Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The unseasonably mild weather has resulted in a number of anglers still catching fish on dry flies. Water levels have now risen to autumn heights and overall the fishing has been highly productive. The Boathouse Pool received a lot of attention this week; consequently some exceptional fish were landed. Mr Connell took a beautifully conditioned rainbow weighing 15lb; Mr Williamson returned another fine fish at 14lb, while the Baikies returned rainbows of 12lb and 10lb. Fish were taken on everything from dries to standard lures. There is a lot of leaf-fall on the surface but this has not dissuaded the fish from feeding. On the Burnside Pool there has been a number of fish taken on dries but there has also been good results on Buzzers and nymphs. Andy Wood had 39 fish on catch and release, with Ian Barlow releasing 20. Robert Gibson, Davie Simpson and George Birse returned 14 each, with the latter including fish of 10lb and 7lb.
Frank Sherriff led the field on the Bankside Pool with nine fish on catch and release, the largest being a fine 6lb rainbow. Best patterns included Bloodworm variations, Buzzers and black/green lures. On the any legal method pool, the Woodside, Powerbait again ruled supreme. However, increasing numbers of fish are being taken on small spinners. On Saturday six anglers took 26 fish for a total weight of 38lb.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Autumn has arrived, bringing with it gales and rain but on the better days plenty of fish are there to be caught. Okey Dokeys, Budgies, Yellow Dancers and Fritz patterns are most successful. Plenty of decent fish caught and also lost as they fight much harder in the colder temperatures. Take a few seconds to ensure knots are secure. Floating and intermediate lines are needed at this time of year as fish go up and down during the changes in conditions. Slater Scott had 11 fish including one of 5lb returned; Alan Morgan had a beauty of 11lb 4oz; Mark Bell had a 5lb 15oz fish; Brian Wallace caught one of 7lb 7oz; Andrew More returned a 10lb-plus blue and Gerry Grant had a 7lb 9oz fish. Averages were lower this week with three per session recorded and only a few blanks. The winter league is going well with some good scores on the doors.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
The lochs remain open at the moment with anglers still catching well. With the keys now being collected at the Glen of Rothes, anglers can collect keys anytime during the day for their session. It is still preferable to book first, but on occasions, if a boat is available, the keys are here. The closing date is dependent on the weather and anglers can find up-to-date information on the fishery Facebook and website pages.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Although the sunshine was replaced by damp, misty weather this week, it remained very mild for the time of year and the fishing conditions continued to be excellent. The fish are still in the top two to three feet of the water and are very active, looking to chase a wide variety of small lures, nymphs and wet flies. On the really calm days fish were seen moving on the surface but few were tempted by dry flies. Favourite patterns included Dancer, Nomad, Cat’s Whisker, Damsel, Cormorant, Black Spider and Buzzer and the best tactic was a floating line and a fast retrieve. Fish are being taken all round the main pond and although the boats were doing very well at the weekend, the bank fished well during the week. The two small ponds are also producing a good number of fish for those choosing to fish there. The fishery is now open 8am to 4.30pm every day.
Robert Smith, from Airth, caught two fish for 12lb 8oz including a 8lb 12oz blue; Greg Guthrie, Callander, four for 17lb; Gary McLachlan, Greenock, five for 14lb 8oz plus two caught and released; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 12lb plus three caught and released; Robert Park, Glasgow, four for 12lb; Stuart McBean, Clydebank, four for 12lb; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, three for 11lb plus two caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, six for 19lb plus three caught and released; Ian Steele, Duntocher, three for 9lb 8oz; Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, three for 9lb 8oz plus three caught and released; Rab Bonar, Alloa, three for 9lb 8oz; Eddie McKillop, Glasgow, three for 9lb including one from the Meadow Pond; D. Dougall, Eyemouth, two for 7lb 4oz including a 4lb 4oz rainbow; I. Callow, Eyemouth, three for 6lb 8oz; Ged Fulton, Greenock, and Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, each with two for 6lb 4oz; Alex Knox, Glasgow, a 4lb 4oz rainbow; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, caught and returned 23 from the boat.