Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The weather has finally turned colder and more autumnal but the past week has been great with warm days and light winds making the fishing really good. The Burnside has been the fishing the best and the top method by far has been Black Buzzers either fished straight-lined or, when the fish have been up in the water, fished on a washing-line. Dry flies have also taken fish at times as well as Hothead Damsels. Mr Barlow had 26 fish in a session on Black and Red Buzzers, Mr Westland had 19 including one at 9lb on Buzzers and Shipman’s, Mr Bruce had 17 with one at 8lb on Buzzers, Mr Wood returned 21 again on Black Buzzers and Mr Birse put back 23 on a Hothead Damsel.
The Boathouse has been busy this week with a run of big fish reported. Lures seem to be the most popular method with Yellow Dancers and Damsels doing well. Buzzers have also been effective fished under the bung, as have Squirmy Worms. The biggest fish of the week was taken by Stuart Sampson with a blue trout weighing 13lb 3oz taken on a Yellow Dancer. Mr Duncan returned two big fish in one night with a rainbow of around 8lb on a Squirmy and a blue of around 12lb on a Dry Daddy. Mr Miller had two fish for 10lb 11oz with the biggest at 8lb caught on a Montana. Young local angler Logan Cumming also had a big fish with a blue trout estimated at around 11lb 8oz taken on a Sparkly Damsel.
The water in the Bankside pool is still quite low and although quieter, the anglers who did fish have had some good results. Mr Sheriff returned 18 fish on nymphs and Mr Soave had seven fish for 16lb 5oz on Shuttlecocks. The Woodside has been fishing really well with floatfished worms and Powerbait still doing very well. Over the weekend the 43 anglers landed 79 fish for 126lb.
Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
The Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Open Final took place last Sunday in near perfect fishing weather when the 12 qualifiers caught a total of 31 fish for a combined weight of 68lb 3oz. In first place was Keith Lewis catching his five fish for 11lb 7oz on Buzzers and Blobs to win a Leeda fly rod. In second place was J. Johnston with five for 11lb to win a Greys fly reel, and third was Willie Brownlee with five for 10lb 8oz, also on Blobs. Keith also caught the heaviest fish at 3lb 6oz but had to forego the prize of a landing net to Les Grant whose only fish weighed in at 3lb 2oz. Of the visiting clubs this week Kirkcaldy Deaf FFC had a good day out, only four of their members took killing tickets and had 14 fish for 32lb, the other four had 25 on catch and release. Other good bags went to John Dailly with four for 10lb 4oz; Mr Catleugh four for 10lb; Alan Lawson four for 11lb on Bloodworms; M. Nelson four for 15lb 8oz, best 8lb 4oz on Black Buzzers; and J. Brogan four for 16lb, best 10lb on Diawl Bachs. J. Sneddon caught a blue-tagged fish in his bag of four for 8lb 4oz to win £100.
The reservoir will be closed to bank anglers on Sunday October 11 for the last members only competition, the Millhall Pairs, during the day session. Boats will still be available. Bookings are now being taken for 2016 season with opening day February 27 and closing day October 30. To book phone 01324 714190.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
With Swanswater seeing weather more akin to the middle of summer than the start of October, anglers enjoyed some glorious days, if a little sunny for great fishing. The bright days coupled with night time temperatures starting to drop resulted in slowly dropping water temperatures and improved fishing. The fish were mostly in the top three feet of the water although little was taken on the surface. Many fish were taken on nymphs and wets including Daiwl Bach, Cruncher, Hare’s Ear, Kate McLaren, Black Spider. Others were taken deeper on Tadpoles, Cormorants, Dancers and Buzzers.
Peter Bryce, from Alloa, caught five fish for 17lb 12oz including a 7lb 5oz rainbow; Darren Hill, Cambus, three for 14lb including a 6lb tiger; Gary Stewart, Glasgow, five for 14lb 8oz; Alan Stirling, Bonnybridge, five for 14lb 4oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 13lb 8oz; Alec Knox, Glasgow, and Danny Doherty, Denny, each caught four fish for 11lb 8oz; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, three for 10lb 4oz; Jim Denny, Dunipace, three for 10lb from the small ponds; John Mathieson, Deanston, three for 9lb 6oz; Joe Malcolmson, Cumbernauld, Lee Petale, Stirling, and Tam Baillie, Kincardine, all had three fish for 9lb 4oz; George Dobbie, Glasgow, three for 9lb; Jim Keyes, Cumbernauld, three for 8lb 6oz; Tom Brunton, three for 8lb 4oz; Chris McQuillian, Stirling, three for 8lb; Allan Laing, Carluke, two for 7lb; John Moyes, Grangemouth, two for 6lb 12oz; D Folks, two for 6lb 8oz; Jim Prentice, Glasgow, two for 6lb 4oz and returned a 6lb tench; John Montague, Glasgow, and Mike Chubb, Stirling, each with two for 6lb; Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 for 5lb 12oz.