Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The main news this week is that we are honoured to be hosting the Stillwater International, with teams from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales competing in the event. Practice started on Saturday October 21 and continues over the next few days, culminating in the full international final on Wednesday 25 October. During this time the Boathouse and Burnside Pools are NOT open to the public. So far, up to Monday afternoon, a number of excellent fish have been returned including a rainbow estimated at 14.50lb.
Last week the changes to water clarity in the Boathouse Pool influenced catches quite appreciably. Catch and release numbers were lower in general but several decent fish were landed. Liam Kirk released four with the best being a rainbow estimated at 10lb. Mr. Cormack also took a decent rainbow which weighed 6.50lb. Dries were not as productive this week with more fish being taken on Cormorant patterns and small lures.
The Burnside was also a little less productive than usual with the best return falling to Mr. Smith, who took 3 fish for a total of 7.75lb and returned a further 14. Dries still produced some positive results with Buzzers and Cormorants also being in vogue.
It was the turn of the Bankside Pool to shine through this week with some outstanding catches. Jock Leslie returned 24 fish on dry fly patterns; Andy Rutherford also did well releasing 20 with the best rainbow estimated above 10lb; another fine result was from Keith Prior who released 14 fish. Black/green patterns were high on the list of successful flies as were various types of Cat Bugs.
Powerbait fished beneath a float was still the most successful method on the Woodside Pool. On Saturday 14 anglers took 20 fish for a total weight of 55lb while on Friday four anglers landed 9 fish for a combined weight of 26lb, giving an average of almost 3lb each.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Despite a week of changeable weather conditions the water temperature remained constant at 10 degrees, meaning the fishing was good for most of the week. The fish were mostly in the top 2 feet and could be seen feeding just below the surface. On the windier days the fish were being caught slightly deeper in all the ponds. To the frustration of many anglers the brown trout continue to be caught and having to be returned, some of these are fantastic specimens in the 4 to 5lb range.
As the fish seem to be starting to chase fry, most success was had by retrieving at a reasonable speed. A lot of fish were taken on small lures this week including mini Dancer, Humungus, and Cormorant. Good success was also still being had with Diawl Bach and Black Spider. The Fishery will be closing at 6pm until the clocks change next weekend.
Frank Barr, from Falkirk, caught 9 fish for 27lb 12oz including a blue and 2 golds in 3 visits; Stewart McKay, Bathgate, 4 for 12lb; Robert Smith, Falkirk, 4 for 11lb 8oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 11lb plus 2 returned; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, 4 for 10lb 12oz; Robert Park, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb 4oz including a 4lb 4oz rainbow; Alec Knox, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb; Henry Fulton, Greenock, 3 for 8lb; Brendan Cunningham, Greenock, 3 for 8lb; Peter Paterson, Menstrie, 3 for 7lb 4oz, plus 6 browns returned; George Dobbie, Glasgow, 2 for 7lb including a 4lb rainbow; Robert McGauley, 4lb 4oz rainbow; Eddie A’Hara, Glasgow, 8 returned; Jordan Duncan, Denny, 5 returned; Darren Jenkins, 5 returned; Peter Harvie, 5lb brown returned; Liam Neil and Liam MacPhee, Perth, shared 11 on catch and release before one of them fell in the water ending their fishing trip!