Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The stable weather resulted in some impressive returns. The water is still very clear in all the ponds which is always beneficial. When the wind picks up there have been a lot of falling leaves on the water and the fish are eating the terrestrials that are on them. This led to some great dry fly action. There are still many big fish featuring in the catch reports from all the ponds also. The Burnside has been really busy all week with a lot of the dry fly action coming on this pond. Very small Black Spiders have been best but as long as the presentation is good there are fish to be caught. Buzzer tactics have worked, as have lures on a sunk line with Damsels, Blobs and Bloodworms doing well. The best method has been the bung with a mixture of Buzzers, Blobs, Bloodworms and or course the Squirmy Worm fished between two and 10 feet deep depending on the day. Mr Valentine returned 21 fish on a Sunburst Blob on a sinker; Mr Watson returned 14 on Squirmys with the biggest around 8lb. Mr Jackson had the biggest fish of the week with a rainbow estimated around 12lb caught on a Buzzer.
The Boathouse have seen the fish high up in the water as well and very similar tactics to the Burnside have worked on this pond. Mr Bairner did very well on Saturday landing four fish for 24lb and returning six. Mr Chalmers returned 14 while fishing small dries and Spiders. Mr Connell had two for 5lb and returned 12 on a Squirmy under the bung.
The Bankside has seen more anglers fishing it and it has produced well. The fish are moving around all the time and don’t seem to be doing the same thing two days in a row. Mr Westland had 12 on Damsels and a floating line with the biggest around 12lb. Mr Sherriff returned 11 on Bloodworms. Mr Gordon had five with the largest around 10lb.
The Woodside has been very busy and is fishing very well. Over the weekend the 41 anglers landed 95 fish for a weight of 151lb with the largest a 5lb 3oz rainbow caught by Mr Middleton on Powerbait.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Conditions for this time of year have been brilliant. Fish are feeding really well and are topping and tailing on the surface. Okey Dokeys are doing well, as are Bloodworms. On brighter days orange and pink do well. Fly choice changes from day to day so be prepared to change. Also, don’t stick to one retrieve or one line, variation at times is required. After a hard fight of nearly 20 minutes Willie McRobbie was finally rewarded with a beautiful blue of 11lb 8oz. Neil Smith had a great day with his first cast and first fish being a 9lb 4oz beauty, which had been hooked previously with a Montana Nymph in the scissors. He followed this up with another at 8lb 5oz making his return 17lb 9oz for two fish of his 10 landed on the day. Chris Johnston had 12 fish, best at 8lb; Jim Eddie returned an 8lb fish; Slater Scott had 14 fish; Gordon Grant eight; Tom Anderson seven. Rob Barsby, who is new to flyfishing, was delighted with his two fish. The winter league is now underway and anglers can still join in through the month.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
The lochs will remain open with the continued good weather and both lochs are fishing really well with some good fish being caught. Mr Morrison, from Glasgow, had a good day with a beauty of a blue at 9lb 8oz along with fish from 4lb up. Fish are fattening well on fry, which is normal at this time of year, and they are feeding hard under the tree lines.
Springwater Fishery, Ayr
On the fly loch the top rod this week was Graham Bickett who released 17 fish. Jim Bickett caught and released eight fish. The first leg of the winter league was won by Ross Veitch, second Stevie Cope and third George Young. Top rod on the bait loch was young Lucie Malcolm, age five, who caught a fish nearly bigger than her! It weighed 11lb 2oz and she also caught another two fish weighing 5lb 4oz. Colin Whinham also caught a big fish weighing 10lb 4oz.
Swanswater Trout Fishery, Stirlingshire
As the unseasonably mild weather continues, the fish remain in the top two to three feet of the water. Floating lines and nymphs or small lures fished with a fast retrieve have been working well, with some fish still taking small dry flies, particularly on the small ponds. The heavy rain midweek briefly coloured the water, but conditions were back to excellent by the weekend. Fish are being taken all round the main pond and the two small ponds continue to fish really well. Tigers are still being seen in the burn area but are proving to be somewhat elusive. This week’s favourite patterns included Damsel, Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Nomad, Diawl Bach, Cormorant, Spider, Kate McLaren and, especially on the small ponds, Buzzers. The Fishery is open 8am to 5pm every day.
John Small, from Dalkeith, caught two fish for 9lb 6oz including a 7lb 2oz tiger; Ricky Goodwin, four for 14lb 4oz; Nan Morrison, Stirling, four for 13lb 8oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, eight for 23lb 8oz plus three caught and released; John Montague, Glasgow, four for 12lb 4oz; Alan Kyle and Ian Ritchie, Bridge of Weir, shared six for 17lb 12oz from the boat; Andy Henderson, Glasgow, three for 10lb 8oz; Gregor McGregor, Alloa, three for 10lb; Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, three for 9lb 8oz plus three caught and released; Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, three for 9lb 4oz; Stephen Devlin, Coatbridge, two for 8lb 4oz and returned a brown; Jim Craig, Balloch, two for 7lb 8oz; Andy Tervit, Paisley, two for 6lb 8oz; Andy Reid, Alexandria, two for 6lb 8oz and returned a brown; John Mathieson, Doune, a 4lb 4oz rainbow; Alan Kirkham, Glasgow, caught and released 10 from the boat; Darren Hill, Alva, caught and released nine.