Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Although the colder weather has arrived there have still been some excellent catches recorded. Probably the most successful method was using the indicator. Okey Dokey, Bloodworm and various Damsels were the preferred patterns. On the Boathouse Mr Burnett returned 10 fish; Ron Gray returned 9 (taken on Diawl Bachs and Black Rabbits) and Mr Low took 2 fish for 10.75lb with the better fish weighing 8lb. Several fish have still been taken on dry flies. The Burnside has been a bit temperamental recently but Jock Leslie certainly found the answer to return 21 fish, whilst Ed Valentine returned 15. George Birse also did well with 12 fish on catch/release.
Some of the better fishing has been on the Bankside where Frank Sherriff returned 12 fish and Ian Gordon returned 9. Mr Fotherington took four fish for 10.50lb. Probably the best fish of the week was a superb brownie taken on a dry fly by Ian Barlow and estimated at 7lb-plus.
Anglers on the any legal method pool, the Woodside, enjoyed a couple of days excellent fishing. On Monday 8 anglers took 36 fish for a combined total of 101lb. To follow this on Wednesday 6 anglers landed 18 fish for 44lb. Most were taken on floatfished Powerbait, although some fell to legered bait. Mr Campbell, fishing the fly, took an excellent rainbow weighing 7.50lb.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Similar to last week, there was a slight rise in water temperature midweek, after the rain. The water also clouded slightly but soon cleared and the temperature dropped back to 3oC by the end of the week. Despite the low water temperature, the lack of the strong cold wind meant that the fish were surprisingly high in the water on Sunday when sink-tips were doing the job as opposed to intermediates for most of the rest of the week. A slow retrieve was required all week to attract fish to a variety of lures and nymphs with favourite patterns being Bloodworm, Damsel, Diawl Bach, Buzzers, Dancer, Cat’s Whisker and White Fritz.
The 20th Annual Charity Competition in aid of Strathcarron Hospice, will take place on Wednesday December 27. More details to follow.
A selection of anglers doing well this week included George Garfoot, Gairloch, with 4 fish for 12lb 8oz; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, 3 for 10lb 8oz including a 4lb 8oz gold, plus two returned; Andy Tervit, Paisley, 3 for 9lb 2oz; Richard Skinner, Milton of Campsie, 3 for 9lb; Alec Harvey 3 golds for 8lb 12oz including 2 from the Meadow Pond; Jim Jardine, 3 for 7lb from the Meadow Pond; Danny Doherty, Denny, 2 golds for 8lb 4oz plus 3 browns returned; Ian Munro, Stirling, in two visits, 3 for 6lb 8oz from the Millpond, plus 11 returned; junior angler Brian Eadie, from Stirling, 3 for 6lb from the Meadow Pond, plus 13 returned; Cameron Sim, Stirling, 2 golds for 7lb 12oz; Henry Fulton, Greenock, 2 for 6lb 4oz; Grant Gillespie, Edinburgh, 2 golds for 6lb plus 3 returned; Tommy Wilson, 2 for 6lb; Paul McGlynn, 4lb gold; Callum Fellows caught and released 6 fish; Greg Forrest, Bathgate, caught and released 5.