Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Typical autumn weather ruled the week with anything from sunny skies and flat calm through to high winds and rain. In like manner fish were caught on anything from small dries to lures. The Boathouse Pool was a bit more subdued this week but several anglers produced positive results. Mr Lafferty took 4 fish for a total weight of 12.50lb while Mr Burnett returned 12 fish on catch/release. At certain times, dry flies needed to be on the small side (sizes 18 and 16) although at the other end of the scale decent sized lures (mainly Damsel patterns) took fish. Jock Leslie again proved to be king of the Burnside Pool releasing 18 fish taken on various dry fly patterns. Ian Gordon returned 10 and Mr Burnett released 9. Good numbers of fish were taken on Diawl Bachs and Cormorants as well as the usual Buzzer patterns (black or dark green).
There were some decent rainbows caught in the Bankside Pool. Nick Soave took 3 fish for 18.50lb with the two bigger ones weighing 8.50lb and 7.50lb. Andy Rutherford used the bung to good effect returning 11 fish and Chris Watson released 7, taken in a short session. Green/black produced results, as did Cat Bug variations.
There were some great results on the Woodside Pool (any legal method) with the best rainbow, weighing 9.50lb, going to Bob Anderson. Not far behind was J. Lesslie with another fine rainbow which turned the scales to 7.25lb. On Thursday 11 anglers landed 20 fish for a total of 54lb and on Saturday 6 anglers took 29 fish for a combined weight of 80.75lb. Most again fell to Powerbait fished beneath a float.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
As usually happens after the end of the brown trout season, there were quite a few browns caught last week and had to be released, some estimated over 5lb. These superb browns should give a good start for next year’s season. A few unseasonably mild days during the week meant the water temperature rose from 10 to 11 degrees and as a result the fish became more active and were seen near the surface and a few were taken on dry flies, especially Hoppers. Fish were generally in the top 2 to 3 feet of water and were chasing flies retrieved at a reasonable speed. Water clarity remained pretty good, with only a couple midweek days slightly colouring after heavy rainfall. The best returns came from mini lures, including Dancer, Damsel and Humungus. Wets and nymphs including Spider, Diawl Bach and Hare’s Ear also saw good results.
Robert Smith, from Falkirk, caught 3 fish for 10lb 12oz plus 4 returned; Henry Fulton, Greenock, 3 for 10lb 8oz; Kyle Crossan, Stirling, 3 for 10lb including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Tom Donahoe, Glasgow, 3 for 8lb 8oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, 3 for 8lb 8oz; Robbie Leitch, 2 for 8lb 4oz including a 5lb 12oz rainbow plus 2 returned; Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 8oz plus a brown returned; Cameron Brown, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 8oz; Ian Whitfield, Stirling, 2 for 6lb; Heather Johnstone, Neilston, 2 for 6lb; Brian Edie, Cowie, 3 golds for 6lb 8oz plus 6 returned, all from the small ponds; Geoff Gilbert, Isle of Man, 36 returned in 4 visits; David Bullen, Edinburgh, 13 returned; David Lloyd, Fishguard, 8 returned including 3 browns, of which one was estimated at 6lb.