Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
A very busy festive period with a lot of anglers out in even the coldest weather when staff have been out breaking the ice to make sure there’s plenty of water to fish in (the ice has all melted now). The Boathouse has been the most popular pond and the water has been very clear. In the cold weather the best method has been the bung and most fish seem to be caught between two and four feet deep on all sorts of flies including Buzzers, Bloodworms, Squirmy Worms, Cat Bugs, Crunchers, Blobs and lures. There have been some big fish caught and released with the largest estimated at around 12lb but most of the bigger ones are in the 4-7lb range.
The Burnside has been fishing very similarly but you just have to go much deeper, setting your flies at around 12 feet deep. The same sort of patterns have been working but Buzzers have been the best. The best pegs seem to be up at the top end of the pond in the shallower water but they have been caught all over.
The Bankside hasn’t seen quite as many anglers but has fished really well to those that were willing to work hard and find the fish which seem to be moving from the first to the second bay depending on the weather but they have been well shoaled up and very catchable. Pulled lures have been working with Yellow Dancers and Damsels being the best.
The Woodside has fished really well with most of the fish held up in the inflow from the burn and taking Powerbait and wee spinners.
On December 27 the end of year competition was held on the Burnside and Boathouse where 21 rods landed 120 fish with the largest estimated at 12lb from the Boathouse and around 10lb from the Burnside. There were two runaway leaders with Davie Simpson and Robert Gibson taking the lead early on but in the end Davie took the victory with 18 fish from seven platforms and Robert was second with 17 fish from seven platforms.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The week started with some really cold days and nights and the aerators did their usual good job in keeping the ice at bay and allowing the fishery to remain open. The boats were doing well in the cold weather as the fish headed for the deeper areas in the middle of the main loch. The New Year started wet and windy and although the water was a bit coloured on Friday, it soon cleared and there was some excellent fishing over the weekend. A slight rise in water temperature saw the fish move out again into the channel and the far bay. On Swanswater the fish were anything from three to five feet down. Fish were still being seen on the surface, particularly on the small ponds, where they were being taken in the top 18 inches. Successful patterns this week included Dancer, Damsel, Nomad, Cat’s Whisker, Diawl Bach, Montana, Hare’s Ear, Buzzer, Bloodworm and Black Spider.
Bill Mouat, from Shotts, caught four fish for 15lb 10oz including a 5lb 2oz blue; Donald McMurchy, five for 17lb; Peter Clark, Edinburgh, five for 16lb 8oz; Allan Laing, East Kilbride, five for 15lb 8oz; Darren Hill, Alva, five for 15lb; Frank Barr, Falkirk, six for 19lb in two visits; Colin Brown, Sauchie, four for 14lb including a 4lb blue; David MacLean, Edinburgh, four for 13lb; George Kochanek, Tullibody, four for 12lb 12oz; Alasdair Fyfe, Perth, three for 12lb 10oz; Ian Scott, Edinburgh, and Jim Craig, Balloch, each with three for 10lb 8oz; James MacLean, Edinburgh, Mike Chubb, Stirling, and Henry Haggarty, Glasgow, all with three for 9lb 8oz.
Blair Carbis, from Grangemouth, and Ronnie Cadona, Glasgow, each had three fish for 9lb 4oz; John Duncan, Glasgow, two for 8lb 4oz; Brian Carr, Twecher, two for 7lb 12oz; Billy Martin, Glasgow, two for 6lb 12oz; Willie Carr, Twecher, a 5lb 4oz rainbow; Stephen MacDonald, Cumbernauld, a 4lb 8oz rainbow; C. Dillon, a 4lb tiger; Derek Russell, Stoneyburn, 13 caught and released; Jason Taylor, Alloa, 13 caught and released in three visits; Alistair Ewen, 10 caught and released.