Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
With the slightly longer and warmer days the first hatches of flies have appeared and a few fish are starting to rise more freely. With all this the fish are much higher in the water, one of the reasons why the Burnside has been fishing so well. Over Saturday, Sunday and Monday there was a total of 224 fish caught and released by 26 anglers. Some of the top rods included Mr Stuart with two for 4lb and 22 caught and released; Mr Robertson 20 released; Mr Barlow 16 released and one at 7lb; Mr Gaul 14 released and one at 6lb; Mr Gibson 13 released; Mr Costello five released and one at 9lb. These fish have been falling to any number of methods including Buzzers, black nymphs, Bloodworms, Cormorant, Blobs, Yellow Dancers and Humungus. The water is still slightly coloured but it hasn’t affected the fishing.
The Boathouse has been quite dirty over the weekend after the heavy rain but the rods that did fish it were rewarded with some good returns, Mr Bairner had four for 9lb with 11 returned; Mr West had three for 11lb, best a 6lb 11oz rainbow; Mr Henderson did well while on catch and release having 10 fish with the best estimated at 9lb. Most of the fish have been taken on lures but as the water clears smaller flies will really start to come into their own.
The Bankside has started to pick up with the fish becoming a lot more spread throughout the pond although the second bay and the north bank still seem to be the favoured spots. In the space of two days Mr Simpson had a total of 27 fish with the best around 8lb and several fish in the 3-4lb range. A mixture between lures on a fast glass and Squirmys under the bung did the damage. Mr Jones had nine fish on nymphs under the bung including a blue of around 5lb.
The Woodside has been busier in the past week with the nicer weather bringing out the anglers. The water is very clear now and fish are falling to spinner, worm and Powerbait tactics. Mr Main took the biggest fish of the week at 3lb 11oz on a spinner.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Fishing was much better this week and fish are now feeding much closer to the surface so floating and intermediate lines are best. Yellow Dancers and White Fritz were successful for the early part of the week, with Black Bunny Leeches, Black Fritz and Black Buzzers were good in the second part. Good numbers of fish were taken with averages around five fish a session. Douglas Hennon had 10 fish in a few hours; Colin Moffat had a fish of 5lb 15oz; Ian Hendry 4lb 14oz; Gordon Grant won £50 for a tagged fish from his nine-fish haul; Richard Ovington had a good day with 17 fish; Martin Smith had a 6lb fish; Donald Patience a nice 4lb 14oz blue; Kevin Macrae a 3lb 5oz blue and Zak Keez had a fish of 6lb.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Plenty of sport this week and the browns are proving popular. These fish are a deep golden brown with red spots and are mostly around the 2lb mark with one or two resident wild fish up to 4lb and all browns are to be returned. Stocking of the rainbows and blues has started and these fish will add to the tremendous sport to be had here. Millbuies offers a different fishing environment and experience and no indicators are to be used here.
Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
A bright but windy morning on the first day of the season saw plenty of overwintered and recently stocked fish being caught. On Saturday the first fish of the season, a nice rainbow of 3lb, was taken by Rab Huddleston on a Yellow Dancer. Many anglers weighed in limit bags of four fish averaging about 10lb with Tam Brogan taking the heaviest bag at 12lb 8oz on Buzzers while a few better fish in the 4-5lb range were recorded. The first visiting club this season, Dalzell AC, saw their 12 members mostly bagging up, taking 39 fish for 86lb 14oz just under the surface around the hotspots of the dam Wall and Firwood Point. Successful flies were Yellow Dancers, Growlers, Damsels, Black Buzzers and Black and Green Fritz.
Sunday saw the reservoir given over to a fundraising competition for the Scottish Disabled Fly Fishers Association to raise funds for the annual Home Nations competition in Ireland. Thirty-two anglers took part, with first place going to Grant McCauley with 10 fish, second George Learmonth with nine and third Stuart Barclay with seven fish. This competition was fished as a catch and release event and a total of 98 fish were caught and returned. The event raised approximately £1400 including raffles and auctions.
Tea and coffee will again be free to anglers this season with voluntary donations to Strathcarron Hospice or Scottish Disabled Anglers. There will also be a reduction of £2 off a full day for senior citizens on Mondays. The tagged fish competition is in place again with different coloured tags for different prizes with £100 being the top prize. Bookings are still being taken for visiting clubs and there are still a few weekend dates available, contact Bill on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the club at 01324 714190.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
It was another unsettled week, weather-wise, with a lot of rain and wind, which kept all but the brave away. The hardy ones who faced the elements were mostly well rewarded. Despite heavy rain midweek and at the weekend, the water remained relatively clear. The water temperature was between 3 and 4 degrees C all week and although the fish were fairly deep down they remained active. They were well spread out round the pond although at certain times the hotspots included the front of the island, the roadside and the far bay.
A good variety of different coloured fish featured in the catch returns with some superb blues, greens and golds being landed. Lures which provided a bit of movement were more successful this week than static Buzzers, with favourite patterns being Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Humungus, Tadpole and Fritz.
Amongst this week’s successful anglers were Willie Walker, from Larbert, with two fish for 8lb 14oz including a 5lb 1oz rainbow; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, five for 16lb 12oz, plus two caught and returned; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, five for 16lb including a 4lb 12oz blue and a 3lb 4oz tiger; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 15lb 8oz; Kimin Smith, Plean, five for 14lb 12oz; Iain Whitelaw, Dunipace, five for 14lb; Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, four for 13lb 6oz including a 4lb blue; Frank Barr, Falkirk, Alan McComisky, Moodiesburn, and Nan Morrison, Stirling, all with four each for 12lb; Ian Scott, Dunfermline, three for 11lb; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, three for 10lb; Alan Armstrong, Dollar, three for 9lb 12oz including a 4lb gold; Grant Barr, Wishaw, three for 9lb 8oz; Sandy Donald, Dunblane, three for 9lb; Mehmet, Alloa, two for 7lb 8oz plus a further four caught and returned; Alfred Sanford, Grangemouth, two blues for 6lb 4oz; Gavin Miller, Valleyfield, a 4lb 12oz blue; Scott Murphy caught and released 13, while Craig Inglis, Tranent, caught and released seven.