Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The water condition is still very good in the pond with the water clarity staying quite clear. On Sunday September 13 the fundraiser for the Scottish Stillwater team took place and the 14 competitors landed a total of 133 fish including four double-figure specimens. The winner was team captain Mike Cordiner with 22 fish, second went to Alan Gilbert with 21 fish. In total there was just over £700 raised so a big thank you to all who fished and bought raffle tickets to support the cause. The Boathouse has been busy this past week with some big fish showing up, these include M. Cordiner with a blue at around 9lb (returned); A. Gilbert with a rainbow around 11lb (returned); Mr Chatterton with a blue of around 13lb (returned); Mr Wilkins with a rainbow of around 10lb (returned). There has been a real mix of flies taking fish with Damsels, Blobs, nymphs and Squirmys doing well. The bung has also taken a lot of fish this week.
The Burnside has also seen a lot of big fish caught with Mr Birse, Mr Dickson, Mr Kydd, Mr Barlow and Mr Simpson all taking fish over 10lb. Again a real mix of flies have been working. Buzzers have had their moments where they have taken a lot of fish as well as the usual lures and dries when conditions suit. Mr Wallace took four fish for 13lb with the biggest a 7lb rainbow and returned another 12 on a mix of Crunchers and Daddy Longlegs.
The Bankside has been quiet at times but has fished well this week. The biggest fish this week was caught by Mr McGuiness with a blue estimated at around 12 to 13lb as well as another seven returned. Buzzers have been a good bet as well as dries. The fry are still very evident and can be seen getting chased very regularly.
The Woodside is very clear and the fish are moving around the pond a lot more. Powerbait under the float has been top method as well as spinning. Over the weekend the 59 rods landed 98 fish for 161lb.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
The week saw conditions go from one extreme to another, from cold to hot and back again. No wonder fish don't know if they are coming or going. Even insect life is behind or non-existent with no caenis hatch this year and daddy longlegs so far few and far between. The only consistency with flies has been white,and orange with black also doing well. Buzzers are also a good bet with Kate Mclarens, Cat’s Whiskers and Blobs always a good choice. Jimmy Rhind had a surprise golden trout this week along with a brown of 2lb 8oz; Brian Mackay had a 6lb fish; Ron Heatherington 6lb; Gary Ulke 4lb 2oz; George Angus 4lb 3oz. Fish are moving a lot more now and floating and intermediate lines are required to find them.
Millbuies Trout Fshery, Grampian
Fishing was good with some good size browns showing up and the top loch has done well over the week. With the weather changing it’s worth keeping an eye on reports as we enter into the colder conditions. Plenty of fish have been topping and dries have worked along with traditional patterns such as Bibio and Kate Mclarens. Hoppers have also done very well.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
It was a somewhat mixed week with some beautiful sunny, breezy days, and others that were dull and damp. For most of week the fish were in the top couple of feet and were often looking to chase dry flies on, or small nymphs just under, the surface. At other times Buzzers fished on a slow retrieve were also successful. The water remains very clear with a temperature around 12oC. The fish are still sometimes quite choosy which is normal for the time of year. Plenty are being seen showing on the surface and anglers are getting plenty of offers and, although not always managing to convert them to takes, most are enjoying lots of sport. Favourite patterns included Sedge, Muddler, PTN, Hare’s Ear, Hopper, Diawl Bach, and Buzzer.
From Monday September 14 the fishery will close at 7.30pm.
Alec Peachey, from Hamilton, in two visits, caught seven fish for 24lb 8oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, five for 19lb plus nine caught and released; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 17lb 8oz; Paul Partmore, Edinburgh five for 15lb 12oz; Stephen Anderson, Glenrothes, five for 15lb; Steven McKendrick, Bridge of Allan, five for 13lb from the Meadow Pond; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 14lb 8oz plus five caught and released; Jim Milne, Alloa, four for 14lb plus two caught and released; Alan Henderson, Grangemouth, four for 12lb 8oz; Iain MacDonald, Alva, three for 11lb 8oz including a 4lb rainbow; Les Cooper, Dunblane, three for 11lb including a 4lb rainbow; Alex Britton, Bellshill, three for 10lb 4oz including a 5lb rainbow; Nan Morrison, Stirling, three for 9lb 8oz; Jim Craig, Balloch, three for 8lb 12oz including a 3lb brown; James Brooks, Grangemouth, two for 7lb 12oz; Jim Allan, Kilsyth, two for 7lb 10oz; Fraser Cooper, Glasgow, Justin Brake, Edinburgh, and Brian Maskell, Oban, all recorded two fish for 7lb; Gordon McPhee, Cumbernauld, two for 6lb 12oz; Clive Newington, Tunbridge Wells, a 5lb 4oz rainbow; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, caught and released 10 fish.