Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The variations in weather conditions have made fishing rather more challenging but some excellent catches have been recorded. The Boathouse Pool is clearing again after all the heavy rain at the weekend and water clarity on the Burnside has dropped slightly as well but there are still plenty fish getting caught. In the Boathouse, the best method has still been the bung with variety of flies from Buzzers to Wotsits and Squirmys. When pulling lures Cormorants and small Damsels have been best. The Falconer party fished over the weekend, doing well fishing through the dirty water on their first day when conditions were hard. By Monday morning it all came together and they landed plenty of fish including an 8lb 4oz rainbow and a stunning brownie weighing 8lb 10oz. Mr Noble had a nice fish of around 9lb in the seven he returned. Mr Leslie returned 15 up to 9lb on a mix of wee nymphs.
The Burnside has seen the dirty water make it slightly harder but if you can find the depth they are sat at the fishing has been good. Again the bung has been deadly with flies set from three to six feet deep taking its share of fish. Leggy Apps’ Bloodworms have been one of the best flies as well as Okey Dokeys and lures. Mr Cheetham had five fish for 12lb and six returned on white and green lures. Mr Barlow had 11 on Buzzers under the bung with his largest around 5lb. Mr Thompson had 10 on Bloodworms and a FAB.
The Bankside has seen the least pressure and those that have fished it and found the fish have had some good returns. Mr Jones had seven on Buzzer under a bung. Mr Barlow returned 15 on Buzzers under the bung. Mr Soave had two fish for 6lb and put back a brownie around 8lb on a White and Green Nomad.
The Woodside has been fairly quiet but those fishing have done well. Spinners have been taking most fish as well as a few on a float. Mr Whitecross had four fish for 9lb. Mr Jones and his son had four for 8lb. Mr Arbuckle took two for 5lb.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Despite the coloured water on some days and the changeable weather throughout the week the fishing has been really good on all three ponds. The fish were wide spread around Swanswater with the action mostly close to the Big Tree and the Far Bay, although occasionally the Island was still the place to be. Generally, the fish were sitting around three feet in the water, however some anglers had to go to a depth of six feet to have success. Fish were mostly being taken on lures, including Dancer, Cat and Cormorant with black and green being the preferred colours. Others were being taken on Buzzers towards the end of the week. Wet flies including Kate McLaren are contributing to the promising signs for the start of the brown trout season in just over a weeks’ time, with an exceptional number of overwintered beauties being caught and released during the last few weeks. The fishery will be stocking a large quantity of outstanding brown trout in coming weeks, including some specimens.
Donald Macrae, from Portree, caught an 11lb 4oz rainbow; Stewart Mackay, Bathgate, four fish for 18lb including a 10lb rainbow; Alan Laing, Carluke, five for 16lb 12oz, including a 6lb 6oz rainbow, plus eight caught and released; Agris Kalns, Stirling, four for 15lb including a 7lb 14oz rainbow; John MacMillan, Dumbarton, five for 13lb 4oz; Chris Kerr, East Kilbride, five for 13lb 4oz; Ian Riddicks, Ayr, five for 12lb, plus two caught and released; Alan Stirling, Bonnybridge, five for 11lb 12oz, plus three caught and released; Rab Bonar, Alloa, four for 10lb 8oz; Heather Johnston, Neilston, four for 10lb; Allan Whitton, Stirling, four for 9lb 12oz, plus four caught and released; Nan Morrison, Stirling, four for 9lb 8oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, six for 16lb in two visits; Willie Walker, Falkirk, and Henry Fulton, Greenock, each with three for 8lb; John Walker, Stirling, two for 8lb; Marius Botezatu, Stirling, two for 7lb including a 5lb gold; Jim Nisbet, Stirling, two for 6lb, plus one caught and released; Kris Elliot, Stirling, two for 5lb 12oz; Jim Craig, Balloch, and Steve Irwin, each caught and released eight fish.