Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The best of the fishing this week has been enjoyed by those who have been prepared to adapt to the changing weather conditions. Even in the high winds there have still been some decent returns taken by anglers who have been prepared to move around and find the fish. The Boathouse Pool was at its best in clear water conditions. Dry flies, Buzzers and small lures all produced results. Decent numbers of fish were also taken on the Burnside, especially on evenings when a gentle westerly breeze blew. On Saturday the fishery hosted Davie Simpson’s annual ‘May Day Bash’ on the Boathouse and Burnside with 22 anglers catching 58 fish for a combined total of 170lb and a further 77 were released. Jonny Adams was the winner with three fish for 14lb 12oz and a further seven returned. The biggest rainbow was taken by Kevin Mackintosh at 8lb 10oz. Bankside proved quite difficult in the wind but Mr Watson conquered the conditions to take 17 fish on catch and release including one at 7lb. The Woodside Pool fished steadily with Powerbait again bringing out the best results. A few of the bigger fish again fell to spinners.
Glen or Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Another week dominated by the weather and although on some days dry fly tactics did do well, on the next day it was back to trawling deep with a lure. So what fly to use? It’s hard to say and depends a lot on the conditions on the day. It’s no use fishing the bottom if fish are rising and happily taking off the top. Most consistent patterns have been Buzzers, Suspender Buzzers, CdC, Damsels and White Fritzs. Over the week though there has still been plenty of good catches taken. David Morrison had a 6lb 13oz fish; Karen Cameron had a 9lb fish; Mark Bell caught one of 6lb; Steven Turnbull one of 7lb; Barry Witford landed a 6lb 13oz fish; Bryan Cameron had a 10-pounder; Tom Anderson an 8lb fish; Barry Ward caught a 9lb 5oz fish; Archie Miller one of 10lb; and Bob Mann had the heaviest fish of the week at 11lb 15oz. The youngsters on the bait loch have enjoyed catching their first fish.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Fishing continued to be good on the lochs with plenty of blues and browns caught and fighting hard. John Ross had a cracking blue of 5lb and had to work hard to get it to the net. The lochs are in great condition and both dry and wet flies are working well with plenty of fish rising.
Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
There was a good turnout of members and non-members last Sunday evening for the first heat of the tackle dealer and club sponsor Rod and Creel (Carronshore) Open. After a hard fought contest with a total catch of 33 fish for 79lb 12oz the qualifiers going through to the free final on October 4 were first D. Russell with 13lb including two at 5lb but weighed in at 3lb for competition purposes; second J. Johnstone with 12lb; third J. Gougall with 11lb and fourth Glen Grant with 10lb 8oz. There are three heats remaining on June 14, August 2 and September 6, all Sunday evening sessions, to enter contact the club on 01324 714190. Other good bags this week went to J. Morton with four for 11lb on Cormorants; R. Hausen two for 11lb; Ian Calcott four for 11lb 6oz on a Green and White Fritz; Tam Brogan four for 10lb 8oz; A. Johnston four for 11lb 12oz on Buzzers; Jimmy Jarvie four for 11lb 4oz; W. Baillie four for 11lb 8oz; A. Cormack two for 6lb 12oz; G McGregor two for 5lb 12oz on Buzzers and J. Graham two for 6lb. The reservoir will be closed during the day session this Sunday (May 17) for the club competition the Flybox Trophy. Boats will still be available and the evening session is open as normal.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The persistent cold wind kept the fish below the surface for most of the week, with heavy rain midweek colouring the water for a day or so. The warmer conditions at the weekend saw fish coming up to dries on Saturday until it got too bright and sunny, when nymphs were working better. Rain and cold on Sunday put the fish down a little again. There was a slight rise in water temperature, to 9oC, and this saw the fish move up the channel and begin to get caught behind the islands and at the roadside. The most successful pattern this week was a Hare’s Ear fished on either a floating or intermediate line, with other favourites being the usual lures, Cat’s Whisker and Dancer, nymphs such as Damsel, PTN and Diawl Bach, and wets including Kate McLaren and Black Spider. Static Buzzers were not doing as well as sometimes as the fish were looking for something to chase.
Please note that the Fishery will close at 5.30pm on Saturday May 16, otherwise they are open 8am to 9pm every day.
Good catches went to Peter Baird, from Denny, with a 7lb 9oz brown; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, made two visits to the fishery at the weekend taking three blues for 9lb 12oz on Saturday and four for 17lb 8oz including two blues, bigger one at 6lb, and a tiger on Sunday. Gordon Maybury, from Bathgate, five for 18lb 8oz including a 5lb 12oz brown and a 3lb 8oz tiger; Gary McArthur, Glenrothes, five for 16lb including three blues, biggest one at 5lb 12oz; John Moyes, Grangemouth, two for 9lb including a 5lb 6oz brown; Darren Inglis, Stenhousemuir, four for 12lb 8oz including two blues, bigger one at 5lb; Peter O’Brien, Camelon, three for 10lb 4oz including two blues, bigger one at 5lb; Robert Chalmers, Bannockburn, two blues for 9lb, bigger one at 5lb; Henry Fulton, Greenock, two blues for 8lb, bigger one at 5lb; Willie Downie, Kincardine, three for 9lb 12oz including a 4lb 12oz brown; Frank Barr, Falkirk, five for 17lb, plus four caught and released; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, five for 17lb; Stephen Anderson, Glenrothes, five for 16lb; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 16lb; David Devine, Stirling, four for 14lb 4oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, four for 14lb 8oz; Davy Quin, Dunfermline, in three visits, nine for 26lb 12oz plus three caught and released; John Mathieson, Stirling, three blues for 10lb plus two fish caught and released; Steven Mullin and young son, Liam, Pitlochry, three for 10lb; George Kochanek, Tullibody, three for 9lb 12oz; Rab Bonar, Alloa, three for 9lb including two blues for 7lb; William Andrews, Kirkintilloch, two for 6lb; John Campbell, Derek Hewitt and David Young, Newcastle, in three visits this week, caught and released 48.