Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
A much more settled week and the average catches have been really good on all the ponds with a couple of exceptional returns. All the ponds have been busy and fishing really well, depending on the time of day and weather conditions. The Boathouse is very clear which is making it tricky for some, but get it right and there have been some good fish taken. On Saturday Mr Bairner had four fish for 23lb including a magnificent 9lb 12oz blue trout. Mr West had two for 9lb including a 6lb 4oz rainbow. Mr Montgomery did well fishing Sedges when he returned 18 fish. The Burnside is as clear as it has been in some time and small dries are the way to go with the fish being preoccupied on the surface. Small Shipman’s and CdC Shuttlecocks have been best in black and olive. Mr Birse had 16 fish on Suspender patterns, Mr White had 14 on Buzzers and dries. Mr Stevens had the biggest of the week with a rainbow estimated at 9lb caught and released on a Hopper.
The Bankside has been really good due to the fact the fish have been so spread out and taking so many different patterns with everything from dries to a lure under a bung. Mr Soave had five fish for 14lb, Mr Gordon had three for 10lb and nine returned. Mr Bruce had a great day returning 19 including one estimated at 10lb. The Woodside has been on fantastic form all week, over the two days 68 anglers landed 144 fish for 238lb. The biggest fish of the weekend went to Mr Knowles and his son with a 3lb 5oz rainbow. Kingennie’s sports manager Grant Osler qualified for the Scottish Stillwater team on Sunday at Allandale Tarn. Grant was third equal out of 22 anglers and will now travel to Ireland in October to fish the Home International.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A good week’s fishing especially to Buzzers. Plenty of good fish were taken and fought hard. Evenings saw some great rises as the lochs bubbled with feeding fish. William Hattie had a fish of 8lb 9oz and on his second trip a fish of 6lb 13oz; John Watt had a fish of 8lb 4oz; Paul Bridgford 7lb 9oz; Roger Stewart 4lb 6oz; Paul Cowie 5lb; David Doig 8lb 12oz; Bob Mann 4lb 3oz; Jane Mclean 6lb 13oz and Robert Tomoczsk, new to flyfishing, had a 6lb fish. Many more were caught and returned and the only weights were ‘guestimates’. A golden trout at 2lb was a surprise for Colin Adam.
As from June 1 there will be a new ticket for the disabled, OAPs, unemployed and students. These tickets will only apply on a Monday each week and proof of eligibility is required. These tickets only apply to flyfishing and at the Glen, not Millbuies.
Tickets will be four hours catch and release £5, eight hours catch and release £10 and eight hours one fish (kill first fish as long as it’s a blue or rainbow) £15.
The sponsored Flybox UK event will be on the weekend of June 27-28 at the Glen of Rothes. Signature tyers will be on hand and materials from Flybox will be on sale. There will be casting competitions for all, fishing for the kids in the bait loch along with much more. It’s all to support the charity Fishing with Tom and there will be a small charge for each event.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Consistent fishing at Millbuies and both lochs are fishing well. Anglers enjoyed sport on the top. Traditional patterns are tempting the browns. Acrobatic blues and rainbows also landed, heaviest this week at 4lb 9oz for Paul Keir.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The week started with heavy rain and coloured water which cleared quickly to leave excellent fishing conditions for the rest of the week. For most of the week the fish were in the top two to three feet although they were a little deeper on Sunday because of the cold wind. On a couple of the warmer days there were a lot of rising fish coming up to take hawthorn flies off the surface; most of these were to be found down-wind as the strong breeze blew them over the water. Some anglers were getting fish right next to the lilies at the top end but most of the action was in the main area and the channel with some tigers now coming out of the burn area. The small ponds continue to fish very well and provided some shelter on the windier days. Many anglers were finding a fast retrieve was working well with favourite patterns including Damsel, Hare’s Ear, Diawl Bach, Cormorant, Zulu, Bibio, Kate McLaren, Hawthorn, CdC and Buzzer. Several cracking tigers and browns continue to figure in the returns along with the usual high quality blues and rainbows.
Fishery is now open until 9.30pm every night. Catches this week included Ricky Goodwin, from Larbert, with two fish for 8lb including a 5lb 8oz blue; Jim Craig, Balloch, a 5lb 6oz brown; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, a 5lb 2oz brown; John Mathieson, Stirling, four fish for 15lb 8oz including a 5lb 1oz brown and two tigers, plus four caught and released; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, five for 17lb; Colin Campbell, Cowdenbeath, five for 15lb 8oz; Brian Ormiston, Prestonpans, five for 14lb 8oz; David Cooper, Kilbirnie, four for 14lb; S. Banks, Musselburgh, four for 12lb; Steven Leyden, Stirling, three for 10lb 12oz; Mark Sheridan, Torrance, three for 10lb 4oz including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Liam Murray, Glasgow, three for 9lb 4oz; David Milne, Falkirk, three for 8lb 8oz including a 4lb 10oz brown; Carlo Pezzani, Tullibody, three for 8lb; John Moyes, Grangemouth, two for 7lb 4oz; Graeme Gillespie, Torrance, two for 7lb; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, two for 6lb; Paul Christie, Alloa, caught and released six fish including a brown estimated at around 7lb; Dougie McLean, Cumbernauld, caught and released six.