Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Sunday brought some very welcome rain which has refreshed the pools and should result in even better fishing returns. The Boathouse Pool has produced some excellent fishing, especially in clear conditions which suited nymphs/Buzzers. Flavio showed his ability to read the water by catching and returning a dozen fish taken on a variety of patterns. Buzzers and black/green lures have been amongst the more reliable flies. There has been some outstanding evening fishing on the Burnside, where dry flies and Buzzers have proved their worth. Several catch and release anglers including Ian Barlow, Kenny Spottiswood, George Birse and Ken Jones have returned good numbers of fish. Again a variety of patterns and methods have succeeded and it is often a case of knowing when to switch patterns/methods in order to maximise results. The Bankside Pool is more open to the wind but in the right conditions it can produce some superb fishing. Nick Soave took 14 rainbows on a mixture of dry flies and nymphs, while Ian Gordon returned 10. Angus Dixon included a beautifully conditioned rainbow estimated at 5lb-plus in his total. On Saturday Powerbait again hit the jackpot being the best bait on the Woodside (any legal method), where 38 fish were taken for a total of 51lb. Several fish were also taken on small Mepps-type spinners.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Wintry weather returned this week and unsettled the fishing. Picking the best days to fish was more important than which fly to choose. Finding fish was the key as they were up and down throughout the week. Flies varied daily from lures to Buzzers to wets. Aaron Lonie had seven fish; Graham Gibson had eight; Michael Work had an 8lb 4oz fish; Gordon Grant seven; Nigel Dyson eight; Bob Mann had 10 with his best at 5lb 15oz; Jim Eddie had an 8lb 4oz fish and Dave Morrison had a fish of 6lb 13oz. The osprey is now back safe.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
A good week of fishing on the lochs with plenty of fish being caught and fighting well. Blues are certainly delighting anglers with how hard they are fighting. Best flies have been typically wet and dry patterns. With it being a natural loch there is plenty of food around. As a reminder, the limit for fish on the lochs are as they have been since opening: one blue and one rainbow only or two rainbows for your bag limit plus catch and release, No brown trout are to be taken at all in bag limits, they must be returned to the water unharmed.
Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
With the evening sessions now started, from 4.30pm till dusk including weekends, late evening fly hatches are proving popular with anglers using floating lines with nymph patterns. Hare’s Lugs, Crunchers, Diawl Bachs and Snatchers are the best flies, especially round the grassy margins at Firwood Point and the south shore. The dam wall is fishing well during sunny spells where anglers using Hi-D lines and Boobies are getting bag limits. Despite a very wet and windy Sunday Barry’s AC had a good day catching 23 for 53lb 4oz with Bill Smart top rod with four for 11lb including a 4lb 8oz rainbow. Other good catches went to W. Keenan with four for 11lb 12oz, best 5lb 14oz on a Damsel; Ian Calcott three for 10lb on a Green Fritz; his boat partner Pat McLuskie only caught one fish but it weighed in at 10lb 4oz; K. Docherty returned a rainbow at 10lb 6oz. Rhys O’Connor, fishing size 14 Buzzers, had three fish on at the same time last Saturday evening and managed to release all three. Two tagged fish were caught this week: a red one to Mr Muir worth a free day’s fishing and a blue one to A. Fleming worth £100. The first heat of the Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Open competition is on May 10 during the evening session. The qualifiers go through to the Free Final on Sunday October 4 and the reservoir will be closed on May 17 for the members-only Flybox Trophy. Boats will still be available, to book phone the club on 01324 714190.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
April ended on a cold, breezy and showery note with hail and sleet mixed through the rain showers. May started with very similar daytime weather and some overnight frost! Despite the cold conditions the fishing remained very good and the fish were mostly to be found between two and five feet down. Most days they were moving round the pond as the day went on, at the dam first thing, then moving to the big tree, the far bay and then the channel and round the back of the islands later in the day. Small lures, nymphs and a few wet flies were taking fish with the most successful patterns being Cat’s Whisker, Humungus, Dancer, Damsel, Hare’s Ear, Diawl Bach, Buzzer and Kate McLaren. A good number of tigers and browns figurde in this week’s catch returns alongside the blues, rainbows, golds and greens with several fish in the 4lb to 5lb range being taken.
John Mathieson, from Stirling, made two successful trips this week, taking four tigers for 12lb 14oz at the beginning of the week, and three for 10lb 12oz including a 5lb 3oz brown and two tigers on Friday afternoon. Andy Duffin, Fallin, caught three for 13lb including a 5lb rainbow; Rab Grierson, Buckhaven, two for 8lb including a 5lb blue; Allan Laing, East Kilbride, five for 15lb 8oz including a 4lb 4oz brown; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 16lb 12oz; Gregor McGregor, Alloa, in two visits, five for 16lb 4oz including a 3lb 8oz brown; Frank Barr, Falkirk, five for 15lb, plus five caught and released; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, in two visits, seven for 23lb 8oz; Tom Bailie, Kincardine, in two visits, six for 18lb 8oz; George Kochanek, Tullibody, four blues for 14lb 8oz; Willie Martin, Stirling, four for 12lb 8oz; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, three for 11lb 8oz; Alan Burke, Alloa, three for 11lb; Gordon Marshall, Alva, three for 10lb 8oz; Jim Milligan, Alloa, three for 10lb 4oz including a 3lb 4oz brown; William McCrimmon, Glasgow, three for 10lb.