless and you must stay on the pond that you have paid for while fishing on the two-hour permit. Details from 01382 350777.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Another wet and, at times, windy, but mild week saw very few anglers out. Those who did venture forth to brave the elements were treated to some excellent sport and great bags. The unseasonably mild weather, with the water temperature sitting around 8C, means that the fish are very high in the water for the time of year and are still being caught in the top couple of feet. Fish have been seen moving on the surface of all the ponds although they are not taking off the top on the main pond. However dry flies are still working on the small ponds. Favourite patterns this week included Damsel, Dancer, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Bloodworm, Kate McLaren and Cormorant.
Calum Perry, Stirling, caught four fish for 16lb 8oz including a 6lb 8oz rainbow; Iain Whitelaw, Dunipace, five for 16lb 8oz from the Millpond including a 6lb 4oz rainbow and two blues; Bill Mouat, Shotts, three for 12lb including a 6lb 4oz rainbow; Robert Anderson, Stoneyburn, five for 11b 2oz from the small ponds, plus nine caught and released; Derek Russell, Stoneyburn, five for 10lb 8oz from the small ponds, plus seven caught and released; Nan Morrison, Stirling, four for 13lb 6oz; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, four for 11lb 12oz; Frank Turner, Alloa, four for 11lb 12oz including two from Meadow Pond; Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, three for 10lb 4oz plus one caught and released; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, three for 9lb 4oz plus five caught and released; Ian Munro, three for 7lb plus 12 caught and released from the Millpond; Alec Knox, Glasgow, caught a 4lb 4oz rainbow; Mark Bradley, Rosneath, caught and released 10 fish.
Opening times over the next few weeks are 8am to 4pm every day except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when the fishery is closed. On Sunday December 27 the annual Charity Competition is being held on Swanswater, 8.30 for a 9am start; the small ponds will be open 8.30am to 4pm. There are still a few spaces left for the competition.
Alasdair, Morna, Ian and Alan would like to wish all our anglers a very Merry Christmas!