Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Constant strong winds made things much harder for fishing although anglers are still catching. This week looks much nicer with a lot more settled weather to come. Even with the wind the Bankside has been fishing great and fish are well distributed although the tail of the wind is still the hotspot. Mr Sherriff had his best day ever when he landed 26 fish on sunken Hoppers on Saturday. Mr Soave had five fish for 14lb 9oz with the biggest 6lb 8oz on a black and green lure. Mr Cowan had 16 one night fishing dries and Buzzers. The Burnside has been a bit slower with the fish being slightly fussy but they are still catchable if you get the method right. As soon as the wind drops dries have been the best method but Blobs have out-fished most flies when conditions have been tricky. Mr Matthews had 17 fish on Monday morning with a combination of Shuttlecocks and FABs. Mr Main had 14 on Diawl Bachs with a fish of around 9lb his best.
The Boathouse has fished well after last week when there was some weed removal on the pond. The sediment is still settling and has led to bigger flies doing well. As always Damsels and black lures have been really good, as well as Buzzers and a FAB on the washing-line. Mr Middleton, who is new to flyfishing, got a shock when just half an hour into his session he caught a sunning rainbow weighing 10lb 4oz on a black hothead lure, it took him over 15 minutes to get it in the net. Mr Macintyre did well on dries and a black lure returning a dozen fish in four hours with one around 6lb.
The Woodside is really fishing well now as the fish have moved out more. There have also been some much bigger fish caught with a lot of people having fish over of over 2lb in the bags. Powerbait has been the best bait with worms a close second. Mr Sharp tempted 19 fish for 33lb; Mr Jones had four fish for 8lb 12oz; and Mr Low had four fish for 7lb 12oz.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Once again the wind was the major factor in determining conditions this week, particularly at the weekend when the more sheltered small ponds fished really well. The water temperature is still sitting at a chilly 11oC and for most of the week the fish were to be found between two and five feet down. At certain times fish were seen rising but were generally pretty elusive on the surface or even just under. The exception to that was on the Meadow Pond where dry flies were working well, especially on Friday evening when they were looking for a fast retrieve causing a wake across the surface. Favourite patterns this week included Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Nomad, Damsel, Cormorant, Montana and Buzzer. Several cracking brown trout were landed this week, taken from various areas. There were no real hotspots, it was usually a case of anglers finding the most sheltered spots and hoping the fish were nearby! Two of this week’s most successful anglers, both regulars at Swanswater, were at opposite ends of the age spectrum with 84-year-old Willie Martin having a 6lb brown and a 5lb blue in his bag, and 10-year-old Liam Mullin, from Pitlochry, fishing with his dad, took four for 8lb from the Meadow Pond and returned another five, all on a dry Black Spider, while dad managed to blank!
Mark Kenyon, from Menstrie, fishing from the boat on three consecutive days, landed 19 fish for 53lb and returned another two. Included in his bags were three browns weighing 6lb 5oz, 4lb 12oz and 4lb. Willie Martin, from Stirling, caught five for 17lb 12oz including a 6lb brown and two blues, bigger one at 5lb; Kevin Murphy, Cowdenbeath, five for 16lb including a 5lb 4oz brown; Frank Barr, Falkirk, five for 13lb plus two caught and returned; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, five for 12lb 4oz; Gerrard Dawson and Jock Davidson shared four for 12lb 12oz; Jim Denny, Dunipace, three for 9lb including a 4lb 8oz blue; Mike Bolton, Maddiston, two for 6lb 8oz; Jimmy Smith, Polmont, two for 6lb 4oz; Bob Smith, Stirling, two for 6lb including a tiger.