Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The mild, settled weather over the last week led to some excellent fishing conditions. Water temperature is sitting at 6oC and water clarity is very good. The fish are active and are in the top three feet of the water with the golds, in particular, being very visible as they follow flies. In general the fish were often to be found moving from the channel in front of the island to the dam and back again, although the far bay was also fishing well. Small lures and nymphs were the most popular flies although fish are still being taken on wets and even the odd dry fly. Favourite patterns included Dancer, Humungus, Cat’s Whisker, Damsel, Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Cruncher, Buzzer and Hopper.
The fishery will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, reopening on December 27 when we are holding our annual Charity Competition in aid of Strathcarron Hospice on Swanswater. The small ponds will be open as usual that day.
Danny Doherty, from Denny, caught five fish for 17lb including three golds, biggest at 4lb 8oz; Robert Anderson, Crossgates, five for 16lb 8oz; Ian Whitelaw, Dunipace, five for 15lb, plus three caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, six for 20lb 12oz, plus one caught and released; Robert Smith, Airth, four for 13lb 12oz, plus four caught and released; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, four for 12lb, plus one caught and released; Peter Henderson, three for 10lb 14oz including a 4lb 6oz rainbow; Gregor McGregor, Falkirk, three for 10lb; John Score, Alloa, and Marcus Tripney, Grangemouth, each caught three fish for 9lb; Lee Currie, Bannockburn, two for 7lb; Willie Martin, Stirling, two for 6lb 4oz; Kevin Gray, Camelon, caught and released 15; Greg McPhillips, Denny, caught and released 10; Tom Clark, Stirling, caught and released eight.
Wishing all our anglers a very Merry Christmas.